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    • Knysna Oyster Festival Fun

      Experience the Best that Knysna has to offer

      Knysna is celebrated for many things: its ancient forests, vast liquid landscapes, endless beaches, migratory whales, a rare seahorse, forest elephants, and, of course, the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.  Every year, thousands of fitness fanatics, oyster lovers, foodies, wine fundi’s and general hedonists flock to our shores to enjoy this popular annual festival that promises […]

    • World Ocean’s Day 2019

      #togetherwecan Protect and Restore our Oceans

      We spend a lot of our time showcasing the extraordinary wonders of Knysna’s marine environment and sharing the incredible wild encounters that we so fortunate to experience on daily basis. But for today, in honour of World Oceans Day 2019, we are shifting focus. Why? Because we know that there has never been a more […]

    • Awesome Dolphin Mamas

      Parenting prowess

      For Mother’s Day this year, we are shining the spotlight on all the dedicated dolphin mamas living in oceans across the planet. Highly sentient beings, dolphins possess exceptional mothering traits which are definitely deserving of our respect. The beautiful bond between dolphin cows and their calves forms some time before birth. Expecting dolphin mamas croon […]

    • Why You Should Definitely Visit Knysna During Winter

      Winter Time in Paradise

      Winter has arrived. But it is not the time to simply curl up in the foetal position under a blankie on the couch to binge-watch Netflix in anticipation for the balmy, carefree days of summer to return. Nope, life is short and there is much to see and do in the Greater Knysna region during […]

    • Spotlight on a Species: Cape Gannets

      Master Divers and Specialised Hunters

      Some days when we head out onto the Indian Ocean, it is the frenzied commotion above the water that keeps us entertained. When large shoals of baitfish move past our coastline, the skies overhead are peppered with a wide array of seabirds looking for a tasty morsel. One species in particular, the magnificent Cape gannet, […]

    • Strandloper Project

      Local conservationists tackle ghost fishing and plastic pollution

      I remember my first close encounter with a humpback whale like it was yesterday. It was the 12th of June 2014 and I was onboard the Ocean Odyssey vessel as their official photographer. We had been scouring the ocean parallel to our Knysna coastline for about an hour, actively searching for signs of our visiting migratory […]

    • Thesen Island

      Then & Now

        Our Ocean Odyssey offices are located on Thesen Island’s Harbour Town, overlooking the blue waters of the iconic Knysna Estuary. Thesen Island is unquestionably the trendy hub of Knysna, and across its 90 hectare expanse, it boasts an award winning Blue Flag marina, a stunning collection of designer shops, art galleries, bustling restaurants, boutique […]

    • Offshore Drilling a Threat to our Environment

      Offshore Drilling Fraught with Risk

      After many months of seismic testing along our Southern African coastline, Total (the French owned oil giant) announced in early February the discovery of a vast reserve of natural gas located under the sea bed of the Outeniqua Basin, about 175 km off our Southern Cape coast. This means that at some point in the […]

    • Reconnect with Nature

      Explore Knysna's Natural Assets

      “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum)   We are all nature-obsessed nutjobs at Ocean Odyssey and most days you will find us bragging about Knysna’s wealth of natural assets, particularly its show-stopping marine […]

    • How Whale Poo Can Help Fight Climate Change.

      Our great whales are ecosystem engineers

        Since the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling back in 1986, whale populations have increased significantly across our world’s oceans and certain species that once teetered on the brink of extinction have made a remarkable comeback. It is considered by some as one of the most remarkable conservation success stories of our time. […]