Friday, June 17, 2011

The Knysna Heads

One of the Garden Route's most famous landmark must surely be the Knysna Heads, standing guard over the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon.  Heads is short for headlands and the two Knysna Heads is probably just about as popular for travellers to photograph than Table Mountain.  The Eastern Head, from where the picture above was taken, is home to one of Knysna's most upmarket suburbs with the houses having superb views over the lagoon and ocean, while the Western Head is a protected area and falls within the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

The best views of the Heads and surrounding lagoon and ocean can be had from the top of the Heads themselves.  Driving up the Eastern Head visitors can park their cars in the demarcated area and take a walk along a path that will take them to several lookout areas along the edge of the cliff.  From here you can also see why the Heads is one of the most dangerous entrance / exits to a port in the world.

Another popular spot is at the end of George Rex Drive where you can see the Heads from below.  From here there is also a path that will take you towards the opening itself.


  1. It's a beautiful sight!! Have also taken photos similar to those :) I was standing on one of those platforms with a couple from Ireland and they were just in awe!!!!!

  2. Thank you so much Jonker. It is greatly appreciated. :)

    I especially like that first shot. The platform in the second must be new as I do not recall seeing it when I was there last.

  3. Nice pics and write-up Jonker! @SAPhotographs: the main platform at the top of the Heads gives spectacular views over the Knysna Lagoon, town and the Outeniqua Mountains in the background, but as you follow the footpath it takes you around and you end up on the ocean side of the Heads. These platforms have been there for years already, but not everybody follows the whole path.
    May be it is time for you to return to Knysna:)?
    I know a good guide in this area, and it is not Jonker, ha ha!

  4. It's such a beautiful place! And the oyster farm is awesome!

  5. Excellent shots of the Knysna Heads. I loved that spot. The houses by East Head are amazingly Huge. I saw divers going out the wreck from the end of George Rex Drive.

  6. What a lovely place!