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TOP 10 Forest Edge Activities and Attractions

There is much to do in Knysna and around Forest Edge. Attractions that Forest Edge and Knysna are famous for, involves water, woods, walking and wads of fun! If you only have time for the Top 10, we most enthusiastically encourage guests to try and experience at least the following while you visit Forest Edge:

  1. Walk in the Forest – from gentle trails to energising hikes, imagine the bird and wild-life
  2. Picnic under a tree near your cottage or at Jubilee Creek where the Magic will find you
  3. Delight in the Wild Oats Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning
  4. Swim in Drupkelders Rock Pools in the forest
  5. Explore the Knysna Heads – on foot or via the lagoon on a Featherbed Ferry or charter boat/yacht or even a canoe
  6. Bodysurf at Buffalo Bay Beach or at Adventure Land Slides
  7. Ride your bike or a horse on stunning trails
  8. Eat your heart out on your veranda overlooking the braai, self-catered or pre-ordered breakfast baskets, braai packs etc or in great restaurants
  9. Experience wildlife parks – Elephants / Primates / Predators / Raptors / Snakes / Wolves / Exotic Birds and more – see Wildlife park links below
  10. Be thrilled at any of the incredibly popular and successful Knysna Festivals and Events
  11. Do nothing while indulging your senses (bed, couch, hammock, deck, or on a massage bed, under a tree, around a fire, under the stars)  :- )
Birdwatching - a nature-lover's haven - only one of many Knysna activities
Escape outdoors on Forest walks or biking trails, laze in a hammock or braai under the stars
Picnic at Jubilee Creek deep in the forest - ideal for young families & lovers alike; another option is The Drift
Knysna attractions abound if you are wondering what to do in Knysna
Mountain biking - even mountain biking packages, available - great mountain biking trails including single-track
Walk with Elephants, Ride an Elephant, Learn about Elephants at Knysna Elephant Park
Get up close and personal with the majestic Knysna Elephants at Knysna Elephant Park and The Elephant Sanctuary

On-site at Forest Edge - Activities; What to do at your Forest Edge home base:

BE your most peaceful self

  • Enjoy an in-cottage or Forest professional massage
  • Relax as your kids explore Forest Edge & the jungle gym
  • Cool off in our splash pool, while the cows graze nearby.
  • Laze in a sheltered hammock while the braai gets ready
  • Stay in and pre-order breakfast baskets/ braai packs for your convenience
  • Sit and watch our pet chickens – highly entertaining and therapeutic !
  • Have sundowners on the verandah
  • Find peace at our Forest Facing Meditation Corner with a yoga deck and bamboo fountain.
  • Star-gaze at the night sky or thaw your soul by a flickering fire
  • Share a movie or read or sleep or do nothing… Relax and re-connect…
  • Let you inner child escape while you watch our resident bunnies frolic in our magical gardens.

DO what brings you adventure

Reading to prepare for the Adventure:
“Circles in a Forest” Dalene Matthee;
Elephantoms” Lyall Watson

The best meal ever is a braai under the stars... after you've kicked off your hiking boots from the walking trails, even the Outeniqua hiking trail passes nearby, as well as Krisjan-se-Nek
The best meal ever is a braai under the stars... after you've kicked off your hiking boots from the walking trails, even the Outeniqua hiking trail passes nearby, as well as Krisjan-se-Nek
Knysna attractions and Knysna activities to delight. Attractions Knysna for the active Knysna adventurer!
Kids enjoy the jungle gym, canoeing, our pet donkeys and the freedom of a space to run or cycle in unhindered
Activities Knysna include Gamewatching - buck, monkeys, baboon, bushpig, porcupine and badger sighted
Knysna treelist is huge and does not even begin to capture all the flora's beauty - also see our birdlist and mammal list
Relax in a hammock with a view to the forest at one of our self-catering Knysna Forest Cottages

Around Forest Edge - within a 10-20 minute radius:

Knysna is all about water - canoying, yachting, whale tours, dolphin tours, fishing trips and more
Further afield: the beach including Buffalo Bay beach, Monkeyland, the Elephant Park

DO what brings you adventure

  • Explore the forest right by Forest Edge, down to a babbling Forest stream with small pools
  • Horse-ride – from beginners to accomplished riders, and kiddies rides are catered for
  • Learn about vermiculture at the Mother Earthworms farm – right in our own neighbourhood
  • Swim or canoe at The Drift
  • Buy some organic herb plants from the Heatherhill Herb Farm and Nursery
  • Eat at the marvelous country restaurants near us – best quality and value for money!
  • Get active on the Circles in the Forest walking trail
  • Cycle the back roads or challenge yourself on the Homtini cycle route

BE your most peaceful self

  • Experience a unique, healing studio massage
  • Savour a mouth watering meal, buffet or take-away at Totties’ Eatery or the Red Barn restaurant
  • Marvel at one of the oldest Big Trees at Krisjan-se-Nek, by Dalene Matthee’s memorial
  • Take a sunrise or sunset stroll down quaint country roads
  • Have a chinwag with real olde-worlde Woodcutters – they are a living monument!!

Around Forest Edge - within a 20-30 minutes radius:

Forest Edge is the perfect base from which to explore then return to rest in tranquil surroundings…
These activities are not far; however, set aside a couple of hours to experience the attraction fully.

