• 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 […]

    • 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 […]

    • Visit Knysna

      A Top Whale Watching Destination

      Over the past few weeks the Ocean Odyssey team has been balls to the wall busy with an extensive marketing campaign for Knysna, alongside various other local tourism operators and establishments. Together we have worked hard to showcase the diverse and unique attributes that make Knysna so special. Our primary mission, of course, is to […]

    • The Knysna Estuary

      Knysna's Blue Heart

      The Knysna Estuary is the blue heart of our town. The sheer loveliness of this iconic estuarine bay will take your breath away, and so too will the showstopping diversity of life that exists here, both above and beneath the surface. It’s pretty mind-boggling just how many species of fauna and flora can be found […]

    • 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, […]

    • 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 […]