Knysna is a small town situated on South Africa’s only National lake which is also the country’s largest permanent estuary. The waters of the Indian Ocean channel through a break in the wave-cliff terrace known as the Heads, into the wide lagoon basin, where oyster farming is successfully practised.

The Garden Route remains more a scenic route that undulates along the narrow coastal stretch, bordered by the Indian Ocean, and the Tsitsikamma and Outeniqua mountain ranges, than a floral route.