Dune Adventures

Looking for things to do? For unique adventure experiences in Knysna you will want to do again and again. We offer sandboarding, Kayaking and guided hikes in the Knysna Garden Route area.


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Looking for things to do? For unique adventure experiences in Knysna you will want to do again and again. We offer sandboarding, Kayaking and guided hikes in the Knysna Garden Route area.

Activities and attractions, and things to do around Knysna

·         Go Sandboarding with Dune Adventures. We may be biased it’s well worth considering if you love activities in beautiful secluded spots or have kids.

·         Hike to Drup Kelders rock pool.

·         Picnic at the old drift

·         Enjoy sundowner at the Redbridge Knysna River.

·         Swim the Knysna Lagoon at the Knysna Heads.

·         Swim in the natural rock pools at Coney Glenn.

·         Picnic at the Noetzie Lagoon and visit the Castles at the beach.

·         Walk along the boardwalk and path into the Knysna Heads.

·         Walk on the lagoon sandbanks at low tide at Leisure Island.

·         Watch the sun go down at Thesens Island Jetty. Kayaking

We start the adventure trip on the banks of the Knysna River at the head of the Knysna estuary. The first section is a tidal section of the estuary where make our way past high sandstone cliffs and large banks of river boulders. On our path we will cross a weir which pools the river into a large impressive dam area. From here we make our way up the river through narrow sections and winding paths to discover large hidden pools surrounded by indigenous forests and high river gorges. We paddle upstream from pool to pool separated by very small rapid sections.

This river above the weir is off the beaten path with very few visitors except the occasional, vervet monkeys, baboons, mongoose or a possible shy bushbuck. There many birds species which you may catch a glimpse of including the Knysna Loerie, the Fish Eagle, Narina Trogen, kingfishers, comorants and many more. Experience a tranquil peaceful feeling whilst we edge further and further up the river into the forest.

The Knysna River is a magical river system which feeds the 24km long Knysna Estuary. The Knysna River catchment area drains off the Knysna forest and Sandstone rock. This water is fresh and clean and even drinkable but is stained a dark cola colour by the tanins from the decomposing matter on the forest floor.

The Knysna forest is a ancient magical growth consisting of many indigenous trees including the massive Outeniqua Yellowwood trees which pierce through canopies. The Kayak trip is an excellent way to get a good view of what these forests have to offer.

Paddle Tubing

Paddle tubing is a mini rafting expedition up the Knysna River, where few people have had the opportunity to explore. Unleash your inner adventurer, as you hike, paddle, navigate, swim and rock jump(optional).

A great way to take in the South African sunshine!

The trip A-B

The tour begins at Charlesford Farm, where you hop onto the back of our 4×4 vehicle for a short drive to the forest edge.  We then take an easy walk through the indigenous forest to reach the river entry point with our gear.  From there, our easy-to-maneuver rafting tubes provide a fun trip down the spectacular Knysna River gorge. Flanked by indigenous forest, the river transports us through a scenic wonderland of unspoiled wilderness. You can expect serene, glass-like pools, high cliffs, narrow flowing channels, and the occasional small fun rapids.


Sandboard down the Knysna sand dunes for fun filled day for the whole family. Experience a day of adventure at the beach sliding down dunes on sand boards. Get expert instruction by our guides to coach you from beginner to thrill seeker in no time at all. An activity to generate a thrill for a lifetime.

Meeting point

All activities start at Nautical South Restaurant Brenton-On-Sea, Knysna where a guide will meet you and guide you along a fifteen minute walk to the dunes.

Fastest Dunes in South Africa

The dunes consist of fine round sand particles which makes the sand soft and fast. It is well known by expert sandboarders for its superior experience.

Size of the Dunes

The dunes are a medium size with a run of about 100m which is often too fast for most beginners to go to the top. A perfect size to walk up again and again for a three hour trip with plenty of features to make things interesting. Well known among expert sandboarders as the one of the best dunes in SA for sand quality, ease of riding and fun.

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