Knysna Tourism

Known as the pearl on the Garden route of South Africa, Knysna is a place ideal for a quick vacation or a weekend getaway. Knysna holidays leave with a refreshed mind and pleasant memories. This beach town offers great deal of entertainment and the happening events and festivals make Knysna vacation a must-do. Plan a trip to Knysna and know why!

Essential travel information and Knysna tips for your visit

  • Knysna Time Zone: SAST ( South Africa Standard Time) : UTC/GMT +2 hours
  • Currency- Currency used in Knysna is South African rand.
  • Electricity- South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.
  • Internet- 3G and 4G Wi-Fi connections are available in almost all the hotels in the city.
  • Languages- There are eleven official languages of South Africa: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, NorthernSotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana,Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. English is the most common language used in Knysna.
  • Security- Knysna Police: 044 3026600, Ambulance: 10177, Tourist Victim Support: 044 8782139
  • Tipping- Tipping is generally expected for the services rendered.
  • Shop around for the best deals online especially out of season when accommodation and activity rates are substantially reduced. Keep in mind however that during the Oyster Festival (end of June into early July) most places charge high season rates.
  • Select accommodation situated on the hill above the town or at the Knysna heads. It is more peaceful and secluded, the views are to die for and you’ll find a varied choice of lodgings including comfortable yet rustic log cabins ideally suited to the forest, ocean and lagoon ambience.
  • Know the pollution level of Knysna before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Knysna for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Knysna.

    • Burglary and Theft 60 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 65 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 55 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 70 (High)
    • Car Stealing 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 60 (High)
    • Attacks 55 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 90 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 65 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 5 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 35 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 42.72 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 97.55 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 12.07 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 17 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 87.5 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.36 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Knysna

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.21 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 65.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.43 USD

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