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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Rental operator(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
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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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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
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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
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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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