Seen first by European settlers in 1760, the first farm in Knysna was called Melkhoutkraal(milk wood kraal). Stephanus Terblans, the first farmer to settle in the area was granted a permit to farm the land in 1770. After that, the British-born entrepreneur George Rex acquired the loan rights to Melkhoutkraal and 1816, gave 80 acres of Eastford land to the Colonial Government, on which the Royal Navy established the township of Melville. Since those humble beginnings, Knysna has seen emergences of large scale business in the form of Gold and especially timber, which has lead the town to becoming a bustling city on the East Coast
Knysna is now a popular tourist destination for both international tourists as well as locals from all over South Africa. The agreeable climate, amazing surroundings and both relaxing and exciting atmosphere, has lead the town to become well known as an attractive accommodation option for those either looking to retire or purchase holiday homes.
Home to many events that attract national interest, such as the world-renowned Knysna Oyster Festival
, Knysna Marathon, as well as the Knysna Cycle Tour and the always popular Elephant Sanctuary, the town has a year round appeal.
Furthermore, golf enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience the world class Pezula and Simola golf courses, while families and youngsters alike make use of the stunning Knysna lagoon for fishing, waterskiing and various other pursuits.
Knysna accommodation ranges from quaint to luxurious, with something for every taste. Whether you are looking for some privacy in the form of Self-Catering apartments such as the Thesen Island Beach House
, or a touch of luxury at the St James of Knysna
hotel, the area has everything that a budding traveler requires. There is no shortage of accommodation options in Knysna.
Knysna provides some of the most beautiful and luxurious wedding venues in the area and allows for amazing view across the lagoon and above the heads, out into the Indian Ocean.