Franschhoek is the most beautiful place in South Africa. Sandwiched in between its lush and green, misty mountains and the famous Franschhoek Pass and Franschhoek Monument just outside of town, it the best holiday destination.
Multicultural, multilingual and peaceful and serene, no wonder the whole world if heading to Franschhoek! With a number of famous festivals held annually, superb 5 star luxurious accommodation and a number of activities to enjoy, it’s the holiday destination for your whole family.
Exclusive boutiques shops and spas and health clinics, you’ll have everything you need within easy reach. The world class hotels, restaurants, art galleries, museums, scenic tours and wine tastings at affordable prices, you’re in for a very active or very tranquil holiday, the choice is yours!
THE greater Knysna area has a lot to offer to paradise seekers. Whether your desire is to swim with the dolphins in the Brenton-on-sea beach, or take a stroll/ beach walk towards Buffalo Bay for breakfast, Knysna is the place to be this summer.
Situated about 70km from George airport, the great Oyster City is well known for its Sea Food and Oyster festival, Knysna Heads and the Magical Knysna lagoon not to mention the Goukamma Nature Reserve.
Escape the hectic working life and spend your weekend in Knysna Paradise and enjoy luxuries such as the hotels and spas, restaurants and cruise boats, or take a stroll on the beach. The sea horse species found in Knysna’s Estuary is very rare worldwide, and Knysna is a place enriched, with unforgettable memories and marvelous stories to tell.
For a beach escape, head to Brenton-on-sea beach: the beach lies behind the majestic Western Knysna Head. It is a breathtaking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings.
Brenton-on-sea boasts very popular angling spots, like Jaapse Ba, The Blokke and Castle Rock. There are several caves to the east of Castle Rock that invite exploration. Lake Brenton provides a jetty and slipway for boats and canoes.
Fisherman’s walk is a romantic and scenic cliff top path where dolphins and whales are often spotted bathing in the bay. The very blue waters and white sand will take the stresses of the week away. It’s a great chance to get up and close with the nature.
The beach is chiefly surrounded by the Goukamma Nature Reserve. Brenton-on-Sea’s Blue Flag accredited beach enables visitors to safely walk for kilometers while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
For a Lagoon Cruising escape, head to Knysna Sunset Cruise. Sit back and enjoy the tranquility aboard the Oyster boat. Sip wine and enjoy fresh local oysters on this relaxing boat cruise as you’re slowly taking in the splendor of the Knysna Lagoon, especially the African sun setting over the lagoon.
Relax and enjoy a glass of wine and fresh local oysters as the Oyster boat make its way across the lagoon slowly towards the Knysna Heads. The sunset cruise is a fully guided cruise and is inclusive of a glass of white wine and three fresh oysters per person. You’re more than welcome to bring your own beverages and snacks as these are not provided aboard the sunset cruise. Please remember your camera to capture the exotic memories, sunblock, sun hat and wind breaker, just in case it gets chilly as you’re nearing the Knysna Heads.
Luxurious and tranquil stay, awaitsyou at The Protea Hotel Knysna Quay.It is set on the Knysna Quays Waterfront, overlooking the Knysna Heads and Indian Ocean. The magnificent Knysna Lagoon is in the door steps of this stylish hotel, offering 123 spacious rooms, comprising of 70 lagoon-facing rooms, 20 standard double rooms, 30 standard twin rooms, two disabled rooms and one executive suite, suited for both leisure and business travelers.
Protea hotel Quays offers travelers a home away from home, with spacious room with stunning views any traveler would enjoy on the warm Indian Ocean. Renowned as the perfect holiday destination, equally relaxing and stylishly comfortable Protea Hotel Quays is a promise of luxurious and tranquil stay at Knysna Quay’s waterfront.
Besides the lagoon at your doorstep Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is within walking distance from the town center and has a variety of activities and attractions for your stay. Relax and take in the splendor of Knysna through the wall-to- floor French windows in your room with a glass of wine as you watch the magical African sunset.
You can take a troll to the pool and relax your afternoon off on the pool lounges or swim in the heated outdoor swimming pool located on a uniquely designed sundeck with sweeping views of the lagoon. With the stylish Protea Hotel Quays as your little heaven on this paradise you’re sure to enjoy the most serene of stays you’ve ever had in paradise.
Indulge yourself in a spa escape at Pezula Spa & Gym for absolute tranquility and total relaxation and allow yourself to be transported to another world. This magnificent spa has superb facilities like a gym, indoor heated pool, sauna, cold or hot water rain forest shower, hair and nail studio, fresh juice, snack and cappuccino bar, therapy and treatment rooms.
Begin your spa journey among other treatments with a full body exfoliation with indigenous ingredients, followed by an African body massage which combines oil and hot volcanic stones of the unforgettable Matombo experience which is perfect for stress relief, detoxifying and relaxing.
Escape for a rejuvenating massage with the in-house wellness therapist, which includes a variety of treatments such as reflexology and aromatherapy sessions for sheer relaxation during your spa visit.
For an out of this world gourmet escape, head to The Orchid Room Restaurant. The Orchid Room Restaurant at Simola Hotel offers a dining experience sure to please even the most discerning patron. With views stretching across the most beautiful vista of the magical Knysna lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads as well as the golf course and outside pool, one can be forgiven for spending more time than usual dining.
The a la carte menu is seasonal, making use of the very finest fresh local and imported ingredients. A wide variety of tastes are catered for, with dishes designed to delight any palate. Sunday Buffet lunch is a local favourite with a wide variety of starters and salads, delicious main courses and carvery, and mouthwatering desserts.
The restaurant boasts a sushi bar with wrap-around counter where patrons can watch the sushi-chef prepare this authentic Japanese cuisine, while Teppanyaki is on offer for guests with less adventurous tastes. Complimenting this fine dining is a distinctive selection of wines from their award winning wine list, a wide variety is available, sure to pair well with any meal chosen.
There is the opulent sophistication of Sir Roy’s Bar where you can comfortably sit back and savour the finest whiskies or experience the best aged cognacs on offer.
Stress-free transportation is available at Europcar Rental: situated at Caltex Quay’s service station 1 waterfront drive, Europcar is your efficient and convenient transportation solution in and around Knysna.
For all your 24/7 travelling needs with luxuriously and affordable vehicles to move around freely and efficiently around Knysna, offering touring, chauffeured pick up or drop off services. Europcar Caltex quays has a wide range of vehicles in all budget options, you may either reserve a car or reserve a chauffeur the choice is yours.
Dreams come true, not all of them of cause, but some. You want a peaceful vacation all by your self or with family? Knysna is your Paradise, believe me. Whether your holiday special is the swimming with the Dolphins, strolling on the beach, shopping, hiking, good food or rest by the pool for that weekend away from your hectic life. You’ll get all of that from Knysna. It’s tranquil, natural and soothing, the one place where you’ll want to be for that special weekend.
Source: Endurance Walk