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Information on Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa

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Knysna is a beautiful town in the Garden Route of the Western Cape province. The town is mainly built on the northern shore of a large warm water estuary, fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands.

These are popularly known as the The Heads and have become infamous due to the loss of fishermen and boats passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. Near them are geological formations, known locally as The Map Stones. The town is a popular destination for both senior citizens entering retirement and tourists.

Recently the town has also become a preferred destination among golfers, as the town boasts several world class golf courses including Simola Golf Course, Pezula Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon. The nearest beach is located at Brenton-on-sea which lies immediately west of the heads and is continuous with Buffels Bay, a popular surf spot. Knysna's other claim to fame is home to the fabled Knysna forest elephant.


Knysna History

A hamlet Melville appeared on the lakeshore in 1825 and was followed by another, Newhaven, in 1846. Knysna town, a 1882 amalgamation of these hamlets, was named after the Knysna River.

Knysna's port could provide shelter for up to 50 ships, and the region's abundant timber was exported from this bay as early as 1787. Landowner George Rex, who landed at the Cape in 1796, played a significant role in the town's early development and is considered the town's founder. Being a difficult port to enter, a harbour pilot was employed to assist large vessels. One of the better-known pilots was John Benn, originally a shipwright from Mossel Bay, appointed as pilot in 1868 and whose name is borne by a double-deck pleasure cruiser currently operating as a tourist attraction on the Knysna lagoon. The port was officially closed in 1954.

The Norwegian family, Thesen, played a considerable role in the development of Knysna from 1869 onwards. Arnt Leonard Thesen (1816 - 1875) and his son Charles Wilhelm Thesen in particular founded and expanded the family timber and shipping business. Charles Thesen was mayor of Knysna for a number of terms

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