Top 20 activities in Knysna 2017.

The beautiful Garden Route town of Knysna is by far one of South Africa’s most scenic and wonderful towns to explore, with so much on offer.

Here are some fun and different activities to enjoy in Knysna:

#1 Visit the Knysna Elephant Park

Experience an unforgettable up-close and personal experience with these famous gentle, giants, on their terms at the wonderful Knysna Elephant Park, which was first established in 1994, as SA’s first facility to house and look after orphaned African elephants.

Visitors can enjoy viewing the creatures in their natural habitat, free from inhibiting fencing, with well-trained staff on-hand to ensure safety for all.

Contact: (044) 532 7732

Website: http://knysnaelephantpark.co.za

Address: Off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

Photo credit: Fernanda Machado via Instagram

#2 Enjoy Brenton Beach

At Brenton-on-Sea, lying near the Knysna Western Head, you can visit the pristine, beautiful Brenton Beach. It is surrounded by indigenous forests and of course, edged by the stunning, warm Indian Ocean.

Enjoy long walks along the breath-taking shoreline, gathering sea shells and exploring little pools and rocks.

Contact: (044) 382 5510

Website: http://www.visitknysna.co.za

Address: Brenton Beach, Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna

#3 Picnic and hike at Jubilee Creek

Enjoy a beautiful forest picnic alongside a cool, forest stream. There are lots of picnic sites (with facilities).

You can also do the Jubilee Creek walk to a waterfall and swimming hole. Cost is R17 per adult and R9 per child, for kids under 13.

Contact: (044) 302 5600

Website: http://www.gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Jubilee Creek Nature Reserve, Knysna

#4 Take a ferry trip across the Lagoon

Enjoy a ferry ride across the Lagoon with Knysna Charters to the iconic Knysna Heads. Cruises depart daily from Whet Restaurant, Thesen Island.

Trips last approximately 75 minutes. R310 (adults) and R100 (children), with prices valid till end April 2017.

Contact: (082) 892 0469

Website: http://www.knysnacharters.com

Address: Whet Restaurant, Thesen Island, Knysna

#5 Visit the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market

For some 15 years, this diverse and internationally famous farmers’ market, situated on the outskirts of nearby coastal town Sedgefield, has been attracting locals and travellers alike.

Experience the award-winning market first-hand every Saturday, come rain or shine, throughout the year to buy fresh, locally produced foods, bottled goods and so much more.

Times (summer) 7:30am – 12pm and 8:00 am – 12pm (winter).

Contact: (082) 376 5020

Website: http://www.wildoatsmarket.co.za

Address: N2, Sedgefield

Photo credit: Ingrid Botha via Instagram

#6 Head to Buffalo Bay Beach

Lying some 25 minutes from Forest Edge is one of the cleanest, safest and loveliest of the Garden Route’s beaches. Famous for whale watching and surfing, it’s popular among families and outdoor adventurers both.

There’s a restaurant/shop and life guards during the busy season.

Contact: (044) 383 0038

Website: http://www.forestedge.co.za

Address: Buffalo Bay Beach, Knysna

#7 Experience Featherbed Nature Reserve

This South African Natural Heritage Site is home to two of the Garden Route’s biggest icons, the Knsyna Loerie and Blue Duiker, one of the smallest antelope species in Africa, and other wildlife!

Join the daily 3.5-4-hour excursion to Featherbed Nature Reserve – a 150 hectare private nature reserve – which encompasses the whole Western Knysna Head. It includes a ferry ride, 4×4 drive up Western Knysna Head, optional guided 2.2 km trail walk and buffet lunch at a world-renowned forest restaurant.

Contact: (044) 382 1693

Website: http://www.knysnafeatherbed.com

Address: Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna Quays, Knysna

#8 Swim in the Drupkelders Rock Pools

Drupkelders – meaning Dripping Cellars – are wonderful rock pools within Knysna forest; do the 3.5km forest walk and visit these amazing rock pools.

