Knysna was our holyday destination for years. It is a beautiful costal town in South Africa; it’s in about six hours drive from Cape Town. It is blessed with stunning views and worm Indian Ocean waters (huge plus in comparison to the freezing ocean in Cape Town). Because of its unique geography, Knysna reminds me of the pearl in the shell: the rolling green hills are surrounding the Knysna Lagoon and in the middle of lagoon are two islands: Leisure Island and Thesens Island. The only access to the see are The Heads – narrow and pretty shallow opening to the ocean. Because of the shallowness and narrowness of this channel, if the weather is raff and the tide is wrong, the see vessels cannot get in or out. But the roaring breaking waves do makes the great spectacle! And you can admire it from one of the two café-restaurants, right near it.
The amount of activities you can do in and around Knysna is huge! From whale watching and sunset cruise on the yacht, to bungee jumping and tree tops gliding; from admiring exotic birds in Birds of Eden to walking with elephants in Elephant Sanctuary. This makes Knysna very popular tourist spot. And plus, it is summer in South Africa when it’s freezing winter in Northern Hemisphere. The cheap South African currency adds to the “value for the money” factor. I even heard the term “Swallows” from the locals. They call “Swallows” the people from Europe, who bought holyday homes in Knysna, and are living there during summer period. I see the tourists in Knysna all year around.
Knysna changed dramatically in recent years. It was a sleepy little town then and now it is a trendy holyday spot. I love it! And what very important for us girls – the shopping is so much better! I thought I will be able to cover it all in one blog post; little did I know! That’s why there will be a lot more, than just one blog post, on my beloved Knysna. And in this – first post, I will name my top three boutiques which any fashionable girl must visit. And here they are:
- On the Thesen Island there are quite a few trendy and not so boutiques. My favourite is – “Diana Loon”. Why? Because she has a great taste in picking cool modern pieces from local South African designers. And the prices are amazing! I got there a hat, a black mesh dress, couple of colourful gym pants and cool pearl earrings. I will feature all of them in my future outfit posts.
2 “Two on Toast”. This one is located in town, in the Rex building across the Water Front. Why? Not surprising, it also stocks local talents and its own brand by the same name. They also have a great selection of really cool and cute jewellery. And tonnes of other unexpected stuff. It is like treasure chest.
3 “AKLD” – Aldo Kleyn Leather Designs. This one is also on the Thesen Island, on the same street with “Diana Loon” boutique. Why? It is a leather shop and you can find there an amazing leather bags, accessories and cool boots. For this one I will have to budget, leather is not chip. But if compared, the prices are not bad. The stunning red clutch, made out of the sting ray leather, is about 180 USD.
What I like the most about Knysna boutiques – they stock unique limited edition designs. And they stock is very eclectic; you can find the most unexpected items next to each other. To me it makes the shopping experience more like adventure; you never know what you will find. Exiting!