The best things in life are free: 10 things to do in Knysna at no cost

Does it seem like everyone has summer plans except for you?

Festive season plans are normally planned and budgeted for months in advance, so you can have the most fun during the holidays but if you did not get around to the saving and you are afraid you are going to be stuck at home don't worry. You can still have memorable fun for free!

Here are 10 things you can do in Knysna without having to fork out anything.

1. Knysna Heads

The Knysna Heads provide some of the best views of the town and the beautiful ocean. The two cliffs separate the lagoon from the sea, the heads are easily accessible by car and has many viewpoints to choose from. Apart from the beauty of the sandstone wonders, there are pools and beaches situated on the eastern side of the heads. Go off and explore the beauty found in the Garden Route.

Where: Knysna

2.Take a drive through The Seven Passes Route

If you normally drive through the two towns of Knysna and George unaware of your surroundings do something different and drive through the seven passes route. The meandering road is partly tar and gravel, to enjoy the landscape take a drive in the morning or the afternoon, take a few stops along the way, take pictures or swim in the river. Whatever your preference is you will leave, having had the best time.

Where: Garden Route

3. Go whale or dolphin watching

It is the season of whale and dolphin watching and the best place to do it is in Knysna. If you are lucky you can view the whales from the top of Knysna Heads. For a more intimate encounter, you might want to book a guided tour instead but that will come at a cost so just be on the lookout, Plettenberg Bay is also a good place to spot the animals. Make sure you have your binoculars and camera out.

Where: Knysna seas

4. Spend the day at the beach

The Garden Route is lined with tons of gorgeous beaches and you get to pick and choose which one you enjoy the most. If you are having a hard time choosing where to go head out to Buffalo Bay for a view of long white beaches, you will feel like you are on an exotic island out of the country.

Where: Buffalo Bay

5. Terblans Nature walk

Become one with nature on this trail through the forest. The trail begins at a picnic spot so you know where you are going to have lunch, the rest of the trail leads you deep into the indigenous forest through large trees and streams. The path is filled with signs, make sure you follow them to enjoy the scenery and most importantly to be safe.

Where: Gouna Rd, Knysna

READ: Small Town vs City Break: What a R1 000 a night will get you in each

6. See the Map of Africa

It is not the actual map of the continent, but this breathtaking landscape is worth a visit. The mountain is shaped like the map of Africa with a river flowing around it enhancing the image of the map. There is a viewpoint from which visitors can view the hill from above to add to the spectacular experience, you are able to see paragliders soar above you filling the sky with an array of colours.

Where: Hoekwil, Wilderness

7. Visit Old Gaol Museum

The oldest government building in Knysna has now been turned into a museum and art centre. There is a gallery showcasing art and showing evidence of life in the 1800s. The former jail also showcases local art and old maps and even the first ship that was built in Knysna, there is a lot to learn about the history of the town and it is all free.

Where: Knysna Central

8. Picnic at Jubilee Creek

Enjoy a picnic by the stream with the sound of the waters in the background, try to get there early before other nature lovers fill the spots. There are braai facilities available as well as wooden tables and benches, water and bush toilets. If you trek deeper into the forest on the Jubilee Creek walk you will find a waterfall and a swimming hole. Although the entrance is free you will need a permit (at not cost) obtainable at Goudveld entrance gate at Bibby's Hoek.

Where: Knysna

9. Wild Oats Community Farmer's Market

Some of the most enjoyable moments are those spent with people, at the Farmer's market you will be surrounded by the lovely community of Knysna. Every Saturday vendors come together to showcase the best of their products ranging from flowers, fruit and vegetables and meat products. Enjoy some local-made goodies in a lovely atmosphere, with free live entertainment.

Where: Sedgefield 

READ: What to do in your city for R100 or less 

10. Margaret’s Viewpoint

Named after conservationist, Margaret Addinall, the viewpoint provides some of the best views you will have of the entire town. It is more than just another viewpoint, you will notice a board providing information about the sea creatures. Upon your visit, you would have enjoyed scenic views of Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton and Belvidere Estate and also learned about the whale legacy.

Where: Knysna Central

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