The Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna is one of South Africa’s most beautiful natural heritage sites.The best way to explore this area is to book a tour on the Knysna Lagoon Cruise and The Featherbed Nature Reserve guided walk.
Steps have been taken to preserve the sites indigenous plant and endangered animal life. This means that visits to the reserve are strictly controlled and only accessible by ferry with a trained guide.
Back in the day sailors enjoyed spending a few nights in the sheltered bay. Having become accustomed to rough nights on the ocean, they likened their unfamiliar nocturnal comfort to sleeping on a feather bed. The rest is history!
The Featherbed Company ferry carries visitors from the Knysna Waterfront to the reserve on a daily basis. The Knysna lagoon cruise takes about half an hour and is a wonderful way to see the heads.
Once on dry land, the group is driven to the top of the Western Head. From there it’s an easy 2 km walk through Milkwood forests, Khoi khoi sea caves and along the coastal path. The views are breath taking!
It is possible to spot the the Knysna Loerie with its beautiful red-tipped wings, the cape mountain tortoise, the South African national bird, the blue crane, the very rare African Oyster catcher, white breasted cormorant and bushbuck.
The Blue Duiker is the smallest endangered antelope in Africa. A breeding programme was started on the reserve in 1985. Unfortunately the public are not permitted to visit the main breeding encampments. There is however a small camp where the public can observe the duiker at close quarters. Having become accustomed to people, some are quite tame and come right up to the fence – as curious of us as we are of them.
The guides are knowledgeable and informative and bring a sense of fun to the day.
The forest restaurant is magical! – Essentially a wooden platform under a canopy of Milkwood trees. The delicious buffet style lunch has a huge selection and even caters for vegetarians.
As a visitor to Knysna, you will not regret doing The Featherbed cruise and guided walk. It is well organised, fun and informative. Remember to bring your camera to capture those awesome views, walking shoes for the guided walk, water, sun cream, a hat and something warm for the ferry ride back.
Contact The Featherbed +27 (0)44 382-1693