• 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 […]

    • 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. […]

    • Inspiring Local Eco Warriors

      Women Making Positive Impacts on our Environment

      This last August was yet another inspiring Women’s Month. Women from all walks of life came together in a spirit of solidarity at a host of events that took place around the country. What was once one dedicated public holiday (August 9th), is now a month-long campaign to champion the rights of South African women […]

    • World Oceans Day 2018

      Knysna Ocean Lovers Take Action Against Plastic Pollution

      Even though every day is ocean day for the Ocean Odyssey team, we still wanted to take time out to both honour and participate in the official World Ocean Day which took place on Friday June 8th – in collective spirit with concerned citizens around the globe. The aim of this annual event is to […]

    • Local Eco Warrior

      Louw Claassens

      For the past several years, Louw Claassens, the Director of the Knysna Basin Project, has spent a considerable amount of time underwater. She has quite literally immersed herself in the study of the teeny, tiny Knysna seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) – our town’s iconic estuarine species. Her ground breaking research recently earned her a PhD from […]

    • Happy Humpback Mothers Day

      A Mother's Love

      Motherhood. I’m pretty sure there isn’t even a word in the dictionary which can aptly describe that feeling a woman has when her baby takes its first breath in the world. When everything suddenly makes perfect sense and the need to love, protect and cherish one’s child takes precedence over all else. Motherly instincts are […]

    • Ocean Odyssey’s Nature Guides

      Ocean Odyssey's Nature Guides

      Ocean Odyssey is dedicated to showcasing Knysna’s unparalleled beauty and diversity of marine life and our approach to this has always been a holistic one. We understand that people visiting our region are interested in learning as much as possible about the various facets which define it. With this in mind, our tours have been thoughtfully […]