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© Jennifer Stern© Jennifer SternDominated by its beautiful lagoon and the spectacular sandstone Heads, which guard it from the sea, Knysna is an attractive seaside town. Originally built as a port from which to export timber harvested from the wonderful coastal forests, Knysna is now very much a tourist destination. The lagoon has many good features, but one of the tastiest is the oysters which are cultivated in its clear depths. You could tour the oyster farm, and then spend the whole day guzzling these squirmy little delicacies, or take a long, leisurely sail on a luxury yacht, again quaffing down bubbly and oysters. Knysna has a number of museums, all dedicated to fishing, forestry and the abortive gold mining industry, which was started (and soon abandoned) in the forest.

There is good diving and a wonderful beach horse ride. The surfing at the nearby Buffalo Bay is great, and the hiking and mountain biking in the forests just awesome.

Knysna is about 250km from Port Elizabeth and 500km from Cape Town. The nearest airport is at George, about 60km away.

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