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===By plane===
The nearest airport is in [[George]], while for international flights you have to go to through [[Cape Town]].
===By train===
The railway station is adjacent to the waterfront shopping and restaurant complex, a couple of blocks from the centre of town. Up until 2006 there were two or three trains a day to [[George]] via [[Wilderness]] and [[Sedgefield]] ; however, heavy rainfall and severe flooding in 2006 and again in 2007 caused major damage to the railway route resulting in this train service being suspended until further notice.
Known as There is no passenger train service to Kynsna The old railway station is adjacent to the waterfront shopping and restaurant complex, a couple of blocks from the centre of town. Up until 2006 the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoeran to [http://www.onlinesources.co.za/chootjoe[George]] via [[Wilderness]] and [[Sedgefield]]; however, heavy rainfall and severe flooding in 2006 and again in 2007 caused major damage to the above-mentioned railway route resulting in this train service being suspended. The train was the last-remaining scheduled steam-hauled train service in South Africa, and a not-to-be-missed experience. The scenery along the route is stupendous, train line itself still provides opportunities for viewing and includes photography: the Kaaimans River bridge (the most-photographed railway bridge in the world) and the bridge over the Knysna lagoon. This train train now runs between [[George]] and [[Mossel Bay]], and will continue to do so until such time as the railway tracks between [[George]] and Knysna are repaired.
There is a railway heritage museum in [[George]], alongside the train station.
==Get around==
 
Walking around is the best option or rent a bicycle for longer distances. Except the minibuses there is no public transport so you have to take a taxi if you want.
* '''Walk''' along the lagoon, take a coffee at one of the many shops at the waterfront and head straight on for '''The Heads'''.
* There are many '''golf''' courses around, often with stunning settings or views. Pezula Championship Course and Golf Club[http://www.pezula.com/golf/index.html], Simola Country Estate, Golf Club and 5-Star Hotel[http://www.simolaestate.co.za/golf/] and Knysna Golf Club[http://www.knysnagolfclub.com/]. You can also book fully organised or self-drive golf tours in and around Knysna with Platinum Golf [http://www.platinumgolf.co.za/].
* <do name="Knysna Elephant Park" url="http://www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za/" phone="+27 (0)44 532-7732" email="[email protected]" directions="Halfway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay on the N2">Offers the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with African elephants. The elephants here are orphans from various SAN Parks and further afield, and they are so used to humans now that it is possible to feed them and actually touch them! Buy a bucket of fruit at the entrance and the elephants will pick up bits of fruit that you offer to them in your hands, or far more likely, they will take it straight from your bucket when you're not looking! You can also (if you book well in advance) take an evening or morning walk with the elephants. If you have the time, this is an experience not to be missed.</do>
* <do name="Seal AdventuresOrbit Day Trips" alt="" address="Shop 1, The Waterfront, Knysna Quays" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-55991546" phoneextra="+27 (0)83 654-875572 377 3563" email="sealsinfo@mweborbitdaytrips.co.za" fax="+27 (0)44 382-55991549" url="http://www.sealadventuresorbitdaytrips.co.za/" hours="Departures between Daily from Knysna at 8:30AM and 1:30PM30" price="From around R200 for 5 hours">Canoe 4 Safaris in the Knysna river and lakePlettenberg bay area. *Safari 1: Monkey, Bird & Elephant Safari. *Safari 2: Game, Whale & Dolphin Safari. *Safari 3: Site-seeing Day Tour (Also ideal for rainy or drizzly weather days). *Safari 4: Customise My Tour (Minimum 6 people) </do>
*<do name="GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures" alt="" address="Waterfront Knysna" directions="" phone="+27 82 731-4696" url="http://www.govertical.co.za/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Abseiling, Rock climbing, Kloofing, Trekking, Canoeing, Hiking and Slackpacking adventures in the Garden Route Knysna</do>
* <do name="Orbit Day TripsKnysna Fine Art " alt="" address="Thesen House, 6 Long Street" directions="" phone="Tel: +27 (0)44 382-15465107 " phoneextraurl="+27 (0)72 377 3563" email="infogallery@orbitdaytripsfinearts.co.za" faxhours="+27 (0)44 382 15499h - 17h" urlprice="http://www.orbitdaytrips.co.za" hourslat="Departures Daily from Knysna at 8:30" pricelong="">4 Safaris Knysna Fine Art is one of South Africa’s finest galleries. Shows contemporary South African art in a variety of media, although a number of international fine artists are exhibited. Entry is free and you can purchase Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Photopgraphy. The gallery also handles the Knysna work of the South African masters and works closely with vendors and Plettenberg bay areacollectors. *Safari 1: MonkeyRecent sales include major works by Gerard Sekoto, Bird & Elephant SafariJ. *Safari 2: GameH Pierneef, Whale & Dolphin SafariLucas Sithole and Robert Hodgins. *Safari 3http: Site-seeing Day Tour (Also ideal for rainy or drizzly weather days)//www.finearts.co. *Safari 4: Customise My Tour (Minimum 6 people) za/ </do>
===Events===* <do name="Knysna Oyster Festival" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Mid July every year">.</do>* <do name="Gastronomica Festival Knysna" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.gastronomicakny.co.za/ Food, Wine Festival" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> End September - First week of October every year">.</do> * <do name="Pink Loerie Mardi Gras" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.pinkloeriemardigras.co.za/" hours="" price="" lat="Get out - Stay out" hourslong="">1 May to 4 May">. </do>
==Buy==
There are so many good restaurants in and around Knysna that you will be spoilt for choice!!
