• 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, […]

    • 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 […]

    • A Dream Wild Encounter with Humpback Whales

      An Extraordinary Wild Encounter

      We were at the tail end of our migratory whale season, with the bulk of our leviathan visitors having already skirted our section of coastline on their way back to their plankton-rich feeding grounds near Antarctica (or, some believe, up the West Coast of Africa which also has a food source.) Unlike mid whale watching […]

    • Whale Strandings

      Swartvlei Beach the final resting ground for two whale species

      Our southern oceans boast a prolific number of whales during the annual migration period. We are privileged to be able to observe them in brief glimpses as they navigate the length of our Southern African coastline. Sadly, from time to time, whales get stranded alive or wash up dead upon our shores. Such is the […]

    • 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 […]

    • 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 […]

    • Explore Knysna this Easter

      Book a day to remember

      It is crazy to think that the Easter holidays are just around the corner. The old adage which says that “time flies when you are having fun” is totally true – and we should know, because fun is our middle name when it comes to exploring the nooks and crannies and natural wonders of this […]

    • Whale Muggings

      An unforgettable experience

      When one hears the word ‘mugging’, it doesn’t conjure up particularly good thoughts, unless you go whale watching, in which case you want nothing more than to get mugged…by a whale.