A common holiday destination for South Africans is Knysna. This is a town located along the Garden Route in the Western Cape. It is popular for its scenic views, lagoon, and quick getaway location. I was lucky enough to spend my easter weekend with family friends in their house on Simola Golf Estate, and the weekend left me feeling refreshed and ready to face my next set of assignments at university. 

Travelling to Knysna is always tricky when it is around school holidays, as most of Cape Town seems to pack up and travel to Knysna, Plett and its surroundings. This makes planning your travel route very important, as no one feels like spending extra hours in a car. Travelling to Knysna we took the N1 out of Cape Town, via Worcester, and then through Robertson on Route 62. Just after Oudtshoorn we cut through to George, leaving only a small portion of the trip in the heat of the traffic. Route 62, although a bit longer than the coastal road, is one of the most scenic routes in South Africa, and the views of old mountains is well worth the extra kilometres. 

Misty road just before George

Once in Knysna we hit some of my favourite restaurants... 

Rib and Rump for the best ribs in town. What makes their ribs so amazing is the sauce - it is everything you want when eating your 500g of meat. What makes this restaurant so special is its partnership with Freshline Fisheries. As both places have the same owner, and are conveniently located next to each other, you are able to order off either menu regardless as to which restaurant you are seated in. 

île de pain for breakfast. This patisserie has become so popular in the last few years that you will struggle to find a table after 9am. Their coffee is to die for, and this time I tried their berry french toast, which I would recommend in a heart beat. 

Chatters for pizza. This is the place to go for pizza in Knysna. Their bases are perfection, and you feel as if you have a piece of Italy in your mouth. 

Cappuccino at île de pain

Berry french toast from île de pain

Entrence to île de pain, located on Thesen Island

But restaurants aside, what else can one do in Knysna? Well there is the lagoon, one of the greatest attractions. You can paddle, waterski, fish, or just relax along its shoreline. You have the entire lagoon, from the Heads [the river mouth] all the way down the river past the red bridge. 

Other activities include a stroll through the Waterfront, testing out the many restaurants that Knysna has to offer. There are also a variety of day trips that you can do, all within an hours drive from Knysna; some include Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield and the Wilderness. 

The most important thing about Knysna is that it is a holiday destination after all. If you're after glitz and glam, then this probably isn't the place for you, but, if you're up for a relaxing trip with your family within fairly close proximity to major cities, then Knysna might be the place for you. 

View of the Heads from Simola