Knysna, found nestled along the N2 Highway, is the ultimate destination for eating oysters in South Africa. Visits that include it on their itinerary during the month of July will be even more memorable.
Welcome to Knysna
Knysna is a stunning destination all year round for both local visitors and international tourists, due to its warm climate and seaside location. The town is built on a large warm-water lagoon, fed by the Knysna River, which opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands called "The Heads”. Away from the sea, rainforest stretches from the town's edges to the Outeniqua Mountains. It is a beautiful region in its own right, and well worth a visit.
The Oyster Festival
Every July, Knysna hosts the Pick n Pay Oyster Festival, a fantastic event for families, sports enthusiasts, children - and gourmands. This year’s festival will be the 30th Anniversary held from 28th June until 07th July 2013! The wide range of events makes the festival a worthy addition to a vacation on the beautiful Garden Route.
Sports enthusiasts can run in the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon, or cycle in the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, both road race and Mountain Bike, which offer amazing opportunities to see the ancient indigenous forests of the region. For those who prefer different sports, there's a full programme of activities. Children will enjoy the adventure activities, the youth theatre, puppet shows, creative workshops and cookery classes.
Of course the jewels of the festival are the oysters. Approximately 200,000 of them are consumed at each year's festival. There are all sorts of oyster-related events, including the oyster-shucking (opening) competition, the oyster-eating competition, and the Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras - a delicious evening of oysters and wine tasting.
Any gourmands on vacation in Knysna are well advised to sample the oysters here, although there really is something for the whole family to enjoy at Knysna's annual oyster gathering. You can also find the oysters for sale at the many shops and stalls throughout the festival.