Eastern Head View Point is one of two headlands that jut out into the water on either side of the Knysna Lagoon. Watch from the overlook as the waves crash in to the cliffs, which cut off the lagoon from the ocean swells.
Eastern Head together with its western counterpart are collectively known as “the Heads.” The Heads mark the entrance to the lagoon, which was described by the British Navy as being among the most dangerous places for ships to enter. As you gaze down upon the rocky cliffs, imagine the challenge faced by captains in years past who tried to navigate their vessels through the lagoon entrance.
Bring a camera and attempt to capture the stunning lagoon in pictures. Hungry travelers can find a couple of clifftop restaurants nearby offering locally sourced food and magnificent views. On sunny days, sit out on a café terrace and soak up the postcard-perfect scenes.
From the Eastern Head View Point, look across the western headland to see the Featherbed Nature Reserve. This privately owned reserve features nature and hiking trails, and can be visited as part of several boat excursions. If you have time, consider taking a boat tour of the lagoon to fully appreciate the wonderful views of the twin cliffs.
Explore the residential area around the heads and admire the large and lavish houses built here. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Knysna. Stick around for a few hours and note how the light and the lagoon view changes. It’s particularly beautiful in late afternoon, when the sunlight sparkles on the water’s surface.
Find the Eastern Head View Point about 4 miles (7 kilometers) south of the town of Knysna, a popular destination on South Africa’s Garden Route. Drive here from town and leave the car in the parking lot near the viewpoint. From the parking lot, follow the trail that leads toward the cliff edge.