Featherbed Nature Reserve
Featherbed Nature Reserve
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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.
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  • Henriette Barnard
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Honeymoon experience
    My husband (newly Weds) went on the spirit of Knysna to the Featherbed reserve. Colin and his team was just amazing and very entertaining. The buffet breakfast just after the 2.2km walk was absolutely amazing. Would recommend this to anyone who is visiting Knysna.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2023
  • Chantál Fourie
    Knysna, South Africa315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An UNFORGETTABLE experience!
    The Feature Co's Eco Tour was so, SO worth it; starting off with a ferry trip to the Western Head (and back again afterwards), taking a 4x4 trip to our hike starting point, taking a breathtakingly scenic stroll in the Featherbed Nature Reserve and ending Father's Day off with a delicious braai buffet lunch, completed with an assortment of desserts and a gin & tonic. Collin is the friendliest tour guide with his ferry team, Big Boy and Siya. They're the absolute best! 😁👌🏻 We most definitely had an UNFORGETTABLE experience! 😍
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Mary Kinney
    Cape Town Central, South Africa4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Local is lekker
    We really enjoyed this guided eco-tour in Knysna. We have been to Knysna many times and have always done our own hikes and outings - as there are many in the area. However, this tour was something special. Colin and team were excellent and we learned so much about Knysna and the area. The hike was very manageable and beautiful. The buffet was also excellent. The history of this private reserve is also unique. Well done to the team especially in rebuilding after the fires and COVID. #localislekker
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • ecsonza
    Cape Town, South Africa1,791 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Epic Epic
    A memorable experience taking the ferry across to the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna. We walked down to see "the nostril caves". We were rewarded with epic views of the grand sandstone cliffs of Knysna Heads. The moderate hike down the path was about 2.5km. The August weather was perfect and we were lucky to enjoy their winter less 50% discount. The buffet lunch was excellent and the service was amazing. Our guide Colin was friendly and knowledgeable. Thanks also to our friendly ferry crew, Big Boy and Zolani. A highly recommended outing of you are in Knysna.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • andyjanec
    Soham, United Kingdom269 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful relaxing experience
    My family and I had a wonderful morning on the Featherbed reserve with our guide, Colin. Starting with a fresh but relaxing boat ride, we were told about the lagoon, local area history, and origins of the reserve. Upon arriving at the beautiful reserve, we had a short break and quick walk up to the vehicle, before being taken up to the top of the headland to glorious views of East Head, the lagoon and open sea. Next was a downhill walk back to Featherbed base, with a stop off to the beautiful sea caves. It's a stunning walk. You get up close and personal with the plants, and we saw some beautiful birds. The last section along the shore is particularly stunning. We finished back at the restaurant with a buffet lunch, which was excellent, with lots of choices. After lunch, we had time to dip our toes in the water (very chilly) before being taken back to base by the boat. After a few very active days, it was a wonderful relaxing experience in a beautiful area. Highly recommended for all ages and abilities. Bring layers (cold on boat, hot on walk). Thanks very much!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Kate Z
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience!
    Our husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience from the boat ride to the hike and buffet lunch. Our guide Colin was very friendly and informative. The coastline with the waves crashing into it was gorgeous. The buffet meal did not disappoint! There were so many food options, including vegetarian. The desserts were amazing as well. On our way back, we saw a couple of Cape Fur seals frolicking in the lagoon. We highly recommend it!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Marjorie S
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A scenic and active tour of a beautiful area.
    We were on a tour of South Africa which included this activity. It was great. The tour guide, Colin, and ferry driver, Big Baby were friendly, informative and responsive. The scenery was incredible. They made accommodations for people who were not able to handle the strenuous walking.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Mudeford123
    Christchurch, United Kingdom337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth doing
    What a lovely trip. The boat trip is only 30 mins then taken by vehicle to the viewing point. From here you can make the decision to walk back or go back by vehicle. We chose the walk which although quite strenuous (lots of steps) is well worth doing if you are fit and able. Our guide Selby was excellent. Once back at the restaurant we had a very good buffet lunch. Then it is a leisurely boat ride back. Whole trip was approx 4 hours. All the staff we met, including at the ticket kiosk, could not have been more helpful.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views!
    Part of our Gate 1 tour , we drove to Knysna waterfront where we embarked on a ferry that took us to the Milkwood Forest . We embarked a vehicle that took us to the top then we hiked down along the side of steep sandstone cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The views were spectacular. At the end of the trail, there is a restaurant and gift shop . Afterwards back on the ferry to the city of Knysna.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • jayno666
    Bristol, United Kingdom22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views, flora and a great lunch afterwards!
