Hold on tight for a safe ride on the unique Knysna RIB* adventure power boat.
Remember to keep breathing and your eyes open to experience the full wonder of this beautiful unspoilt environment.
Apart from the pristine estuary, an adventure through the infamous Knysna Heads will be the ultimate boating experience. Once out to sea the world is our oyster, where one can experience a vast array of bird and marine life as well as breath-taking scenery, for example: Buffalo Bay, Noetzie Castles and the beautiful surroundings.
When the conditions of the Knysna Heads are unsafe the adventure will continue down the Knysna estuary which has its own variety of scenery and birdlife. Be sure that this is no ordinary lagoon cruise!!!
Safety is our priority but out main focus is fun fun fun…
*Ridged Inflatable Boat
N.B. ALL TOURS AND ENCOUNTERS WITH MARINE MAMMALS ARE CONDUCTED STRICTLY ACCORDING TO CURRENT REGULATIONS AND CONSERVATION GUIDELINES.
SIGHTINGS: WHALES & DOLPHINS
Humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis), Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus), Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), Killer whale (Orcinus orca), Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis), Humpback whale (Megaptera noaengliae), Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni).
OTHER MARINE MAMMALS
Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus), Cape clawless otter.
Cape Gannet, Gulls, African penguin, Cape cormorant, White breasted cormorant, Terns, White chin petrel, Wandering albatross, Yellow-nosed albatross, Sub-Antarctic skua, Cory shearwater.
Sunfish, Turtles, Leatherback turtle, Green turtle, Sharks, Great White shark, Hammerhead shark, Bronze whaler shark, Basking shark, Ragged-tooth shark.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – Cash payments are preferred. Please note there are no ATM facilities currently available on Thesens Island. The nearest ATM’s are located in the Knysna Waterfront or in the town’s main street.
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Knysna RIB Adventures offers a unique combination eco adventure tour. You will find us docked directly outside of the 34 Degrees Tapas & Oyster Bar on Thesens Island. Guests are required to be at the vessel 15 minutes prior to departure so that formalities including the signing of an indemnity form, seat assignments, safety briefing, lifejackets, payments and any other requirements can be confirmed. Waterproof jackets/windbreakers, warm clothing, suntan lotion, sunglasses & hats etc are highly recommended but are not provided by Knysna RIB Adventures. Dry storage is available under the seats.
Knysna RIB Adventures being sensitive to the environment and operating within a National Park has chosen twin 4-stroke 250HP Yamaha engines which carry an international 3-star CARB rating for ultra low emissions which means we get to have a lot of fun with minimum impact on this natural wonder. We have a good relationship & a signed agreement with The Knysna National Parks Board to operate with in the rules the entire length of the Knysna Estuary.
“Moonraker” is a custom designed Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) or “Rubber Duck as they are commonly referred to by the locals and is one of the largest of her kind (9 meters/29.5 feet) in South Africa. She is powered by twin 4-stroke 250HP Yamaha engines and has achieved speeds of up to 53 knots (98 Km/h). She was specifically built for her intended use and with the infamous Knysna Heads in mind. She has great sea-keeping abilities an enormous amount of reserve power combined with extreme turning capabilities which allows her to turn between waves & out-run them should it be required. Massive re-enforced military grade pontoons with watertight compartments & a strengthened deep-V hull contribute towards a secure platform. All these features have produced a safe efficient passenger friendly vessel which takes care of its occupants. We are commercially licensed by SAMSA (The South African Maritime Safety Association) to carry 12 passengers accommodated on individual jockey seats & 3 crew. We carry a full range of the latest safety equipment & navigational aids. The vessel is always captained by individuals holding the appropriate commercial certificates and more importantly having the necessary experience. She is professionally serviced and maintained by Knysna Yamaha.
10am, 2pm, 5pm (min 4pax)
Additional trips are available on request.
Trips out to sea are a minimum of 1.5 hours but we also trips of .5 & 1 hours on the lagoon.
Early morning trips will be scheduled with pleasure, this also happens to be the best time of the day before the wind picks up.
A sunset cruise up the river stopping at Crabs Creek along the way or catered with snacks & drinks from 34 Tapas & Oyster Bar. Anything is possible & can be arranged with prior notice.
Kid’s parties, corporate events, private functions also can be arranged with prior notice.
We are very flexible and are open to just about anything just ask.
SAMSA Certificate: Certificate of Competence || Issued in 2002
076 393 0197
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