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May 30, 2018
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"What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life, to be with each other in silent and unspeakable memory." 

Knysna is located along South Africa’s famed Garden Route in the Western Cape province. The town is famous for its oyster festival, warm people and the most magnificent views from Leisure Isle to the Knysna Heads. A visit to Knysna is a sublime blend of adventure and relaxation. If you are looking for a Knysna adventure in the Garden Route National Park. Then go and have some fun, Knysna Charters offer Boat Cruises, Lagoon Cruises, Oyster Tours, Oyster Experiences, Knysna Kayaking, Kayak Hire, SUP Hire & Sunset Cruises. 

BEER TASTING & TOUR AT MITCHELLS BREWERY 
An absolute must visit is the Mitchells Brewery, here you can discover all there is to know about brewing fine natural ales. The tour guide will enlighten and excite you with terms such as Mash Tun, Whirlpool and Grist Hopper. After your tour you’ll be taken to the sales area for a tasting and a chance to purchase some of the ale to take home. If you’re a group of 6 or more persons you are able to arrange an alternative tour time to the scheduled tours. 

BRENTON HAVEN BEACHFRONT RESORT 
Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort is a 4-star accommodation venue situated right above Knysna’s most popular beach destination, Brenton-on-Sea. 

Completed in 2014, this luxury self-catering destination is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway with your partner, or rest and recharge with the entire family. Visitors can look forward to exceptional accommodation, stunning scenery and plenty to see and do in the vicinity - Knysna town, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and George are all less than an hour's drive away. Brenton Haven offers 26 beach villas and 9 luxury suites in a range of configurations, including one-, two- and three-bedroom options. 

All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, and each unit comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, braai area overlooking the ocean, DStv and free Wi-Fi. 

The resort also has a communal gym, outdoor pool overlooking the sea, an on-site restaurant, Butterfly Blu, where visitors can enjoy fresh, seasonal dishes, as well as Indigo Deli, a bustling trading post with home-made snacks and artisanal produce. 

CANOEING ON THE KNYSNA LAGOON
If you’re feeling a little bit energetic and would like to get out on the water why not hire yourself a Canadian-syle canoe. The canoes are very easy to use and would be the perfect opportunity to take that special someone on a little romantic outing…

Or if you’re looking for birds of the feathered variety this would also serve you well. If you like, you can arrange for a delicious picnic as well which includes succulent oysters and a bottle of bubbly.

OYSTER FARM TOUR
Knysna is very well known for its oysters. This is something that not everyone is a fan of, but if you are one who loves these slippery shellfish then I would highly recommend an Oyster Farm Tour. On the tour you will learn all there is to know about The Knysna Osyter as it grows wild on this stretch of coastline. 

The tour drifts off towards the Knysna Heads and your guide will not only find out a bit of the history of the Knysna Head but also all you need to know about the oyster beds. The tour includes drinks, lights snacks and three oysters per person (you’ll taste both wild and farmed oysters). If three is not enough don’t fret there will be oysters on sale.

PINE LAKE MARINA 
Pine Lake Marina should be on every couple's romantic bucket list. This extraordinary Garden Route resort is located only 5km from Sedgefield on the banks of the Swartvlei Lake in the middle of the Garden Route National Reserve. It offers a variety of self-catering accommodation with units that range from 2 to 10-sleepers, with views over the lake or garden.

All units have a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area that leads onto a patio with a braai and garden furniture. They also offer accommodation for animal-lovers who travel with smaller dogs. Best of all  is that there are 20+ on-site resort activities to enjoy, as well as indoor play centres, games areas, a gym, tennis courts, putt-putt, Jacuzzis and no less than five swimming pools to enjoy (1 heated). 

Pine Vibe also offers a lovely menu with speciality cocktails for a romantic dinner or lunch. Or order a picnic basket and enjoy a lunch on the lake by boat!

A PASTRY FROM ÎLE DE PAINE
Come to île de pain Bakery and Café where bread is not just bread, it is a religion. Every morning the crew get up before the crack of dawn to create the most scrumptious bread you have ever tasted. Thus ensuring île de pain is one of the most popular eateries in Knysna. You’ll find the first artisan, wood-fired bakery in South Africa at the Thesen Island in the Knysna Waterfront. 

The eatery offers a delectable selection of pastries which include baked pear tartlets, or choose something from the simple breakfast menu. Be warned though you might enjoy yourself so much you’ll want to stay on for lunch deciding between healthy gourmet salads, delicious tarts or their signature beef burger. Whatever you do make sure you come hungry!

