Monday, June 27, 2011

Knysna Quays

Most visitors to the town of Knysna on the Garden Route end up at the Knysna Quays Waterfront at one time or another.  The Knysna Quays consist of a small boat harbour, an area with shops and restaurants as well as very upmarket houses and apartments.  Yachts are moored all around the waterfront both inside the small boat harbour as well as outside in the lagoon.  As the Knysna Lagoon is one of the main attractions in the town, there are a number of charter boats, ferries and catamarans that depart from the waterfront on cruises of the lagoon.

From the Knysna Quays a number of canals lead towards the part where the houses and apartments are situated.  All the restaurants on the waterfront looks out over either the canals, the harbour or the lagoon with some of them right on the water as in the picture above.

One of the highlights for kids visiting the Knysna Quays is when the walkway bridge lifts up to allow a yacht through.  When the bridge lifted up on this occasion there was a guy and his kids in a canoe coming down the canal and everybody clapped hands for him because it looked like the bridge lifted up specially for him.  The next moment this big yacht came sailing though right behind them.

In addition to the restaurants, there are a number of shops that line the walkways of the waterfront.  This big artistically carved yellow wood tree stump is one of the many other features that you will find alongside the shops.


  1. When I drove thru Knysna it looked like a lot of shops on the main road. But other than the Heads, I didn't explore. Guess there's lots more to see. Next trip.

  2. Oooh I didn't know the bridge lifted !!! Would have loved to seen that!!

  3. Such a pity, Gaelyn. I've seen it happen so many times, especially with tourists staying only one night. I've never seen so much diversity of beauty in one place. Rivers, lakes, lagoons and sea means beaches of different sorts too. One can travel over a hill and think they were in another part of the country.