Knysna boasts more than 240 terrestrial and marine species, 40 pelagic species and some of the rarest and the most beautiful birds you’ll ever see. African black oystercatchers, Knysna warblers, Knysna loeries and malachite kingfishers.

Although you will probably not encounter an elephant on a nature walk through indigenous forests, there are a number of wildlife sanctuaries in and around Knysna that are of great interest and worthy of your support. The Elephant Park, Eagle Encounters and Monkeyland to name a few.


Eagle Encounters, raptor rehabilitation, education and eco-tourism centre is situated at the Heath 7km outside Plettenberg Bay towards Knysna. A non-profit organisation whose mission is to assist in the preservation of birds of prey through creating community awareness and provide a necessary facility for rescue, rehabilitation and release of successful rehabilitation candidates.  You are welcome to experience up close and personal encounters with magnificent birds of prey, spectate, participate and photograph they free fly a selection of owls, kites, buzzards, hawks and falcons around and to you in their daily interactive flying displays.


The Elephant Sanctuary is a family orientated operation catering for both young and old. We focus on education through interaction, so you will not only learn a lot about elephants, but also get to touch, feel, feed, walk trunk-in-hand and even ride these magnificent animals. Elephants are highly intelligent and delightful – when meeting them you will discover that each one has a different character, personality and temperament.


Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers a truly unique Wildcat Experience.  Guests are taken on a guided tour to meet captive-bred furry felines, living in a semi-natural environment.


Join the southern most elephants in the world at the Knysna Elephant Park where our resident family of African elephants and world-class guides will unravel the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants. The park offers a rare and exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment in the heart of the famous Garden Route…


Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. Monkeyland has as one of its aims, to create awareness about the plight of primates and to show that with a greater understanding of our primate cousins, that we can all live in harmony.


Birds Of Eden, Is The Garden Route’s Very Own World Class Free Flight Bird Sanctuary. The unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors. The sanctuary’s dome incorporates the ability to synthesise thunder and create short spells of rain from an irrigation system in the dome structure. Roofed viewpoints within the gorge have been erected for use during these brief rain storms.


Plettenberg Bay Private Game Reserve is the Southern Cape’s biggest game reserve and is home to Africa’s Big 4 (rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). The reserve is situated on over 2200 hectares of indigenous beauty and is malaria free. There are over 250 different species of game and birdlife. Join us on a horseback safari to interact closely with the wildlife, or simply relax and enjoy a 2 hour game drive in an open landrover with our experienced and well-informed guides and see our large variety of wildlife up close.


Ocean Blue offer a rare a powerful experience through the only permitted boat based whale & dolphin encounters. From a deep sea adventure to a relaxing river cruise through the Keurbooms river nature reserve, we strive to offer a unique variation of activities to suit you. We also offer an “at one with the ocean” kayaking tour. All tours are guided with expert crew and tour operators who are internationally qualified. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 metres instead of 300 metres. Should the whales approach our vessel we do not have to move away. The guests therefore get an up close experience with these majestic mammals in the bay.

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