Pack in a picnic and swimming clothes and don comfortable, good walking shoes. Only 12 people are allowed in per day, with a SANPARKS permit a must.

Contact: (044) 389 0126 or (044) 302 5606

Website: http://www.forestedge.co.za

Address: N2, between Knysna and Sedgefield

Photo credit: Jake Aikman via Instagram

#9 Explore the Knysna Heads

Go scuba diving and explore the depths of Knysna Heads. One of the most popular shore dives is to the wreck of Paquita, a German vessel, which sank in 1903.

However, the site experiences strong currents so may only be dived to on the turn of the tide. Here, you will also encounter a variety of underwater life in this vibrant lagoon.

Contact: none

Website: http://www.diveadvisor.co.za

Address: 25 George Rex, The Heads, Knysna

#10 Pop by Millwood Museum

Visit the intriguing Materolli Museum, which depicts the Millwood Goldfield Gold Rush of 1876, and Tea Garden, and learn about the birth of the former Millwood Mining Village.

Contact: (044) 302 6320

Website: http://www.gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Queen Street, Knysna

#11 Winetasting and cheese platters at Packwood Wine Estate

Visit this award-winning vineyard-and-country estate, found between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. It is surrounded by indigenous forest and offers amazing nature and views alike.

Enjoy wines and homemade cheese platters, produced from the estate’s gardens and dairy.

Contact: (044) 532 7614

Website: http://www.packwood.co.za

Address: Off N2, between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Garden Route

#12 Beer tasting at Mitchell’s Brewery

Started in 1983 by Lex Mitchell, the beer produced in Knsyna, is as unique as the beautiful town.

For R75 per person, you can experience the first microbrewery in South Africa and enjoy an extensive tour of it to see how handmade beer is produced to perfection.

Contact: (044) 382 5530

Website: http://www.mitchellsbrewing.com

Address: 10 New Street, Knsyna

#13 Do the Blombos Trail

Undertake the longest of six trails found within Goukamma Nature Reserve: Blombos Trail. It’s aimed primarily at bird spotters and has three different route option to choose from at 6.5, 13 and 15km respectively.

Contact: none

Website: http://www. gardenrouteadventureguide.com

Address: Goukamma National Reserve, Knsyna

#14 Cycle Harkeville MTB Trails

The Harkeville Trail offer a variety of mountain biking routes to suit all fitness levels and riders. They’re colour coded and include: Yellow (14km), Blue (12km), Green Route (15km) and Red Route (24km).

Contact: (044) 532 7793

Website: http://www.knysnacycles.co.za

Address: Harkeville, Garden Route

#15 Experience deep sea fishing

Operating out of the famous Knysna Heads, with Eco Afrika Tours you can experience the thrill of hooking, fighting and eventually holding your own fish proudly.

Their vessel is a registered charter with a fully qualified skipper on board. The trip includes a fully equipped 7-hour fishing adventure.

Cost is R900 per person, kids under 14 are not permitted and groups must include a minimum of 4, a maximum of 11 passengers.

Contact: (082) 558 6570

Website: http://www.eco-afrika-tours.co.za

Address: Eco Afrika Tours, Knysna, Garden Route

Photo credit: Mary Santore via Instagram

#16 Magical moonlight meander

Join Garden Route Trails for powerful and engaging trails through stunning environments. They educate on biodiversity and around new and full moon, offer the highly recommended Moonlight Meander and Starlight Stroll.

Judy Dixon will speak to hikers about the magic the rich intertidal area conceals; cost is R150 per person.

Contact: (083) 262 2307

Website: http://www.gardenroutetrail.travel

Address: Garden Route

#17 Enjoy the Garden of Eden Forest Walk

Located nearby in Plettenberg Bay, this amazing forest walk site, first opened in 1926, is set along boardwalks, is designed to be wheel-chair friendly (along the 800m trail) and is intended to give you the feeling of total seclusion.

Pack along a picnic lunch and enjoy this wonderful forest experience.

