Knynsa lies on the edge of a large lagoon, fed by the Knynsa River and
is surrounded by rainforest. It is popular with tourists because of it's
flora and fauna and continuously warm climate.
The town started in 1804 when Sir George Rex, believed to be the illegitimate
son of King George III, bought the Melkhoudkraai estate on the shores
of the lagoon and settled there with his family.
The town has a contrast of expensive homes in surrounding suburbs (largely for a substantial retirement community), more modest properties in the town itself and several townships sited on a number of hilltops within walking distance of the town centre. Knysna is about 200 miles east of Cape Town and 300 miles west of Port Elizabeth .
The last operating steam train in Africa, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, links the towns of George and Knysna.