Knysna

KNYSNA

Town:Knysna
Location: > > Western Cape



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    Top Descriptions

    The Garden Route is famous for its outstanding beauty, and Knysna is no exception. This low-key yet popular town may in fact be the Western Cape’s signature dish. Situated between the mountains and a wide and invitingly blue lagoon, it’s no secret that Knysna has lots to offer for domestic tourists and backpackers alike. Whether it’s hiking or kayaking that interests you, relaxing on one of the many nearby beaches, or simply indulging in some quality cuisine, Knysna and its surroundings are unlikely to disappoint. The town is also particularly well supplied with supermarkets, boutiques and international restaurants for those considering longer stays, and the sizeable Rastafarian community adds a unique flavour to the pot. The only aspect really letting Knysna down (in an international context at least) is in the obvious inequality of its citizens. Some locals speak of a lack of a middle class, and the friendly township tours on offer into the surrounding hillsides may very well grant you insight into whether and why that belief holds true. – Daniel
     
    Knysna is a slice of the hip and affluent South African pie. There are properties in the surrounding area which suggest the mega rich live (or simply holiday) here. However, the immediate vicinity of downtown Knysna is not only incredibly pleasant but, coupled with the hustle and bustle of the taxi station and market, feels more in keeping with the diverse national identity. Despite its size, Knysna is well facilitated with a mall, several supermarkets and some excellent eats, all within walking distance of the waterfront. Farther afield, there are wonderful beaches, accessible by foot for those who don’t mind a trek, and a choice of national parks and other seaside/historical towns. Indeed, this low-key, bay-side spot has pretty much everything you need for a relaxing short break, or even an extended stay. – Sarah
     
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    Top Tips

    Don’t count on there being much public transport in Kysna. The has taxis to some of the suburbs, but you may have to rely on special taxis, walking or hiring bicycles to get anywhere more difficult than .
    If you don’t have your own wheels, don’t let that stop you from exploring. and make for excellent days out.
    For beaches, consider visiting , and .
     
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    The Town

      What should we know?

      Name in local script:
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      Also known as:ferns
       
      Tour operator(s):
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      Station(s):
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      Environment type:beach, forest, hill, lagoon, mountain
      Location type:rural, town
       
      Religion type:Christianity, Islam, Hinduism

      How much will it cost us?

      Currency:South African Rand (ZAR)
      Average daily budget:ZAR448

      How long should it take us?

      Average time taken:19 nights
      High season:December, January, July
      Low season:
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        How can we get in contact?

        Language(s):Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, Zulu
        Timezone:UTC+02:00
        Country calling code:27

        How can we get there?

        Coordinates:
        Geographical feature:Knysna Lagoon,

        What are the numbers and averages?

        Number of attractions visited:14
         
        Travel time to attractions:25 minutes
        Travel time to next location:5 hours
         
        Altitude:17m
        Population:51078
        Size:109km2

        Local Availability

          ItemSizeCost
          Beer (multinational)500mlZAR18
          Beer (national)500mlZAR15
          Fizzy drink1 litreZAR8
          Fruit juice1 litreZAR15
          Gin (multinational)1 litreZAR175
          Gin (national)1 litreZAR145
          Milk1 litreZAR11
          Oil1 litreZAR24
          Rum (multinational)1 litreZAR200
          Rum (national)1 litreZAR180
          Vodka (multinational)1 litreZAR160
          Vodka (national)1 litreZAR135
          Water1 litreZAR8
          Whisky (multinational)1 litreZAR200
          Whisky (national)1 litreZAR160
          Wine1 bottleZAR30
          ItemSizeCost
          Almonds100gZAR40
          Apples1kgZAR20
          Bananas1kgZAR15
          Bell pepper1kgZAR36
          Bread1 loafZAR14.50
          Carrots1kgZAR10
          Chillies1kg
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          Chocolate (multinational)1 barZAR26
          Chocolate (national)1 barZAR8
          Coconut milk1 canZAR22
          Cucumber1kgZAR30
          Eggs1 dozenZAR20
          Garlic1kgZAR140
          Ginger1kgZAR80
          Honey1 jarZAR35
          Ice cream1 unitZAR12
          Jam1 jarZAR25
          Onions1kgZAR9
          Oranges1kg
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          Pasta1kgZAR34
          Peanut butter1 jarZAR24
          Peanuts100g
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          Potatoes1kgZAR16
          Raisins100gZAR10
          Rice1kgZAR13
          Sandwich1 unit
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          Tomatoes1kgZAR17
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          Antifungal shampoo1 bottle
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          Conditioner1 bottleZAR27
          Condoms1 pack
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          Deodorant1 canZAR19
          Floss1 packZAR24
          Hand sanitizer1 bottle
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          Laundry soap1 barZAR5
          Razors1 packZAR23
          Sanitary towels1 packZAR18
          Shampoo1 bottleZAR27
          Soap1 barZAR9
          Tampons1 boxZAR23
          Toilet roll1 unitZAR5.50
          Toothpaste1 tubeZAR16
          Washing powder1 boxZAR18
          ItemSizeCost
          Antiseptic cream1 tubeZAR33
          Bandages1 pack
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          Chapstick1 unitZAR22
          Contact lens solution1 bottle
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          Headache tablets1 packZAR17
          Ibuprofen1 pack
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          Mosquito repellent1 bottle
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          Nail clippers1 set
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          Plasters1 packZAR13
          Sun cream1 bottle
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          Sunglasses1 pair
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          ItemSizeCost
          Batteries4-packZAR65
          Chilli powder100gZAR25
          Cigarettes (multinational)20-packZAR40
          Cigarettes (national)20-packZAR18
          Coriander100gZAR25
          Cumin100gZAR30
          Fuel1 litre
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          Internet1 hour
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          Lighter1 unit
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          Matches1 pack
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          Paprika100gZAR25
          Travel multiadapter1 unitZAR100
          Travel plug1 unitZAR27
          Turmeric100gZAR25
          Stock1 packZAR8

