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#KnysnaRises: Knysna tourism needs your support

Posted By Marilynh / August 25, 2017 / 0 Comments

Five wonderful places to stay in Knysna (all offering great pensioner discounts)!
Help Knysna rise again!



Following the devastating fires in the Garden Route in June, Knysna & Partners tourism board is working to get the message out that it’s business as usual in Knysna. Chairperson Elmay Bouwer, confirms that Knysna has resumed normal business activities and is welcoming visitors.

“We would like tourists to know that it is safe to visit Knysna, and that almost all tourist activities are fully operational,” said Bouwer.

“Although a number of accommodation establishments were damaged or destroyed, there are many others which were not affected.”

Bouwer said that one of Knysna’s biggest tourist attractions, Featherbed Nature Reserve suffered severe damage, however the company’s three restaurants are still fully operational as are the boat cruises on the John Benn, Paddle Cruiser and Heads Explorer Catamaran.

The iconic Knysna Waterfront with all its restaurants and shops had not been affected in any way.

The popular animal sanctuaries between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay including Knysna Elephant Park, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre are all operating as usual. In addition, SANParks’ picnic areas at Jubilee Creek and Diepwalle and the camping sites in Diepwalle are open and unaffected by the fires.

Simola, Pezula and Knysna Golf Courses are also open.


Golf at Simola


The town of Sedgefield is also welcoming visitors and has not lost any accommodation establishments. All tourist activities in the area are fully operational including the popular Scarab and Wild Oats Famers’ Markets.


Wild Oats Community Farmers Market


“Knysna is recovering from the devastation of the fires but for local businesses to survive, tourism must play a vital part,” says Bouwer. “We need to get the message out there that we are open for business and the Knysna visitor experience will be as good as ever.”

The town has a number of exciting festivals and events planned in the months before the end of the year, including:

Knysna Timber Festival: 29 September – 1 October
Leisure Isle Festival: 4-5 November
Knysna Blues Festival: 16 December

If you would like to book a holiday in Knysna, we invite you to take a look at a selection of accommodation establishments in Knysna (please see below), as featured on the *You’ve Earned It website. 

You can also check the Knysna tourism website for accommodation, activities and more: www.visitknysna.co.za, call 044 382 5510 or email bookings@visitknysna.co.za.


Here is a selection of accommodation establishments in Knysna that would love to welcome you with open arms: 


Footprints of Knysna


Footprints of Knysna

Oodles of charm, personality and character. This is what you will find when you stay at Footprints of Knysna. The self-catering units each have a unique style of decor and private decks with braai facilities so you can chill out and relax. Or pop out to the pool and enjoy the lush gardens.  Whatever you choose to do, you can be assured of a wonderful stay with high standards of comfort and service.   Check out their directory listing for more details of their pensioners discount.


Forest Edge


Forest Edge – A nature-lovers’ retreat in Knysna

Forest Edge is a popular Garden Route destination for pensioners with passion, senior citizens with pizazz, and especially those active life-loving bird-watchers and walkers who want to feel safe, tranquil, comfortable, and respected when they travel.  Why not treat yourself to a mid-week stay?  Take advantage of Forest Edge’s special pensioners Discount Package which offers you unbeatable value.


Moonshine on Whiskey Creek


Moon Shine on Whiskey Creek

Enjoy an indigenous forest experience.  Moon Shine is a small and enchanting venue situated in unspoiled indigenous forest in the very heart of the Garden Route.   Experience the forest from the comfort of your stunningly hand crafted wooden cabin nestled among the trees.  Or drink in the views from the wide veranda of the garden cottage.  Come and experience Moon Shine, leave only good vibes and take home some magical Moon Shine memories.  And enjoy the low season pensioner discount especially for the over-65s. 


Under Milkwood Chalets


Under Milkwood Chalets

A fabulous pensioner discount is on offer in the village of timber log chalets amongst the majestic Milkwood trees on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon!  Enjoy R&R in this tranquil resort offering guests a haven of leisure and comfort, wonderful views of the lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains in the background.


Knysna Heads


Woodbourne Resort

Woodbourne caters for everyone – relaxation, peace, tranquillity and fun!  With both chalets and camping (the prettiest campsite in South Africa!) and caravanning, Woodbourne is the ideal base from which to explore Knysna and all of the well-known Garden Route attractions.  It is three minutes walk to the famous Knysna Heads and close to a safe beach on a tidal lagoon.  An excellent pensioner discount is on offer for camping and caravanning. 




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