Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa

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Enjoy lunch at the outdoor restaurant under Milkwood Trees.
Walkway on the coast.
Activities on the pier.

Featherbed Private Nature Reserve lies on the unspoiled Western Head of Knysna, one of South Africa's Natural Heritage Sites that can only be reached by ferry.

Accommodation: There is no accommodations in the Reserve please enquire about accommodation options in Knysna.

Activities: Cruises, boating, hikes

Highlights: Only accessible on the ferry, enjoy a hikes out Khoi-Khoi sea caves

There is NO accommodation at this reserve. Accommodation arrangements can be made for you to stay in Knysna. Consult with a Siyabona travel expert about your accommodation requirements.

Featherbed Private Nature Reserve offers a pristine nature and dining experience at the gateway to the sea on Knysna Lagoon, Garden Route, South Africa. Associated attractions include Paddle Steamer and Lagoon Cruises, Sailing adventures and superb meals at a venue on the waters edge.

The unspoiled Western Head of Knysna is one of two sentinels that stand between the tranquil estuary water of the lagoon and the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean. Home to the famous Knysna Loerie, the rare Knysna Sea Horse and the Blue Duiker. Featherbed Private Nature Reserve occupies 150 hectares on the Western Head.

Features of Featherbed Private Nature Reserve

Within the Featherbed Company there are a variety of options to enjoy. The bouquet of attractions offers individuals, groups, executives and wedding guests an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon. There are a number of choices for weddings and functions whether in the Featherbed Nature Reserve, on the Paddle Steamer or on the deck of the Cruise Café. The reserve offers a private beach setting and under ancient Milkwood trees at the Forest Restaurant.

Featherbed Eco-Experience

This is a very popular Featherbed Private Nature Reserve adventure which includes ferry rides, headland transfers, guided talks, and an optional guided hike followed by a sumptuous meal at the Forest Restaurant.

Forest Restaurant

Within the reserve, this restaurant can only be accessed by boat - guests can arrange this themselves or take the Featherbed Eco-Experience. Spectacular buffets are served overlooking the Knysna Lagoon under a canopy of Milkwood Trees.

Additional attractions

Cruise Café

This acclaimed restaurant is situated in Remembrance Avenue on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon. Visitors enjoy exceptional views from its double volume glass doors and wooden deck. This sophisticated yet relaxed venue offers speciality coffees, delightful breakfasts, healthy lunches, fine dining and classy cocktails.

The Paddle Cruiser

This is the only vessel of its type in South Africa. It is fully enclosed with a bar on each deck and has 360 degree views. Whilst cruising to the Knysna Heads, guests enjoy delicious meals at lunch time or at the end of the day during a magical sunset cruise.

The John Benn

The beautifully appointed John Benn is Knysna's only luxury pleasure cruiser. This floating restaurant offers daily cruises to the Knysna Heads on lunchtime and sunset excursions. The historic John Benn is fully enclosed and has a bar on each level. Guests can experience fabulous views in every direction whilst enjoying great food.

Three Legs Rivercat

For those short of time, Three Legs has a shorter journey time and departs regularly. This is an open ferry with sun deck and shaded seating so guests can enjoy the sun and sea breeze. The Rivercat is one of the most advanced ferries ever built. This is a fun and adventurous cruise to and within the Knysna Heads. Drinks and snacks can be purchased on board.

Catamaran Yachting

For those who love the excitement of being close to the water and having the wind in their hair, this sunset sailing adventure is a must. Guests can enjoy a romantic meal with wine while the experienced skipper steers the craft. The Heads Explorer is an exclusive catamaran yacht that journeys to the Heads and onto the Indian Ocean.

The Princess Lee

This 45 foot luxury motorised yacht combines superb performance with the the intimacy of a family craft. The yacht is recognised for her graceful and understated style and is powered by a twin volvo 500hp motor.

Be spoilt with decadent snacks prepared in the fully fitted gallery by the accompanying chef on the cruise. While on the cruise guests will experience the quality luxury one would imagine to find on any vessel.This vessel is not just the princess of motor yachts but rather the queen.

Enjoy lunch at the outdoor restaurant under Milkwood Trees.

Walkway on the coast.

Activities on the pier.

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