Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast’s best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon – it offers many activities and attractions of a wide variety.
The name Knysna is a Khoi word but it’s uncertain as to its exact meaning. It could mean ‘place of wood’, or it could mean ‘fern leaves’, but its most probable meaning is straight down’ – an obvious reference to the Heads. Knysna Heads must be the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline. They flank a deep but potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly pretty lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River.
At the heart of Knysna is a lagoon protected from the sea by the monolithic sandstone “Heads”. This lagoon is about 18 sq. km and home to at least 200 species of fish. The Knysna Lagoon is also one of the few places along the coast and in the world that supports a oyster hatchery. And the Knysna oysters are reputedly among the tastiest in the world.
To try out these tasty oysters the oystercatcher, oyster bar was recommended. This bar is situated on a working jetty at the popular Knysna Quays. It was definitely a delightful and surprising little place. It is actually part of the Knysna Oyster and serves fabulous oysters!
We got a table outside where we could enjoy the sunset over the lagoon while listening to some live music. My brother and I ordered a huge platter of fresh oysters which we clearly enjoyed a lot. The bar not only offers great oysters it also has a great selection of fresh sea food and we had some barbequed prawns and calamari as our main dish.
It was the perfect way to end our first day in Knysna!