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What to see and do within a short drive of Elephant Hide of Knysna.

Make Knysna - in the centre of the unfenced, 155,000 hectare Garden Route National Park - your base for exploring the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.

Garden Route National Park

Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park protects much of the indigenous Knysna Forest, and many of the mountains, beaches, lakes, lagoons, and fynbos areas between Tsitsikamma and George. It's around 155,000 hectares in size, and largely unfenced. Animals in the park include the southernmost herd of African elephants (although they're very rarely seen). Attractions include birding (more than 250 species), forest canopy tours, lagoon cruises, walking, picnicking, and mountain-biking.

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Visit Knysna

Surrounding its beautiful lagoon - and surrounded by the Knysna Forests, and some truly amazing beaches - Knysna's a family, golfing, birding, adventuring, holidaying destination like few others.

With the added barefoot luxury benefit of being home to Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest House, too, of course!

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Visit the Garden Route

We call it the Garden Route because it's nature's garden. A loosely-defined area somewhere between Cape Town (500 km from Knysna) and Port Elizabeth (280 km), and between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains.

For our purposes - because they're good for a comfortable day-drive from Elephant Hide of Knysna - the area stretches from about Mossel Bay, 110 km west of us, to the Tsitsikamma, 100 km to the east.

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Visit the Klein Karoo

The Klein Karoo is the semi-arid region north of the Outeniqua Mountains. But that dry (ahem!) description of the area around Oudtshoorn (Cango Caves! Ostrich Farms!) and Calitzdorp (Vineyards!) doesn't begin to explain the dramatic beauty of the region, or the amazing hospitality of its people.

Knysna to Oudtshoorn: 120 km on the Outeniqua Pass (there are also longer, less famous routes...)

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