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34°05.090'S, 023°03.580'E Chart icon.png
lat=-34.084833 | lon=23.059667 | zoom=12 | y
Knysna Lagoon

Knysna is a popular stop for cruising yachts sailing along the South African coast. The town is primarily 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". Near them are geological formations, known locally as "The Map Stones." To the north of Knysna, Afro-Montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 20 km until changing to fynbos or macchia high up in the Outeniqua Mountains.

The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. Recently the town has also become a preferred destination among golfers, as the town boasts several world class golf courses including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon. Knysna too is a favourite haunt of artists, restaurateurs, and hippies. The nearest beach is located at Brenton-on-sea which lies directly west of the heads and is continuous with Buffels Bay, a popular surf spot.

Knysna's other claims to fame are at the end point of the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam railway, and as home to the fabled Knysna forest elephant.


SAN (S.A.Navy)
2081 - Cape St. Francis to East London
2084 - Mossel bay to Cape St. Francis


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  • SA Maritime Net: The South African Maritime Net operates 7 days a week, and provides weather reports from around the coast, and maintains contact with boats off the coast of South Africa and up into the Mozambique channel. There are two regular schedule times as follows:
    • 06:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for 5-10 minutes, and then moves to 7,120 kHz.
    • 11:30 UTC: Starts on 14316 kHz for approx. 30 mins and then moves down to 7,120 kHz.

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Knysna Heads

The best time to enter is 1 hour before high tide. At low tide, the water depth over the bars is sufficient for boats with draughts of 1,8 - 2,0m only. If there is no swell or white water it is possible to enter on a flood tide. On approaching Knysna Heads, a visiting yacht should call Roger Clancy 0836900214 or Michael Lavery 0846810007 as the 24 hour VHF service no longer applies. Entry under sail is not advisable. A safe entry point is/wiki/Knysna#safe_entry_point_isWorld icon.png safe entry point is [[Knysna#safe entry point is|safe entry point is]] 34°5.75′S, 23°3′3.95 (Chart SAN 1021). The water depth at this point is 20 m MSL.

The course to follow is indicated by leading lights - flashing red light, atop a mast on Leisure Island and a lower flashing white light atop the white rock beacon on the Starboard shoreline.

The course bearing to approach is 006°(T). It is important not to deviate from this line even when in very close proximity to rocks on the Port side.

When well into the entrance aim for a point roughly 30m to the West of the front leading white rock beacon. Turn to Port and follow the Porthand shoreline.

Floating mid-channel marker buoys (red and white stripes) are installed in the navigable main channel and it is best to follow these closely.

Maintain this course until abreast of the microwave tower on top of the hill on Portside, then turn to Starboard and keep to the leading marks on the hillside below the microwave tower (red light and white light on white poles).

Proceed northwards, past Thesen's Jetty, to the Knysna Yacht Club. Tie up at the club's floating jetties and report to the Manager.


Yachts are accommodated in the marinas.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


Knysna Quays Marina

Knysna Quays Marina/wiki/Knysna#Knysna_Quays_Marina
Marina icon Knysna Quays Marina [[Knysna#Knysna Quays Marina|Knysna Quays Marina]] 34°02.472'S, 023°02.611'E

Knysna Quays Marina has 85 moorings, which were sold for private use, sold and put back into the pool for renting out or rented out on a monthly or daily basis. They have 15M, 12M and 8M moorings, all with fresh water and electricity points. A sewerage pump out facility is also available for the use of mooring holders. There are also have shower and toilet facilities for the exclusive use of the small craft harbour. Yachts are guided through The Heads on VHF radio Channel 16.

The marina is designed to handle boats of up to 60 feet with drafts of up to 3 metres comfortably. Berths are available in the following sizes: 10m, 12m, 15m, sorting top quality durable Balau walk-ons with concrete pontoons, both built to last.

Fresh water & electricity is available at your mooring, and there are shower and toilet facilities for the exclusive use of the marina users and (or) residents. There are fire & emergency warning facilities in place, and a sewerage pump-out facility is available to users. The water in the harbour has no oil slick or residue, an unsightly occurrence in large working harbours.

Situated alongside the popular Knysna Quays Waterfront shopping complex, the marina is also within walking distance of the Knysna town centre and its tourist attractions. Other services available include the use of the slipway and craft storage.; Tel: +27 (44) 382 0955; Fax: +27 (44) 382 0741; VHF channel XX
Address: PO Box 3489, Knysna, 6570, South Africa

Knysna Yacht Club

Knysna Yacht Club/wiki/Knysna#Knysna_Yacht_Club
Marina icon Knysna Yacht Club [[Knysna#Knysna Yacht Club|Knysna Yacht Club]] 34°02.515'S, 023°02.631'E

The Yacht Club will allocate a swing mooring to visitors based on boat size, windage, and draft of the vessel. All bona fide local cruising yachts enjoy 3 days of free mooring (foreign cruisers - 7 days). Temporary use of the floating jetties in front of the Club is available in order to take on water, food, and passengers. Electricity and water are available at the Club Jetty. All visiting yachts are required to bring their own tenders.

The Yacht Club provides ablution facilities with hot showers; a bar, and a dining room for breakfasts and lunches Mondays to Saturdays. Dinners are served on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Wednesday happy hour (18:00 to 19:00) half priced drinks are ever popular and usually very festive. Barbeque facilities are available on the club deck.

The central shopping area of Knysna is within an easy walking distance of the club and marina and offers all the major supermarkets along with a great variety of locally owned stores, restaurants and more.; Tel: +27 (44) 443825724; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel XX
Address: P.O. Box 613 , Knysna 6570, South Africa


Visiting and local yachts can either utilize swing moorings in the lagoon or rent a berth in the marina. Guest swing moorings are available but skippers are advised to check on the availability by phone before departing for Knysna.


Water In Knysna Quays Marina and in the Knysna Yacht Club
Electricity In Knysna Quays Marina and in the Knysna Yacht Club
Toilets In Knysna Quays Marina and in the Knysna Yacht Club
Showers In Knysna Quays Marina and in the Knysna Yacht Club
Laundry ?
Garbage Bin in the harbour
Fuel ?
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers Seasure Marine is a Knysna based business offering a variety of services including, Yacht Broking, Chandling, Marine Insurance, Surveys, Refit Management and has a Services section online offering numerous freeware, free classified adverts and more. Please call Michael Lavery on +27 (84) 681 0007
Repairs SEA SERVICES operates a slipway facility in conjunction with Knysna Yacht Club and are capable of all manner of vessel repair. Two dollies are available, however, booking needs to be made well in advance. Contact Roger Clancy on +27 (83) 690 0214 or Email
Internet Free WiFi is available at Knysna Yacht Club for the use of members and visiting yachtsmen
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Supermarket in the Knysna Quays Waterfront shopping complex.

Eating out

Restaurants in the Knysna Quays Waterfront shopping complex.


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Places to Visit

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Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


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