We're frequently asked for tips about staying in South Africa and in particular the Knysna area. So we've compiled a list that may be of some help, especially for our European Guests.
Click the buttons below for some lighthearted general knowledge about the South Africa, it's history, people and Culture
We have negotiated favourable rates for our guests with Tempest Car Hire. Car pickup at Capetown, George, Plettenburg airports.
Cape Town - 500km
George - 60km
Nature's Valley - 64km
Mossel Bay - 80km
Oudtshoorn - 120km
Plettenberg Bay - 30km
Port Elizabeth - 260km
Sedgefield - 29km
Storms River - 90km
Wilderness - 50km
South Africa is a favourite travel destination; so booking 8 to 10 months in advance is advised to get the best airfares.We have discovered for those in the UK, a Friendship Association; called 'Friends of the Springboks', via Lion Travel. They are one of the cheapest companies and worth a call, to Amy on 01784 465511 or email them firstname.lastname@example.org. If you fly regularly, it is nice to fly to Jo'Burg and on to George (1 hour from Knysna), at a cost currently, of £724 return
Favourite Knysna Restaurants
We haven't even tried most of the 60+ good eateries. African, Mexican, Chinese, Seafood, Pub, Coffee shop, Tavern, Grill, Bistro, Pizzeria, Vegetarian etc., but click here for our suggestions
We've had great experiences with Pam Golding in Main St, Knysna. We use them, because of their honesty, professionalism and helpfulness. You can reach them on 044 382 5574
No problem in Knysna. There are plenty of Internet Cafes for about R15 to R20 per half hour (1.50 to 2 Euros). We use CyberPerk (next to Spar)
We feel as safe in Knysna as in Europe. They say it's because it's a tourist town and cradled between the mountains and the ocean. You will find very few gates or fences around properties. Judge for yourself!
Top quality medical care in a 5-star environment is just 15 minutes from Brenton. A new ultra-modern facility with paediatric, maternity, intensive care and emergency units.
Don't bring too many outfits; you'll only wear casual summer clothes in spring/summer/autumn. A sweater and a light rain jacket for a cool day and for the evenings. Jackets and ties are a taboo in relaxed Knysna!
A tourist office is located on the main street of Knysna, where the elephant-skeleton is. Click here to visit their site. (in English, German, or Dutch language)
Knysna has a temperate climate making it the ideal all-year holiday destination. Summer average 27C, winter varies from 10 to 23C. Frost is infrequent to absent. Hot, dry Bergwinds during winter contribute to an altogether equitable climate. Knysna is surrounded by indigenous forests, which survive on meagre rain that falls all year round. 70% of the rain falls at night!
Look at the annual weather chart at the top of the page.
On Safari - What to pack?
In the bushveld, nobody dresses up (except the English "county" set - poor things).
Most of the larger rest camps and private lodges have laundry facilities, which means you could probably get away with just two to three changes of clothes.
Avoid bright colours and white; neutral hues are best for game viewing and bird watching. Nights can be chilly, even bitterly cold in winter; pack a warm sweater, tracksuit or anorak.
Among other items in your luggage include a swimming costume, a sun hat, comfortable walking shoes and/or stout walking boots if planning a walking safari.
Personal toiletries apart from the obvious, should include a high (15 and above) sun protection cream, lip salve, good sunglasses, insect repellent, a small torch (fitted with new batteries and spares!), and enough binoculars to avoid a fight.
Field guides for bird, mammal and trees might be useful, but not essential as these may be available to purchase, in pocket form, or even "Tick-off lists" may be supplied by the lodge or camp. For definitive help and also advice on Malaria go to http://www.atlashealth.co.uk/