1  The scenic drive up to the Eastern Heads will reward you with a breathtaking view of the lagoon and the majestic Heads and The East Head Cafe 044 384 0933, makes the perfect spot to linger and watch the waves.

2  The Seven Passes road, the original route between Knysna and George, takes you into the quiet beauty of the original forest.  Keep your eyes peeled for the bright flash of the loerie's scarlet wings and the baboons.

3  The Rheendendal Ramble is a delightful route full of unexpected surprises ranging from unusual arts and crafts, to historic homes and small farms.  Crab's Creek is the perfect place to begin or end your ramble overlooking the lagoon with a sundowner.

4  Take a slow drive on the circular route through the Knysna Forest.  Choose a sunny afternoon and take a picnic basket with you.

5  A slightly longer excursion but well worth it on a sunny day, is the drive up to the Valley of Ferns and Spitskop, for a panoramic view of the Garden Route you will never forget.

6  The Lakes Road, the country road lying between Sedgefield and the Wilderness, allows you to enjoy the full beauty of the quiet lakes that are only glimpsed from the N2.

7  Enjoy a relaxing one and a half hour lagoon cruise around the Knysna Lagoon and into the majestic Heads.  A number of ferries, like the Knysna Waterfront Ferry, leave from Knysna Quays every day 044 382 5520, weather permitting.

8  Board a Knysna Waterfront ferry of the Keurbooms River Ferry, 044 532 7876 for a river cruise up the Knysna River or along the Keurbooms River that will take you far from the madding crowd to where the fish eagles call and colourful kingfishers flit above the water, 082 487 3355.

9  But then, you can always do it yourself and hire a boat or canoe and explore the waterways at your own leisure.  Knysna Boat Hire has a wide range to choose from, 082 687 2983.

10  Go really upmarket and take a yacht trip around the lagoon.  Perhaps even a breathtaking ride through the Heads under sail!  Throw in champagne and oysters and do it in real style!

11  Rather just be near the water?  Leisure Isle is a wonderful place for a waterside picnic, but if you prefer, you can walk, jog or cycle around the island in about an hour.

12  Bollard Bay on Leisure Isle is a popular cove where children can safely swim in the waters of the lagoon, play on the soft beach - whilst you catch a tan!

13  Coney Glen with its delightful rocky nooks and coves is another magic seaside venue.  Take your picnic basket along (or use the braai facilities provided) and make it a pleasant outing for the whole family.

14  The wide flat beach at Brenton on Sea offers hours of seaside pleasure, including a 3 km walk to Buffalo Bay.

15  A visit to Noetzie, with its famous castles, is well worth the challenge of the steep stairs leading to its pretty and secluded beach.  Swim with care, though, as the currents are very strong. NEXT