Contact: (012) 428 9111

Website: http://www.sanparks.org

Address: Harkeville, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 Visit Grootdraai Picnic Site

Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail (though you will need a permit if you wish to hike this) is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water.

Consider doing the Terblans Trail first or simply head there straight away and settle down for a relaxed, tasty picnic at Grootdraai.

Contact: none

Website: http://www.gardenrouteguide.com

Address: Gouna Forest Station, Knysna

#19 Horse rides in Knysna Forest

Experience the forests and mountains in Knysna on horseback with the Dirty Boots horseriding tour operators.

Contact: esna@dirtyboots.co.za

Website: http://www.dirtyboots.co.za

Address: Knysna, Garden Route

#20 Kayak with Knysna Kayak tours

Enjoy kayaking in lovely Knysna with Knysna Kayak Hire. They are affordable and allow you to explore to Lagoon in your own time, meaning you can even stop over at the beach if you like too.

Contact: (082) 892 0469

Website: http://www.visitknysna.co.za

Address: Thesen Island, Knysna

Although there is always so much more in the lush, beautiful Garden Route to explore, these are certainly some of the top activities and experiences to enjoy in lovely Knysna.

Top 20 Restaurants in Knysna 2017.

Whether you’re there on a peaceful break or passing through on a cross-country road trip, this beautiful Garden Route town’s eateries will make a memorable impression.

Here are 20 top restaurants to enjoy in Knysna in 2017:

#1 Pembreys Bistro

Run by Cordon Bleu chef Peter and manager Viv Vadas, Pembreys offers guests an adventurous, well-balanced menu.

It offers tasty meals, inspired by travels to Italy, like authentic pasta dishes and Mediterranean-style salads. The restaurant-bistro possesses warm, country charm.

Contact: (044) 386 0005
Website: http://www.pembreys.co.za
Address: Pembreys Bistro, Brenton Road, Belvidere, Knysna

#2 East Head Café

Photo credit: Bernat Orsolya via Instagram

So much more than a café or coffee shop, East Head Café is something of a landmark. Situated on the famous Eastern Head’s rock, it offers wonderful views of the Knysna estuary and Indian Ocean.

Responsibly, the restaurant supports local suppliers and offers guests lovely seafood cuisine, including fish and chips and Cape Malay seafood curry.

Contact: (044) 384 0933
Website: http://www.eastheadcafe.co.za
Address: 25 George Rex Drive, Knysna

#3 Ile de Pain

In 2015, this popular local institution fell victim to a terrible fire. However, it re-opened recently, after chef-owner Liezie Mulder and master baker and chocolatier, Markus Farbinger transformed into a beautiful, light space.

The renewed restaurant/bakery is back with everything it was loved for previously: tasty meals, fresh artisanal breads and amazing pastries.

Contact: (044) 302 5705
Website: http://iledepain.co.za
Address: The Boatshed, Unit 10, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna

#4 Die Gieter Restaurant

This lovely, casual French country-style restaurant is found on a private reserve, which overlooks the Knysna River.

Cathy and Remy’s Die Gieter offers generous portions of pita and dips, baked camembert, duck confit and duck fact potatoes, as well as delectable desserts (like poached pears and cheesecake) equally generously portioned.

Contact: (044) 386 0201
Website: http://m.facebook.com/Die-Gieter-Restaurant-Cathy-Rémy
Address: Phantom Pass Road, 5, Knysna

#5 The Veg Table Private Dining Room

This restaurant, housed in a lovely farm cottage, is a celebration of authentic ‘slow food’ and vegetables, all prepared in a Defy Jewel woodstove.

Brett Garvie’s experience as a botanist helps tremendously, as he forages for mushrooms, picks pecans and sources harvests from local gardens and harvests for his ever-changing menu. It’s advisable to book a table in advance.

Contact: (074) 833 9516
Website: http://www.vegtable.co.za
Address: Mermaids Rest, Rheenendal Road, Rheenendal, Knysna

#6 The Olive Tree

This Italian restaurant, led by Ellen Owens, has been producing lovely, tasty dishes in the very heart of Knysna for several years now.

