• A Rare Dolphin in our Midst

      Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin

      Our local ocean sustains a pretty remarkable array of marine wildlife. As our visiting gentle giants slowly leave our shores to return to their southern feeding grounds off Antarctica, we can still count on regular sightings of our other favourite marine mammals – dolphins! Throughout the year we enjoy wild encounters with three different dolphin […]

    • Why Exactly do Whales Breach?

      Mysteries of the Deep

      Having an encounter with a humpback or southern right whale in its natural environment is a thrilling experience for any ocean lover. When you see their exhalation in the distance as they surface to breathe, it feels like you’ve hit the jackpot and it’s hard not to get all giddy with delight. The combined anticipation […]

    • The Feathers of Knysna

      A Top Birding Destination

      Our main mission at Ocean Odyssey is to showcase Knysna’s phenomenal marine mammal life. But the commentary on our tours very often includes interesting titbits about the other wildlife that we encounter, particularly the abundant bird life. Throughout the broad expanse of the estuary, at the opening of the Knysna River system and soaring above […]

    • The Knysna Seahorse

      A Special Estuarine Resident

          Did you know that our Knysna Estuary boasts the highest biodiversity in comparison to any other estuary in South Africa? It’s a literal treasure trove of flora and fauna. Of  all the critters that reside in the estuary, it is the little Knysna seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) that is the most celebrated. Seahorses belong […]

    • Plastic Free July

      Join the Global Movement to Reduce the Use of Plastic

      We have been so inspired by all the great Plastic Free July stories that are circulating on social media at the moment that we thought we should bring attention to this important movement, even though the first part of July is already done and dusted. Also because we believe people should start adopting more of […]

    • Mandela Day 2019

      Help us to help Knysna Animal Welfare

      “It is in your hands to make the world a better one for all” -Nelson Mandela   For Mandela Day this year we have chosen KAWS (Knysna Animal Welfare Society) as our cause. KAWS plays a hugely important role in assisting vulnerable animals in our Greater Knysna Region and they really need our help. We […]

    • Knysna Oyster Festival Fun

      Experience the Best that Knysna has to offer

      Knysna is celebrated for many things: its ancient forests, vast liquid landscapes, endless beaches, migratory whales, a rare seahorse, forest elephants, and, of course, the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.  Every year, thousands of fitness fanatics, oyster lovers, foodies, wine fundi’s and general hedonists flock to our shores to enjoy this popular annual festival that promises […]

    • Awesome Dolphin Mamas

      Parenting prowess

      For Mother’s Day this year, we are shining the spotlight on all the dedicated dolphin mamas living in oceans across the planet. Highly sentient beings, dolphins possess exceptional mothering traits which are definitely deserving of our respect. The beautiful bond between dolphin cows and their calves forms some time before birth. Expecting dolphin mamas croon […]

    • Why You Should Definitely Visit Knysna During Winter

      Winter Time in Paradise

      Winter has arrived. But it is not the time to simply curl up in the foetal position under a blankie on the couch to binge-watch Netflix in anticipation for the balmy, carefree days of summer to return. Nope, life is short and there is much to see and do in the Greater Knysna region during […]

    • Thesen Island

      Then & Now

        Our Ocean Odyssey offices are located on Thesen Island’s Harbour Town, overlooking the blue waters of the iconic Knysna Estuary. Thesen Island is unquestionably the trendy hub of Knysna, and across its 90 hectare expanse, it boasts an award winning Blue Flag marina, a stunning collection of designer shops, art galleries, bustling restaurants, boutique […]