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Introduction

KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK

KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK

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Knysna is a town in the Western Cape province, on South Africa's south coast, and a favourite stop-off on the Garden Route.

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Events and Festivals

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is a week-long gay celebration held in the town in May. This years glamorous parade is scheduled to kick off on the 30th of May.

  • The Knysna Oyster Festival is a ten-day seafood, sports and entertainment that draws thousands to the seaside town. Events include an oyster-opening competition, an oyster-eating competition and the oyster & wine mardi gras.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
African Jewel Lodge2 Bond StreetHostel-
Highfields Backpackers2 Graham StreetHostel-
Island Vibe Knysna67 Main StreetHostel84
Knysna Backpackers42 QueenstreetHostel86
Lake Superior Backpackers82 Main StreetHostel-
Travellers Lodge Backpackers7 Lakeview Road PO Box 733Hostel-
Villa Afrikana Guest Suites13 Watsonia Drive, Paradise Knysna 6570, Garden Route, Western CapeGuesthouse-
Buffalo Bay Backpackers1 Main Road, Buffalo BayHostel-
Beauchamp Place150 Old Cape RoadGuesthouse-
Bamboo Guesthouse9 Bolton Street, Hunters Home,Guesthouse-
Atlantic Guesthouse28 McClelland Circle HeuwelkruinGuesthouse-
Knysna Lakeside Accommodation88 Main StreetGuesthouse87
Peace of Eden Travellers LodgeRheenendal RdGuesthouse-
Jembjo's Knysna Lodge4 Queen Street Lower CentralGUESTHOUSE89
Elephants Rest Guest House2 Rawson StreetGuesthouse-
Afrovibe Adventure Lodge2 Claude Urban Drive Myoli Beach SedgefieldApartment-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Big cities and most of the popular places in the country usually have an internet café though they are not as abundant as in, for example, Asia or South America. It's also relatively expensive, usually 20-30 rand an hour, sometimes even more. Many of the accommodation options have internet access available, either wireless with your own laptop or by their own computer(s). Wireless access is also available throughout the country in more and more cafes and eateries, sometimes free and sometimes for a small fee. Note that you usually have to login anyway and agree with the terms and conditions. It is cheapest to buy a prepaid cell phone starter pack (less than R10) and access the Internet with GPRS or 3G. Generally R2 per MB for out of bundle data from most providers (50c for Virgin Mobile), but it becomes a lot cheaper if you buy a data bundle. In general coverage is good except the more rural parts of the northern and northwestern parts of the country (especially Northern Cape).

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

South Africa's country code is 27. Telephone numbers in South Africa are 10 digits, including the local area code. There are also some prefixes like 0800 (toll free), 0860 (charged as local call) and 0861 (flat-rate calls). The general emergency number is 10111, ambulance is 10177 and police is 1011.

South Africa has very good phone facilities, which are also becoming more and more competitively priced, now that more operators are active on the market. The main ones are Neotel and Telkom South Africa. Local phone calls are cheap (about one Rand an hour), domestic long-distance calls are about twice as expensive. International calls start at around 6 Rand an hour but can be (much) higher to less usual countries. Note that public phones are about twice as cheap as new private phone centres. Phone calls tend to be the cheapest during the weekend and during business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm) on weekdays and more expensive during the evening and nights at weekdays.

There are also good mobile-phone facilities, with GSM and 3G networks. There are five cell phone providers in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C, Virgin Mobile and 8ta. SIM card prepaid starter kits are available from R10. You will need a passport and a proof of residential address and it has to be registered before you can call or receive calls. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere, remembering you will usually need cash to do so from service stations.

Post

The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. They have a track & trace system for parcels as well. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet. Also international courier companies like TNT, UPS and DHL tend to be fast, very reliable and competitively priced.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -34.0405
  • Longitude: 23.0719

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