Knysna, like the rest of the gorgeous Garden Route, is one of South Africa‘s most beautiful places to explore. Here, wildlife and nature preservation, excellent outdoor activities and lovely accommodations, restaurants and local offerings abound.
Whether you explore the town itself – or branch out into the forests, natural spaces and local gems that encircle it, you are in for an incredible time.
Because Knysna and its immediate surroundings are one of the most family-friendly destinations in South Africa, everyone gets to enjoy quality time and fun together.
Things to do in Knysna with kids
Head for a Family Outing at Jubilee Creek
Families can enjoy some outdoor exercise and bonding time at Jubilee Creek, a favourite picnic site among locals and visitors alike. With safe lawns, gorgeous surroundings, picnic benches, braai facilities and toilets, it has everything you need for a day’s picnicking.
The pretty picnic site is located on the river banks of Milkwood Creek, within the Garden Route National Park. So the setting is understandably peaceful and naturally stunning.
It is found in two forest clearings, alongside the stream and is popular among young families, especially as the stream offers safe splash fun.
Situated within Knysna’s beautiful Gouveld Forest, Jubilee Creek offers a tranquil picnic and short walk experience ideal for families.
The easy, one-hour Jubilee Creek Walk (3.6km in distance) starts and ends back at the popular picnic spot. It takes you along the path that miners used to tread. There is even a beautiful, yet apparently icy swimming hole at the end, to reward your efforts.
Jubilee Creek Contact Info
Opening hours: Please contact +27 (0)44 302 5600 for the Park’s Knysna Lake Section opening hours.
Activity rates: A SANParks entry fee is required – but the experience is otherwise free. Please find the daily rates here.
Tel: +27 (0)44 302 5600
Walk Among Giants at Knysna Elephant Park
Established in 1994, the Knysna Elephant Park offers a safe haven to local elephants, while also allowing visitors to safely encounter these majestic giants. Over the years, they have raised more than forty orphaned elephants.
Here, visitors can enjoy family-friendly nature walks with the elephants; the chance to meet the herd up close (accompanied by professional guides) and more.
The activities are family-friendly and free to children under 5 when accompanied by an adult.
The park also has a restaurant and shop in Indlovu Café and Curio Shop, as well as luxurious accommodation in the beautiful Elephant Nature Lodge.
Situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, it ensures the perfect day trip.
Knysna Elephant Park Contact Info
Opening hours: The park is open 365 days a year, from 09:00 – 16:00 daily.
Activity rates: Rates vary depending on the activity and/or accommodation offering. For more information, please visit their website or contact them directly.
Tel: +27 (0)72 290 7238
Hit the Beach at Bollard Bay Beach
Bollard Bay Beach is Leisure Isle’s secret beach… Here, set on the famous Knysna Lagoon, families can enjoy safe, peaceful swimming and fun.
With its pristine, sandy white shoreline and aqua waters, Bollard Beach is very pretty.
As there are few currents or waves here, it offers safe swimming in the shallows, making it perfect for kids to enjoy too.
The beach is also popular among dog walkers… Meaning you can bring your pup along for the outing!
Bollard Bay Beach Contact Info
Opening hours: This Leisure Isle beach is open to the public daily and is free to visit.
Tel: +27 (0) 44 382 5510 (Knysna Tourism)
Embark on a Lagoon Cruise with Paddle Cruiser Experience