Information & Facts
Knysna's location on the lagoon, near to forests, the sea and
the mountains, means that there are a range of holiday activities
on offer, from paddling to hiking, mountain biking and horseriding.
The Heads Adventure Centre specialises in a variety of activities
including abseiling and scuba diving.
South Africa has 11 official languages, including
Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. English is widely
South Africa's currency is the Rand (ZAR), which is divided into
100 cents. Money can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and
the larger hotels. ATMs are widely available (there is a daily
limit for cash withdrawals) and major international credit cards
are widely accepted, except in petrol stations where cash is
required. Visitors should be vigilant when drawing cash from ATMs,
as con artists are known to operate there. Travellers cheques and
some foreign currencies are accepted at larger hotels and shops,
but commission is charged, otherwise all commercial banks will
In the peak summer holiday season, Knysna gets very crowded and
accommodation is difficult to find. The national highway N2 passes
through the centre of town and traffic jams are common.
The Oyster Catcher, on the Knysna waterfront, is a great spot
for holiday sundowners and Crab's Creek, on the other side of the
lagoon, is another favourite with a range of draught beer on tap
and a laid-back atmosphere. For late night entertainment, Club
Tryst is Knysna's hotspot, boasting a cocktail lounge, sports bar,
pool tables, dancing and live music. More late-night fun can be had
at Chilli Groove, and venues Al's and Tin Roof host regular live
In and around Knysna one will find a selection of fine
restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs, coffee shops and eateries. The
waterfront has a variety of restaurants, serving food like oysters
and seafood at 34 Degrees South to traditional South African fare
at JJ's Restaurant. For fine dining there are special places like
Glenshiel at Parkes Restaurant, while international fare includes
Mexican, Italian, Moroccan and Asian.
Knysna's three shopping malls have a variety of shops, and there
are numerous local art, craft and curio shops in and around the
Local time is GMT +2.