Let The Adventure Begin

Knysna is the ultimate adventure destination. Ideal for adrenaline junkies and more relaxed explorers alike, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to explore Knysna at your own pace then you can hike your way through the surrounding ancient forests or visit any of the local historical landmarks, like the San Ambroso Chapel Museum, the burial grounds of the famous author, Daleen Matthee, or the Kringe in ‘n Bos Hiking Trail. On lazy days, our visitors can have a picnic at Lawnwood Dam, which is situated on the property and was constructed in the early 1980s. Knysna is also an ideal fishing destination. Fishing enthusiasts can head over to Lake Pleasant just outside Sedgefield, or simply stroll down to Lawnwood Dam located on the estate to catch some bass. Knysna Lagoon is filled with Steenbras, Garrick, Kob, White Mussel Cracker, and Grunter. If you are a thrill-seeker and have a couple of adventure activities that you would like to tick off your bucket list, then you can opt for a trail run, or discover the area on a mountain bike. More adventurous guests can abseil through Kaaimans River Gorge, or drop by the Garden Route Acrobranch Outdoor Activity Park. If you love the ocean, then you can book a scenic catamaran cruise or go kayaking on the Knysna Lagoon.

Activities at Portland Manor

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking at Portland Manor - Knysna

Bass Fishing

fishing at Portland Manor - Knysna

Trail Running

Hiking at Portland Manor - Knysna

Things to do off-site in the area

Knysna is home to various unique eateries, nature reserves, parks, beaches, local markets and offers lots of fun activities to enjoy. From bungy jumping, whale watching, oyster tours, and scooter tours through the forest, to paragliding or yacht cruises, no adventure activity is too wild or too daring for Knysna’s adrenaline junkies.

This adventure wonderland is just waiting to be explored! See all of the fun things that you could do with family and friends below.

Portland Manor

Portland Manor
Portion 30 of Farm Portland No. 187,
Rheenendal Road
Knysna, 6570

Buffalo Bay Beach

Buffalo Bay beach, also known as Buffelsbaai, is a blue flag beach located in Goukamma Nature Reserve, between the coastal towns of Knysna and Sedgefield, along the Western Cape Garden Route. The beach is characterised by dune fields, coastal fynbos, and a forest that flanks the long white sands. The beach is popular for swimming, surfing, sun-tanning, snorkelling, fishing, canoeing, and various other water activities.

Brenton Beach

Brenton-on-Sea is great for walking and sunbathing and is popular with paragliders. A big rock formation, castle Rock, is a favourite fishing spot for locals.

Featherbed Nature Reserve

This forested coastline with sandstone cliffs & sea caves offers hiking trails with scenic views.

Garden Route Acrobranch

Take your friends and family on a two-hour adventure of treetop obstacles and zip lines! Only a short drive from Knysna, George, and Plettenberg Bay, Acrobranch has become a well-loved outdoor adventure that attracts tourists and locals alike.

Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park is a national park in the Garden Route region of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces in South Africa. It is a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail.

Goukamma Nature Reserve

Located between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay is the underrated and unpretentious magical Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area with sand dunes, a freshwater lake, and abundant wildlife.

Harkerville Saturday Market

This rural and rustic market is your typical South African market with a great vibe and is open every Saturday. There is a great variety of good food, where the emphasis is on natural and organic products: fresh bread, organic vegetables, and home-cooked meals.

Kaaimans Gorge

The serene Kaaimans Gorge in Wilderness offers one of the most beautiful abseil sights you can find in South Africa. Abseil 45 m right next to a magnificent waterfall and land in a boat at the bottom. No prior experience is required.

Knysna Elephant Park

The Knysna Elephant Park (est. 1994) was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants. Visitors to the park are privileged to have a personal encounter with our gentle giants, and leave having gained a new-found respect for these animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and its plight across the continent.

Knysna Heads

Knysna Heads are sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the ocean beyond; a famous landmark along the renowned Garden Route. The eastern head is easily accessible by car and has many spectacular viewpoints overlooking the channel, Indian Ocean, Knysna Lagoon, and Outeniqua Mountains. The National Sea Rescue Institute (Station 12, Knysna) built its observation room here because of its excellent view. Beaches and rock pools can be accessed easily from the eastern head. The western head is accessible only by ferry, and is a part of the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve. On a daily basis, 4-hour excursions depart from Knysna Waterfront towards the reserve.

