Lekkerkry? Yip: an almost untranslatable Afrikaans word for ‘so-nice-so-much-fun-so-enjoyable-so-makes-my-toes-curl-with-delight.’ Or something like that. And we use it here because there’s so much lekkerkry in Knysna in summer you’re going to need to stay here for ever.
A lot of the fun revolves around the Knysna Estuary, of course, and our beaches (Noetzie, Buffalo Bay, Goukamma, Myoli…). So if you’re into swimming, walking, surfing or sailing, your opportunities are endless – especially considering that our coast is washed by the warm water of the Indian Ocean.
It isn’t hard to see why stand-up paddling (SUP) is the fastest growing watersport in the world today: it’s easy and fun for beginners, challenging and exciting for advanced paddlers – and thrilling for everyone. And in Knysna, it’s a brilliant way to discover the lagoon.
(And BTW, Vanhunks boards are named after a legendary old pirate who retired to Cape Town, where he’s said to have bested the devil in a smoking competition on Table Mountain. So if lekkerkry for you means having a stock of stories of ghosts and ghouls and creepy things ready and on hand for when you want to scare the kids around the braai at the end of a long day in the sun – have a look at this lekker web site we found while researching this article.)
A NEW MTB ROUTE
If you’d rather be on the land – and in the mud – this summer, Knysna’s fast becoming one of the top mountain biking destinations in South Africa – and the latest addition to its quiver of MTB routes was announced just this week: the Graspad Mountain Biking Trail in Harkerville (17 km from central Knysna), in the Garden Route National Park.
It’s billed as a family-friendly, 12 km trail – but if you want a more challenging experience, it’s linked to some of the other MTB trails in Harkerville. Just remember that you’ll need a SANParks tag if you want to ride in the Park (more information here).
LEKKERKRY IN THE SUNSET
Of course if you want to relax, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy Knysna in the best possible way – there’s nothing to beat a two-and-a-half-hour Sunset Cruise with Springtide Charters.
With a delicious feast and a glass or two of South Africa’s great bubbly, it’s the best possible way to end your day.
Unfortunately we can’t list every single lekkerkry thing you’ll find in Knysna in a short article like this – but you’ll get all the information you need from visitknysna.co.za. Have a lekker day!