Things to see and do in and around Knysna
Akimbella Lodge is located in the Heads, a quiet and safe suburb of Knysna, which is situated on the Knysna lagoon and at the Indian Ocean about halfway between Cape Town and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). The distance to the small airport in George is 60 km on the N2.
The word Knysna allegedly derives from the Khoi language and is thought to refer to the Knysna Heads, two sandstone monoliths which guard the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon from the Indian Ocean. The Khoisan people lived in this area before the Dutch settlers came. In 1807 the founder, George Rex, built a harbour to facilitate the timber trade - at that time a very important source of income for the town.
Nowadays Knysna combines the warmth and safety of a small town with the amenities of a famous and a vibrant holiday resort. As such Knysna pro-vides lots of sports facilities, like watersports, hiking, horse-riding, cycling, tennis, golf and much more.
The Knysna shopping mall and Waterfront drive with numerous boutiques, department stores, supermarkets and specialty shops will give you the opportunity to enjoy shopping in a relaxed and safe atmosphere, and the spectacular Knysna waterfront has exclusive shopping facilities on top of that. Watch the seagulls, just chill or start your boating trip on the lagoon from here. The town boasts many excellent and unique restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries, and on Thesen Island, a stylish little harbour town linked to Knysna by a bridge there are state-of-the art shops, eateries and art galleries as well.
Other holiday destinations are only a few kilometers away: extensive sandy beaches in Buffalo Bay or Wilderness, Sedgefield Farmers' Market on Saturdays with excellent food and artisan shops filled with handmade crafts, the ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, the famous Cango Caves, the Tsitsikama Mountains with the world's highest Bungee bridge, Knysna Elephant park, Knysna National Forest, bird-, monkey- and cheetah-sanctuaries and not to forget game reserves offering overnight stays or day game drives.
You name it - Knysna has it all...