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The Top 3 Things to do in Knysna Over the July School Holidays

Thinking of visiting Knysna over the July school holidays? A true “Garden of Eden”, located between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, a mere 60 km from George and 30 km from Plettenberg Bay, Knysna is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday hotspots. The Côte d’Azure of Southern Africa, this town’s natural beauty stretches from its indigenous lush forest, award-winning golf courses, famous Knysna Oyster and Arts festivals, several animal sanctuaries, and five-star restaurants, to its long stretch of golden Blue Flag beaches where dolphins and southern right whales pay seasonal visits. If you’re looking to visit this natural paradise, here’s a list of the top 3 things to do in Knysna over the July school holidays.

#1 Ignite Your Taste Buds at the Knysna Oyster Festival

If you have an appreciation of oysters, do not miss the Knysna Oyster Festival from July 7-16. Restaurants in and around Knysna compete for the title of Best Dressed Oyster and Best Dressed Stand. Offering a wonderful variety of events – from live music featuring local artists and comedy, to food stalls, whisky evenings with a beer tent, wine tasting, a kids’ funfair with amusement rides, bike races and marathons – this spectacular festival is ideal for families, sports fans, wine connoisseurs, and lovers of a good party.


#2 Experience a Whale-Watching Trip

Every year, both the southern right and the humpback whales migrate to mate in the warmer waters of our southern African coastline – and Knysna is one of the places where you will find them. Take the family on a whale-watching trip with Ocean Odyssey and experience the gentle giants of the ocean up close and personal. Each tour is 1½-2 hours long and is presented by experienced skipper guides.


#3 Acrobranch Ziplining Tours

An adventure of a lifetime, Acrobranch ziplining is currently the fastest growing eco adventure and has stolen the hearts of many throughout South Africa. A fun and exhilarating adventure that lets you soar through the air while attached to cable lines, in the safety of a harness, Acrobranch offers a ziplining adventure park on the outskirts of Knysna that will leave you wanting to come back for more and more. Located in the Timberlake Organic Village, Acrobranch offers a kids’ course, two obstacle courses for adults and teenagers, and a “Big Zip” zip line with 50 obstacles.

Everyone wants to holiday in this natural paradise, and after a sneak peek of things to do in Knysna, we can hardly blame them.