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If you want a base to stay while exploring the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, and you want somewhere with an offbeat personality all of its own, that has beautiful scenery and lots to do outdoors, then Knysna is it. A medium sized town spread out along the shores of a large lagoon, Knysna manages to be stylish, connected and yet old-time...

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Tonquani Lodge and Spa


This boutique Lodge and Spa offers excellent service in a tranquil setting close to town. Stylishly decorated chalets, family suites and pool villas include...

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Dolphins Hill

3 Bedrooms
PPS from R 1,025

Overlooking the ocean with views from every room, Dolphins Hill is a charming wooden Guest House set on the hill in the tranquil village of Brenton-On-Sea near Knysna on the...


Head Over Hills

The Heads
8 Luxury Bedrooms

Head Over Hills is an exclusive 5* retreat situated on the edge of the famous rocky cliffs of The Heads in Knysna. This is the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy...


Belvidere Manor

28 Cottages, Self-Catering Options

Basking in the beguiling tranquillity of Knysna’s lagoon lies Belvidere Manor, one of South Africa’s most romantic, and most relaxed getaways on the Garden Route....


Headlands House

The Heads
6 Bedrooms

Dramatically situated on the highest point of the famous Knysna Heads, Headlands House offers breathtaking views over both the ocean and Knysna Lagoon. Stylish bedrooms have...


Amanzi Island Lodge

Leisure Isle
6 Bedrooms

On the Garden Route in Knysna, Amanzi Island Lodge is on the edge of the beautiful Knysna Lagoon, this spacious beach house offers luxury, comfort, tranquillity and...


Under Milkwood

The Heads
16 Chalets

Under Milkwood’s log cabins are ideally located on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon, set amongst a grove of majestic milkwood trees. The self-catering cottages offer...


Villa Afrikana

6 Bedrooms

Villa Afrikana is perched high above the town of Knysna overlooking the renowned Knysna Heads and Lagoon. The striking geometric architecture and stylish award-winning...


Falcons View Manor

10 Rooms

This Victorian landmark property is one of Knysna’s historic buildings, built in 1894 on Thesen Hill, high above the Knysna Lagoon. Today, a more contemporary style has been...


The Knysna Belle

Leisure Isle
4 Bedrooms, 1 Suite and 1 Family Unit

Set just a few paces off Bollard Beach on Leisure Isle in Knysna, The Knysna Belle is a Cape Cod style residence affording spectacular views of the Knysna Heads, mountains...


Augusta Bay of Knysna


Well positioned at the Knysna Heads, Augusta Bay offers panoramic views of the Heads, estuary and Outeniqua mountains, and here Ian and Sylvia extend a warm welcome. Set on...


Kanonkop House

6 Suites

Award winning Kanonkop House is situated on the apex of Kanonkop Hill and enjoys spectacular views over the Knysna lagoon and down to the famous Knysna ‘Heads’ and the...


Fish Eagle Lodge

4 Suites, 3 Bedrooms and 1 Log Chalet

Fish Eagle Lodge in Knysna on the Garden Route is well positioned with unique views of the Knysna Lagoon and mountains. The Lodge offers comfortable accommodation. All rooms...


Bridgewater B&B

7 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit

Bridgewater B&B is conveniently situated on the Garden Route on the main road in Knysna, opposite the Knysna Lagoon, and within easy walking distance of town, ferries,...


Yellowwood Lodge

9 Bedrooms and 1 Family Cottage

Yellowwood Lodge is a charming Victorian guest house, located in Knysna on the Garden Route and within walking distance of the town. Set in pretty landscaped gardens....


Cuningham's Island Guest House

Leisure Isle
6 Bedrooms and 1 Family Unit

On the Garden Route, on picturesque Leisure Island in Knysna, in close proximity to Knysna’s only beach, Cuningham’s Island Guest House offers relaxed beach house living...


Hide Away Guest House

7 Bedrooms

Hide-Away Guest House, is a 4 star TGCSA graded B&B, ideally located on the main road into Knysna. The Bed and Breakfast is a 15 minute walk into the centre of town or down...


Bridgewater Manor

4 Bedrooms, 1 Studio and 1 Honeymoon Room

On the Garden Route in Knysna, Bridgewater Manor is a gracious home offering warm hospitality and breathtaking views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads. Relax at the secluded...


