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Knysna township outer lagoon district. The young boy looking his future?
Knysna, the names itself so interesting creates curiosity. I arrived at noon and checked in to Knysna Backpackers. Set in a century old Victorian house with a character, with panoramic view over Knysna lagoon.

The town sparawls around a stunning tidal lagoon whose entrance guided by two rocky cliffs called The Heads. The hub of Garden Route, this one sleepy village now bustles with pubs and clubs. The lagoon and the waterfront are mostly a set out of modern white town and residential. Totally contrasts to shanty village as one entered along the main road. The next day I occupied myself with Knysna Township tour guided by this English bloke driven by his 20 years-old-half-broken-car. He’s been doing the tour for last couple of month for tourist that interested to see up-close to black community outer Knysna.
Perfect setting on the hilly overlooking the lagoon
The half day tour brought me and another English couple through shanty housing outskirt to daily life of black community in Knysna. They were Rastafarian community there as well. They were small scale business such as barber, repair shops, mini market run by black community. Not only South African struggle among themselves post Apartheid Era, they also facing problem of illegal immigrant from neighboring countries competing.

I wasn’t too happy with the tour as the guide seems pretty unaccustomed to the area and his knowledge was only on the surface. Cost me 300 rand (€30) for 3 hours tour and 20 minutes drive by to the area. That’s unreasonable. His explanation was pretty general, drove us to the shanty village and dropped us and let the local do the talking, I could do better! But only because he knows the local and tourist not advisable wandering on their own, I let it go



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Knysna township outer lagoon distr…
Knysna township outer lagoon dist…
Perfect setting on the hilly overl…
Perfect setting on the hilly over…
lets pose for pictures
let's pose for pictures
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Knysna Township
Knysna Township
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
They lovin it
They lovin it
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Local kids
Local kids
Knysna Township
Knysna Township
Wooden house
Wooden house
shanty residential outer Knysna
shanty residential outer Knysna
Knysna Township
Knysna Township
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Knysna Township
Knysna Township
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
Rastafarian nursery Knysna
wachhaa
wachhaa
bye bye
bye bye
bye bye
bye bye
see you next time kids
see you next time kids
Local kids
Local kids
Knysna
Knysna
White resident
White resident
luxurious resident
luxurious resident
Cozy living
Cozy living
Knysna bay
Knysna bay
Knysna township
Knysna township
Knysna
photo by: elnaerasmus