There are plenty of things to do in Knysna – all you need is an appetite for beauty and a penchant for pleasure. April brings its fair share of activities in and around Knysna, so we’ve chosen to highlight a few select events for you to perhaps help you narrow it down. Take a look…
If you’re looking for things to do in Knysna during April, here’s a small selection:
1. Two Fine art exhibitions
If you’re a lover of fine art, catch two exhibitions in one at the Knysna Fine Art Gallery in April. Combining the work of an overseas artist and a local artist, this exhibition promises to be inspiring and different. Foreign artist Arjan van Arendonk from Den Bosch in the Netherlands will exhibit his work in South Africa for the first time. Local artist Lucinda Mudge will be exhibiting new works of ceramics in her signature style of mixed glazes and pigments.
Exhibition runs: 19/03/2015 to 09/04/2015 | Contact +27(0)44 382 5107 | +27(0)82 552 72 62
2. The Boerie Bash
A networking and social event – the perfect time to mingle. Bring a friend and enjoy a boerewors roll (South African sausage) and Mitchell’s beer and wine. R30 per person.
When: 14/04/2015 | Contact Noreen +27(0)044 382 5434
3. Pink Loerie 2015 & Wigstock Festival
Taking place in Knysna, this annual festival hosts the Wigstock Premier Drag Festival, Mr Gay World 2015 and the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras. If you’d like to partake in these culturally diverse events or show your support for ‘love is love’ then be there. All welcome!
When: 29/04/2015 to 02/05/2015 | Contact John +27(0)83 347 9570
There’s also no shortage of things to do in Knysna. If you love the outdoors, culture and having a good time, then you’re all set.
Things to do in Knysna and surrounds, all year round:
4. Wild Oats Community Farmer’s Market:
A multi-award winning farmer’s market located on the outskirts of Sedgefield. Open every Saturday morning (come rain or shine). 7:30am to 12 noon in Summer and 8am to 12 noon in Winter. Local delicacies, organic produce, locally-produced foods and bottled goods available. The market proudly offers flowers of the unique Southern Cape Floral Kingdom. This is a wonderful starting event for a fresh Saturday morning of sightseeing. (Especially handy to pick up some food ‘for the road’).
Contact Rose or Susan 27 44 883 1177 (GMT+2 hrs) | 082 376 5020
5. Visit to Buffalo Bay and Goukamma Nature Reserve:
Just off the N2 outside Knysna, ‘Buffels Baai’ (Buffalo Bay) is a hidden gem. A really great family beach, well known amongst locals, this is a spot not to be missed. Described by a devout fan as follows: “Buffalo Bay is a family beach with safe swimming and great surfing conditions. It is also ideal for walking (all the way to Brenton on Sea) and fishing.” Goukamma too, on the way to Buffels Bay; a river, an undeveloped estuary and 16 kilometres of empty beaches to stroll along makes this area a perfect family outing destination.
6. Circles in the Forest:
This popular hiking trail is situated in the Goldfield State Forest outside of Knysna (towards George). There are two options available, a short 3.1km circle route and a 9km circle route. The Circle in the forest trail is majestic and beautiful, but the whole park is great to explore. There is also an option to sit and picnic or braai when the trail is completed.
7. Garden of Eden:
Boasting plentiful bird life from all over the world! Garden of Eden is made up of over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams. It’s wheelchair friendly, making it ideal for the elderly wanting to visit the forest. There are also number of wooden benches and tables along the trail to sit, snack or picnic. Look out for the famous Knysna Lourie (bird). If you’re after an almost spiritual serenity, this outing is for you.
For more information contact +27 44 3825510
8. Drupkelders Hiking Trail:
For the hiker that wants a moderate challenge, this may be the perfect choice. Although Drupkelders is a relatively short walk (3.6km), the hills and descents are very steep. The Homtini River awaits you along the way so take your swim wear for a dip in the refreshing waters (during summer of course).
For more information contact +27 44 3025600
9. Mitchell’s Brewery:
“At an amazing price, you can experience the magic of Mitchell’s food, beer, vibe and atmosphere.” This is just one of the compliments given by many to this local ‘watering hole’. The beer has been said to have a ‘lovely deep taste and fruity notes of milk & honey’. The perfect last stop after a hard day of hiking! Located at 10 New Street, Knysna.
For more information contact: +27 44 382 4685
10. Pledge Nature Reserve:
This local nature reserve covers approximately 10ha and is administered by the Pledge Nature Reserve Trust. The Reserve falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom, which with its 8600 plant species, is the worlds’ richest temperate flora. If you have a love of nature and lungs yearning for fresh air, then this is the outing for you. The lower area of the Reserve is easily accessible (only 200m from the main road) and wheel-chair friendly.
For more information contact +27 (0)44 382 3712 | +27 (0)83 629 9201
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