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  • Robyn Davie

A Weekend Travel Itinerary: Knysna

There is always, always space in my life for a lazy holiday spent sitting around reading or lying on the beach tanning, but in all honesty, I'm much more of an activities holiday girl myself. If I'm exploring somewhere new (or even if I'm returning to a much-loved favourite) I love to pack my days with things to do, places to see, and lots and lots and lots to eat. Rest when you're dead, or something like that, right? So, having just returned from the most incredible weekend at The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa in Knysna, I’ve put together a little suggested itinerary should you be heading through to this beautiful seaside town anytime soon. Enjoy!


In the morning...

After breakfast at your wonderful hotel (have I mentioned how much I recommend The Turbine?!) hire some bicycles from The Turbine Water Club. Cycle out to Knysna Heads for the most beautiful views.

While you’re on your bikes, make a little stop at Leisure Island Coffee Shop for a coffee, or better yet for one of their incredible freshly squeezed juices under the beautiful trees.

Take a slow cycle back to the hotel, enjoying the beautiful roads and lanes along the way.

After lunch…

After grabbing lunch at the endlessly delicious Col’Cacchio pizzeria on the water’s edge, head back to the hotel and spend a little time with your book and/or iPod chilling in the sun at the pool – G&T recommended, but not compulsory.

Once you’re nice and sunned, book yourself in for a beautifully relaxed treatment at The Turbine Spa. Personally, I can’t recommend that Aromatherapy massage enough!

Feeling pampered and relaxed, hop on board one of The Turbine’s two motorised pontoon barges and experience Knysna from the water. Booked in advance through the Water Club, it’s the best way to watch the sunset and you can order food and drinks to be stocked on board – heaven.

If you haven’t eaten on board, come back to The Island Café for an incredible dinner, and then retire to the The Turbine’s Gastro Pub for a cheeky night cap before turning in.


In the morning…

Take advantage of Knysna’s beautiful mornings and rise early to drive through to Knysna Forest for a quiet morning hike. There’s a 3km or a 9km trail, and you’ll find yourself under 900-year old Yellowwood trees.

On your way back from the hike, head to Ile de Pain for the world’s most INSANE hot chocolate… and breakfast of course. Roll yourself home because no doubt you would have eaten yourself into a ball.

In the afternoon…

Once you’ve freshened up a little back at the hotel, grab your comfy shoes and explore the area a bit – there’s so much to see.

And if you’re still feeling a little adventurous, take a trip out to Coney Beach for the most wonderful view of Knysna Heads, dip your feet in the water, and treat yourself to a cheeky ice cream from Ice Palazzo.

With flights daily to George from Johannesburg, Knysna is such a great choice for a little weekend away. Have you been to Knysna before? What are your favourite spots? I’d love to hear them so I can add them to my next trip!



For more ideas of what to do in Knysna, visit the Knysna Tourism website here.

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