    A great way to explore the western head of the lagoon. After a short boat trip across the lagoon, taking in views along the way, we were taken to the top of the reserve and had an optional walk down to the restaurant. The walk was a fantastic opportunity to experience panoramic views out to sea, across to the eastern head, and back towards the lagoon. There is also a variety of interesting vegetation along the way. Do be sure to take the short diversion to the sea cave at the foot of the reserve - stunning view of the sea. The walk was followed by a buffet lunch on the terrace adjacent to the restaurant, which was very plentiful and beautifully presented. A good variety of hot and cold food, as well as delicious desserts, including some South African classics. All in all a good half day out!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 November 2023
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Greenshutters16
Niagara Falls, Canada81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
What a gem! An informative, interesting morning including a boat ride from the Featherbed office across to their private Nature reserve, a 4 x 4 trip around the 'mountain' and an easy-medium 2k hike back to base. Dillon our guide was extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate about the surroundings and history of the area - both on land and water. The boat team of Big Boy, Lennox and Dillon, and the 4x4 driver Julian, were all excellent and we loved the banter between them. Having such a great team took the experience from great, to exceptional!
Written 22 May 2024
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Denise S
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very interesting and picturesque . Walk was great but not for this with limited mobility. Lots of uneven stairs. The view is worth it. Col did an excellent job, and very humorous
Written 14 May 2024
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Chad
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a pleasant relaxing morning out. Collin was an excellent and attentive host which added to the amazing experience. If you in the area, I would highly recommend doing this. The buffet Lunch under the milk woods was an added bonus. It was so lovely the photos don’t do it justice.
Written 7 May 2024
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DD
Blackburn, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A glorious morning sailing across the Estuary & then a walk round the nature reserve. Wonderful views & stunning scenery. Our guide Colin was very attentive and informative, always looking out for things to point out out & watching we were all safe on the steps. The captain & the crew on the ferry were also friendly & professional. An excellent morning.
Written 25 April 2024
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Stay26955031209
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We booked for the tour which included lunch. The tour guide and his team were great - Exceptional service!
The buffet food was delicious, the chefs explained the ingredients (for allegies etc) and there were options to choose from. However, we got a poor service from the waitresses in their resturant, they were not interested in serving us the drinks. Since there was a buffet, you could order drinks from the waitresses. We had to go to them where they were chilling and having a conversation to order our drinks. They took long to bring our bill and we had to go to their pay station to pay as the boat was set to leave at 1:30 pm.
Written 31 March 2024
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Margarita
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was our second time at the Featherbed nature reserve, the first was many years ago.
Colin, our guide, was excellent, very knowledgeable, funny and attentive. Towards the end of the hike down to sea level I become sick, felt dizzy and couldn’t move. Colin was very helpful, very attentive and patient. He arranged for ATV to come and take me back to the boat for the last leg of the walk, he almost carried me down the path to the bike, very patient and helpful. I am so thankful for all his help and encouragement. Thank you, Colin, from the bottom of my heart!
Written 17 March 2024
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Celeste V
Centurion, South Africa24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This was a beautiful experience that I did on my birthday. The walk through the reserve was gorgeous and I was really close with nature.

The food afterwards was the best! A 5 star buffet style lunch. This was super top-notch and the guides were extremely friendly and made us feel at home.

Thank you for this amazing experience!
Written 4 March 2024
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Anna S
Witney, UK62 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very disappointing tour.
You are put on a boat with 80 other people then once on the nature reserve you take a tractor/ trailer ride up to the top. The views are good.
The guides are not very knowledgeable( having come from De Hoop Nature reserve where they really are knowledgeable) .
If you are more elderly and find walking hard this is the trip for you but we found it boring in such a big group and with guides that are not very knowledgeable. They are more interested in pointing out the expensive houses rather than the nature. Very disappointing tour.
Written 9 February 2024
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slum tour
Kenya25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
To know what's outside the world and to explore more experiences with one heart while understanding thag we are all family out side here
Written 31 January 2024
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Dembe
Midrand, South Africa5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The featherbed nature reserve is a definite must go to place in Knysna. The tour is very educational and you get to know about the history of the town. The highlight of the tour is the breathtaking views of the Knysna heads from the nature reserve and the 2km hike to the sea caves.I would recommend visiting the nature reserve if you love nature and enjoy hiking.
Written 11 January 2024
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