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Knysna itself is the Crown Jewel of the Garden Route, beauty abounding, nature at its best, with loads of activities to keep you busy for a few days. Celebrated as being one of the Garden Route's best known travel destinations, is situated between lush forests and the shores of a peaceful estuary and offers many activities and attractions to a wide variety of people, Including Featherbed Eco Experience, Knysna Elephant Park, Sunset Cruises, Dinner Crusies, Beer Tasting, Forest Mountain Biking, Oyster Farm Tour, The harvest market, Tubing, Bungi Jumping, Golfing, Hiking, Bird Watching to name just a few.
Discover a wonderfully different Knysna, see her colorful townships and experience her essence. There are a variety of township and cultural tours available. Explore the local Rasta community, eat an African delicacy called 'Roosterkoek' or take part in a drumming session. Meet the people - from the Woodcutters in Karatara, to the Italians in Gouna, the Khoi and San Tribes like the Griqua and the Xhosa Speaking people. Experience the Rainbow Nation at its best.
Some of the major Festival attractions Knysna enjoys include the Pink Leorie Gay Mardi Gras (End April/May), The Knysna Oyster Festival (July), The Knysna Marathon (July), The Earth Festival (End July), and of course the famous summer season of the garden route. All these events draw thousands of people from all over to enjoy the delights of Knysna.
Knysna has a moderate climate that makes it the perfect destination all year round. Peak season is in the height of summer in December, but the area is popular with international tourists from September (spring) to April (autumn). The mild winters on the Garden Route ensure sunny and beautiful wind-still days and are often referred to as the 'secret season'. Truth be told, day-time temperatures rival a balmy European summer, with an average winter temperature around 19`C.
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One will find a selection of fine restaurants, activities, cultural and heritage experiences, adventure and natural encounters to match your mood, age, physique and budget. Wine and dine your way through a formidable array of fine restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs, coffee shops, delicatessens and other interesting eateries. The famous Knysna oyster features on many a menu. From fusion food with an Oriental flavour to nouveau cuisine; from traditional South African dishes such as Cape Malay-inspired bobotie to a Xhosa delicacy known as umnqusho; from a meaty braai to a syrupy sweet koeksister, Knysna offers it all.