          Local Cuisine

            DishCostAvailability
            Breakfast (continental)ZAR45
            Breakfast (cooked)ZAR57
            BurgerZAR73
            Burger (cheese)ZAR77
            Burger (vegetarian)ZAR72
            Cake (slice)ZAR39
            CalamariZAR111
            California rollZAR40
            Chicken wingsZAR90
            Chop suey (meat)ZAR85
            Chop suey (vegetable)ZAR59
            Cottage pieZAR75
            Curry (generic – meat)ZAR115
            Curry (Southeast Asia – meat)ZAR80
            Dumplings (Asian – meat)ZAR30
            Dumplings (Asian – vegetable)ZAR59
            Duck (sauce)ZAR115
            Eggs (how you like)ZAR60
            Fillet (beef)ZAR168
            Fillet (fish)ZAR145
            Fish and chipsZAR84
            FishcakesZAR54
            French friesZAR23
            Fried rice (meat)ZAR65
            Fried rice (vegetable)ZAR55
            Fruit saladZAR55
            Goulash (chicken)ZAR120
            Grilled (chicken)ZAR90
            Grilled (fish)ZAR149
            Hot dogZAR48
            Ice cream (scoop)ZAR23
            Ice cream (sundae)ZAR32
            Lamb chopsZAR170
            DishCostAvailability
            Mashed potatoesZAR18
            Maki rollZAR28
            Meat ballsZAR60
            MusslesZAR115
            Noodles (meat)ZAR65
            Noodles (vegetable)ZAR58
            Noodle soup (meat)ZAR69
            Noodle soup (vegetable)ZAR59
            OmeletteZAR57
            Pancake (simple)ZAR16
            Pancake (loaded)ZAR30
            Pizza (simple)ZAR85
            Pizza (loaded)ZAR145
            Pork chopsZAR75
            PrawnsZAR103
            Prawn crackersZAR18
            Quesadilla (meat)ZAR100
            Quesadilla (vegetables)ZAR85
            QuicheZAR62
            RibsZAR130
            Roasted (pork)ZAR145
            Roasted (vegetable)ZAR82
            SaladZAR64
            Salad (meat)ZAR76
            Sandwich (basic)ZAR17
            Sandwich (loaded)ZAR55
            Sausage and mashZAR65
            Soup (meat)ZAR45
            Soup (vegetarian)ZAR25
            Spring rollsZAR28
            SteakZAR103
            Stir fry (meat)ZAR72
            Stir fry (vegetable)ZAR124
            Sweet and sour (meat)ZAR75
            Waffles (sweet)ZAR36
            WrapsZAR65
            BeverageCostAvailability
            Alcoholic mixed drinkZAR47
            Beer (multinational)ZAR24
            Beer (national)ZAR21
            Brandy (shot)ZAR18
            CappuccinoZAR20
            Cider (bottle)ZAR24
            CoffeeZAR18
            EspressoZAR18
            Fruit juice (concentrated)ZAR19
            Fruit juice (fresh)ZAR25
            Gin (shot)ZAR17
            Hot chocolateZAR23
            MilkshakeZAR25
            Red BullZAR38
            Rum (shot)ZAR18
            SmoothieZAR38
            Soft drinkZAR18
            TeaZAR16
            Tea (herbal)ZAR17
            Vodka (shot)ZAR17
            Water (2L)ZAR61
            Whisky (shot)ZAR17
            Wine (bottle)ZAR108
            Wine (glass)ZAR39

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