Once known as a sleepy hollow, Knysna has become a bustling lagoon-side community, no longer just popular with holidaymakers who twice voted it South Africa's favourite town.
Known for its temperate climate and scenic beauty, Knysna offers residents an exceptional lifestyle. It is a paradise for nature lovers and those who like the outdoors. The vast estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, offers numerous water sports including sailing, canoeing, fishing and water skiing. The surrounding indigenous forests have a number of marked trails for hiking and mountain biking. Various adventure sports are on offer including quad biking, abseiling, kite surfing, ballooning and paragliding.
George Airport, just 60km away, offers regular daily flights to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
The town has every modern amenity and convenience including excellent private schools, many pre-school facilities, a superb Private Hospital and many medical practitioners and specialists. There are a number of shopping centres with popular chain-stores, and most major supermarkets are represented. The quaint streets of the town reveal boutiques, gift shops and art galleries, pubs and coffee shops as well as a library, a modern cinema, an excellent theatre and many churches.
Knysna has become known as a gourmet town with many excellent restaurants offering a variety of cuisine, from fine dining restaurants to popular lunch-time bistros.
Tourism is the backbone of the economy and attractions include Featherbed on the Western Head, a privately-owned Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage site. Ferries provide regular excursions across the lagoon to the reserve.
Knysna is also well-known for its oyster industry and its animal sanctuaries, which provide visitors with the opportunity to get close to Africa's wildlife, while there are more than 20 golf courses along what is described as the Southern Hemisphere's Golfing Mecca - the courses are suited to amateurs and professionals alike, designed by golfing legends like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Ernie Els.
There are many reasons why we have chosen Knysna as our favourite place to invest in. It is unquestionably a desirable destination, appealing to many Europeans (especially English and German). We believe that the development here is sustainable and that property will always be sought-after in this area and offer good capital/rental returns.