Knysna’s name (pronounced Nysna), is derived from the Hottentot word Xthuys Xna, which means the place where the wood is. It was used to describe the Knysna River which meanders through the thick indigenous forest and deep gorges before it finally flows into a lagoon. Knysna nestles on the banks of this beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Surrounded by a natural paradise of lush forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, property for sale here is very popular amongst locals and investors alike.

When it comes to choosing a house to rent or buy in Knysna, the word variety comes to mind. There are lifestyle estates on Koetzie beach and Leisure Isle which is on the edge of the Knysna lagoon. The Knysna Quays are situated in the waterfront, making life both relaxing and convienent for homeowners and holidaymakers alike. There are a variety of investment opportunities such as flats to rent, vacant land and commercial properties, but spend a moment having a look at our Knysna property listings before you decide what’s right for you.

Explore Knysna

Hiking

Hiking

Knysna features some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world, through forest, fynbos and along the pristine coastline. The most famous of these are the Outeniqua Trail, the Harkerville Trail, the Otter Trail and the Tsitsikamma Trail. 

Outdoors

Outdoors

There are also many great walks you can enjoy in the Knysna Forest, home to the Knysna elephant.

Activities

Activities

Host to the Knysna Marathon and accompanying Oyster Festival, this is not the only festival you’ll enjoy once you’ve bought a property in Knysna: Literary Festival, Pink Loerie Mardi Gras, Speed Festival and the Knysna Woodcutters Festival are but a few. 

Elephant Park

Elephant Park

The Knysna Elephant Park, Birds of Eden and Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy Tours are not to be missed either. 

Living in Knysna

Areas near to Knysna

Barrydale, George, Great Brak River, Heidelberg, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Riversdale, Sedgefield, Still Bay, Wilderness, Witsand,

Schools

There are no fewer than 11 schools ranging from pre-primary to high school in Knysna.

Shopping

Knysna Waterfront and Knysna Mall, not to mention the interesting little shops and market stalls you’ll discover. 

Sport

Choose from one of four magnificent golf courses, a number of cycle and running routes or any of the other sporting opportunities on offer. This town is a healthy one, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Medical

Knysna Provincial Hospital.

Get active

Canoeing - Many waterways in the area are restricted to non-motorised craft, giving ample opportunity for canoeing on the Knysna lagoon, Knysna River or Goukamma River. 

Abseiling - Knysna has incredible scenery and what better way to experience it than abseiling the cliffs at the Heads or through a waterfall in the Harkerville forest. 

Diving along the Knysna coastline is a great experience. You will see many colours and coral reefs, Nudibranchs, sea spiders, Toothed decorator crabs, colourful corals, fish,  the Knysna Seahorse and many more. Reef dives, shore dives and wreck dives are offered by local dive companies. 

Fishing - Knysna provides a wealth of opportunities for the keen fisherman: fly-fishing, rock and surf fishing, deep sea fishing, bass and trout fishing. The most common fish caught in the area are steenbras, grunter and leervis. 

Hiking Trails - The Garden Route features some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world, through forest, fynbos and along its pristine coastline. Many trails offer accommodation in overnight huts. The most famous of these are the Outeniqua Trail, the Harkerville Trail, the Otter Trail and the Tsitsikamma Trail. There are also many great walks you can do in the Knysna Forest. 

Horse Riding - Enjoy the Knysna forest on horseback; there are trails in the Harkerville area. Several stables in the area provide guided outrides. 

Cycling and Mountain Biking - Knysna offers cyclists some great mountain bike trails. These cycle routes consist of a choice of difficulty grades. Many of the cycling routes include some single track riding. 

Knysna has 3 golf clubs. Two of which are award winning golf courses with the most spectacular views. 

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius