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Featherbed Company. In addition to running the ferry to the nature reserve, the Featherbed Company operates sightseeing boats on the lagoon (trips start at R100 per person), as well as a Mississippi-style paddle steamer that does lunch and dinner cruises. Off Waterfront Dr., Knysna, 6570. 044/382–1693. www.knysnafeatherbed.com.
Springtide Charters. This charter company operates a luxury 50-foot mono-hull yacht, Outeniqua, that takes visitors out on scenic cruises on the lagoon and through The Heads (weather permitting). The boat takes a maximum of 12 passengers, and can also be rented out for private parties. Their most popular outing is the sunset cruise (R750 per person) which includes Mediterranean-style snacks and a couple of glasses of bubbly. Springtide Charters also operates the Ocean Odyssey, Knysna's only accredited close-encounter whale watching vessel, which takes visitors through The Heads to the open ocean (R700 per person). Knysna Quays, Knysna, 6571. 082/470–6022. www.springtide.co.za.