Knysna is well known as a charming, energetic holiday destination throughout Africa but why is Knysna also such a popular place to retire?
Knysna addresses important concerns of retirees including practical considerations like safety, healthcare and convenience giving peace of mind to retirees and their families. Knysna’s casual, fun-loving community where people go out of their way to be friendly and welcoming, combined with abundant natural beauty ensure that your retirement years are as carefree as possible.
Within Knysna are many retirement villages and care facilities but perhaps the most attractive, and certainly the most established is in the tranquil Belvidere Park looking over the lagoon and surrounded by beautifully maintained landscape. The newly built frail care facility and assisted living centre assures families and residents their care needs will be met in the same premises.
Here’s Five Reasons to Retire in Knysna
- Knysna feels safe and boasts one of the lowest crime rates in South Africa possibly because, in addition to police and private security companies; many neighbourhood’s actively maintain the safety of their residents by participating in neighbourhood watch programs and installing their own security cameras. Belvidere Estate in particular is proud of maintaining their reputation as having one of the safest neighbourhoods in Knysna. Belvidere Park Retirement Village itself, not only has a double security fence around the entire perimeter with a security guard manned gatehouse and boom 24/7. The perimeter (in addition to the security fence) is covered by AI cameras that are manned 24/7 by a security company. Any alarm triggers the guards at the gate and a security vehicle is immediately dispatched. This vehicle is permanently based within a Kilometer radius of Belvidere Park.
2. Knysna has a high standard of care. Knysna Private Hospital and Advanced Care centre is known for their friendly staff and excellent physicians, surgeons, and testing facilities, all on site. Top-notch dentists and specialists, as well as a wide variety of qualified therapists practice in the area. Not only that, but Mossel Bay, which is only about 100kms from Belvidere Park, has one of the best cardiac facilities in South Africa.
3. Knysna is convenient. Nothing is more than about ten minutes away in Knysna which makes shopping, doctor appointments, or meeting friends an easy prospect. For families visiting loved ones, it’s good to know that George Airport is less than one hour away from Belvidere and reliable, private shuttles can be hired for dropping off or picking up passengers at a cost cheaper than what you could drive there yourself. It’s also convenient that while there’s much to do in Knysna including a wide spectrum of classes, sports, lectures, groups, and clubs, reading, listening to the birds, and enjoying tranquil views from a comfortable seat are highly recommended pastimes.
4. Knysna’s abundant natural beauty is treasured by all residents. Knysna surrounds the estuary residents call a lagoon where sandy beaches, good for swimming and walks, and calm waters beckon boats from canoes to catamarans. The peaceful ever-changing views of the water are spectacular from a variety of aspects including the viewpoint on the Heads or from the Belvidere Manors’ Hotel deck and patio. Embracing the town are ancient forests, some in protected nature reserves where sweet-smelling fynbos and wildflowers scent the air in spring attracting plentiful and varied birdlife. Enthusiastic gardeners maintain lovely residential gardens; some of the most spectacular are the established flower gardens found in Belvidere Park. Belvidere bird sanctuary almost directly opposite Belvidere Park boasts its very own beautifully tended arboretum. Perhaps the best of all natural attributes is the oxygen-rich air, attesting to the low volume of traffic in Knysna, which makes even breathing a pleasure.
5. Knysna is a friendly and welcoming community. Locals love to gather in casual venues and flock to one of several weekly markets to catch-up with neighbours, share a meal, and mingle among the stalls of organic produce, artisan bread, locally made jams, yoghurt, and cheeses. Peppered throughout the year are several festivals that attract holiday-makers like the Literary Festival in March, the Oyster Festival in July, and the Leisure Island Christmas market in November. The café culture thrives here and many excellent cafes such as the popular Ile de Pain café and bakery, East Head Café where views of the mouth of the lagoon are served along with
breakfast and lunches, and the charming Oak Leaf café located within walking distance of Belvidere Park. No one says no to sundowners, when locals enjoy colour-saturated skies while sipping something cheerful at the nearby, very popular Bell Pub, also within walking distance or seated on the Belvidere gazebo over the water of the beautiful peaceful lagoon.