Visiting Knysna Heads

Knysna is a gem of a town located in the centre of the Garden Route, South Africa. Knysna was voted South Africa’s favorite holiday town and it is no surprise why. The magnificent surroundings, fabulous shops and large variety of restaurants and entertainment really do make this a bucket list destination for South African tourists.

Do not leave Knysna without visiting the Knysna Heads view point and Coney Glen Beach!

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It always surprises me when people visit Knysna but skip out the Knysna Heads. This view is spectacular! The sandstone cliffs rise out of a moody ocean, giving you the opportunity to take those incredible photos! You will have the chance to look out over the whole lagoon which changes with the tide. At low tide, you can see white sand beaches and turquoise waters. At high tide the water reaches all the way to the islands in the distance. You will see both Leisure Island and Theasen Island from the North Facing view point. Walk around the pathway to the South facing view point and you will see the Indian ocean at its best. The waves crash on the jagged rocks below. Continue on the path to the right and you can board the highest view point, a wooden platform overlooking Coney Glen Beach (not for those afraid of heights!).

Below this view point you will see Coney Glen Beach which can be accessed by car (or foot if you are feeling energetic. This is not a swimming beach but if you visit it at low tide, you will amazing rock pools and an impressive shoreline shadowed by the cliffs that open to the lagoon.

As you leave, make sure you visit the famous East Head Cafe at the bottom of the heads for amazing food and views! There is also a swimming area just past our tiny lighthouse. Why not finish off the day with a gelato from the ice cream shop in the parking lot while you take a stroll up the path behind the houses to the base of the eastern head.

Look out for: yachts sailing through the heads – always an impressive site,  whales in whale season, dolphins visiting the Knysna lagoon through the heads.

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