1 Hour Activities


EAST HEAD CAFE
25 George Rex Drive, Knysna
+27-(0)44-384-0933
eastheadcafe.co.za/

BREAKFAST WITH A VIEW

  • Snag an ocean-facing table
  • Eat seasonal, locally-sourced food
  • Hang out with the regulars

Survey the Knysna Heads (green-clad sea cliffs) with your morning coffee at the East Head Café, an easy 10-minute drive from the Conrad Pezula. The prime coastal location might sniff of a tourist trap, but the laid-back restaurant styled with African pop art and a mosaic of teapots is a local favorite. You’ll be fighting for a water-gazing terrace table if the weather is nice, but the battle is worth it. Order the crayfish hollandaise, spicy mince bastoni (poached eggs, beans and crème fraîche), or satisfy that savory-sweet yen with the French toast with bacon, fig preserves, and camembert. Fuel up, because after breakfast you’ll want to take a short amble—mild clambering required—to a deserted rock outcropping hovering above the ocean where you can meditate on the waves crashing below.
Take a scenic 10-minute drive along the coast to the cafe.

EAST HEAD CAFE
25 George Rex Drive, Knysna
+27-(0)44-384-0933
eastheadcafe.co.za/

OLD GAOL MUSEUM
Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Knysna
+27-(0)44-302-6320
http://www.knysna.gov.za/resident-services/community-services/museums

MILLWOOD HOUSE
Queen Street, Knysna
+27-(0)44-302-6320

KNYSNA FINE ART GALLERY
6 Long Street, Knysna
+27-(0)44-382-5107
finearts.co.za/

BRUSH UP ON AREA HISTORY AND ART

  • Wander through a jail-turned-history museum
  • Play house, 1880’s style
  • Add emerging South African art to your collection

More than just a drop-dead gorgeous beach destination, Knysna was once the center of a lucrative timber industry. Take a quick hop back in time to learn about its origins. Start your self-guided tour at The Old Gaol Museum, set in a mid-19th-century jail on Queen Street in the heart of town. Wander the warren of rooms set with a small art gallery featuring Knysna landscapes by local artist Kate Truscott, wildlife paintings by Engela Steyn, and well-preserved nautical artifacts for maritime buffs. Continue down the road to the Millwood House, the town’s history museum. Cast yourself back to the 1880’s in this house replicating life from that era with a period bedroom, dining room, and kitchen. Return to the present a few blocks away at the Knysna Fine Art Gallery, which is turning heads as one of the country’s premier art institutions thanks to its mix of South African masters and up-and-coming talent. It’s set within a century-old Long Street building, but the canvases inside are decidedly contemporary. Emerging South African talents to consider adding to your own collection include Arjan van Arendonk (silicone embroidery on fabric), Gary Stephens (charcoal sketches on folded paper), and Lucinda Mudge (ceramics).

The trio of museums is a 15-minute drive from the hotel in Knysna

OLD GAOL MUSEUM
Corner of Main and Queen Streets, Knysna
+27-(0)44-302-6320
http://www.knysna.gov.za/resident-services/community-services/museums
MILLWOOD HOUSE
Queen Street, Knysna
+27-(0)44-302-6320

KNYSNA FINE ART GALLERY
6 Long Street, Knysna
+27-(0)44-382-5107
finearts.co.za/

KNYSNA SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
28 Main Street, the Oaks, Knysna

AFRICAN BEAN
29 Main Street
+27-(0)44-382-2845

SHOP LIKE A LOCAL

  • Stroll the Victorian-era Main Street
  • Watch an artist in action
  • Sip coffee and catch up on local gossip

Ditch the coastal crowds for the afternoon and head slightly inland to Knysna’s Main Street lined with elegant Victorian-era buildings housing restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Bypass the kitschy open-air market —unless you’re on a hunt for painted ostrich eggs—and head to The Live Art Gallery at the Knysna School of Art and Design. This rambling old pile is brimming with colorful canvases and mixed media installations that are all for sale (check their Facebook page for the scoop on live demos by local artists). Pop across the street to the pretty African Bean, a family-owned boutique and café. Search for souvenirs amid the hand-painted cushion covers, hand and body lotions by local brand Moya, or scarves screen-printed with ostriches, giraffes, and rhinos. Settle in with a coffee and a scone and catch up on the latest gossip as locals chat over iced mochas and fresh baked pastries.
Main Street is a 15-minute drive from the hotel in Knysna.

KNYSNA SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN
28 Main Street, the Oaks, Knysna

AFRICAN BEAN
29 Main Street
+27-(0)44-382-2845