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South Africa Holiday: Knysna National Lake Area

The exceptionally beautiful Knysna National Lake Area in the Western Cape is in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’. Dominated by the craggy bastions of the twin Knysna Heads, the lagoon has borne witness to centuries of trade.

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Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
The tidal lagoon and open estuary of the Knysna River provides an excellent place to view waders in the summer months. Grey Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper and Whimbrel are prominent.
All year, but particularly in winter, the lagoon hosts some non-migratory larger species (egrets, spoonbills, gulls, cormorants, ibises). The threatened African Black Oystercatcher is present all year, but their numbers increase in winter to what is regarded as a globally significant population.
Cape Shoveller, Kittlitz’s Plover, Pied Avocet and Black-winged Stilt are also present in good numbers. African Fish Eagle and Osprey should also be watched out for.
As a result of a relaxed lifestyle, Knysna has over the years, attracted a wide variety of art and crafters, creating an artists' paradise. There are numerous galleries where one can enjoy the local arts and crafts and appreciate the talent and work that is produced here.

South African National Parks offers no accommodation here, but the picturesque town of Knysna provides a wide variety of privately run accommodation  (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website)
The famous Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, one of the last single gauge operational steam trains in the world, travels between Knysna and George. Re-live travel of the years past and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Garden Route.
Oysters are cultivated right here in the Knysna Lagoon and served in most of the local restaurants. The Knysna Oyster Company established in 1949, is situated on Thesen Islands and offers daily educational tours, accompanied by fine cuisine.
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