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    take a break in knysna

    We partnered with influencer Lerato Kgamanyane to help us explore this popular scenic Garden Route town.

    Take a Break in Knysna

    As part of Capitec’s #LiveBetter experiences, we have uncovered some of the best spots around 3 of our major cities for a weekend away. This week we’re in Knysna, a birdwatcher’s paradise known for the beautiful Knysna Lagoon.

    Not based in Cape Town? Don’t worry, Capitec clients also get discounts on flights with Travelstart.

    Friday – Arrive in Knysna

    Overmeer Guesthouse

    accommodation – overmeer guesthouse

    Ease into your weekend away with a stay in this 4-star luxury guesthouse. Offering rooms with sweeping views over the Knysna Lagoon and surrounding mountains, the guesthouse is a short drive from Knysna’s hotspots. Use their restaurant shuttle service (charged separately) to head out for dinner. 

    T 044 382 3848 or visit their website.


    dinner – sirocco

    Sip on a cocktail while you enjoy dinner at this dynamic and vibrant restaurant. Located on the water’s edge in Thesen Harbour Town, Sirocco has a diverse menu; from seafood and sushi to burgers, pizzas and pastas. Try Sirocco favourites, like their fresh oysters served with vodka and coriander chutney. 

    T 044 382 4874 or visit their website.

    Saturday – Enjoy the town

    Overmeer Guesthouse

    breakfast - overmeer guesthouse

    Plan your day while you enjoy views of the Knysna Lagoon from the guesthouse’s African-themed breakfast room. If you can’t decide between an English or continental breakfast, choose the breakfast buffet and get the best of everything! 

    T 044 382 3848 or visit their website.

    Knysna Elephant Park

    knysna elephant park

    Spend time with gentle giants; walk amongst the elephants, feed them and learn more about elephant conservation. The park is home to a resident herd of elephants in a controlled free-range environment. The first of its kind in South Africa, the park has taken in and cared for more than 40 elephants over the past 20 years. Don’t forget to visit the curio shop to get a photo of your elephant encounter before you leave.  

    T 044 532 7732 or visit their website.

    Tapas and Oysters

    lunch - tapas and oysters

    Enjoy a relaxed lunch after a busy morning. Located on Thesen Island, this popular waterside restaurant has a lively atmosphere and serves locally brewed craft beer on tap. Choose a selection of tapas from around the world or order a platter of fresh oysters – be sure to try their award-winning “Chiquila” oyster dish. 

    T 044 382 7196 or visit their website.

    Knysna Charters

    boat cruise – knysna charters

    Explore the Knysna Lagoon and view the iconic Knysna Heads on a 75-minute boat cruise with Knysna Charters. This family-friendly water adventure includes a slow cruise past the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve, a South African Heritage Site. It can get cold out on the water so pack a windbreaker to keep the chill at bay.   

    T 082 892 0469 or visit their website

    The Milkwood Collection

    accommodation - the milkwood collection

    On the shore of the Knysna Lagoon with direct access to the beach, these self-catering timber chalets are ideal for a romantic or family getaway. Take to the water with the complimentary kayak or stand up paddleboard or relax with a book on the beach. Why not pre-order your groceries for a fuss-free stay or take advantage of their babysitting service and enjoy a night out. 

    T 044 384 0745 or visit their website.

    The Drydock Food Co

    dinner - the drydock food company

    End the day on an indulgent note with a fine-dining experience. Situated on the edge of the lagoon with views of the waterfront, the Drydock Food Company offers a variety of seafood, sushi and fusion cuisine and boasts an extensive wine list. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their poke bowls – a healthy blend of vegetables and marinated raw fish.  

    T 044 382 7310 or visit their website.

    Sunday – Say goodbye

    34 South

    breakfast and lunch - 34 south

    Whether you decide to hit the road home after breakfast or lunch, end your weekend away with a meal at 34 South, located in the Knysna Quays. Not only do they offer a comprehensive menu, they also boast a deli and a wine shop. Stock up on snacks for the trip home or buy a bottle of wine before you wave goodbye to the Garden Route. 

    T 044 382 7331 or visit their website.

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