The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve – South Africa

I stayed in a Lodge called Paradise Found and my great view was on the Heads of Knysna. On the right side you see the western Head. There is the nature reserve located, the Featherbed Nature Reserve and there are tours going there.

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

My view of my terreace at Paradise Found, in the distance you see the Knysna Heads

One of the tours included a 2 km walk through this area. That’s the one I was interested in and I booked it. I love exploring an area by foot!


The next day around 10 o’clock we went of with a boat to the other side of the lagoon to get on the western head. On the lagoon I was told that the lagoon had salt and sweet water in it. Because of that it has a variety of species living in it. The woman leading the group told us that also the seahorse was one of those rare species. In the whole of South Africa they have 3 breeding grounds and Knysna is one of them.

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa
Lagoon seen from the balcony at Paradise Found

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South AfricaSnapping beacutiful pics in the garden of Paradise Found

After we boarded on the head we got into a car that toured us up the head. We would only walk down and get some great views while walking. While riding up the head the woman told about the flora that was growing here. At some point we saw a tortoise on the side of the road. And it was a big one too!

  The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa
Driving up the Head where the walk down would start!
The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa
The big Turtoise next to the road 🙂

The nature reserve is privatly owned. It is protected with a big fence around it so you can not enter it without paying for it. If you want the great view on the opposite site of the heads you should enter the park.

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Once we walked down the path we got that great view. The woman that lead the tour already told us that in ancient times many ships didn’t made the way through this pass. It is slim…but also the water is very rough as you can see. It is very windy along the cliffs and I can imagine ships will go with the wind…and slam into the rocks.

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South AfricaEnjoying the great view of the Knysna Heads!!

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads

Featherbed Nature Reserve

South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

While walking down I did see some animals….They were lizards. This one did his upper best to hide from me but I spotted him!! He did really a good job! Watching the pictures, it made me think of the picture I took on Juara beach, Malaysia from a small crab on the sand. It also was almost invisible too.

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South AfricaWhat a great camouflage!!

I also saw a seal laying on a rock on the beach far below.The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South AfricaHe was enjoying the sun and a scrub on the rock 🙂

At some point you could walk down to a cave. It has two openings to the sea, that gave it a great sight. It was very windy through those holes. In the morning when I left the lodge it was cold and a bit rainy but now the sun was shining and it was not that cold anymore, I felt very happy about that!! I loved taking my  time to walk down slowely and give time to surroudings and nature.

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

Path down to the cave
The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

Walking down the Famous Knysna Heads

Featherbed Nature Reserve

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

 The cave gave a nice view at the heads also. Totally different expreience standing there.

There were lots of flowers, trees and plants to be seen. I can imagine that if you would come back in a couple of weeks, the spring is just starting, everything is in bloom and it is even more beautyfull!!

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

Nature @ Knysna Heads

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa
The  flower is called Strandblommetje
I can translate that easily as a Dutchie, for you it is translated into Beach Flower

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

The Famous Knysna Heads

Featherbed Nature Reserve

The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

After the walk we got some nice food!! It was a buffet so you could fill up your plate as often as you wanted. The food was of a good quality!!

I really enjoyed a half day on the Knysna heads!!
The Famous Knysna Heads, Featherbed Nature Reserve - South Africa

I booked this trip with the John Benn company.
The trip is called Featherbed Eco Experience and is not cheap, it costed me R490. ( 34 euro)
Buffet lunch is included 🙂

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