Knysna on a Rainy Day

rain outside the windows of the villa. tropics

Although well known for its outdoor activities, Knysna offers plenty of warmth indoors too. Even when it rains, there are many ways to enjoy what Knysna has to offer. Here are a few ideas:

Visit Knysna’s museums and galleries.

  • The Old Gaol complex houses displays of the town’s angling and maritime history as well as the Knysna Art Gallery and tea room.
  • One of South Africa’s finest galleries, Knysna Fine Art specialises in contemporary South African and also features a number of international fine artists.
  • Renowned local artist, Sally Bekker, favours oil and watercolour paints for her gorgeous pieces. Visit the Sally Bekker Art Gallery in Woodmill Lane.
  • Dale and Mel Elliott, a unique father/son professional artist combination exhibit their original art works in the Dale Elliott Art Gallery situated in the Knysna Mall.
  • Be inspired by the high-energy art of award winning artist, Jan Raats at the Jandreart Studio on Thesen Island.
  • Dallas Smith’s large acrylic paintings vary in subject, from yachts and birds to beach scenes. Visit the Dallas Smith Gallery, also on Thesen Island.

Grab a Beer.

  • Visit the home of South Africa’s Original Craft Beer. The Mitchell’s Brewery Tap Room is open from 11 am to 9 pm, six days a week for tastings.
  • The Bell Tavern at Belvidere Manor is the smallest pub in Knysna, and is famous for its pot pies and fish and chips.
  • The warm and cozy Bosun’s Pub and Grill is a great locals pub, offering awesome pies and fabulous Sunday lunch.

Book a table at one of our awesome restaurants or coffee shops.

Revive your senses at the spa. 

Visit the historical churches of Knysna.

  • At the San Ambroso Chapel (Gouna Forest) you will discover a little-known pocket of Italian history tucked deep in the forests of Knysna.
  • St Georges Anglican Church (Town center) is a beautiful, old church worth visiting.
  • Built by Thomas Duthie, owner of Belvidere Estate from 1833 to 1857, the Holy Trinity Church in Belvidere is a beautiful example in miniature of the Norman style of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Well worth a visit.

Visit the Knysna Library in Memorial Square.

  • If you are a visitor, you may apply for a temporary card. A deposit of R85 is refundable when all library material is returned. Visitors may borrow a maximum of two books at a time. Visit their website.

Grab a book and spend the day in bed.

  • Dalene Mathee (an Afrikaans author of 13 books) was best known for her Knysna forest novels. Her final resting pace is at Krisjan-se-Nek, one of her favourite spots in the Knysna Forest. Her books are on sale at the Knysna Tourism walk-in offices in Main Road or available for hire at the Knysna Library.

Hang out in your villa or chalet.

  • If you’re a guest at The Milkwood Collection (Under Milkwood, Number Eleven, Paquita or Milkwood Bay), we recommend you spend the day indoors. We offer all the creature comforts you would need. Warm and cozy accommodation, books to read, board games to play, DVDs to watch. You can even cook up a storm in your fully equipped kitchen, stocked with luxury Le Creuset cookware.

Come rain or shine, we know you’ll love it here.