Activities and information

Brenton on Sea

Brenton on sea is a small seaside village just 15 km outside the bustling town of Knysna. It is the perfect base to explore the area and enjoy local activities. Peaceful and serene, with a 5 km stretch of unspoilt beach. Fynbos covered dunes on one side and nothing but ocean on the other side. Enjoy a walk to Buffalo Bay and back or take a dip in the ocean. You can also spot dolphins surfing the waves or the endangered African Black Oystercatcher on the beach. But most importantly just enjoy the tranquility of the nature surrounding you and be mesmerized by beautiful Brenton on Sea Sunsets.

There are restaurants at both Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay for a refreshment and a snack after the invigorating beach walk. This stretch of beach is a popular fishing spot for locals and tourists.

Explore

Discover untouched hidden beaches while exploring the Fisherman’s Walk. With awesome views from many vantage points. Whale watching from any of these elevated places for a spectacular sighting of these magnificent mammals. The ultimate being the majestic Southern Right Whale that visits our shores from around May to November.

The Bryde’s whale is spotted all year round and the Humpback Whale resides here for about 8 months of the year. Three dolphin species may also be seen in the area, sometimes in schools of a few thousand.

In addition Brenton on sea is also home to the Brenton Blue Butterfly, this endangered species is indigenous to the area and the reserve can also be visited on a guided tour during November and February.

Various species of buck can be seen between Brenton on sea and Brenton on lake, on the edge of the Knysna estuary.

Million dollar views and friendly, welcoming locals. An exciting array of land and water based experiences within the unmatched natural beauty of indigenous forestsmiles of beaches, rivers and lakes that border the town. Explore quaint shopsfantastic food or be pampered at one of the luxury spa’s . With a rich history, proud cultural heritage and a lively, contemporary atmosphere – Knysna is magnificent, naturally!” – Visit Knysna

Local activities

Furthermore spend time at one of our beautiful local beaches, take a ferry ride across the lagoon, visit an animal sanctuary, go sand boarding, hiking or pack a picnic and head for Jubilee Creek.

For the more adventurous dare a trip through the Heads on Knysna Rib Adventures, bungy jump off the Bloukrans Bridge at Tsitsikamma, or join ScooTours for a ride with a difference in the forest. This is but a fraction of what our area has to offer. Feel free to browse the Visit Knysna website for a great variety of activities and information.

Restaurants

For TripAdvisor reviews and recommendations of restaurants in the area, click here. Guests are also welcome to enquire directly with us for suggestions of top restaurants and cafe’s to visit.

Day trip Activities

For guests who are spending a lengthy time with us, there are many wonderful places to explore and experience outside of Knysna.

Take a day trip to Plettenberg Bay with its beautiful beaches, hikes on Robberg Nature Reserve, shops and restaurants.

Or spread your wings even further and visit the famous Cango Caves and ride an ostrich in Oudtshoorn.

We are happy to advise you on any of these activities and help you make the necessary bookings and arrangements.

Alternatively the Visit Knysna tourism office is situated in Knysna central. They are very knowledgeable regarding the area, activities and are also always happy to assist.

Golf

Knysna has three world-class golf courses: Simola, Pezula Championship Course and the Knysna Golf Club.

Local Markets

The Friday Market – Knysna

The market is open from the First Friday in September to the last Friday in May each week from 4 – 8pm out of season and in season until 8:30pm.

The Friday Market provides an advertised trading place which is locally and internationally supported for its ambient family atmosphere. It includes supervised parking, seating and shelter. Bonfires, live music, a quality craft section, a licensed bar. They also have an amazing choice of locally produced food which may be enjoyed on the premises or at home.

Wild Oats Market – Sedgefield

AN EXCITING AND SIGNIFICANT LANDMARK IN THE HEART OF SOUTH AFRICA’S GARDEN ROUTE, this multiple award-winning WILD OATS Community Farmers’ Market is located on the outskirts of the tiny coastal town of Sedgefield. Adjacent to the beautiful Swartvlei lake-lagoon. This small, rustic but internationally famous farmers’ market continues to attract the enthusiastic attention of proud locals and discerning travelers who consistently return for more of its festive fare.

EVERY SATURDAY MORNING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR (from 7:30-12 noon summer; 8:00-12 noon winter) COME RAIN OR SHINE. This authentic producers market is brimming with the choicest locally-produced foods. Both the take-home and breakfast variety. Including free-range meats, chicken, lamb, dairy and cheese, the market also specializes in fresh vegetables, freshly baked and bottled goods. The market also proudly offers the many plants and flowers of the unique Southern Cape Floral Kingdom, propagated by local plant specialists.

Harkerville Saturday Market

The Harkerville Market is rural and rustic, but vibey and vital. This is not only a farmer’s market, but also a craft market – definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Situated deep in the heart of the Garden Route, midway between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the N2.

Festivals in Knysna

Knysna Celtic Festival

This exciting festival featuring top Celtic music, Highland and Irish dancers from all over South Africa. Highland games and massed bands is a highlight on the Garden Route events calendar. It celebrates and promotes Celtic and Bluegrass music and showcases local musicians including Knysna’s own pipe band.

Knysna Oyster Festival

One of South Africa’s most popular festivals. With huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party as well as activities. Events include Forest Marathon, Knysna Cycle Tour and Knysna Yacht Club Sailing Regatta. For more events please see their website to stay updated with the festivities and events.

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival

An annual LGBTI festival and celebration. Festivities include a street parade, dancing, fun and music with daily shows. The Knysna Pink Loerie festival was started by local businessmen to attract tourists to Knysna during the traditionally slow month of May – reinvigorating the local economy – and it grew to be a world-class event. Organizers envisioned a Knysna event that would emulate famous Pride events around the world that celebrate diversity – akin to the famous Sydney Mardi Gras.

Jaguar Simola Hill Climb

One of the most popular events on the South African motor sport scene, celebrating car culture and motor sport. The 2021 program will fall over the 4-day weekend, 2-5 September 2021. It will be a spectacle of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, formula cars, specialist race cars, and vintage and classic cars. This is a must-attend event for car enthusiasts and competitors. There is no other motorsport event on the calendar. The Simola Hillclimb attracts a vast and diverse range of people, iconic cars and legendary drivers from all eras.

Sedgefield Slow Festival

Annual festival which turns Sedgefield orange as it celebrates the return to family values, real experiences and a natural way of life. The Festival is holistic in its approach and appeal, because apart from showcasing the wonders of Sedgefield, it also serves as an important fund-raiser. With proceeds generated from each event directed towards local charities. Since its inception, the festival organising has changed hands and currently is being managed by the Sedgefield Lions

Knysna Literary Festival

An annual festival for lovers of the written word, which hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the dates for 2021 has not been set, but watch this space for the dates and an exciting line-up to be announced.

Knysna Timber Festival

Established by a group of local businesses who saw Knysna as the Woodworking Capital of South Africa. This is largely due the the deep and rich heritage and history of timber-related activities in the area. Usually held annually in spring (September/October), the event takes place in a rustic, rural festival village that’s set up for displays and demonstrations, games and conversations. With everyone from tool and timber suppliers to the people who produce seedlings for commercial pine plantations taking part.

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Tourism offices

Tsitsikamma Tourism 
Plettenberg Bay Tourism 
Knysna Tourism 
George / Wilderness Tourism 
Mossel Bay Tourism 
Oudtshoorn Tourism