When you’re on holiday, especially in a town surrounded by glorious nature, there is no need to rush to a gym (although we do have those). Knysna is famous for its beautiful landscapes, made up of gorgeous beaches, indigenous forests, and a magnificent lagoon.
A short walk before breakfast or a late afternoon cycle will help keep your body in check. Here are ten ways to get exercise and stay in shape while on holiday in Knysna.
At low tide, you can walk from Under Milkwood to the end of Leisure Isle and back again, or you could walk the 200 metres to the Heads, have breakfast at East Head Café and walk back again. If you need something a bit more strenuous, you could even opt for a walk up the hill to the viewpoint. You will be rewarded by magnificent views of the Heads.
There are also many day-walks in the area, such as Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay, Gericke’s Point Beach Walk in Sedgefield, the “Circles in a Forest” day walk and Buffalo Bay beach.
The Milkwood Collection properties all have direct access to the lagoon. As long as you don’t venture too close to the Heads, it is a perfect swimming spot at high tide.
There are also great swimming beaches in the area, such as Lookout beach in Plettenberg Bay, Nature’s Valley beach, Buffalo Bay beach and Swartvlei beach in Sedgefield.
You could opt for a leisurely cycle from the heads to town, or go even further through town and around the lagoon. However, few outdoor activities can beat the exhilaration of mountain biking through Knysna’s indigenous montane forests. Knysna Cycle Tours and South African National Parks showcase a number of routes to choose from.
A Segway is a 2-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered, green personal transporter. It’s totally fun, addictive and the perfect family outing.
Enjoy a quirky guided tour of Knysna’s beautiful scenery while you exercise and use your body to move on a Segway Personal Transporter. Knysna Segway Tours offer a one-hour Guided Lake-Side Segway Tour of over 1,2km on paved paths ways with stunning views of the Greater Knysna area. Tsitsikamma and Wilderness Segway Tours offer one- and two-hour fully guided segway tours and ½ or full day mountain bike rentals.
In the summer months, the Knysna lagoon is the ideal place for beginners and experts alike to kite and SUP (stand up paddleboard). Contact Tony Cook Adventures for kite and SUP lessons in the summer months. Beginners can learn with their seasoned and experienced instructors.
Ever think that playing golf isn’t really exercise? Think again. Golf is exercise, cart or no cart. Even golfers using a cart can burn about 1,300 calories and walk over three kilometres when playing 18 holes.
Known as the Golfing Mecca of South Africa, the Garden Route boasts numerous award-winning and world-class golf courses. Click here to see our list.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Knysna must be one of the best places to canoe or kayak in South Africa. Whether you prefer the wilder surf of the beach or the calmer waters of the Knysna Lagoon, there are plenty of great spots to choose from.
A popular place to paddle in the surf is at Buffalo Bay. The lagoon offers calmer water and access to the upper river, where there are many places to explore. Remember always to stay well clear of the Heads on the outgoing tide. Click here for info on other great canoeing spots in the Garden Route.
Guests staying at any of the Milkwood Collection properties are always welcome to make use of the complimentary SUPs and kayaks available on the beach below the chalets.