Eco-Tourism Opportunities Project

Name and background of
applicant / developer
Local tourism entities/business
Core focus sector Tourism
Total project investment
ZAR1,23 million
Sources of funding
Private funding
Project status Active
Partnerships Knysna Municipality, Garden Route District Municipality, Provincial Government,
National Government.
Full contact details of project lead Fumanekile Makuyekwe, Project Coordinator: Trade and Investment Promotion Knysna Municipality, +27(0) 44 302 6301 (switchboard) or 302 6388 (direct);
Potential jobs created
100 jobs over three years

The Knysna municipal area is a hub for eco-tourism and adventure activities, such as boat tours, whale watching, charters, safaris, hiking tours, the Knysna Marathon and Oyster Festival and Simola Hillclimb (a premier motorsport lifestyle event) and a number of mountain-biking competitions. Increased tourism investment opportunities exist over a broad spectrum of established as well as new eco-tourism ventures in the area.

Other tourism opportunities include festivals, such as the Knysna Speed Festival, the Timber Festival and Motor Show. Knysna also boasts some world-class golf courses (Simola Golf Course, Pezula Champion Golf Course and Knysna Golf Course), gourmet restaurants, boutique vineyards, markets, farm visits and a variety of art and craft rambles, retreats and spas add to the choice of entertainment. Up close and personal animal encounters in dedicated wildlife sanctuaries include the Elephant Sanctuary and Knysna Elephant Park, Birds of Eden and the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve.