Leisure Island is a small natural island in the Knysna lagoon that was adapted in the 1930’s to become the picture perfect suburbia it is today. It has a very interesting history including British Government ownership. Tree lined streets and the quaint road network provide the perfect child friendly place to cycle. Hire a bike in town and ride down the cycle path at tide’s end or travel along the N2 until you get to George Rex Drive.
Cycle along the George Rex Road past the African Market, the golf course and Blend country restaurant on the left. You will be able to use the cycle path on your right for most of the ride. Ride past the lagoon as it changes during the tides and meet friendly fishermen on your way.
As you arrive on the Island (there are plenty of signs directing you) you will cycle over the connecting bridge and once you reach the security house, you can choose to turn left or right (or straight on). If you follow the ring road left for right, you will have a decent 3 km ride and will be able to stop at beautiful and safe swimming beaches, several view points and the Steenbok nature reserve to the north of the island (not to be missed).
There is a lovely little coffee shop near the post box where you can buy lunch, refreshments and have a shady break.
Bird watching is also a favoured activity for visitors and locals alike. Spot the blacksmith plover, spoon bills and occasionally a flamingo!
You can easily spend a whole day here, take a picnic to the main beach – Bollards, or Green hole, a grassy picnic area. Take some fabulous pictures of the Knysna Heads, or wait until low tide and walk all the way to the channel – you haven’t experienced Knysna until you have seen Leisure Isle!
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