Top 5 Must Do's in Knysna

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Knysna, South Africa is described by some as the Cape's number one holiday destination. The Knysna Heads are a breathtaking draw for visitors, because of the treacherous channel at the mouth of the Knysna River. There is no shortage of things to do and see in Knysna, here is a list of the Top 5 Must Do's while visiting Knysna, South Africa (in no particular order):

1. Knysna Heads

The Knysna Heads are two masses of land that come together at the mouth of the Knysna River, almost as if providing a gateway to the sea from the River, or vice versa. The heads are both made of rigid sandstone cliffs that make for very dangerous conditions at sea level. During the tides the water breaks into the lagoon at the mouth of the river and floods the area. This geological site is quite spectacular, and on the Eastern head there is a lookout that provides some amazing views.

2. Knysna Forest

Stretching far and wide over approximately 200,000 acres, this lush forest is considered to be the largest forest in South Africa. The Knysna forest is home to many native and exotic trees such as the yellowwood (some between 200 and 800 years old), stinkwood, ironwood, Cape holly, white pear, and the pink flowered Cape chestnut tree. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch a glimpse of some of the sparse wildlife (forest conditions aren't the best for wildlife) like antelopes, a variety of birds, and one of 4 elephants still living here. There are numerous hiking trails, and be sure not to miss King Edward's Tree, a 130 foot tall yellowwood tree that some believe to be over 600 years old!

3. Millwood Gold Mines

In 1885, Alluvial Gold was found at Jubilee Creek and caused quite the stir in South Africa. A gold rush followed the miraculous find, and now guided walking tours will take you the entrance of these infamous mines. Jubilee Creek provides a nice picnic area, and the walks in and around the area can be relaxing and informative.

4. Knysna Elephant Park

The elephant park provides an exciting opportunity to get up close to the world's southern most elephants. The elephants here are raised in a controlled environment, but are able to roam the grounds freely. At this world class facility you are able to touch, feed, and even ride or take walks with the elephants. The Knysna Elephant park is a fun filled family day out.

5. The Knysna Oyster Company

Here they have been cultivating oysters in the Knysna river bed since 1949. People from all over the world come to the tavern at Knysna Oyster Company to sample some of the finest oysters available. The culinary delights available at the tavern are top notch!

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