HARKERVILLE SATURDAY MARKET
You’ll find this market situated on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Why make the effort you might ask, perhaps because it has been going for 10 years and is not just a flea market, nor a craft market, it isn’t even just a farmers market … it is a combination of all three. 

You can be looking for any number of things from books to organic vegetables, sumptuous home-baked goodies to locally produced cheeses. Relax under one of the trees and enjoy breakfast with friends and family – the perfect opportunity for a catch up.

DINE ABROAD THE PADDLE CRUISER
Take a trip on the only paddle-driven vessel in South Africa and enjoy a completely unique Knysna Lagoon experience. Decide between a lunch time or evening cruise. The evening cruise will allow you to relax into the evening while sipping a cocktail and watching the sunset. 

Feast on a large a la carte selection which features a Tapas Mediterranean menu for lunch and a 3-course Mediterranean buffet for dinner – and of course when in Knysna savour a succulent oyster.

THE BIG RED BARN RESTAURANT & COUNTRY STORE
Nestled amongst Macadamia nut orchards this recently renovated, 20 year old Cape Cod style barn is a wonderful place to you to purchase fresh produce, browse through local art and dine of wonderful creations from the talented chef at the Red Barn Restaurant

The menu is inspired by seasonal produce and you can expect to find artisan meats, cheeses and a range of other produce that is produced either locally or on site. Come and spend a lazy lunch with your friends and enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.

THE DRY DOCK FOOD COMPANY
A wonderful venue for a large group of friends or an intimate dinner for two. With three separate floors you might think you don’t need to book but due to their popularity it’s adviseable to give them a call. 

The location couldn’t be more ideal as it is situated at the Knysna Waterfront and you’ll leave wanting to come back soon because the food is delectable. Lunch is served daily from 12h00 to 18h00 – I would suggest something from the many seafood options, you’ll be begging for more. If you are a fan of prawns they have some many options of how it is prepared you are rather spoilt for choice.

DAY SAILING CHARTER WITH SPRINGTIDE
Take up position at the help of the 50 foot yacht, Outeniqua, thanks to Spring Tide Sailing Charters. This will be a sailing experience like no other – sail through one of the most notoriously difficult sea passages in the world – the Knysna Heads. 

The crew will let you enjoy a lagoon cruise and then carefully take you through the Knysna Heads and sail on towards Buffalo Bay. When you return you can anchor down and enjoy a few delicious treats and even a swim to cool down. The Outeniqua was hand built by owner and skipper, Stephan Pepler and has been a luxury sailing yacht since 1998.

TENIQUA TREETOPS 
Sleeping among the treetops right up in the canopy of a forest may seem like a childhood dream, but thanks to Teniqua Treetops in Knysna this accommodation experience is now a reality. Nature-loving couples, assemble! 

We have yet to come across a destination that is more beautifully appointed, eco-friendly and absolutely tailormade for adventurers with a thirst for all things al fresco. 

At Teniqua Treetops, guests spend the night in treehouses that boast exceptional views, comfortable interiors and everything you need for a sustainable, self-catering stay. 

This includes honeymoon units with large romantic baths and cosy tented bedrooms; secure family units that are suitable for groups with younger children; as well as multi-bedroom units perfect for groups of friends who want to enjoy a tandem getaway. Visit their website for more information.

THE ANCHORAGE RESTAURANT
The Anchorage has a strong history of more than 20 years so you can be rest assured that this is a local favourite. The restaurant offers an unpretentious evening with traditional seafood dishes and perfect steaks. 

The Anchor Platter includes mussels, prawns, calamari and linefish alternatively if you’re looking for the best in both worlds you can opt for the steak and prawn combo. For pudding treat yourself to a South African favourite, Malva Pudding or a splendid Amarula crème Brule.

FOREST EDGE 
Set in nature, Forest Edge Retreat Wedding & Function Venue, with its picturesque Lily Pond Deck and amazing gardens, is the perfect address for an intimate wedding or vow renewal. Forest Edge specializes in creating one-of-a-kind elopments. Visit their website for more information.

TOTTIES FARM KITCHEN
At Totties Farm Kitchen, you can look forward to a warm welcoming to our restaurant. We offer a large variety of dishes carefully and freshly prepared as well as being fully licensed, so please view our menu for more information on our local dishes. Our popular Sunday Buffet is always full so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

We can host and cater for large functions and weddings. Please contact us for more information around your specific requirements. Totties Farm Kitchen is situated along the Rheenendal Road and forms part of the growing Rheenendal Ramble. The place to eat, the place to meet, the place to play. 

Source: SA Venues.com

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