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Best Scenic Route from Cape town to Knysna

Hyderabad, India
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Best Scenic Route from Cape town to Knysna


I am traveling with my wife and 2 kids (13 & 9) from cape town to knysna. We can leave in the morning and reach by evening and have nothing else planned for the day.

We wanted to know which would be the best route to take and what are some good places to stop on way for Sightseeing, pictures, food or anything else that's a must see. We will be in Knysna for 3 days after that so will have time to explore Knysna and ita surrounding areas. From Knysna we are taking a flight to Johannesburg so will not be coming back on this route.

Knysna, South Africa
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1. Re: Best Scenic Route from Cape town to Knysna

You can either take the N1 and then at Worcester connect onto the R62, or just take the N2 via Somerset West. They are almost the same distance. The N2 has fewer bends but both are really easy, pretty drives.

Stop at Tredici as you get to Swellendam for a great lunch. It's almost on the N2.

With children that age you can't go wrong with a stop at the Dias Museum in Mossel Bay. It's a short detour off the N2. They will love the real-life replica wooden ship which actually sailed from Europe to South Africa. You can board the ship. It's REALLY interesting for kids and adults of all ages. There is also a cave at the beach there.

When you get to Knysna they might enjoy Scootours - downhill scooters with small fat tyres (no motor) through the forests.

Vadodara, India
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2. Re: Best Scenic Route from Cape town to Knysna


I am planning the similar road trip, thanks for that. I will also add Dias museum.

I am not sure but in between this route we have a bridge which is famous for bungee jumping and also at some spots we may locate whales. Do you have any Idea of this locations? Is it possible to add this?

Would be great If we know the exact location.


Port Elizabeth
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3. Re: Best Scenic Route from Cape town to Knysna

The bungee is Bolukrans Bridge which is further along between Plettenburg Bay and Storms River.

Whales depend on the time of year, but in any case you wont see them without going a long way off the route.

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