Odyssey Journal

    • 20 Reasons to Visit Knysna in 2020

      #20plenty!!

      The Greater Knysna region is often dubbed  ‘Nature’s Playground’ and this popular coastal region is celebrated for many things: festivals, ancient forests, whales, beaches, lakes, rivers, oysters and seahorses. It is all of these and so much more. Whatever your interests, Knysna offers something for everyone, here are 20 Reasons to Visit Knysna in 2020 […]

    • Knysna’s Whale Watching Season Highlights

      Another Memorable Whale Migration

      As the last of December’s long, balmy days draw to an end, it is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the year behind us. We were once again blessed with a phenomenal whale watching season and even though the whales have left Knysna’s waters until their next annual migration, the unforgettable close encounters […]

    • Ocean Odyssey Showcases the natural wonders of Knysna

      Food for the Soul

        Every year, Knysna lures thousands of visitors in search of soul food. A veritable nature’s playground, lovers of the great outdoors are utterly spoilt for choice when they visit our area. If you cast your gaze northward, you will see the sinuous outline of the Outeniqua Mountain range standing sentinel over the Greater Knysna […]

    • Behind the Scenes

      Of our Ocean Odyssey Dream Team

        Since Evelyn Pepler took the helm of Ocean Odyssey in 2012, the company has gone from strength to strength and we owe our success to the passion and dedication of our rock star Ocean Odyssey team. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of this dynamic Knysna company, from permit regulations […]

    • Step onboard the Outeniqua

      21 years and still navigating the big blue!

        It was a dazzling palette of blues all around as we made our way across the expansive estuary, our sails sculpted by a gentle offshore breeze. With a cloud-studded sky overhead and the warm embrace of the summer sun on our backs, we made our way towards the Knysna Heads. It was incredible to […]

    • A Rare Dolphin in our Midst

      Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin

      Our local ocean sustains a pretty remarkable array of marine wildlife. As our visiting gentle giants slowly leave our shores to return to their southern feeding grounds off Antarctica, we can still count on regular sightings of our other favourite marine mammals – dolphins! Throughout the year we enjoy wild encounters with three different dolphin […]

    • Spring Clean Greater Knysna 2019

      “Harnessing the Power of People to Fight Ocean Trash”

        September 21st is International Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual global event where thousands of concerned, ocean-loving souls from more than 100 countries rally together to collect trash on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites before it has the chance to enter our precious oceans. It is the largest volunteer effort in aid […]

    • Why Exactly do Whales Breach?

      Mysteries of the Deep

      Having an encounter with a humpback or southern right whale in its natural environment is a thrilling experience for any ocean lover. When you see their exhalation in the distance as they surface to breathe, it feels like you’ve hit the jackpot and it’s hard not to get all giddy with delight. The combined anticipation […]

    • The Feathers of Knysna

      A Top Birding Destination

      Our main mission at Ocean Odyssey is to showcase Knysna’s phenomenal marine mammal life. But the commentary on our tours very often includes interesting titbits about the other wildlife that we encounter, particularly the abundant bird life. Throughout the broad expanse of the estuary, at the opening of the Knysna River system and soaring above […]

    • The Knysna Seahorse

      A Special Estuarine Resident

          Did you know that our Knysna Estuary boasts the highest biodiversity in comparison to any other estuary in South Africa? It’s a literal treasure trove of flora and fauna. Of  all the critters that reside in the estuary, it is the little Knysna seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) that is the most celebrated. Seahorses belong […]