Kringe in ‘n Bos Hiking Trail

A wonderful way to experience the Goudveld forest for yourself, the 3 km and 9 km trails both start at the picnic site. The 9 km trail is not difficult and will take about 4 hours to complete, unless you get waylaid at the waterfall or swimming pool in the forest, or in amongst huge forest ferns and little streams that amble under wooden bridges.

Pledge Nature Reserve

Enchanting local park & nature reserve known for its verdant trails & panoramic lookout points.

Paragliding

If you have always wondered what a bird’s eye view of Knysna would look like, then buckle up and hold on to your paraglider. Explore all that this town has to offer from the sky and book a paragliding session that provides you with 360-degree views of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean.

Knysna Lagoon Activities

GO ON A MARINE ECO-TOUR
Hop on a boat and learn all about Knysna’s diverse marine environment. This tour takes you across the calm waters of the Knysna Estuary, through the impressive Knysna Heads and out onto the vast Indian Ocean.

SUP AROUND THESEN ISLAND
If you love stand-up paddling (SUP), then don’t hesitate to book this fun activity while in Knysna. The peaceful waterways of Thesen Island are ideal for this mode of travel. If you are feeling extra adventurous then you can paddle out on the lagoon and see if you can find any hidden inlets or coves.

KAYAK ON THE KNYSNA LAGOON
The famous Knysna Lagoon is best explored by kayak. The kayaks are easy to control, and no previous experience is required. You can sign up for a guided tour or go solo. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the famous Knysna Seahorse which can only be found in Knysna while you are out on the water.

GO WHALE WATCHING
Knysna is frequented by various whales and dolphins throughout the year. If you would like to witness these majestic giants up close, then booking a whale watching tour should be first on your to-do list.

GO ON A KNYSNA LAGOON CRUISE
Relax and unwind on a scenic boat cruise traveling along the Knysna Lagoon while snacking on some oysters and champagne. Be sure to bring your binoculars as there is a wide array of bird and marine life ready to be observed.

Scarab Village

Scarab Village is Sedgefield’s one-stop arts and craft market that takes place every Saturday. The market offers original art, handmade clothing, metalwork, wooden products, hand spun wool, ceramics and much more. Most of the stall holders have crafted their own products, which makes it entirely unique and original.

Scootour through the Knysna Forest

There is no better way to explore the Knysna Forest than with your very own scooter! A scenic minibus ride will transport you to the heart of the Garden Route National Park where your scooter ride will begin. Zoom past lush green surrounds with a professional guide at your side while keeping an eye out for local wildlife.

Sedgefield Craft Brewery

If you would like to unwind with a cold one in hand, then Sedgefield Craft Brewery is the place to be. This outdoor beer garden offers happy hour specials, along with fabulous food and board games for the little ones.

Sedgefield Lagoon Mouth

Sedgefield Lagoon is a typical estuary that springs from Swartvlei Lake. It follows curves of Sedgefield village to mouth into the Indian Ocean. The lagoon mouth periodically closes depending on seasonal rainfall and wind direction which influences sand deposits.

Simola Golf Course

The 18-hole, par 72 Championship Course designed by the Golden Bear has many aspects that play in its favour. One of only three Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses in Africa and the first to be designed of those three, the course meanders along the impressive landscape high atop Simola hill. Unique to coastal courses, the wind is rarely a factor here, while it has often been said that the incredible views will make it hard to keep your head down.

Thesen Island

Thesen Islands is a multi-award-winning marina development located in the scenic Knysna estuary on the renowned “Garden Route” of South Africa. The marina is spread over 90ha and consists of 19 man-made islands linked by 21 arched bridges and surrounded by 25ha of tidal waterways.

The Friday Market

This established Supper and Craft Market, at the Knysna Montessori School, has a good vibe, where you can enjoy good food and music with friends and family. The market takes place every Friday from the end of September through to the end of May and attracts local, national and international visitors. Enjoy being entertained by a local musician, while savouring delicious wares from a variety of food stalls and a licensed bar. In the winter you can warm yourself by the bonfires.

Tottie’s Country Market

Tottie’s Country Market is open every Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market

The Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market launched way back in 1999. Stop by if you want to peruse fresh seasonal produce or homemade foods.

