Knysna Estuary is a proclaimed National Park and it is presently
managed by the South African Parks Board. The applicable boating
regulations are available from the Parks Board offices situated
at Thesen's Jetty, Knysna. The small craft harbour is an entirely
separate commercial venture managed by Knysna Quays. (Harbour
Master - Mr Geoff Marks; telephone 044-382 7781)
& Radio Procedure
best time to enter is 1 hour before high tide. At low tide
the water depth over the bars, is sufficient for boats with
draughts of 1,8 - 2,0m only. If there is no swell or white
water it is possible to enter on a flood tide. On approaching
Knysna Heads, a visiting yacht should make VHF radio contact
with Knysna Radio (c/s "KNYSNA BASE"). Mr Henk Busse is on
duty day & night.
under sail is not advisable. A safe entry point is 34°0545S
and 23°03 57E (Chart SAN 1021). The water depth at this point
is 20m MSL.
course to follow is indicated by leading lights - flashing
red light, atop a mast on Leisure Island and a lower flashing
white light atop the white rock beacon on the Starboard shoreline.
The course bearing to approach is 006°(T). It is important
not to deviate from this line even when in very close proximity
to rocks on the Port side.
When well into the entrance aim for a point roughly 30m to
the West of the front leading white rock beacon. Turn to Port
and follow the Porthand shoreline.
mid-channel marker buoys (red and white stripes) are installed
in the navigable main channel and it is best to follow these
this course until abreast of the microwave tower on top of
the hill on Portside, then turn to Starboard and keep to the
leading marks on the hillside below the microwave tower (red
light and white light on white poles).
Proceed northwards, past Thesen's Jetty, to the Knysna Yacht
Club. C Tie up at the club's floating jetty and report to