Brenton On Rocks

7 rooms & 2 Houses, Self-Catering Options

Situated on the cliffs of Brenton on Sea, a holiday hamlet located on the Garden Route just 16kms outside Knysna, Brenton On Rocks Guesthouse delivers spectacular sea views...


Bamboo, The Guest House

8 Bedrooms and 2 Family Units

On the Garden Route in Knysna, a magical experience awaits at Bamboo, The Guest House, within walking distance of the local Golf Course and a 5-minute drive to Knysna’s...

Masque Theatre
In 1957 local attorney, Bertie Stern, Chairman of the...

Elandsberg Eco Tourism
Situated in a quiet valley, awesome rock formations,...

Escape to the Cape
Escape to the Cape is a privately owned company...

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Mail a card from the Post Office Tree − it’ll be...

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Knysna travel guide

If you want a base to stay while exploring the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo, and you want somewhere with an offbeat personality all of its own, that has beautiful scenery and lots to do outdoors, then Knysna is it. A medium sized town spread out along the shores of a large lagoon, Knysna manages to be stylish, connected and yet old-time hippie as well. It’s accessible by car from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and George airports. And it’s the kind of place that you can tailor to the holiday you want. If you want exclusivity and pampering, take a champagne cruise across the lagoon or out to the Indian Ocean, or play golf on a top notch course. Wandering the waterfront and old town centre you’ll find artsy little shops, curious characters and restaurants to suit all budgets. If it’s nature you’re after, take a kayak down the winding Knysna river. Or take a ferry to the Featherbed Reserve, explore the Knysna Heads and walk the silent forests. Children can have the time of their lives at wildlife sanctuaries, beaches and the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains. Adventure sports are all there too, from abseiling, kite surfing and paragliding, to angling and deep sea fishing. And if you’re up for a party, come when one of Knysna’s festivals is going on.

Fabulous trips from Knysna

  • The Crags – About 45 minutes’ drive from Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay, this hub has a monkey sanctuary, a bird sanctuary and an elephant sanctuary, all winners of animal welfare and responsible tourism awards. You can also taste wine, visit the Old Nick Village for some shopping or just lie on the beach.
  • Cango Caves and Oudtshoorn – A 1/1/2 hour drive from Knynsa takes you to Oudtshoorn where you can visit an ostrich show farm. Drive 30 km further and you’re at the famous Cango Caves, with their awe-inspiring formations and challenging tunnels.
  • Plettenberg Bay – Plett makes a great daytrip from Knysna and you only have to drive for about half an hour. Detour to the indigenous forest of the Garden of Eden on your way. Plett has wonderful beaches for swimming, but Robberg Beach is the best for a beautiful long walk with your feet in the sea.
  • Mossel Bay – This little town overlooking a small harbour has a rich history of sailors, fishermen and explorers. Take a look at the replica of Bartolomeu Dias' caravel, a memorial to his landing at Mossel Bay. Nearby is the Culture Museum, the Granary and the Shell Museum. Don’t forget the famous Post Office Tree, where sailors used to post letters that were then taken to their destination by passing ships.
  • Wilderness – a small seaside spot about forty minutes away from Knysna, it has a lovely boardwalk along the lagoon that is great for birdwatching.
  • The Tsitsikamma National Park – Dense forests and lakes just over an hour’s drive from Knysna. You can take a leisurely drive on the old road or put foot on the toll road, stopping for a bungee jump at Bloukrans Gorge on the way. Along the coast there are some lovely walks. If you want a few days hiking, the Storms River Mouth is the start of the much-loved Otter Trail.

Knysna loves its festivals – choose what appeals to you:

  • Pink Loerie Mardi Gras in April/May - A Gay Pride celebration with loads of sparkle.
  • Knysna Oyster Festival in July – Oysters are the theme, but this festival celebrates food, wine and fun.
  • Knysna Woodworkers Festival in September - Celebrates the ancient tradition of woodworking that developed due to the magnificent variety of trees in Knysna’s forests
  • African Experience Golf Festival in October – Especially for golf lovers, come and try out as many golf courses as you can.
  • Knysna Speed Festival in May – This one’s for speed freaks. A highlight of the festival is the Renault Simola Speed Climb, one of the country’s premier motorsport events.
  • Slow Festival over the Easter weekend – Take your family on a slow drive to Sedgefield to savour life, love and friendship with a range of fun events.