Services

Knysna Wellness Centre

Get in touch with your inner hey- shoo-wow at this brand-new centre, which offers a wide variety of treatments for health and beauty as well as astrology and psychic readings plus informative talks centered on new-age approaches to heath and well-being. The shop is stocked with all sorts of related goodies including books, music and crystals. Hours: 9.00am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9....

Knysna River & Forest Tours

Knysna River & Forest Tours Discover the mysterious Diepwalle forest where herds of elephants once roamed (and only three are rumoured to be left) or the gorgeous Goukamma Nature Reserve. Walking tours are escorted, based on hikers’ fitness levels and provide time to make the most of your experience. Bring your camera and good walking shoes and they will supply snacks and meals. Hours:8.30am- 5pm...

Knysna Elephant Park

Knysna Elephant Park The park offers a rare opportunity to touch and feed adult and adorable baby elephants as knowledgeable handlers discuss the pachyderms’ habits. The park’s adult elephants were rescued from other parts of Africa and are thriving in this controlled free-range environment. Established to bring the plight of the elephant to the public’s attention, this park is not to be...

The Featherbed Company

The Featherbed Company Yes, it’s pretty, but at some point you need to do more than look at the lagoon/estuary, and Featherbed offers several boat trips including the popular ferry to the western Head for a hike and buffet lunch. Hop on the old-fashioned paddle cruiser for sundowners and a whirl around the la- goon. Those with sea legs can opt to venture into the Indian Ocean on a guided...

Zachary’s

Zachary’s For those who love fine dining in cushy luxury, celebrated chef Geoffrey Murray delivers. Put yourself in his hands and experience the gourmand menu or order à la carte from his seasonal menus featuring vegetables from Pezula’s own organic garden. There are plenty of special touches like the in-house preserves, cured meats and exquisite breads. Hours: 7.00am-10.00pm...

Swing Café

Swing Café Some of the most popular South African entertainers swing through this café that turns into a family-friendly nightclub environment on show nights. Open all day, beginning with the back- packer’s special full breakfast for R19, but burgers are their specialty along with tapas and light meals. Expect a cover charge for evening shows. Hours: 9am-late Tue-Sun. Main Courses:...

Red Barn

Red Barn A fifteen-minute drive from the centre of town and you’re plunk in the middle of a charming macadamia nut farm / restaurant serving local artisan cheeses, fresh fruit from neighbouring farms and macadamia nuts in many of the dishes. Or simply stop in for quality tapas or pizza. The desserts are marvellous! A gem. Hours: 9am-4pm Wed-Sun & public holidays; Fri till...

Piccola Italia

This little gem began as an Italian deli with a nice array of take-away items like fresh mozzarella, Parma ham, home-made salamis and fantastic olives plus ready-to-bake pastas. Friendly host and owner Steph d’Emarese serves lunch including sandwiches on his home-made bread. You’ll find pizza on the menu too. Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-2.30pm Sat, Sun. Main...

Pembreys

Considered by many, including local chefs, to serve some of the best food in town. The ever-changing continental menu based on whatever is fresh and local at this relaxed, unpretentious country inn. Owner and chef Peter Vadas is always on hand along with his wife, Viv, to assure things are to your liking. Hours: 6.30pm-close Wed-Sun; 12.30-2pm Sun. Main Courses: starts...

The Oyster Catcher

On the water’s edge without the hype of the waterfront, ‘The Catcher’, is the place to join the locals for sundowners. Munch on oysters and nachos or choose from the pub menu and enjoy the noisy, lively vibe that heats up on weekends when local bands take the stage. Hours: Noon-9.00pm daily. Main Courses: starts from R65.

The Olive Tree

The daytime buffet is always fresh and ready when you are. There’s an array of salads, quiches and kebabs plus savoury stews or curries redolent of the pizza oven where everything is baked. In the evenings a small, elegant Mediterranean menu is served by candlelight. Pizza is served all day. Hours: 8.00am-4.00pm, 6.30-9.00pm Mon-Fri; 9.00am-1.00pm Sat. Main Courses:...

Mon Petit Païn

This venue was planned as a take-away version of Île de Païn, offering sandwiches, salads and pastries, but it’s so cheerful, most people opt to stay and be part of the action. It’s the same delicious bread, but single-size tarts and quiches, baby brownies and robust pitas filled with break fasty goodies are just some of the bites that are exclusively available at Mon...

NumNum Wholefoods

Quality foods, primarily organic, free-range, local and in season, crowd the shelves and are the central ingredients in NumNum’s daily ‘harvest table’ menu, making this a good spot for a quick lunch. Consider super smoothies and freshly made juices to recharge your batteries and feel free to indulge in the raw chocolate desserts, made without sugar, wheat or dairy. Hours...

JJ’s Seafood Restaurant

JJ’s Seafood Restaurant For a taste of Africa, try some- thing from the comprehensive list of venison. Warm and welcoming host Justin Hirsch will help you navigate his superb wine list while the staff serenade diners with traditional songs. The fresh local seafood is superb. Hours: 11.30am-3.30pm Tue-Sun; 6.30-10.00pm daily. Main Courses: R95.

Île de Païn

This vibrant café is a top destination for visitors. It serves delicious treats and whole- some meals like brioche french toast, karan beef steaks, vegan salads and traditional apple strudel, and always their famous bread. Never content to rest on their laurels, the duo of Markus Färbinger (master baker) and Liezie Mulder (exacting chef) keeps it fresh, changing the...