Activities and information

Brenton on Sea

Brenton on sea is a small seaside village just 15 km outside the bustling town of Knysna. Peaceful and serene, with a 5 km 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.

There are restaurants at both Brenton 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 be seen in the area, sometimes in schools of a few thousand.

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 and to get the adrenaline flowing with 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.

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.

Golf

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

Local Markets

The Friday Market – Knysna

The Friday Market is an established Market in Knysna with a good vibe and where you can enjoy good food & music with friends & family. 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.

Wild Oats Market – Sedgefield

Every Saturday morning throughout the year this authentic producers market is brimming with the choicest locally-produced foods, both the take-home and breakfast variety.

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: Knysna Celtic Festival is an annual event established to promote Celtic & Bluegrass music. The festival also showcases local musicians including the Knysna Pipe Band.

Pick n Pay 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, this year’s event is not to be missed!

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival: An annual LGBTI festival and celebration. Festivities include a street parade, dancing, fun and music with daily shows held at various locations throughout the town and club nights.

Jaguar Simola Hill Climb: One of the most popular events on the South African motor sport scene, celebrating car culture and motor sport.

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…

Knysna Literary Festival: An annual festival for lovers of the written word, which hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa.

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.

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Tourism offices

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