"A Spectacular Place on the Garden Route" Top 5 Page for this destination Knysna by cokes

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SA`s true Beauty

The town of Knysna, clustered around a vast tidal lagoon which opens to the sea through a narrow inlet guarded by two sandstone cliffs known as ?The Heads?, is the hub of the Garden Route, drawing more visitors than it can cope with, particularly during the peak summer holiday season.

The town has an interesting history, having started as a point of export for timber cut from the surrounding dense forests (which have been badly denuded as a result). In the early 19th century the town was almost solely owned by the enigmatic character George Rex, who was believed to be the illegitimate son of King George III of England. Rex fathered 13 children and is a legend in the Knysna area. The town features some quaint Victorian houses, a modern commercial waterfront development, a lovely sandy beach at Leisure Island on the east side of the lagoon, and some good shopping for local arts and crafts in the crowded town centre. There are some lovely scenic drives through the remaining indigenous forests in the area, and sampling Knysna oysters and locally brewed Mitchell?s beer is highly recommended.

Well another thing while at Knysna you can make your way to George , Plettenberg Bay , Mossel Bay ,The Wilderness as well Ousthoorn and the Cango Caves.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Absolutely Beautiful
  • Cons:Gets Very Boaring if you there to long.
  • In a nutshell:A great place to spend a few days
  • Intro Updated May 31, 2007
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  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    oh gawd - what a stunning place to see. one day.

  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    I guess you're wright ... SA`s true beauty, but also will get boring when you're there too long. Nice tips and pics. Thanx for sharing.

  • cleocat's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    Nice pics. I need to go there again. See things have changed a bit. I agree on the boattrips.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2005 at 4:56 PM

    Great tips. I need to get back and get out of capetown!

  • chiara76's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2005 at 2:44 PM

    Very nice page! I really like your photos! Greetings from Poland.

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2005 at 9:31 AM

    Wonderful page Collin, sounds perfect! Very helpful information and beautiful photos! Have never thought about South Africa unitl now! Great job! :o)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2005 at 1:09 PM

    Indeed, absolutely beautiful, both the place and your page! I am more and more convinced to visit SA sooner than I thought. Thanks for sharing.

  • traveldream's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2005 at 1:59 AM

    Collin, what a very nice place! :)

  • DidiBeachBum's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 7:55 PM

    awesome pics! i like that colorful boat pic with the blue sky! really really awesome! any sharks around? hehehe {^_^}v

  • Henrik_rrb's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 4:08 PM

    You have smashed up this page nicely, Collưin! Spiced with some fantastic photos too! Good work! Would love to take that train-trip! And 38 degrees I wouldn't say no to either... ;) /Henrik


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