Knysna Heads

Knysna Heads are sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the ocean beyond; a famous landmark along the renowned Garden Route. The eastern head is easily accessible by car and has many spectacular viewpoints overlooking the channel, Indian Ocean, Knysna Lagoon, and Outeniqua Mountains. The National Sea Rescue Institute (Station 12, Knysna) built its observation room here because of its excellent view. Beaches and rock pools can be accessed easily from the eastern head. The western head is accessible only by ferry, and is a part of the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve. On a daily basis, 4-hour excursions depart from Knysna Waterfront towards the reserve.

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Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve

Located between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay is the underrated and unpretentious magical Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area with sand dunes, a freshwater lake, and abundant wildlife.

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Pledge Nature Reserve

Enchanting local park & nature reserve known for its verdant trails & panoramic lookout points.

View on Google Maps

Thesen Island

Thesen Islands is a multi-award-winning marina development located in the scenic Knysna estuary on the renowned “Garden Route” of South Africa. The marina is spread over 90ha and consists of 19 man-made islands linked by 21 arched bridges and surrounded by 25ha of tidal waterways.

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Brenton Beach

Brenton-on-Sea is great for walking and sunbathing and is popular with paragliders. A big rock formation, castle Rock, is a favourite fishing spot for locals.

Sedgefield Lagoon Mouth

Sedgefield Lagoon is a typical estuary that springs from Swartvlei Lake. It follows curves of Sedgefield village to mouth into the Indian Ocean. The lagoon mouth periodically closes depending on seasonal rainfall and wind direction which influences sand deposits.

View on Google Maps

Buffalo Bay Beach

Buffalo Bay beach, also known as Buffelsbaai, is a blue flag beach located in Goukamma Nature Reserve, between the coastal towns of Knysna and Sedgefield, along the Western Cape Garden Route. The beach is characterised by dune fields, coastal fynbos, and a forest that flanks the long white sands. The beach is popular for swimming, surfing, sun-tanning, snorkelling, fishing, canoeing, and various other water activities.

View on Google Maps

Knysna Elephant Park

The Knysna Elephant Park (est. 1994) was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants. Visitors to the park are privileged to have a personal encounter with our gentle giants, and leave having gained a new-found respect for these animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and its plight across the continent.

View on Google Maps

Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park is a national park in the Garden Route region of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces in South Africa. It is a coastal reserve well known for its indigenous forests, dramatic coastline, and the Otter Trail.

View on Google Maps

Wild Oats Farmer’s Market

This internationally famous and multiple award-winning farmers’ market is located on the outskirts of Sedgefield, next to the beautiful Swartvlei lake. The small, rustic market attracts both locals and tourists who consistently return for more of its festive fare. Come rain or shine, the market takes place every Saturday morning throughout the year.

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Scarab Village

Scarab Village is Sedgefield’s one-stop arts and craft market that takes place every Saturday. The market offers original art, handmade clothing, metalwork, wooden products, hand spun wool, ceramics and much more. Most of the stall holders have crafted their own products, which makes it entirely unique and original.

View on Google Maps

The Friday Market

This established Supper and Craft Market, at the Knysna Montessori School, has a good vibe, where you can enjoy good food and music with friends and family. The market takes place every Friday from the end of September through to the end of May and attracts local, national and international visitors. Enjoy being entertained by a local musician, while savouring delicious wares from a variety of food stalls and a licensed bar. In the winter you can warm yourself by the bonfires.

View on Google Maps

Harkerville Saturday Market

This rural and rustic market is your typical South African market with a great vibe and is open every Saturday. There is a great variety of good food, where the emphasis is on natural and organic products: fresh bread, organic vegetables, and home-cooked meals.

View on Google Maps

Tottie’s Country Market

Tottie’s Country Market is open every Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

View on Google Maps

Featherbed Nature Reserve

This forested coastline with sandstone cliffs & sea caves offers hiking trails with scenic views.

View on Google Maps

Simola Golf Course

The 18-hole, par 72 Championship Course designed by the Golden Bear has many aspects that play in its favour. One of only three Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses in Africa and the first to be designed of those three, the course meanders along the impressive landscape high atop Simola hill. Unique to coastal courses, the wind is rarely a factor here, while it has often been said that the incredible views will make it hard to keep your head down.

View on Google Maps

Kringe in ‘n Bos Hiking Trail

A wonderful way to experience the Goudveld forest for yourself, the 3 km and 9 km trails both start at the picnic site. The 9 km trail is not difficult and will take about 4 hours to complete, unless you get waylaid at the waterfall or swimming pool in the forest, or in amongst huge forest ferns and little streams that amble under wooden bridges.

View on Google Maps