Knysna Honeymoon – Reasons to Vacation in Garden Route Paradise

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Cheap honeymoon packages in Cape Town are popular. But the Garden Route is even more desirable. When considering a honeymoon in South Africa, Knysna is definitely near the top of any couple’s list.

The combination of beautiful Garden Route scenery, romantic accommodation options, and breathtaking activities is hard to beat. That’s why we need to talk about why you should consider a Knysna honeymoon.

Getting to Knysna

You can catch a domestic flight to George from most major cities in South Africa. George is the closest airport to Knysna, just 60km (40 miles) away. South African Airways, Mango Airlines, Kulula Airlines, and FlySafair all fly to George Airport.

For some idea of pricing, a flight from Johannesburg to George can cost as little as R600.

Alternatively, you could drive to Knysna. The furthest big city, Polokwane, is about 1200km (800 miles) from Knysna. On the other hand, Cape Town is only about 500km (290 miles) away.

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Knysna: One of the Most Romantic Getaways on the Garden Route

With so many things to see and do in Knysna, it is one of the top holiday destinations in the Garden Route, South Africa.

Discover the sandy beaches and forest trails, explore the area’s rich cultural heritage, and experience what makes Knysna one of the not-to-be-missed locations in the Western Cape.

Why is Knysna a Great Honeymoon Destination?

Think about having the best of South Africa’s green forests alongside elements of a traditional seaside town, but with the conveniences and luxury offerings of a city. Knysna falls within those descriptions and is in close proximity to many of Africa’s traditional attractions. Including beaches, wildlife, and wilderness.

It’s also a great destination for activities and hobbyists – golf, cycling, surfing and sailing are all hugely popular here. Food and drink aren’t left behind, with a number of top-class eateries, and the Plettenberg Winelands within driving distance.

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Good Weather

For the most part, Knysna has generally moderate and pleasant weather conditions, without being dry. This accounts for the Knysna forest and lakes. So, regardless of when you visit, pack both beachwear and a warm jacket for the occasional cloudy day or rainy evening.


There’s no shortage of shops and conveniences. All major stores and markets can be found here, and you’ll find a few unique specialist stores as well. Keep an eye out for delicious cottage industry bakes, preserves and other tasty treats.

The Knysna Waterfront is a popular all-in-one stop for visitors. Most of the boat trips to the heads and around the lagoon also depart from here. Think of it as a mini-V&A Waterfront – a key attraction in Cape Town.

Things to Do

On a good weather day, you can take a boat ride out to the Heads or Featherbed Bay reserve. If there’s any activity related to lagoon, sea, safari, wine, food or shopping you can’t find in Knysna, chances are you’re not in Knysna at all.

Remember to get going early on a Saturday morning, and head west to Sedgefield. Spend the morning at the Wild Oats Community Farmer’s Market, an ideal spot to find those local delicacies and curios.

What Not to Miss

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Whatever you do, make some time to include the following when you visit Knysna:

  • Brenton Beach and Coney Glen – excellent romantic walking beaches.
  • The Heads – Take a boat trip to the world-famous lagoon entrance.
  • Visit Thesen Island – They’re all interconnected by bridge.
  • Drive a part of the Seven Passes Route – it’s a long road, but try at least a section of it.
  • Visit the forest – there are several trails and hikes through the legendary Knysna forests.

Creative Honeymoon Solutions in Knysna

You have a range of honeymoon solutions and destinations available, whether you’re making a booking yourself or working through an agent.  Popular accommodation spots for honeymooners include the Abalone Lodge Knysna, and the Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa. Here’s how to make sure you get the best option for you.


All-inclusive is a hassle-free option. Put your money on the table, and get everything you need. Accommodation, meals, drinks and even some day trips and activities might be included in such a package.

Usually, this is tied to a hotel or resort, which means you’ll be taken care of, and perhaps even develop familiarity with your surroundings.

If there’s a downside, it’s that you may be limited if you decide to deviate from the plan. Sure, you can choose not to follow the plan, but chances are you’ll still have to pay for what’s on the agenda. Bear in mind that any extras not included in the package will still be for your account.

Add your own Touches

If you don’t mind a bit of legwork, you can liaise directly with the hotel representative or agent and design your own honeymoon, complete with activities, food and extras. Many fine hotels in the area will accommodate a special private dinner, for example, or maybe a spa day (with champagne, of course).

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Time and patience permitting, it may benefit you to keep an eye out for bundles. This may be a flight, hotel and car rental bundle. They usually save money and add an element of convenience. It’s an especially useful option if you’re flying into and out from George, which hosts all the major rental services at the airport.

Look out for Honeymoon Specials That Aren’t Honeymoon Specials

This is for those who like to plot and plan. Everyone knows that prices related to weddings tend to inflate. Take some time to scout hotels and resorts for “specials” that aren’t marketed as honeymoon packages.

If they turn out to be reasonable, and you don’t mind adding the romance elements yourself (or when you get there), why not keep the flexibility and mobility of going “regular”?

Final Thoughts

The Garden Route, and Knysna in particular, are among the best South African honeymoon destinations on offer. It is a no brainer for most couples to try it out, especially for a romantic holiday,

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Edwina Fletcher