Featherbed Nature Reserve

Staying in Knysna, with its picturesque lagoon, majestic mountains, and easygoing atmosphere, is a treat for many tourists travelling the Garden Route. It should come as no surprise that Featherbed Nature Reserve is indeed a notable Natural Heritage Site given that it is among the town’s oldest attractions.

from R625 per person

7 Days a Week

from 3 hours

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To put it simply, this is one of the most remarkable private reserves in the world, located on the West Head of the ‘Heads,’ a pair of towering rocky outcrops that rise like pillars on each side of the narrow, untamed tunnel from the sea to the estuary. Ferries are the sole means of transportation to reach the reserve. The fact that it was totally wiped out in the devastating wildfires of 2017 is what gives it an air of added exclusivity.

Guided Tours & Sightseeing Packages

To get the most out of your time at the Featherbed Nature Reserve, sign up for a guided tour. Once you’ve boarded the boat at the Knysna Pier, you’ll ride across the lagoon to the opposite side, where you may disembark at the Featherbed dock and learn some fascinating information.

You will make your way to the peak of the mountain in a vehicle called a Unimog, which will navigate the winding terrain. Vistas of the bay and the little village below are spectacular from one side. When seen from the opposite side, the ocean seems to go on forever, and observers have reported seeing whales swimming in its clear waters on occasion.

A magnificent lunch buffet is served on a truck, or guests may choose to walk 2.5 kilometers down the shore and return to the restaurant.

The hike is really gorgeous, and it has stunning rock formations, caverns, verdant scenery, wooden bridges, walkways, and a healthy helping of the native flora and wildlife. Knysna loerie and the blue duiker, a Garden Route emblem, are among the animals to keep an eye out for in the area.

Return to the Pier for some wonderful shopping after a filling lunch beneath the trees of the contemporary restaurant. The only thing better than the meal is the amazing view of the lagoon.

Who owns Featherbed Nature Reserve?

William Smith, a well-known television teacher, owned the Featherbed Nature Reserve for a long time. Since that time, it has been bought and sold by new owners who are dedicated to continuing the property’s recovery and preserving the rich diversity of its native wildlife. This dedication is shown in the fact that the greatest care is taken to ensure that Featherbed continues to be elegant, unspoiled, and ecologically authentic to South Africa.

Featherbed Nature Reserve


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Find Accommodation Near Featherbed Nature Reserve

The Garden Route is a prominent South African tourist attraction. The region is famous for its landscape, activities, and friendly environment. If you want to maximize your time in the Garden Route, stay near the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna. The Reserve provides self-catering, guesthouses, and hotels on a lake. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to eateries and cafés. The Reserve has hiking routes, so you may enjoy the environment. Featherbed Nature Reserve is one of the Garden Route’s most popular attractions.