Planning your 2016 Easter holiday in Knysna?

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It’s almost Easter! And, since April has more public holidays than most in South Africa, it’s time to plan your autumn break-away to Knysna.


Three long weekends in row! Three Knysna road trips! (Easter Weekend 3-6 April, Workers’ Day weekend, 1-3 May. OK, OK, that’s two – but you can make your own! Let’s be creative here!)


Sigh. If we didn’t live in Knysna, we’d be jealous.



Let’s -er- clear something up, OK? Autumn in Knysna is Awesome. Warm, clear days with generally light winds, and cosy, snuggly (romantic!), but only slightly chilly nights.


No really. Come and test us anytime!


Actually, the weather in the Garden Route is pretty awesome throughout the year. True, this is the only part of Africa that receives all-year-round rainfall, but most of our rain falls at night, and our heaviest rains generally occur in summer.


Things to do

So what’s to do while you’re here? Good weather and the unfenced, 160,000 hectare Garden Route National Park – Knysna’s definitely an outdoor destination in Autumn.


Come sailing with us (4-hour leisure cruise;  2 ½ hour sunset cruise; 90-minute sailing adventures); hop aboard one of Ocean Odyssey’s power catamarans for a Knysna Heads Adventure, or a marine eco tour on the Indian Ocean – or rent one of our stand-up paddle boards (SUP) and explore the Knysna Estuary at your own pace.



Knysna’s the festival town as you know – and not all our festivals happen over the long weekends, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye our community calendar. Here’s just a smidgen of what you can expect:

  • The seventh annual Knysna Literary Festival (Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 March)
  • The Garden Route Walking Fest: South Africa’s first walking festival, with more than 50 guided walks (25-29 March)
  • The Knysna Motor Show: mostly classics and vintage cars and bikes, and plenty of eye candy for any petrol-head… (1 May 2016)
  • Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival – one of South Africa’s best-loved LGBTI events, and the stage for the finals of Mr. Gay South Africa 2016  (27 April to 1 May)


Happy travelling!


Easter-time Public Holidays 2016

21 March: Human Rights Day

25 March: Good Friday

28 March: Family Day

27 April: Freedom Day

1 May: Workers Day

2 May: Public holiday

Source: South Africa Government

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