Knysna’s magical mosaic of diverse natural habitats provide the ideal playground for outdoor pursuits, and very soon, hundreds of adventure-seeking holiday makers will be flocking to our much-loved shores. We are ready to show them a damn good time!
Marine Eco Tour
The first and best known of these four fab adventures is our Marine Eco Tour, which departs several times daily from the vibey Thesen Island Jetty. Highlighting the various aspects of our Estuary, the geological wonders of our craggy coastline and the rich web of fauna and flora which can be found here – this tour promises to be a delightful journey of discovery. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we head out into the Indian Ocean through the famous Knysna Heads, in search of marine life. Dolphins are prolific here year round and three different species are regularly seen, including the bottlenose, Indian Ocean humpback and common dolphin. Occasionally, we catch a glimpse of the elusive Bryde’s whale, a year-round whale resident which travels up and down the Southern African coastline in search of food. Most days, frolicking Cape fur seals are seen, along with an incredible diversity of sea birds. (Every year from June to December our ocean also plays host to two migrating whale species, namely, the humpback and southern right whales.)
Springtide Sailing Charters
Springtide Charters is one of the longest standing sailing charters in the Garden Route. We offer several different charter options, but our most popular, particularly in the summer months, is our 2½ hour sunset cruise – a sublime way to wind down a summer’s day in Knysna. Departing daily from the bustling tourist hub of the Knysna Waterfront, our sleek, 50ft mono-hull ‘Outeniqua’ yacht sets sail across the broad expanse of the Knysna Estuary. Conditions permitting, our seasoned skippers then sail through the Knysna Heads and into the big blue, moving parallel to the coastline. After at least an hour of open ocean sailing, the yacht returns to the calmer waters of the Estuary where a feast of Mediterranean style cuisine and a glass of fine South African Cap Classique is served while the sun slowly sinks beyond the horizon.
Stand Up Paddling
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a popular activity for those looking to get active while exploring Knysna’s watery world. You can choose to explore within the calm canals of Thesen Island, or take to the open water expanse of the estuary for a little more excitement on the shifting tides. One of the fastest growing watersports in the world, SUP boarding is relatively easy to learn on calm water and therefore ideal for beginners. This traditionally Hawaiian sport provides a full body workout which serves to promote balance and strengthen the body’s core muscle groups. And its loads of fun too!!
(Life jackets are supplied and are compulsory. Boards can only be launched at the jetty on Thesen Island.)
GONOW Electric Bikes
Our fleet of electric bikes is our fourth fab adventure offering. This ever-increasing trend in urban travel has proven popular with both locals and visitors and is a great way to explore Knysna. The beauty of this adventure is that it requires relatively little effort because the bike does most of the work for you (although it can be set on manual). Self-powered and easy to ride, electric bicycles take away the hassles of getting stuck in traffic or looking for parking and they will get you pretty far on a single charge! Take a slow and easy urban cruise from Thesen Island, along a pathway which skirts the banks of the estuary, making your way towards the lovely Leisure Island. The circular route around this quiet residential area will afford cyclists with expansive views of the estuary. From there, you can head up towards the viewpoint of the Knysna Heads, the Estuary and the mountains beyond