It transforms from a relaxed eatery during the day to an elegant, romantic space in the evenings. With delicious mains like bobotie, home salads and Cape chicken and prawn curry, it’s sure to wow your taste buds.

Contact: (044) 382 5867
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pg/Olive-Tree-Restaurant
Address: 21 Main Road, (N2), Knysna

#7 Freshline Fisheries

Photo credit: Olga G. via Instagram

This unique, seafood restaurant offers a wide variety of lovely seafood dishes on the beach. It’s a perfect spot for a casual meal with those you love.

Enjoy favourites like fish and chips and Kingklip or the Wes Kus braai for delicious seafood fare in this outdoor beach restaurant. You can also buy fresh fish and frozen seafood to take home.

Contact: (044) 382 3131
Website: http://www.freshlinefisheries.co.za
Address: Railway Siding Dockyard, Corner of Long & Waterfront Drive, Knysna

#8 Anchorage Restaurant

The Anchorage is a traditional seafood restaurant in the epicentre of Knysna. It has been around for some 20 years now, and is considered one of Knysna’s oldest restaurants.

Over the years, owner Brian has offered his guests an unforgettable dining experience, with excellent seafood – like fresh fish, Knysna Oysters, seafood platters – mature Angus beef, vegetarian and chicken too, at this well-rounded eatery.

Contact: (044) 382 2230, (083) 310 2135
Website: http://www.anchoragerestaurant.co.za
Address: 11 Gray Street, Knysna

#9 Caffé Mario

Located at the Knysna Waterfront Quays, Caffe Mario offers lovely Italian in a beautiful, scenic setting. It’s a popular local eatery, for locals and visitors alike.

One of its most fun meals is the Super Mario full breakfast. They also offer tasty sandwiches, pastas, seafood, thin-crusted pizzas and wine.

Contact: (044) 382 7250
Website: http://www.knysnawaterfront.com/waterfront/restaurants.html
Address: Shop 9, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#10 Kilzer’s Kitchen

Photo credit: Kilzer’s Kitchen via Instagram

This is not your average restaurant, it’s a cookery school, which opens to the public once a week for six months of the year (from beginning November to end April).

Here, Albin and Jenny Kilzer combine two passions, cooking and teaching others, and offer cooking courses, as well as cook ‘n look evenings – but they also offer tasty meals at this restaurant if you’re around when it’s open for public eating.

Contact: (044) 382 0135
Website: http://www.kilzerskitchen.co.za
Address: No 3 & 5 Roos Bolton Crescent, Knysna Heights, Knysna

#11 Chatters Restaurant

This small, owner-run restaurant is vibey and is famous for its made-to-order, thin, crispy pizzas, which are made in their traditional, wood-fired oven.

They also offer homemade burgers, pastas, potato bakes, filled paninis, great desserts and takeaways, complemented by beers, wines and spirits.

Contact: (044) 382 0203
Website: http://www.chattersbistro.co.za
Address: 9a Gray Street, Knysna

#12 JJ’s Restaurant

With a mind to bring you the most delicious and lovely looking meals, as they extend a warm welcome, JJ’s is another Knysna Quays-based restaurant.

With ingredients sourced from the finest, local produce and freshly pricked herbs from Hoekwil, near Wilderness, you can expect tasty meals, which combine an array of good flavours.

Contact: (044) 382 3359
Website: http://www.jjsrestaurant.co.za
Address: Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#13 34 South

This restaurant/food store, bakery, gift shop, fish monger, clothing emporium and bakery, with a fine wine shop on the side, offers a little something of everything at the appealing Knysna Quays.

Here, visitors will find fresh oysters, bread, wine, deli goods and even some sushi too. It’s a good spot for groups and for kids and they also offer take-aways.

Contact: (044) 382 7331
Website: http://www.34south.biz
Address: Shop 10, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#14 African Bean

Photo credit: @ stefsterontheroad via Instagram

A favourite among locals, this vibey café was open for twenty-four years before it closed briefly. However, it re-opened in 2014 and is back serving lovely café fare, breakfasts, snacks, lunches and burgers – like the Buffalo burger.

