Knysna is for Oysters and Elephants

Continuing on our journey east in South Africa (starting in Capetown), we stopped in Knysna on the Garden Route for some cruisin time and everyone’s favorites elephants.

We went on a sunset cruise and were able to see Knysna Heads which are sandstone cliffs that are on either side of the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon from the Indian Ocean.

Though a sunset cruise is typically what I would be most excited for that was not it this time. What I was pumped to try were the oysters! Knysna is the oyster capital of South Africa, or I should say used to be. The first oyster company was founded here in 1948 and it grew from there! The first Oyster Festival took place in 1983, and then there were issues with demand and permits and in 2010 Knysna’s oyster farms were closed. Though the mass production has stopped you can still get Knysna oysters and go on oyster tours while visiting. We enjoyed our Knysna oysters at 34 Degrees South. South African oysters are just so fresh and taste exactly like the ocean; as an oyster should.

The following day we got to the Knysna Elephant Park to see the ELEPHANTS!! The park was founded in 1994 to help the Knysna Forest Elephants that were almost extinct with only five thought to be alive. We were able to feed them and walk around in the fields with them and “hang.”

I don’t want to read your post, what should I know?

  • Stop in Knysna if you are you heading east on the Garden Route
  • Try a Knysna oyster
  • Get on the water! I suggest an oyster tour – even though I didn’t do one! Read this blog for suggestions
  • If you want to hang with elephants and pet them go to Knysna Elephant Park; interesting elephant experience to have in Africa


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