Knysna National Lake Area

Knysna National Lake Area
Knysna National Lake Area was proclaimed in December 1985 in order to protect the Knysna lagoon and salt marshes and activities on the Knysna lagoon. The Knysna estuary is the second largest rich estuary is South Africa. The Knysna river has its origin in the Outeniqua Mountains. The estuary where the Knysna River meet the Indian Ocean is permanently open. The estuary 19 km long and gradually widens and deepens to form a lagoon approximately 3 km wide about 5 m deep.


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Knysna National Lake Area

Haven to the seahorse...
Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’, South Africa. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.

The exceptionally beautiful Knysna National Lake Area is home to the endangered Knysna seahorse and a large diversity of marine life. Sandbanks and salt marshes teem with life and in turn provide food to an immeasurable number of organisms. Dominated by the craggy bastions of the twin Knysna Heads, the lagoon has borne witness to centuries of trade in timber, ivory and gold. The Lake Area enjoys a temperate climate and visitors can revel in the warm summer sun.
 
Special feature
The Tree Top Forest Chalet is situated in Harkerville Forest between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The chalet is tucked away at the head of a wide valley.
The Guest House in Diepwalle; bring your mountain bikes and ride some of the finest tracks in the country or take a leisurely stoll along the forest trail.
The Knysna Forest Camping Decks; These timber decks gives the visitor an opportunity to feel at one with nature. Situated in the Diepwalle Forest area, sleep over and enjoy some of the best walks, mountain biking, picnic and enjoy scenicview points.
Garden of Eden in Harkerville Forest offers the visitor the tree species of moister forest types. Picnic and enjoy the short circular walk and an 800 metre trail for those in wheelchairs is route-marked.
Kranshoek Viewpoint and Picnic Site, the best look out point in the Southern Cape Coast, it offers the visitor  cliff-top view of the coast and a warm sheltered picnic site.

Wildlife; Honey Badger, Long-eared bat, Leopard, Grysbok, Bushpig, Grey Rhebuck.
Birds; Grey Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Cape Shoveller.
Plants & Trees; Fynbos, Ironwood, Cape Holly, White Pear, Assegai Tree, Cape Primrose.

Activities
Outeniqua Hiking Trail.
Forest Walk, Birding
Fishing , Angling
Water Skiing, Sailing, Board Sailing, Power Boating..
Mountain Biking.


How to get there
The park lies on the scenic Garden Route, some 500 km from Cape Town and some 300 km from Port Elisabeth. Rental facilities and a national airport are located at George, some 70 km from Knysna.

Accommodation
In addition to available Forest accommodation, the pituresque town of Knysna provides a variety of accommodation facilities.
Wheelchair friendly facilities.
Camping Decks with electric points, braai area and communal ablution block.

The above presentation of the park, is a contribution from © SANParks.org 2004-2009.