It has a tasteful, cosy interior and is a wonderful meeting spot for friends, loved ones and travellers too.

Contact: (079) 522 6664
Website: none
Address: 29 Main Street, Knysna

#15 Sirocco

This sister restaurant to 34 South and Tapas and Oysters is positioned on the water’s edge at Thesen Harbour Town.

Named for the warm Mediterranean wind, Sirocco is a great, vibey lunch and dinner venue, which serves good food in a sophisticated space and is open seven days a week. Aside from their main food menu, they also offer cocktails and beer, sushi and a wine list to enjoy.

Contact: (044) 382 4874
Website: http:// www.sirocco.co.za
Address: TH 28, Thesen Harbour Town, Knsyna

#16 Totties Farm Kitchen

Found along Rheenendal Ramble, Totties Farm Kitchen offers you a warm welcome and a selection of dishes carefully and freshly made.

Totties serves sandwiches, light meals, lunches, milkshakes and delicious desserts too, though it is their Sunday Buffet (R150 per person), which is particularly popular. They also host large functions and weddings.

Contact: (044) 389 0092
Website: http://www.tottiesfarmkitchen.co.za
Address: Main Road, Rheenendal, Knysna

#17 Tapas and Oysters

Photo credit: Nicky Sterley via Instagram

This vibrant restaurant is found on Thesen Island and enjoys perfect views over the Knysna Lagoon and famous Knysna Heads. Known for their friendly, vibey atmosphere, this waterside restaurant offers varied Spanish, Mediterranean and South African tapas.

They also offer fresh oysters, seafood, homemade dips and olives, salads, desserts and more, including: sushi, Mitchell’s beer and freshly baked, rocket salt baguettes.

Contact: (044) 382 7196
Website: http://www.tapasknysna.co.za
Address: TH 29, Thesen Island, Knysna

#18 O Pescador Restaurant

This Knysna Waterfront restaurant has been around for twenty-eight years now. Manny and his staff serve Mediterranean-Portuguese food in a warm, friendly space.

Included on the menu is fresh fish, steaks, chicken and seafood. O Pescador also has a Rhodesian Teak bar, with an open-plan kitchen.

Contact: (044) 382 3476
Website: http://www.knysnawaterfront.com/waterfront/restaurants.html
Address: Shop U4, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#19 Rib & Rump

This popular, local steakhouse offers AAA Grade steaks and pork ribs, flame grilled just right, as well as surf & turf, grilled chicken/eisbein, starters, salads and desserts too.

They also serve fresh fish from their sister restaurant, Freshline Fisheries. With relaxed indoor and outdoor seating, Rib & Rump is great for meals with friends and family, and bring the kids along too.

Contact: (044) 382 0722
Website: http://www.ribandrump.co.za
Address: Corner Waterfront Drive & Long Street, Railway Siding Dockyard, Knysna

#20 The Bell Tavern

Housed on-site of the original Belvidere farmhouse, Knysna’s smallest pub offers a wine cellar viewed through a window in the floor. With its yellowwood ceiling and ironwood block floor, The Bell Tavern is a favourite among Belvidere locals.

Enjoy pub meals outside during summer or next to a cosy, warm wood-fired stove in winter. They also offer a selection of locally brewed beers, including Mitchells, as well as Cape wines and spirits.

Contact: (044) 387 1055
Website: none
Address: Lower Duthie Drive, Belvidere Estate, Knysna

So whether it’s some of the famous Knysna oysters you’re after, a little bistro fare or even some sweet pastries, these top restaurants will be able to suit every palate’s needs in 2017.

 

Top Places To Visit In South Africa

Twelve Apostles

South Africa is an ecologically, cultural and historically rich, vibrant country that is filled with hundreds of amazing places to see and visit. We here at AccommoDirect know how difficult it can be to choose not just your next destination, but also the places to go and see while you’re on holiday, which is why we have put together 27 of our favourite South African places to visit on your next getaway! Comment below and tell us your favourite ‘must-see’ South African locations.

