Our stay in the small town of Boknesstrand was just a stop over. We were back on the road early the following morning, eager to get to our next destination, Knysna, but not before making a quick stop at the beach. This was especially refreshing after the marathon drive the day before! On previous trips to Boknes we went to the Dias Cross, and we would have loved to have gone there again, but we just did not have the time. Make sure you pack your dune surfboards if you ever pass by!
Ilse has not been to Knysna before, and I passed through while on a primary school tour many years ago, so we wanted to spend as much time there as possible.
It started raining as we drove toward Plettenberg Bay and we were worried that we were facing a very wet weekend at our most anticipated stop, but by the time we hit the gorgeous lagoon, the sky had cleared!
We booked into a guest house on Thesen Island. We were quite surprised that it had only recently been developed… Up until the 90’s, the factory on the island had still been operational. It’s now a hotel, and the rest of the island consists of luxury houses, apartments and holiday units. Knysna’s own harbour town.
The first thing we did when we arrived was to hop onto the bicycles and take a ride around the island. It has a kind of village feel to it which is really nice, with a number of shops and restaurants on the waterfront to give it a lively vibe. As you can imagine, this place is alive with visitors in summer, but seemed like a ghost town as we cycled up and down the quite streets.
That night we popped over to the pier for supper. We watched as a security guard played soccer with his dog all along the boulevard. It was a great day.