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Thesen Islands is a multi-award winning marina development located in the scenic Knysna estuary on the world renowned Garden Route of South Africa. The marina is spread over 90 hectares and consists of 19 man-made islands linked by 21 arched bridges and surrounded by 25 hectares of tidal waterways. The marina consists of 489 individual homes and 56 apartment units, known as the Dry Mill apartments, situated on its own island within the marina. All the homes are built in a colonial maritime architectural style, conforming to Knysnas vernacular architecture and its historical maritime and timber connections.

Thesen Islands is linked by a causeway and bridge to the mainland, and is within walking distance of the scenic waterfront, yacht harbour and town centre of Knysna, one of South Africa's most picturesque and popular coastal towns.

Even though these islands are separate from the mainland they still have an unparalleled range of facilities. There is something for every family member. Being a marina development, the primary focus is of course on water activities. But self confessed land lovers too have plenty of choice. Relax under your umbrella on the beach, take a stroll in the park, explore the maze, pick fruit in the orchard, spot a rare species from the bird hide, improve your golf putting, run your dog or take the kids to the play park. For those who enjoy racquet games, maybe a hectic game of squash or on a summers evening, mixed doubles tennis under floodlight. And before you turn in for the night, how about a short stroll through the neighbourhood? Safe and still, with moonlit water at your feet and a jeweled sky above, its the perfect prelude to a peaceful nights sleep.

Knysna has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 8 degrees Celsius to 23 degrees Celsius. The annual average rainfall is 750mm which is distributed throughout the year with 75% of this falling at night and peaks in October and November. During summer daytime temperatures average 26 degrees Celsius. The winter temperatures average 21 degrees Celsius during the day and seldom fall below 6 degrees Celsius at night.

Thesen Island is a unique and picturesque island located in the heart of Knysna, along South Africa's famed Garden Route. Known for its charming architecture, vibrant community, and stunning natural surroundings, Thesen Island offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors.

Here are five things to do or see on Thesen Island:

  1. Explore the Island on Foot or by Bike:
    Thesen Island is a pedestrian and bike-friendly area with scenic paths winding through its residential and commercial areas. Stroll or cycle along these paths to enjoy the island’s beautiful gardens, waterways, and the charming Cape Cod-style homes that line the streets. The peaceful and well-maintained environment makes it an ideal place for a relaxing walk or bike ride.

  2. Dining and Shopping at Thesen Harbour Town:
    Thesen Harbour Town is the vibrant commercial hub of Thesen Island, offering a variety of dining and shopping options. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes, such as île de païn, known for its artisanal bread and delicious cuisine, or Sirocco, which offers stunning views of the Knysna Lagoon. Browse the boutique shops and art galleries for unique gifts, local crafts, and artworks.

  3. Water Activities:
    The island’s location on the Knysna Lagoon makes it a perfect spot for various water activities. Rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard to explore the calm waters of the lagoon at your own pace. Alternatively, you can book a boat tour or a sunset cruise to experience the beauty of the lagoon and its surrounding landscapes from the water.

  4. Knysna Elephant Park:
    Just a short drive from Thesen Island, the Knysna Elephant Park offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these majestic animals. The park provides a safe and ethical environment for rescued elephants, and visitors can learn about their conservation efforts, feed the elephants, and enjoy guided walks with these gentle giants.

  5. Visit the Knysna Quays Waterfront:
    Adjacent to Thesen Island, the Knysna Quays Waterfront is a bustling area with a marina, shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Take a leisurely walk along the waterfront, enjoy a meal with a view, or embark on a boat tour of the Knysna Lagoon and its surrounding natural beauty. The waterfront is a lively area that complements the more tranquil atmosphere of Thesen Island.

Thesen Island offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, recreational activities, and charming amenities, making it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the Knysna area along the Garden Route.





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