Knysna Featherbed Nature Reserve

Featherbed Nature Reserve is a unique 150h private Nature Reserve, encompassing the whole of the Western Head of Knysna and one of South Africa's unique Natural Heritage Sites.

Knysna Lagoon and The HeadsIt is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Cliffs of the Knysna Heads and is accessible by ferry only.  It included the private nature reserve & trail, restaurants and a fleet of various boats.

On offer are various activities including cruising the lagoon, nature trails and hiking the Knysna Heads, as well as hosting private functions, conferences, and weddings at any of the venues.

It is home to two of the Garden Route's icons, namely the Knysna Loerie and the Blue Duiker, one of Africa's smallest antelope species. Other wildlife found on the Reserve include Cape Mountain Tortoises, Blue Cranes (South Africa's national bird), rare Black African Oyster Catchers (listed in the endangered Red Data List), White breasted cormorant, Bushbuck and more!

Featherbed Nature Reserve The 4-hour trip includes a 25-minute return ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head and a 4 x 4 vehicle & trailer drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at a magnificent viewpoint.

Specialist guides will be giving information on the rich history of the area, and the diverse fauna & flora that is found here.

Where else could you have lunch on the edge of the Lagoon under a canopy of Milkwood Trees with the elusive, majestic and brightly coloured Knysna Loeries?

Take an optional 2.2 kilometre guided walk, passing through Milkwood forests onto the steep sandstone cliffs, into ancient Khoi Khoi sea caves and along a scenic coastal path fringed with aromatic fynbos.

Cruising on the Knysna Lagoon on the way to Featherbed Nature Reserve Due to the tremendous popularity of this premier eco-experience in the Garden Route, we follow a regular daily schedule to cater for all our visitors. However, as a prime example of eco-tourism, numbers of visitors are limited to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve's specialist guides.

Excursion departs daily and reservations are essential. Good walking shoes are recommended and remember to bring a camera, with plenty of film, hats in summer and a warm jacket for the ferry trip.

Daily Departure

Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna 08h30; 14h30 (3 Hour - Special Request Groups)
10h00; 11h30; (12h30 - high season) (4 Hour - Lunch Included)

Departure Point

Featherbed Ferry Terminus, off Waterfront Drive, Knysna


We guarantee a fabulous experience for all. For more information, please visit the Featherbed Website.


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