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Featherbed Nature Reserve

#7 of 76 things to do in Knysna Features Animals
Remembrance Drive, Knysna | Ferry from Municipal Jetty, Knysna 5270, South Africa
+27 44 382 1693
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John Benn sunset cruise

We had an amazing experience with the sunset cruise. The scenery was really beautiful and the boat... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cape Town, South Africa
Not for the faint hearted !!!

We did the Featherbed Tour a few years back (in our younger days). We sailed across the lagoon on... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cape Town, South Africa
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Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.In order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, access to the Reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve's specialist guides.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Remembrance Drive, Knysna | Ferry from Municipal Jetty, Knysna 5270, South Africa
+27 44 382 1693

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an amazing experience with the sunset cruise. The scenery was really beautiful and the boat was steady as well. will definitely recommend this to couples.

Thank arethafarao
Reviewed 6 days ago

We did the Featherbed Tour a few years back (in our younger days). We sailed across the lagoon on the John Benn and then were taken by tractor so far up the hillside where we were then met by a guide to take us on...More

Thank MiloDexter
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a must to visit for the views. The guide was first class with plenty of information and some humour. The bar/restaurant on the reserve is amazing and worth seeing, you will enjoy a beer after the walk. Just loved it.

Thank David R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our excellent visit to this privately-owned area included a ferry ride, a ride to the top in wheeled carts pulled by a powerful 4X4 vehicle, gorgeous scenery, and caves overlooking the lagoon. The scenery overlooking the cliffs is magnificent! And our lunch is the restaurant...More

Thank Providence_RITom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would go again! The boat trip to get to the island was lovely. We then took the little train ride up the beautiful mountain, with breath taking views. We stopped at the top, to walk down lots of stairs. Saw beautiful Caves that were...More

Thank 182charmainem
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely cruise in the Indian ocean to the reserve then tractor ride up to the top with great views and very scenic on the walk down where a delicious buffet lunch was waiting for us. This trip had every thing mountains caves wildlife 4 hrs...More

1  Thank Ann W
Reviewed 16 May 2017

First a short boattrip with a funny guide. The Reserve is a beautiful territory with at the top a Great view at the rocks, the Indian Ocean and the entrance of the estuarium. We walked back to the restaurant where we had a great varied...More

Thank Piet F
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The cruise across the lagoon is relaxing. Then the tractor ride and walk provides amazing views and sights seldom seen

1  Thank Peter G
Reviewed 9 May 2017

A brief trip across the lagoon to the reserve, then a tractor ride up the hill and a nice scenic walk to a buffet lunch. If you love the ocean, mountains and caves, this is a special trip to fulfill all those needs. A great...More

Thank Paula G
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Brilliant little trip! We went on 25th April - were really lucky and booked "on the day" for the 10am excursion. Am sure in height of season this would book up well in advance though, so please don't follow our example! In a nutshell, the...More

Thank NatalieT1970
The Featherbed C, Guest Relations Manager at Featherbed Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Wow it is such a pleasure to read your review!! Thank you so much for taking the time to do so!! We are so pleased you had a blast and enjoyed the Eco Tour the way it was intended!!!!

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Hi I would like to know if I need to make booking arrangements first before I can visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve?
13 April 2017|
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Response from The Featherbed C | Property representative |
Hi there you are welcome to call 044-3821693 to make a reservation. This will avoid any dissappointment. Regards Management
Have tried to contact this company to prebook a tour for April but they have ignored all emails sent via their website and independently. Interested to know if anyone else prebooked before travelling or left it to pot luck on the day. Are there any other companies based in Knysna that do similar trips out to the lagoon?
20 February 2017|
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Response from valhux | Reviewed this property |
Hi sorry if its late in answering, but we booked when we arrived in the area. We stayed for one evening and did the tour the following day. However, although we paid approx £40.00 per person for the tour, we never got a... More