Featherbed Nature Reserve

Visitors to Featherbed Nature Reserve enjoying a guided walk.

Featherbed Nature Reserve encompasses one of the spectacular Knysna Heads in the Garden Route.

The Garden Route offers some of the most picturesque natural settings on the continent, perhaps none more so than the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna. Found on the Western Head just past the Knysna Lagoon, the reserve combines the wild, untamed beauty of the ocean with the rugged vegetation of the Garden Route.

Home to the endangered blue duiker and Knysna sea horse, this piece of paradise is only accessible by a ferry that raises anchor from the lagoon. Once you have disembarked, the experience begins with a scenic 4x4 route up the headland onto the reserve. From hiking through indigenous coastal forests to exploring the mysterious Khoi Khoi caves ensconced in the Heads, the Featherbed Nature Reserve is an outdoor adventurer’s Eden. A scrumptious outdoor buffet lunch under a shady copse of Milkwood trees rounds off the afternoon.

For those who prefer to absorb their natural surroundings from the boat deck, additional vessels offer lunch or dinner cruises around the heads without stopping off at the reserve. There is no finer location to wine and dine than aboard a yacht or paddle cruiser leading dolphins in its wake.

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