It’s almost that time of year again…Time to eat as many Oysters as possible, cycle and/or run it off, socialize with fellow visitors and be part of the merry festival mood.
Thesen Island Villa – Self-Catering within walking distance to all the action. Available 6 – 10 July @ R 3300 per night for 3 bedrooms // R 2062.50 per night for the Main House (2 bedrooms) // R 1237.50 per night for the Apartment (1 bedroom).
Thesen Island Self-Catering – 2x Rooms, both with Self-Catering facilities. Sleeps 2 people each (1x Double & 1x Twin). Available from 10 – 13 July @ R 1000 – 1180 per room per night.
Knysna Heads Villas – 4 Luxury Holiday Homes. Sleeps 8 – 12 people. Available from 4 – 13 July @ R 3750 – 4500 per night.
Noetzie Beach Villas – 3 Luxury Beach Holiday Homes. Sleeps 9 – 14 people. Available from 4 – 13 July @ R 3650 – 7750 per night.
Plettenberg Bay Villa – Self-Catering close enough for a day visit yet away from the hustle-and-bustle of Knysna. Available 4 – 13 July @ R 2500 per night for 4 bedrooms.
Since its inception in 1983, the Knysna Oyster Festival has been one of the most popular annual events in the region, attracting around 65,000 South Africans from as far as Nelspruit and Durban to this picturesque town nestled in the heart of the Garden Route. Taking place over the Public School Holidays, from 4 – 13 July, there’s no reason to not come and celebrate the ‘Best 10 Days of Your Winter’. The events calendar is packed with fun-filled gatherings and activities for the whole family!
For the regulars, look forward to some exciting new additions: The Geo Oyster Geocaching Competition (a fun way to navigate around the greater Knysna Basin), the Pick n Pay Fun Event for the Disabled (a sports event for disabled competitors – a first!), the Navigation Drift Dive Challenge (scuba divers attempt underwater navigation from The Heads to Thesen’s Jetty without surfacing), and the Night of 1000 Pictures (a two-night exhibition of photography, illustrations and paintings all done by local artists, raising funds for the local Hospice), a Night Cycle, also a Comedy Festival with funny folk Mel Jones and Kagiso “KG” Mokgadi.
See other events, attractions, HelloGardenRoute’s personal dine & wine recommendations and family-fun activities to partake in, as listed below. For those of you who just want to take time out and relax, Knysna offers scenic beauty and natural wonders, a perfect holiday destination within itself!
SPORTING EVENTS CALENDAR
The Festival has two major sporting events: The Pick n Pay Cape Times Forest Marathon (half marathon) and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Cycle Tour (a two-day event, the biggest of its kind in SA!).
The latter takes place over two days (5 & 6 July) with events for both road and mountain enthusiasts of all fitness levels. Mountain bike routes stretch across beautiful sections of the Knysna Forest and surrounding mountains, with different routes for amateurs to pros, whereas the road races are more suited to the fit (min. 50km). This also follows a scenic route, along the Garden Route with views of the mountains, ocean and lagoon.
Another ultimate sporting adventure on the calendar is the Big5 Challenge. This festival-long challenge will see participants cycling and running on both the road and breathtaking trails, as well as rowing or swimming on the Knysna estuary. Good luck!!
SOCIAL EVENTS & GATHERINGS
It is mostly all about the Oysters! These include, among others: The Oyster Shucking Contest, The Oyster Eating Competition, The Oyster and Wine Mardi Gras plus a Whisky & Wine Tasting Festival (during which +- 200 000 oyster join ‘forces’ with a large amount of local and international wines and whisky – belly’s of steel <not> required).
Other mid-week events will include the Wade Bales Wine Festival, the Scottish Leader Whisky Bowls Tournament and the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays Waitron Race.
Do not miss the Knysna Wine Festival held 7 & 8 July. It’s a uniquely South African wine festival and the Garden Route’s Premiere Wine Event showcasing up to 50 of South Africa’s best wine producers. Remember: Don’t come on an empty stomach and don’t drink & drive! http://www.knysnawinefestival.co.za/
A Cycle Expo will cater for all things ‘bike’.
Most events & attractions can be found at the Pick & Pay Grounds on Waterfront Drive, the heart of the festival.
WHERE TO FIND YOUR PERFECT OYSTER(S)
Enjoy the ‘stars of the show’ naked, cooked or garnished at over 30 local Tabasco Hotspots throughout the festival. Here are our favorites:
- Oysters R U @ Timberlake Organic Village
- Tapas Bar @ The Turbine Hotel
- 34 South @ Knysna Waterfront
- Drydock @ Knysna Waterfront
- Cruise Café @ The Featherbed Company
- Café Z @ Pezula
- Tapas & Oysters @ Thesen Island
- Sirocco @ Thesen Island
- Quay4Knysna @ Thesen Island
- Firefly Eating House @ Ou Kaapse Road
FUN FOR THE LITTLE ONES
Children are also guaranteed fun times at the Young Oyster Festival, presented by Humpty Dumpty Eggs, held daily. They’ll be kept busy with sporting activities such as the Knysna School Sports Fair, cultural and culinary workshops, art courses, plays, puppet theatre and other live kiddies entertainment.
All will take place at the Official Festival Venue.
GIVING BACK – COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT
All events are required to raise money for a charity and made accessible to those who can’t afford participation fees. A mentoring programme exists for local communities in sports, food, entertainment and the service industry through which local underprivileged communities are encouraged to and assisted with setting up small businesses to feed, transport and provide general services for festival goers.
Apart from enjoying a great holiday, by being present and taking part you’re giving back, uplifting the local communities. It’s a win-win situation 🙂
See you at the Knysna Oyster Festival in 2014!
Knysna Oyster Festival is proudly brought to you by Pick & Pay
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