Knysna is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. It lies 34 degrees south of the equator. The town is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary known as the Knysna Lagoon, which is fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as “The Heads” and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. The Paquita, a German vessel, sank on the eastern side of the Knysna Heads in 1903. Near them are geological formations known locally as “The Map Stones”. To the north of Knysna, Afro-montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 2 km until changing to fynbos high in the Outeniqua Mountains. The eastern head is heavily developed, while the western head is a private nature reserve. Read more >
Activity: Visit Featherbed Nature Reserve with a lagoon ferry ride.
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