BE your most peaceful self:

DO what brings you adventure:

  • See Knysna as never before on the 2-Island / Lagoon Breeze Luxury Electric Bike Tours (all fitness levels)
  • Try tandem Paragliding in Sedgefield
  • 30min walk to Drupkelders’ rock pools & waterfalls – quite steep as it approaches the gorge
  • The spotless Buffalo Bay Beach (bypass peak season traffic!)
  • Sea kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, golf – various service providers and premises
  • Knysna’s restaurants, waterfront, skateboard park, shops/curios
  • Whale Watching and Dolphin Ocean safari tours
  • Outeniqua Hiking Trail or professional guided birding- / eco-trail

Within 30-60 minutes away

Not far away, but set aside a couple of hours to trawl the little stalls you will pass
on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenburg Bay and slightly beyond:

The Heads, a favourite landmark, can be seen on foot, or from one of the Featherbed ferries or a boat charter
Swim at Drupkelders or splash at Jubilee Creek. Families will also enjoy the Farmers Market
Whether you whalewatch from Buffalo Bay Beach or a safari boat - this is a magnificent experience

From Forest Edge - Day Trips & Half-days - measure in time rather than distance:

Garden Route Activities - Tsitsikamma Canopy tours - treetop tours
Garden Route Activities - Red Berry Farm near George Airport
Garden Route Activities - Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn!
Garden Route Activities - Bartholomey Dias Museum in Mosselbay
Garden Route Activities - Jukani Predator park
Garden Route Activities - Prince Alfred Pass between Uniondale and Knysna

Note some of these attractions are only 30-60min drive away, but here it is categorised by the time you’d need to set aside to DO the actual activity, or experience the attraction.  If you plan your trip and stay long enough, you can explore wider than you think without having to re-pack and unpack your suitcases each time! Enjoy the scenic drives (the only kind we have!) on these outings and then return to your homely, peaceful forest cottage:

HALF-DAY OPTIONS:

FULL-DAY OPTIONS:

Great options for exploring the heart of the Garden Route; also make handy alternatives when you are wondering what to do on rainy days near Knysna (if you really don’t want to laze in front of the log fire)…

George:
The Strawberry Picking fields; Outeniqua Power Van and Transport Museum; Large Malls; perhaps take the Seven Passes back-road on your way there or back, as it starts/ends right near Forest Edge.

Oudtshoorn:
Enjoy spectacular views as you travel through the Outeniqua Pass, then Cango Caves; Cango Wildlife Ranch; Meerkat farm and more.

Mosselbay:
Explore the antique shops and river estuaries along GrootBrak on your way to the attractions of Mosselbay, including Bartholomeu Dias Museum complex with a life-size replica of the Dias Caravel (the early explorer ship that first landed in Mosselbay in 1488), the Post Tree, the Shell museum, Botanical Garden with Braille Trail and more.

PE:
Take in Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and Stormsriver; ideal for exploring new places on a rainy day. Blackwater Tubing at Stormsriver makes for an adrenaline alternative to Bungy Jumping.

Uniondale / Langkloof valley:
If the road is open and you feel adventurous, go to Uniondale via the beautifully historic Prince Alfred Pass and explore Uniondale and the picturesque Langkloof (part of Route 62) before returning via the Outeniqua Pass and George (or vice versa).

Get your adrenaline rush with a canopy tree-top tour - One of the Best Knysna and Garden Route Activities
Adventure Activities on the Garden Route includes Bungy Jumping from the world’s highest bungy bridge at Bloukrans
Garden Route Activities - Strawberry Picking Fields - Redberry Farm, George

Note some of these attractions are only 30-60min drive away, but here it is categorised by the time you’d need to set aside to DO the actual activity, or experience the attraction.  If you plan your trip and stay long enough, you can explore wider than you think without having to re-pack and unpack your suitcases each time! Enjoy the scenic drives (the only kind we have!) on these outings and then return to your homely, peaceful forest cottage:

HALF-DAY OPTIONS:

FULL-DAY OPTIONS:

Great options for exploring the heart of the Garden Route; also make handy alternatives when you are wondering what to do on rainy days near Knysna (if you really don’t want to laze in front of the log fire)…

George:
The Strawberry Picking fields; Outeniqua Power Van and Transport Museum; Large Malls; perhaps take the Seven Passes back-road on your way there or back, as it starts/ends right near Forest Edge.

Oudtshoorn:
Enjoy spectacular views as you travel through the Outeniqua Pass, then Cango Caves; Cango Wildlife Ranch; Meerkat farm and more.

Mosselbay:
Explore the antique shops and river estuaries along GrootBrak on your way to the attractions of Mosselbay, including Bartholomeu Dias Museum complex with a life-size replica of the Dias Caravel (the early explorer ship that first landed in Mosselbay in 1488), the Post Tree, the Shell museum, Botanical Garden with Braille Trail and more.

PE:
Take in Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and Stormsriver; ideal for exploring new places on a rainy day. Blackwater Tubing at Stormsriver makes for an adrenaline alternative to Bungy Jumping.

Uniondale / Langkloof valley:
If the road is open and you feel adventurous, go to Uniondale via the beautifully historic Prince Alfred Pass and explore Uniondale and the picturesque Langkloof (part of Route 62) before returning via the Outeniqua Pass and George (or vice versa).

Map of Knysna Town & Map of Broader Knysna Area

Knysna Town Map - Map of Knysna Town
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Knysna Area Map; Greater Knysna Area Map - Map of Knysna Area; Map of greater Knysna area
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We battle to keep up with the developments of each and every attraction on the Garden Route : )
If you feel your attraction needs to be represented here, please contact us. If any links are broken, please let us know too? Thanks!

AND THIS IS NOT ALL; THERE IS MUCH MUCH MORE!!!! A single web page cannot possibly list every attraction on the Garden Route, there are several websites dedicated to this. Suffice it to say that there is no need to wonder what to do in Knysna, you will never get through the list of things to do…
(We haven’t done all we want to do on the Garden Route, even after all the years of living here!)