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Knysna is a town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. It is the location for the Knysna Lagoon Swim and the Oyster Festival Swim and is part of the African Swim Safari tour.

Knysna's port could provide shelter for up to 50 ships.

The town is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as "The Heads", and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters.

The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. The nearest beach is located at Brenton-on-sea which lies directly west of the heads and is continuous with Buffalo Bay, a popular surf spot.

Knysna's other claim to fame is the home to the fabled Knysna forest elephant.

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