The pool is refreshing and the golf course equally enticing, but it’s easier to peel yourself away from the immaculate hotel grounds than you’d think; Conrad Pezula’s expert team is on hand to curate itineraries that get the very best out of its rich surroundings.
High on the list for the adventurous at heart is surely the wildcat experience at the Tenikwa Wildlife Center. Here you’ll find an impressive array of cat species, including lions, cheetahs and leopards. Head to South Africa’s first facility dedicated to caring for orphaned African elephants at Knysna Elephant Park, where you can walk side by side with the gentle beasts. For more laid-back pursuits, take a stroll around Monkeyland at nearby Plettenberg Bay, which is the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary with 11 different species of ape, monkey and lemur. Another world-first can be found at Birds of Eden, which is the largest single-domed free-flight aviary on earth, housing more than 3,500 birds and 200 different species. Also on the agenda is Radical Raptors, a rehabilitation center that rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey—a must for budding wildlife photographers.
If marveling at the turquoise Knysna Lagoon isn’t entertainment enough for the aquatic-inclined, there are water sports aplenty, and the opportunity to spot the endangered Cape seahorse. Heading further out to sea with Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s official whale-watching permit holder, will afford the opportunity to spot some of the water’s larger species, including orcas, Bryde’s whales and killer whales.