Knysna

Knysna must surely be one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Tucked in amongst the towering the Knysna Forest and surrounded by a warm-water estuary, Knysna lies between George to the east and Plettenberg Bay to the west. The point at which the estuary meets the ocean is popularly known as ‘The Heads’ – an area with beaches and cafes that offer many a photo opportunity.

Popular with both honeymooners and families alike, Knysna has several trendy coffee shops and quality restaurants along the tree lined streets. The picturesque town has some great local craft shops and markets, while the eclectic art galleries support Knysna’s blossoming art scene. Enjoy a romantic dinner eating oysters and sipping champagne at the Knysna Oyster Company, after a sunset yacht cruise sailing through the Heads.

For the youngsters and watersports enthusiasts, Knysna is the perfect destination to do some kayaking or waterskiing after an early morning hike in the forest. Hot summer days are best spent on one of Knysna’s family friendly beaches, taking in the view.
Accommodation in Knysna ranges from boutique hotels overlooking the lagoon like Belvedere Manor or Kanonkop house to the waterside hotels such as those on Thesen Island.

 

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Leisure Isle Boutique Lodge

Leisure Isle Boutique Lodge

Situated near the famous Knysna Heads on Bollard Bay, Leisure Isle Boutique Lodge is the perfect destination for those who like to enjoy nature, coupled with the comfort of world-class sophistication and hospitality. Billed as a retreat, guests can enjoy waking up to the exotic cacophony of the dawn chorus coupled with the lapping waters of Knysna Lagoon. The lodge is nestled on Leisure Isle, a small island in the middle of the exquisitely beautiful Knysna Lagoon, which is accessed from the mainland by a narrow causeway.

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Elephant Hide Guest House

Elephant Hide Guest House

Situated atop the stunning Welbedacht cliffs, overlooking the glittering Knysna Lagoon, majestic Outeniqua Mountains and lush green indigenous forests of South Africa’s Garden Route, sits the cream of Knysna’s exclusive accommodation: Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge. A mere 3km from the popular bustling waterside town of Knysna, Elephant Hide provides the perfect spot from which to enjoy this delightful part of the country, offering all you could wish for in comfort and hospitality.

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Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

Protea Hotel Knysna Quays

Situated in one of the finest spots in Knysna, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays is the ideal base from which to enjoy Knysna and its beautiful surrounds. Perfectly equipped for either families or couples, the hotel is a great stopover for those who are touring the famous Garden Route of South Africa, or as a comfortable home from home for visitors to Knysna. Business travellers also favour this establishment, for its excellent conferencing facilities, equipped with all the necessary amenities.

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The Rex Hotel

The Rex Hotel

As its name suggests, the Rex Hotel offers a truly regal vacation experience. Situated in the heart of South Africa’s famed Garden Route, the Rex Hotel is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the delightful coastal town of Knysna and its beautiful surrounds. The hotel prides itself on offering impeccable service and comfort and is billed as one of Knysna’s most sophisticated accommodation choices.

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Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa

Surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of exposed cliffs, ancient indigenous forests and secluded beaches, Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa offers a truly luxurious retreat. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, family holiday or simply a place to unwind and enjoy a round of golf, Pezula is the perfect destination. Situated on the Eastern Head of the Garden Route’s popular coastal town, Knysna, the resort enjoys uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, Knysna Lagoon and its own immaculate Championship Golf Course.

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Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa

Simola Hotel Country Club and Spa

Majestically located atop the hills overlooking South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route and deservedly popular waterside town, Knysna, Simola Golf and Country Estate boasts arguably the most stunning panoramic view of this uniquely exquisite part of the world. Knysna is famed for its natural beauty; meandering waterways intertwine with indigenous forests rich with birdlife and blooming fynbos against a backdrop of rolling hills and Simola is a 5-star echo of this picture-postcard location where guests enjoy world-class service.

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The Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

The Views Boutique Hotel and Spa

With uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and the rugged beauty of Wilderness beach, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa truly encapsulates the magic of South Africa’s stunning Garden Route. The hotel offers a perfect haven from which to enjoy this beautiful part of the world, either as a romantic getaway or a family holiday. Surrounded by sweeping pristine beaches and ancient indigenous forests, Views Boutique Hotel is perfectly placed for those who wish to be immersed in nature and relax in a 5-star environment.

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Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

For a truly magical experience in the very heart of South Africa’s famed Garden Route lies the Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, a celebration of nature and sensual beauty. Hidden in the lush indigenous forest of Afromontane, the Phantom Forest Eco Reserve offers a once-in-a-lifetime destination for those wishing to experience a uniquely rejuvenating vacation among some of South Africa’s most delightful flora and fauna.

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Kanonkop Guest House

Kanonkop Guest House

Proudly claiming the title of Trip Advisor winner of the Top 25 Luxury Small Hotels in Africa 2013, Kanonkop House in Knysna, along the beautiful Garden Route, offers five-star luxury accommodation. This boutique hotel is situated in a prime location only minutes from town yet it is tucked peacefully away in the centuries-old forest – the biggest in South Africa – and provides sweeping views over the tranquil lagoon and famous Knysna Heads cliffs – the gateway to the Indian Ocean.

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