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Garden Route : Knysna

We arrive at yet another superb B&B, thanks to Don’s diligent research, Cambalala Guest House, located on the hillside with views over the lagoon and town. Our host, Nicole warmly greats us and happily offers advice on what to do in the area. Don manages to fit in another game of golf at Pezula. Happy man (who gets plenty of golf) = happy wife (who gets 4hrs to relax by the pool).

Exploring the region further we check out both the East and West heads, with spectacular views up and down the coast, 20min up the road is Plettenberg, a larger town but no less pleasant, we find a beachside café serving up prawns for lunch. We have been very fortunate with the weather throughout the trip, experiencing the last warm days before autumn.

Our last dinner in Knysna is at the Olive Tree, a nondescript restaurant in the main street of town. We had earlier declined Nicole’s recommendation to dine here, hoping to enjoy a seafood dinner watching the sunset from a vantage point on Thesen Island. We check out three options, all with great views of the heads, but all with 20+ page menus with pictures – be scared when the menu has pictures (unless in Asia when this can be helpful)!

We opted to return back to the Olive Tree, which was a wise choice. They squeezed us in to a fully booked restaurant by setting us at the bar, a menu of 6 or so choices; the beef filet was incredibly tender and they couldn’t have been more welcoming. Lesson learnt – stick with the locals recommendations!!

Our last day in Knysna was a trip highlight, we got up early to meet 7 gorgeous elephants for breakfast and take a ride on them. The Knysna Elephant park is dedicated to rescuing elephants and has 9 in its care. Having had such a wonderful experience on our Safari’s it was an incredible way to finish; being up close and personal with these gentle giants.