Knysna, without doubt is South Africa’s best kept secret. It is named in ‘the top 100 places ‘ in the world to visit....This quaint, bustling tourist town is home to a huge indigenous population of people of all ages, creeds & cultures. It is steeped in history dating back to 1804 when George Rex, a timber merchant bought a farm & set up a thriving timber business. Following the discovery of gold in 1876 people flocked to the Millwood mines. Knysna had its own port & Arnt Thesen consequently set up the first trading store to accommodate the influx of people & in 1881 Knysna was declared a town.
Today the Knysna Lagoon, boasts an upbeat ‘Waterfront’ full of shops, bars & restaurants with stunning views of ‘The famous Knysna Heads’. A short walk to Thesen Island is an absolute 'must'. It is the perfect place for sundowners & an oyster supper, with the opportunity to view the endangered Knysna seahorses.
Knysna is home to the Redbridge Brewing Company & Knysna Gin Distillery - both open for exquisite tastings!
Knysna town has 3 shopping malls, a street market & an art/craft market, catering for your every need... all within walking distance & some merely a ‘stones-throw’ from Jembjo’s Knysna lodge.
Knysna plays host to a number of international festivals each year.... In July hoards of people are drawn to indulge in the annual 10 day Oyster festival which incorporates the Knysna Forest Marathon & Cycle races. September sees the town attract young & old aspiring artists to the Arts Exhibitions. For the more energetic & extreme adrenalin junkies, May is the time to be in town as the Knysna Speed festival kicks into gear. Knysna is also the venue for several cycling races throughout the year. The colourful Pink Loerie/Mardi Gras festival is held in May. South Africa’s largest Rastafarian community hosts the ‘Earth festival’ which draws Haile Sellasie followers from all over the world.