Western Cape

Table  Mountain
Table Mountain

 

Table Mountain
If you are visiting Cape Town, it’s hard not to miss the iconic mountain which in November 2011 was named one of the seven wonders of the world.

Cango Caves
Taking a trip to the Oudtshoorn or the Swartberg region? Then the Cango Caves are not to be missed! The caves are a geological wonder and the extensive tour offered is designed to show it off at all it’s best angles!

The Big Tree at Tsitsikamma forest
The tree is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old. The tours and walks offer an enchanting and relaxing trip to remember.

Eastern Cape

The Iconic Hole in the Wall
The Iconic Hole in the Wall

 

Addo Elephant National Park
Founded in 1931, the Addo Elephant National Park houses more than 600 elephants as well as other wildlife. Being the third largest park in our country, it would be hard not to give it a miss!

Hole in the Wall
Another great natural occurrence, a pilgrimage to this fantastic site is often on to scratch off a nature lovers bucket list. With a fantastic beach to soak in the sun and get wet!

Baviaans Kloof
As of 2004 it was declared a World Heritage site, it’s no wonder due to the vast areas unspoiled by man sporting marvelous land forms, a diverse array of plants and many kinds of wildlife.

Northern Cape

The Big Hole Kimberley
The Big Hole Kimberley


The Big Hole
Between 1871 and 1914, up to 50 000 miners dug up the hole in a rush for diamonds. Today it is a geological marvel and a great tourist site in Kimberley. There’s more than just history to enjoy here!

Augrabies Falls
Derived from the Khoi word “Aukoerebis” which means “great noise”, the sheer size, volume and sound experienced by the falls is a marvel in it’s own.

Namaqualand Flower Route
With almost 4000 different species of plants, every year offers a different configuration in flowers along the route. Come between August and September to witness this bombardment of color and spectacle for yourself!

Gauteng

Cradle of Human Kind
Cradle of Human Kind

 

Lion Park
First opened in 1966 it has since expanded from being a lions-only attraction. Being able to come into contact with the king of the jungle himself and his cubs, there are great memories to take home here!

Gold Reef City
If you are going to Jozi, one thing you can’t miss is this supreme amusement park. Themed around the gold rush that started in the 1880’s, it offers atmosphere amongst fun and relaxation.

Cradle of Humankind
Housing one of the largest collections of human fossils dating as far back as 3.5million years ago, you will be nothing short of fascinated by our existence on this planet and how far we’ve come.

North West Province

Sun City
Sun City

 

The Lesedi Cultural Village
For a spectacle of traditional African culture, you can visit the Lesedi Cultural Village over night with one of the traditional families that reside there. Giving you a great window into the lives of others.

Sun City
Sun City has won many awards and houses incredible accommodation as well as a plethora of activities to choose from. You can escape ordinary life and feel like you’re living in your own lost city!

Hartbeespoort Damn Snake & Animal Park
For a relaxed day amongst beautiful surroundings, you can also see some of South Africa’s greatest snakes as well as animal handling in action. A must visit for someone going to the North West.

Mpumalanga

Gods Window
God's Window

 

God’s Window
Definitely one of the most incredible views in the whole of South Africa, the name is very fitting. On a clear day you can even see as far to the Lebombo mountains on the border of Mozambique.

Kruger National Park
Probably the most popular game reserve in South Africa. You can be sure to witness the big five here as well as South Africa’s most beautiful wildlife. You can’t say you’ve seen Africa’s real side once you’ve come here!

Lowveld National Botanical Garden
Remaining green through out the year due to heavy rainfall, you are sure to witness lush plants and over 2000 different species of flora. This is one sure way to reconnect with nature!

Kwazulu Natal

Howick Falls
Howick Falls

 

Drakensberg
It only makes sense to visit the tallest mountain in South Africa while you’re in Kwazulu-Natal. With a plethora of activities to choose from, your visit will be anything but dull.

