Canoeing in Knysna
Knysna Must be one of the best places to canoe or kayak in South Africa. With everything from the excitement surf to the open spaces of the lagoon to the quiet upper river, Knysna has it all.
Canoeing is a popular activity in Knysna by locals and visitors alike.
If you like things more wild and want to head for the open water and surf one of the popular place to row in the surf is at Buffalo Bay. The swells are normally not too big and there are a few places to get easy access to the water with your canoe or kayak. This is also popular for surfing. The Knysna Lagoon has a lot to offer when it comes to rowing. From the open water pains to the upper river there are many places to explore. Be careful though, even though this is normally a calm lagoon, the tides and wind can make rowing very technical! Stay well clear of the heads on the outgoing tide, you are unlikely to win against the current gushing through the Heads.
Permits & Cost: Permits can be obtained from the SANParks office on Thesen Island in Knysna and are R216 annually or R108 per month (February 28, 2022)
NSRI Station 12 Knysna 082 990 5956
SANParks Thesen Island 044 302 5600
Directions & Coordinates:
Leisure Island, quite a few options, this is a good spot. (-34.066704, 23.055572)
Crabs Creek (-34.033108, 22.992209)
Belvidere New Jetty (Belvidere residents only) (-34.046527, 23.000156)
Belvidere Old Jetty (Belvidere residents only) (-34.039353, 23.001457)
Lake Brenton (-34.058733, 23.033308)
Buffalo Bay (-34.087177, 22.975212)
Other: We recommend always wearing PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) even when paddling on the lagoon.
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