* <eat name="The Dry Dock'" alt="" address="Waterfront" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.drydock.co.za/" hours="" price="">Great ambiance and delicious food. </eat>
* <eat name="Ile de Pain" alt="" address="Thesens Island" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.iledepain.co.za/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Delicious dishes with various kinds of home made bread.</eat>
* <eat name="Zachary's Restaurant'" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.zacharys.co.za/" hours="" price="">The highly acclaimed Zachary's is a sophisticated world-class gourmet restaurant under the helm of Executive Chef Geoffrey Murray, who delights in serving up local ingredients inspired by global influences.
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*<eat name="Persello's Pizzeria" alt="" address="Memorial Square" directions="By Knysna Public Library" phone="+2744382266527 44 382-2665" url="http://www.persellos.co.za/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Italian pizzeria with wood-fired ovens, home-made pasta, lasagne, cannelloni, crostoli, crisini and other gourmet treats all under a charming atmosphere.</eat>
There are so many good restaurants in and around Knysna that you will be spoilt for choice!!
==Drink==
*<drink name="Mitchell's`s Brewery" alt="" address="Arend Street" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-4685" url="http://www.mitchellsknysnabrewery.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Offers tours around the brewery and tastings of their beer</drink>
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Jaynie Court" alt="" address="Hunters Home, 9 Bolton Street" directions="" phone="+27 (0) 44 384 -0937" url="http://www.bambooguesthouse.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Bamboo the Guest House Knysna provides affordable Knysna accommodation in the South African Garden Route.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Jaynie Court" alt="" address="Hunters Home, 9 Bolton Street" directions="" phone="+27 (0) 44 384 -0937" url="http://www.bambooguesthouse.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Bamboo Guest House is perfectly situated midway between two award winning golf courses, and 5 minute drive to Knysna's bustling town centre with vibrant waterfront and restaurants.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Elephant Hide of Knysna Accommodation" alt="" address="Cherry Lane, Welbedacht, Knysna" directions="From George:" phone="+27 44 3820427382-0427" url="http://www.elephanthide.co.za/" checkin="14h00" checkout="11h00" price="from 740.00" lat="34.01.59.3" long="23.00.38.9">Situated on top of the Welbedacht Cliff Tops 3km from Knysna Town, the Lodge overlooks the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua mountains. The theme of the Lodge is one based on natural beauty with stone and wood architecture combining to give that comfortable earth feel.
The surroundings attracting numerous bird species. All the suites have double showers with views and are private. The lodge is a family run business that prides itself on personal service.
