At the heart of the Garden Route is Knysna, the town most geared towards tourism.
The setting for this historic logging town is wonderfully dramatic, hemmed in between the Knysna Lagoon and mountainous Knysna Forest.
Walking and hiking in Knysna
Knysna sits on the edge of a lagoon that meets the surging sea in tempestuous waters between the buttress-like sandstone cliffs of the Knysna Heads. Behind the town, thick forests cover the hills and there are a number of well-marked walking and hiking trails, while you can get up close to the small herd of resident elephant at the Knysna Elephant Park.
Driving over the Seven Passes road from George is a great way to approach Knysna, getting you in amongst the dramatic scenery.
The town itself offers an array of curio shops and a lively waterfront development, and is famous for its delicious oysters and fresh seafood.
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