KZN Battlefields
Don’t be fooled by the picturesque landscape as the history involves the bitter conflict between Britain and South Africa. You can dive back into our past and enjoy some of the history that has built our country today.

Howick Falls
A principal tourist attraction of Kwazulu-Natal, it is a must see, not only for the luscious scenery and majestic waterfall, but the history that surrounds.

Limpopo

Sunland Baobab
Sunland Baobab

 

Warm Baths Bela Bela
Bela Bela was built around the natural hot springs in the area, giving rise to the resorts and natural baths you can enjoy.

Alpha Omega Cave
What makes this cave different, is that it’s man made and basically an entire art piece. Inspired by the holy spirit there is much to enjoy and be observed by the tours that run here.

Sunland Baobab
This popular tourist attraction is well deserved as a unique and magnificent artifact of nature. Due to hollowing in the tree dating as far back as 1650AD, there has been a pub and wine cellar established in the tree for your enjoyment.

Free State

Tiger Canyons
Tiger Canyons

 

Oliewenhuis Art Museum
With a large array of historical and contemporary art pieces, you can enjoy a casual visit to soak in the artworks and relax. A must visit for those in the Free State!

Tiger Canyons
As an attempt to introduce a self sustaining tiger population out of Asia. This offers a unique outlook on nature outside our beautiful country, as well as personal walks with the Tigers which is sure to be something magical!

Anglo Boer War Museums
Believed to be the only one of it’s kind, it offers a peek into a unique part of South Africa’s history with very knowledgeable staff who are sure to tell you all you want to know about the Angle Boer War as well as where to find the battlefields.

Top Ten SA Beaches

Lying on the southern part of the hemisphere, South Africa enjoys currents from both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, which meet at the breathtaking Cape Point. The two oceans have given South Africa some truly spectacular beaches that offer a variety of activities, from swimming to surfing to just lying on the beach soaking up the African Sun. We’ve chosen the Top Ten beaches that offer you everything a summer holiday should, and then some!

Clifton 4th

This is the Cape’s most fashionable beach; known for its hot bodies, beach sports and tanners. The turquoise ocean is home to many yachts and surfers and cold water makes it an ideal location to cool-off during summer. For those wanting to stay close by, there are many luxurious accommodation options, right on the  beachfront and a few minutes away from Cape Town’s CBD.

Clifton

Camps Bay

Cape Town’s trendy bay is known for its many kiosks, restaurant and  white sands; which are trampled on with flexing muscled bodies and volley ball beach goers. This is the ideal place to enjoy the relaxation of the cosy beach road restaurants and cafes, and later recline on the white sandy shore and watch the sun set on the ocean horizon.

Camps Bay

Boulders Beach


Located on the Cape Peninsula and popularly known for being the home of the African penguin colony, Boulders offers a warmer shore with rock pools where beach goers can relax and even swim with these flightless birds. This is the ideal family beach for a summer’s picnic.

Boulders Beach

Noetzie Beach


Situated in Knysna, on the glorious Garden Route,  Noetzie Beach resembles what paradise might look like. The beach has a backdrop of lush, green forest hills, which are ideal for a exploring. The safe, warm waters allow beach goers the fun of paddling, swimming and kayaking. And for the romantics, it is here where you can escape to and enjoy a peaceful picnic.

Noetzie Beach

Sodwana Bay

The beautiful jewel on the east coast of KZN is home to the adventurers; who a enjoy  many thrilling activities in the warmth of the  Indian Ocean. These include;  scuba diving, turtle tours and surfing. The idyllic views, and  backdrop of rich green forests also make it a fantastic spot to just laze on the beach with a good book.

Sodwana Bay

Ramsgate Beach


Located on the south of Margate, Ramsgate Beach is for the relaxers; away from bustling city life this where come to just lay on the beachfront and cool down in the water. The beach has a large tidal pool and lagoon, which is a highly-rated life guarding protection zone. You can also enjoy meals and drinks at the beachfront restaurants; whale watching from the decks; and canoeing in the lagoon.

