Knysna is a town with 51,078 inhabitants in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route. It lies 34 degrees south of the equator, and is 72 kilometres east from the town of George on the N2 highway, and 25 kilometres west of Plettenberg Bay on the same road.Knysna has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Köppen climate classification). Summers are hot and winters mild to chilly.Thomas Henry Duthie - Land owner, Supervisor of Crown Forests and Lands, Rudolf Eric Koertzen - International cricket umpire, Caspar Lee - YouTube blogger, entertainer, and comedian, Theodora Lee - Youtube blogger, D. C. S. Oosthuizen - Philosopher, Christian, Critic of Apartheid was born here, George Rex - Founder of Knysna, Land owner, and Timber Merchant, Charles Wilhelm Thesen - shipowner and timber merchant, Eric Robinson (veterinarian) - opened first private veterinary practice in Knysna, William Smith (South African) - South Africa's popular television science and mathematics teacher are the notable people in Knysna.Bongani is a suburb of Knysna. According to the 2011 census it has a population of 2,283.In 1878, a very important discovery was made in the area. A gold nugget was found in the Karatara River, near Ruigtevlei. Soon fortune hunters from all over the world arrived at the Millwood Forest in search of gold, and Millwood grew into a bustling town. Millwood was declared a gold field, the first in South Africa.
The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. Recently, the town has also become a preferred destination among golfers, as the town boasts several world class golf courses including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon. It is situated near the towns of Plettenberg Bay and George, where there are airports. Knysna is also home to Mitchell's Brewery.Knysna hosts a variety of events annually, which draw local and international visitors alike. Such events include the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival in late June and/or early July; the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras at the end of April and/or beginning of May; the Gastronomica lifestyle festival in September, which promotes healthy eating and organic principles; and the Rastafarian Earth Festival held at the end of July, celebrating Rastafarian religion, culture and lifestyle.The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, held annually in late June/early July, is the town's biggest event. The duration of the festival is ten days, first held in 1983. Oysters, the festival's namesake, are a large component, and approximately 200 000 are consumed over the 10-day period. Many sporting activities take place too, such as rugby, golf, bowls, squash, cycling and marathons. The Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon, as well as the Rotary Cycle Tour draw many a sporting enthusiast to the town.