Knysna Lagoon

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Sheltered from the rough sea swells by two rugged headlands, this brilliantly blue lagoon is a boating and watersports hotspot.

The rugged scenery and gem-hued waters of the Knysna Lagoon attract many visitors to this scenic part of South Africa’s famed Garden Route. View the rugged headlands, which mark the narrow entrance to the lagoon, follow hiking trails along the lagoon edge and step aboard a boat for a scenic cruise out on the lagoon.

Divided from the wilder open seas by two cliffs that extend out into the water, Knysna Lagoon is relatively calm. The entrance to the lagoon, however, is anything but and many ships have been wrecked trying to navigate their way into harbor here. As you watch the surging sea crash into the cliffs of the heads, imagine how it would feel to try and steer a vessel through this dangerous entryway.

Take advantage of the gentle conditions by embarking on a yacht, catamaran or motor boat tour and floating around the lagoon. Admire views of the headlands, which denote the boundaries of the lagoon.

Several water-dwelling species can also be spotted during boat excursions on the lagoon. Look for various whale species, including humpbacks and southern rights, breaching the surface between July and December. Dolphins can be seen here year-round.

For something more active, attempt a variety of watersports in the lagoon waters. Paddle around the lagoon on a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Or, try something more fast-paced such as kite surfing or waterskiing. You can also go swimming here.

Of course, it’s possible to soak up the stunning lagoon scenery without ever getting wet. Follow nature trails around Featherbed Nature Reserveor drive to the Eastern Head View Point to watch the waves crash into the rocks and take photographs of the spectacular coastal landscape.

Several coffee shops and restaurants are located on the headland overlooking the lagoon. Sit on terrace with a sea view and enjoy a hot drink, a wine from the region or a meal of locally sourced produce.

Knysna Lagoon is on South Africa’s Garden Route in the Western Cape Province. Driving from Cape Town will take around 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Top Hotels Close to Knysna Lagoon

Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays
Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays
3.5 out of 5
Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
The price is $83 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Knysna. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (262 reviews)
"The hotel was very clean and in an excellent location. The staff were extremely accommodating and welcoming. The breakfast included with our stay was very good. We would highly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2022

The Lofts Boutique Hotel
The Lofts Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
The Boatshed, Long Street, Thesen Islands, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Knysna. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
Amazing boutique find
"Stay was amazing. Actually extended for an extra night. The staff were courteous, welcoming, friendly and professional. The views from the deck were exceptional, especially at sunset. The rooms were clean, big, with an outside patio."

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Turbine Hotel and Spa
Turbine Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
TH 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Islands, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
The price is $176 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Knysna. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a marina. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (147 reviews)
"Amazing staff and very good location!"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

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Lakeside Knysna Accomodation
Lakeside Knysna Accomodation
2.5 out of 5
88 Main Road, Knysna, Western Cape, 6571
The Lofts Boutique Hotel
The Lofts Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
The Boatshed, Long Street, Thesen Islands, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
Turbine Hotel and Spa
Turbine Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
TH 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Islands, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays
Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays
3.5 out of 5
Waterfront Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
St James of Knysna
St James of Knysna
5 out of 5
The Point, Eastford, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
Brenton Park Holiday Cottages
Brenton Park Holiday Cottages
3.5 out of 5
10 Brenton Park, Capt. Duthie Ave, Lake Brenton, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
5 out of 5
13 Watsonia Drive Paradise, Knysna, Western Cape, 6571
Roseroc Boutique Guest House
Roseroc Boutique Guest House
4 out of 5
33 Circular Drive, Knysna, Western Cape, 6571
South Villa Guesthouse
South Villa Guesthouse
4 out of 5
22 Circular Drive Paradise, Knysna, Western Cape, 6571
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