Ramsgate Beach

Santos Beach

Situated in Mossel Bay, beach goers enjoy still waters, as well as  dolphin and whale watching from the sandy beach. The rocky outcrops and the far-side of the beach are home to rock pools full of interesting sea creatures, as well as oyster beds with beautiful ocean views.

Santos Beach

Robberg Beach

Running through Plettenberg Bay, Robberg Beach is the ideal location for group accommodation and beach going satisfaction. There’s the opportunity to spot the ocean’s magnificent dolphins and whales, and take in spectacular views along the shoreline stretch – perfect for long walks, and picnics.

Robberg Beach

Tieties Baai

Tieties Bay is located on the Cape’s Columbine Nature Reserve; home to the last manually controlled lighthouse in South Africa. Beach goers can enjoy a variety of water sports in the area, and camping is allowed right on the beachfront. Make sure you have a spot to watch the sunset – you’ll be mesmerized by the fiery tones, and natural beauty of this picturesque setting.

Tieties Baai

 

5 Summer Beach Tips
– Ensure the beach is safe for swimming
– Take an umbrella along for some shade
– Always use a sun protection cream
– If there are no lifeguards, ensure that children are within viewing sight.
– Keep a lookout for aquatic life – water plants and animals may be dangerous.

Top Five Summer Road Trips

Road Tripping SA

South Africa has some truly incredible  routes that allow travellers to escape, and  get lost (in a good way) on the long roads that wind through the provinces. Our Travel experts have chosen their top 5 routes for road trip adventure this summer, so pack your bags, fill up and grab some road snacks – we’re going on a road trip!

Cape Town to Lambert’s Bay (240km)

The roads of this approximately 3 hour journey, takes you through magnificent ocean scenery, which makes it tricky to keep your eyes on the road! One of the best views is of the Langebaan Lagoon and it’s small fishing village.  When the sun rays are peaking, and the car is too hot to bear, Muisbosskerm beach is an ideal chill out area to soak in the Summer sun and cool down in the blue waters. If  you’re looking to lengthen your journey, stay overnight at the 19th century farmstead campsite in Bosduifklip – it’s a perfect stay-over for a midnight star gaze. When the morning sun starts to rise, head back on route along the long railway and beach roads – where you’ll possibly see dolphins and whales frolicking in the waves.

Muisbosskerm

Crook’s Corner to Pont Drift (160km)
This is South Africa’s north-most road trip route, taking the traveller through the country’s popular bush-land. Further along the route you’ll get to take in the sights of the Limpopo River and when you pass through the ancient landscapes of the north,  you’ll more than likely get to see baboons also travelling (or sleeping) along the dusty roads.

Crook's Corner

Bloemfontein to Durban (670km)
This freeway will take you across interesting farmlands and hills, which will evolve into dangerously beautiful mountains. The scenery doesn’t end there, further along the route is the Free State Eastern Highlands with lush and then suddenly dry lands and blue summer skies; followed by country villages, and the astounding Drakensberg Mountain Range. And when the evening arrives, the west view offers a spectacular sunset and coastal view when entering the subtropical Durban.

Drakensberg

Cape Town to Oudtshoorn (850km)
Travel through the beauty of the Cape’s Winelands,  and into Matjiesfontein; a  19th century railway village with vintage appeal. Further along the route the view and landscape transforms into the dry Karoo, and passes through Prince Albert, which is a typical Karoo village with many galleries, museum and mountain views.

Oudtshoorn

The Garden Route (1700km)
The Garden Route is not named the Jewel of the Cape for nothing. The route allows the traveller spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, and when it’s not in sight, the breathtaking mountain scenery and lush lands won’t leave you bored or disappointed.  There are many coastal villages and towns along the route which are worth visiting. These include Oudtshoorn, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Garden Route

5 Essential Road Trip Tips
– Ensure that the vehicle is in perfect long distant travel condition
– Have a fully charged cellphone
– Keep bottles of water
– Have a map
– Have emergency contact details

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