Gliding through the still mirrors of the canals of Knysna's waterfront, the winter air appears to have a sleepy hold on the town - a very different picture compared to the bustle of the warmer seasons.
While some might think the best views of a town is from somewhere higher up, the real winner is viewing it from the vantage of a boat sailing on the lagoon's still waters.
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(Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
The last time I was in Knysna was on a trip with my boyfriend in 2016 and then briefly passed through it in 2018 to Goukamma when the scars of the 2017 fires were still prevalent.
But reminders of the fire have faded from the landscape - buildings have been rebuilt and the fire within the town's people is still flaming.
In the colder months, there's still enough sunshine to enjoy blissful days, creating a peaceful haven for those who want some quiet without the hermit-like lifestyle. If the weather does turn foul, you can still explore the breweries, the gin distillery and other foodie hotspots to fill that huge appetite only found when filling up your lungs with the fresh sea air.
One of the most popular times to visit is for the annual Oyster Festival, which will take place from 26 June to 5 July in 2020.
Whatever season you decide to visit, Knysna will always have something up its sleeve for those weary of the same-old.
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