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*<sleep name="Happy Hill" alt="" address="Mc. Clelland Circle 21" directions="Knysna-Heights" phone="044-3826627" url="www.guest-house-knysna.co.za" checkin="02pm" checkout="10am" price="225-400 Rand p.P" lat="-34.029858" long="23.035873">upmarket and spacey apartment that suits 4 people very well. It offers mountain views from the sleeping rooms and lagoon views from the dining/living room and the balcony. There are a few selected DSTV channels too. In the garden an entertaining area with deckchairs around the saltwater pool, 2 lapas and a braai place are waiting for you. </sleep>
===Budget===
*<sleep name="9 on Heron Bed and Breakfast" alt="[email protected]" address="9 Herons Way, Old Place" directions="Just turn off the N2 main road into Bokmakkierie Road, then right into Herons way, you'll see the sign on the left, 200 meters down the road." phone="+27 (0)44 382 9964" url="http://www.heronsway.co.za/" checkin="2PM" checkout="10.30AM" price="From R295 pp" lat="34° 02’ 34.79’’S" long="23° 04’ 14.68’’E">3km from the Knysna Quays, set in a quiet, secure, garden-like suburb.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Bliss Self-Catering Units" alt="" address="12 Faure Street, Westhill" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-4569" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.bliss.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R250pps" lat="" long="">Two self catering units and a bed and breakfast unit. Centrally located with stunning views of the Lagoon and the Knysna Heads. Bliss has well appointed accommodation and is ideal for couples.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Franverleigh Self-catering chalets" alt="" address="" directions="Towards Karatara and Ruigtevlei" phone="+27 (0)44 356-9022" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.franverleigh.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R175pp" lat="" long="">A low-density resort with two identical log chalets set in their own secluded garden. We have named them after our resident birds - Hoopoe and Lourie.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Highfield Backpackers" alt="" address="2 Graham Street, Central" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-6266" email=" [email protected]" url="http://www.highfieldsbackpackers.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Dorm bed R90, twin and family rooms R125pps" lat="" long="">A nice place with a pool a little bit off main street and offers dorms, private single and double rooms.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Monks Caravan Park and Camping" alt="" address="" directions="1km from the centre of town towards the Port Elizabeth side of town" phone="+27 (0)44 382-2609" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.monkscaravan.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Monks Caravan park is situated on the edge of the lovely Knysna Lagoon and is in walking distance of the town. Affordable camping accommodation</sleep>
*<sleep name="Prospect Cottage" alt="" address="23 Agnar Street, Paradise" directions="From the N2/Main Street turn into Short street, the second street left is Agnar Street and is a cul-de-sac." phone="+27 (0)44 386-0152" url="http://www.prospectcottage.co.za/" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="From R600 for 2 people, R100 per additional person (max 6)" lat="34° 2' 6.68 S" long="23° 2' 22.72 E" email="[email protected]">A charming three bedroom home suitable for up to 6 people. Sip drinks on the elevated wooden deck with panoramic views of the lagoon and the 'Heads'. Easy access to the Garden Route and Klein Karoo. A three minute walk to central Knysna and the lagoon. </sleep>
===Mid-range===
*<sleep name="Amber Guest Lodge" alt="" address="11 Duthie Street, Rexford" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 384-1478" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.amberguestlodge.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R350pps" lat="" long="">Amber Guest Lodge offers four-star bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in Knysna.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Big Tree House self-catering" alt="" address="56 Milkwood Drive, Upper Old Place" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-5604" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.bigtreehouse.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="6 person unit R850" lat="" long="">The Big Tree House is unique. You are invited to enjoy a memorable holiday in this timber frame double storey home</sleep>
*<sleep name="Forest Valley Cottages" alt="" address="Rheenendal" directions="Rheenendal" phone="+27 (0)84 606- 0813" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.forestvalley.co.za/" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="From R550 per unit">Cottages sleep 4 to 8, with brilliant valley views.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Inyathi Guest Lodges" alt="" address="52 Main Road, Westhill" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-7768" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.inyathi-sa.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R350pps" lat="" long="">A most unusual guesthouse: although they are situated right in the center of town, once you enter the premises you have the feeling of being in the middle of the African bush. 3 star.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Knysna Manor House" alt="" address="19 Fichat Street, Central" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-5440" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.knysnamanor.co.za/" checkin="14h00" checkout="11h00" price="R330 - R440 pps" lat="" long="">Knysna Manor House is a 3 star, AA Highly Recommended Knysna guesthouse offering B & B accommodation on the Garden Route. The charming 100 year old Victorian mansion overlooks the Lagoon and is within walking distance to the centre of town. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Knysna River Club" alt="" address="Sun Valley Drive, Costa Sarda" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-6483" url="http://www.knysnariverclub.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R900 per unit" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Situated on the water's edge of the Knysna Lagoon, the multi-award-winning Knysna River Club is a private enclave of charming, self-catering log chalets. Surrounded by shady trees and well-tended gardens, the resort offers security, privacy and comfort for guests looking to unwind, and is the ideal venue from which to explore Knysna. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Knysna Terrace" alt="" address="4 Star Guest House" directions="just off the N2 from George" phone="+27 (0)44 382-6460" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.knysnaterrace.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Guests can stroll leisurely from Knysna Terrace to the nearby picturesque village of Knysna which boasts a selection of shops and restaurants.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Lagoona Inn" alt="" address="22a Dikkop Street" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-4656" url="http://www.lagoona.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">Every one of our bedrooms and apartments enjoys spectacular panoramic views of the mysterious beauty of Knysna.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Lazy Leopard" alt="" address="Rheenendal" directions="" phone="+27 (0)82 965-5765" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="From R600 per unit">Especially the 2 smaller cottages (just 2 persons) are very nice, both have bathrooms with lots of glass, as if you outside.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Log-Inn" alt="3 Star Hotel" address="16 Gray Street, Central" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-5835" url="http://www.log-inn.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R625pps" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">The Knysna Log-Inn Hotel embodies an "indigenous" concept that combines the character and the spirit of the surrounding indigenous forests with Knysna's romantic history</sleep>
