Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel in house tours

knysna charters south africa charters Garden route activities saKnysna is situated in the heart of the Garden Route on the shores of the Indian ocean, to the south and the Outiniqua forest and mountains in the north. Our estuary is one of the most pristine in the country. Knysna offers a large variety of things to do from lazing on the water to adrenalin packed tours.



garden route canoe trips South Africa things to do knysna Go with on a relaxed 7km paddle on the Goukamma River through forest and farm land areas.  View the Knysna Loerie and other beautiful birds in the area while learning a little of the Knysna forest. Snacks and drinks are included; bring along your camera which will be safe in a dry bucket.


Township tour

township tours knysna hostels knysna hostel garden routeJoin on a tour of knysna’s touwnship. Hear about RDP housing projects , visit a high school and South Africa’s biggest Rasta community. Meet the awesome kids at the crèche and then enjoy a drink at the local tavern while chatting with some of the locals.


Guided hikes

 There are a veriety of hikes in the area from a relaxed 3Km hike to a rather tougher 11km one. Learn about trees, plants and the Knysna forest animals along the way. Drinks and snacks are provided on the trip. Don’t forget your camera.


Tour of Knysna

tour of knysna backpackers south africa youth hostels garden routeThis will take you to the Knysna heads and the craft market, Mitchell’s brewery , a drive through the forest and a part of the township. Your guide will give you lots of history about the town as well as present day facts, then end the tour with a oyster tour and tasting.


Heads tour

heads tour knysna backpacking south africa backpackers garden routeA short one hour tour to knysna’s famous viewpoints while learning a little about Knysna along the way

Forest walk and picnic

forest walk  picnic knysna youth hostels garden route accomodationThis one is for those who don’t feel like being very active with a slow drive through the forest and a relaxed short walk pass the Big Tree, a 700 year old Yellowwood. Walk though the valley of ferns and a picnic on top of Spitskop.


Other activities in and around Knysna

  1. horse riding south africa activities knysna things to do Garden RouteCruize around the Knysna lagoon with Knysna Charters
  2. Forest horseback riding at Southern Comfort Western Horse Ranch
  3. Quad biking at Southern Comfort Western Horse Ranch
  4. Scuba diving at the Knysna heads with Heads Adventures
  5. Touch a elephant at Knysna Elephant park
  6. south africa quad bike rides Knysna adventures Garden RouteSkydive at Plett. Skydiving
  7. Go for  tandem paragliding with Cloudbase Paragliding
  8. Mountain biking with Knysna Forest Tours
  9. Get surf lessons at Life Kite Surfing
  10. Snorkeling tour through Waterfront Divers