Africa Deluxe Tours The Knysna Estuary and Heads

Knysna Estuary

The Knysna Estuary is often referred to as the Knysna Lake. It is however an estuary and not a lake - even though it resembles a lake in its appearance. Most tourists explore the estuary by ferry and a number of these rides are on offer. The most popular excursion, which we strongly recommend, is the excursion by ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the opposite side of the Estuary (from the town). For more independent minded travelers, with time on their hands, hiring a small house-boat cum cabin-cruiser is an option.

You may also enjoy the Estuary by scuba diving, snorkelling or canoeing. Knysna has its own yacht club and offers a trip where you sail out, through the Heads, into the Indian Ocean. The Estuary supports a unique commercial oyster farming industry.

The mouth of the Knysna Estuary is a narrow channel, which is difficult to navigate for those not familiar with it. Provided that an experienced skipper is at the helm the channel is easily handled by small and medium-sized craft - including sailing boats. The channel is often dramatically depicted framed by two huge rocky promontories, known as The Heads or The Knysna Heads.

Tours that include Knysna Estuary

Blyde River Canyon

Duration: 16 days, 15 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R24,240 per person sharing (±US$ 1,777 )
R6,085 single supplement (±US$ 446 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.

Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .

View from an Arniston coastal cave

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: *** / ****
Price: R13,625 per person sharing (±US$ 998 )
R800 single supplement (±US$ 58 )

Valid dates: Dec 2014 - Oct 2015


This is a circular 5 day scheduled tour departing from Cape Town. Route 62 journeys through the valleys and mountain passes of the Klein Karoo. On the Garden Route you’ll focus on Knysna You return to Cape Town via the Cape South Coast. Mountain scenery, wildlife, ocean and more.

Highlights: Oudtshoorn , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Garden Route , Knysna , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Mossel Bay , The Garden Route Game Lodge , The Bartolomeu Dias Museum , Swellendam , Hermanus , Cape Agulhas .

View from the Outeniqua Pass

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R1,380 single supplement (±US$ 101 )
R11,185 per person sharing (±US$ 820 )

Valid dates: Nov 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour combines the scenic Route 62 and Garden Route. Get close to ostriches and elephants, tour the Cango Caves, do a sunset cruise on the Knysna Estuary, an ocean cruise at Plettenberg Bay in search of dolphins, seals and whales, visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storm's River Mouth.

Highlights: Oudtshoorn , Knysna , Cango Caves , Buffelsdrift Game Lodge , Knysna Estuary , Plettenberg Bay , Tsitsikamma , Storm’s River Mouth , Storm's River Mouth suspension bridge .

Storms River Mouth

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Tour Type: Scheduled tours
Luxury Level: ****
Price: R11,185 per person sharing (±US$ 820 )
R1,380 single supplement (±US$ 101 )

Valid dates: Dec 2014 - Oct 2015


This tour combines the scenic Garden Route and Route 62. Visit the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storm’s River Mouth, do an ocean cruise at Plettenberg Bay in search of dolphins, seals and whales, a sunset cruise on the Knysna Estuary, tour the Cango Caves and get close to ostriches and elephants.

Highlights: Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna Estuary , Plettenberg Bay , Robberg and Robberg Nature Reserve , Outeniqua Pass , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Route 62 , Cango Caves , Buffelsdrift Game Lodge .

Knysna Estuary attractions

Knysna Estuary and the Western Head, where the Featherbed Nature Reserve is located, as viewed from the Eastern Head.

Knysna

The town of Knysna is at the heart of the popular Garden Route. There are a host of activities to engage in and attractions to explore. In our opinion the top ones are exploring the surrounding forests and embarking on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

The Heads Explorer sailboat between the Knysna Heads, in the mouth of the Knysna Estaury.

Knysna Heads

The mouth of the Knysna Estuary is a narrow channel leading to the Indian Ocean. The channel is often dramatically depicted framed by two huge rocky promontories, known as The Knysna Heads. The Eastern Head is covered by residential development and the Western Head belongs to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

At the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna visitors get to hike from the top of the Western Head down to, and along, the beautiful Knysna Estuary.

Featherbed Nature Reserve

The mouth of the Knysna Estuary is a narrow channel, which is difficult to navigate for those not familiar with it. The channel is often dramatically depicted framed by two huge rocky promontories, known as The Knysna Heads. The Featherbed Nature Reserve is situated on the Western Head.