*<sleep name="Sandybanks" alt="" address="Thesen Island" directions="On Thesen Island, take the first left turn to the gatehouse" phone="+27 (0)44 382-4904" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.thesenisland.com" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="From R800per unit" lat="-34.0462945937204" long="23.0524921417236">Sandybanks is a self-catering holiday home built in the style of a contemporary boathouse on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon. Great views and bird watching. Swimming pool. Kayaks and bicycles available.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Saffron Self-catering Holiday House" alt="" address="Thesen Islands" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-0089" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.knysnahouse.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, scullery, single garage and patio directly over the Knysna Lagoon.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Wayside Inn" alt="" address="Main Street" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-6011" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.waysideinn.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R355pps" lat="" long="">A very nice B&B in the centre of the town with charming rooms.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Zauberberg Cottage" alt="" address="28 Ridge Drive, Paradise" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-5357" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.zauberberg.co.za/" checkin="2PM" checkout="10AM" price="From R300pps" lat="" long="">In a quiet suburb above town and offers self-catering and B&B in two traditional timber cottages surrounded by a lush indigenous garden and with a view onto the Knysna Lagoon.</sleep>
===Splurge===
*<sleep name="The GrayWood Hotel" alt="" address="Cnr Gray & Trotter Streets, Central" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-5850" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.graywood.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R690pps" lat="" long="">Exceptionally well positioned and within walking distance from the Knysna Waterfront and the popular town center. The three star Graywood Hotel opened its doors in mid-September 2004 and boasts 49 en-suite timber log rooms with a licensed bar, secure parking and a full breakfast available.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hide-Away Guest House" alt="" address="114 Keerom, Paradise" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-3317" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.hideaway.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R560pps" lat="" long="">4 Star Guest house. Two Executive Rooms located on the ground floor and Three Superior Rooms on the first floor offer spectacular views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads.</sleep>
*<sleep name="House Hammond" alt="" address="47 Howard Street, Hunters Home" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 384-1524" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.househammond.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="R450-R1200 pp Bed & Breakfast" lat="S 34° 3.569'" long="E 23° 4.989'">4 Star Guest house. Each custom built individual unit, with feature en-suite bathroom, is equipped with luxury bedding and stylish décor. A stone’s throw from local 18-hole Knysna Golf Course</sleep>
*<sleep name="Lightleys Holiday Houseboats" alt="" address="Phantom Pass Road" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 386-0007" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.houseboats.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R1295 per boat" lat="" long="">Offers 4 and 6 berth email="[email protected]houseboats on the lagoon. A good way to explore the lagoon and have a place to sleepco. za">This Company has been Closed since December 2011</sleep>
*<sleep name="The Lofts Boutique Hotel at the Boatshed" alt="" address="Thesen Islands" directions="" email="[email protected]" phone="+27 (0)44 302-5710" url="http://www.knysnahotel.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R525pps" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Parkes Manor Knysna" alt="" address="1 Azalia Street, Paradise" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-5100" url="http://www.parkesmanor.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R1045" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]">A four-star rated guesthouse set in tranquil surroundings overlooking the Knysna lagoon and well-known Knysna Heads.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa" alt="" address="Lagoon View Drive, Sparrebosch" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 302-3333" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.pezularesorthotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R3025pps" lat="" long="">Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa is Africa's first truly luxury resort, a sanctuary of privacy and indulgence created to reflect the natural beauty of its surrounds.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Tonquani Lodge" alt="" address="Welbedacht Lane, Kanonkop" directions="" phone="" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.tonquani.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Family rooms from R395pp and double units from R795pp" lat="" long="">Rated best B&B/Guesthouse with Self-Catering in South Africa three times in a row. 5 Star accommodation at an affordable price and with excellent facilities.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Villa Afrikana Guest Suites" alt="" address="13 Watsonia Drive, Paradise" directions="" phone="+27 (0)44 382-4989" url="http://www.villaafrikana.com/" checkin="3PM" checkout="11AM" price="R850 to R1050pp" lat="34°2 0.33 S" long="23°1 53.81 E" email="[email protected]">All suites enjoy fantastic views over the Knysna Heads and surrounding Lagoon. Reputably they are some of the most spacious suites in Knysna and the Garden Route with combined sleeping and seating area averaging 32 square meters of living space.</sleep>
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