• 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 […]

    • 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 […]

    • Mandela Day with Ocean Odyssey

      Keeping Mandela's Legacy Alive

      Mandela Day is a day when citizens around the country reflect on Nelson Mandela’s unforgettable legacy. We take the time to celebrate his life, his leadership and his devotion to humanity. Positive change was the gift left to all of us by Nelson Mandela, but in order to make his a living legacy, we all […]

    • 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 […]

    • Ghost Fishing

      Local Ocean Warriors Tackle the Problem.

      I would like to take a moment to set the scene… It’s a sublime summer’s day with calm seas and cobalt blue skies overhead. A lone fisherman casts his line just off the reef of Gericke’s Point, the iconic Lion’s Head standing sentinel over the intertidal wonderland which surrounds him. Suddenly, the fisherman feels a tug […]

    • Blue Flag Proud

      Our Commitment to the Environment

      The team at Ocean Odyssey is beyond delighted and proud of the positive results of our recent Blue Flag inspection carried out by the international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for the 2017/2018 season. It stands as testimony to our hard work, dedication and unwavering commitment to our local natural environment. Blue Flag is an […]

    • Seismic Testing gets the Green Light

      A prelude to offshore drilling.

      As if the effects of overfishing, coral bleaching, rising sea temperatures and plastic pollution were not devastating enough for our ailing marine environment, our oceans face yet another worrying threat – that of deafening noise! In the last century, human activity has increased so dramatically across the world’s oceans that we have fundamentally altered the […]