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WHAT'S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

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KNYSNA TOUR GUIDE X-FACTOR

 

Travellers often comment on the fact that a tour is often made so much more memorable when conducted by a tour guide who is passionate, humorous and engaging.


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FESTIVE SEASON EVENT LINE UP!

 

The festive season is nearly upon us and Greater Knysna is gearing up to once again enchant the visiting summer revellers who will soon be flocking to our shores.


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FESTIVAL TO SHOWCASE LOCAL CRAFTERS

 

This year’s Leisure Island Festival, fondly referred to as the Treasure Island Festival, is the ideal place to find unique treasures made by the many talented artists and crafters of the region. Special efforts have been made to provide emerging crafters with an opportunity to showcase their unique products. 

Read more here

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IT’S PICNIC TIME!

 

One of the best things about the long, shimmering days of summer is that fact that we can enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures, eating our meals “alfresco style”.

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CLASSIC LEISURE ILSE FESTIVAL

 

This year’s revered Leisure Ilse Festival (fondly-known as Treasure Ilse Festival) will, as in in the past, add something special to ensure that the festival provides something for everyone on November 7 and 8.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


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LEISURE ISLE FESTIVAL

Start your Christmas shopping @ the Leisure Isle Festival from 7 & 8 November with local artists, crafters and hobbyists displaying their hand work.

 

Click here for more information

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PARTY OF HOPE

Sedgefield Lions Club presents a Party of Hope for Non-Profit Company, “Cupcakes of HOPE” on 31 Oct @ Tea for Two, Waterstone Junction from 11:00 - 14:00. For more information contact: 083 306 9998

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BARN DANCE

Quinta Da Montana Guest Farm in Rheenendal presents a Barn Dance with live music & BBQ dinner on 31 Oct from 6pm till lat. R150pp & R60p/child.

Contact 044 382 0922 for more information

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BAZAAR

For for the best family fun don't miss out on breakfast, lunch, cakes, potjiekos games and much more @ the St. James Church Bazaar on 7 Nov @ Knysna Secondary School Hall.

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OPEN GARDENS

Don't miss the Leisure Island Open Gardens during the Leisure Island Festival on 7 & 8 November. Tickets available at R50 pp from Sothebeys offices around town. Contact 044 384 1896 for info

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CROSS COUNTRY KMC

Knysna Marathon Club calls all children aged 7 - 15 yrs with a passion for running to join their Talent Scout/Cross Country Run on 28 November 2015 from 08:45 at Knysna High Sportsfield.

For mor information contact: 083 272 4430

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FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don't miss the Friday Night Market every Friday from 4pm - 8pm for some good local food, entertainment or just goog company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane. For more information contact: 044 382 5316

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COUTRY DANCE

The Dutch Reformed Church presents an evening of Country Dance for the benefit of charity on Fri 30 October from 18:30 at Brenton Community Hall at R130pp including dinner. Contact: 073 911 7295

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HOBO PARTY

Loeriehof presents an Evening of Dance themed "Hobo Party" on Sat 31 Oct from 7pm at Knysna Angling Club @ only R60pp including dinner. For more information contact: 084 754 3038

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BAZAAR

NG Church, Karatara presents a BAZAAR with fresh produce, homemade cakes and foods on 31 October from 08:00 at no. 12 Bloekom Avenue, Karatara.

For more infortmation contact: 083 655 6220

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2015 SANLAM KNYSNA AWARDS

Nominations for the Sanlam Knysna Awards are now open. Nomination period from 01 September - 31 October.

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KAWS DOG WALK

KAWS presents a Dog Walk incl an Agility Demo & Blessings of the pets on 1 November from 09:30 @ Steenbok Park, Leisure Island.

For more information click here or contact: 083 291 7967

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GOLF

Knysna Animal Welfare presents a Golf Day On Friday, 20 November 2015 at Simola Golf Club in aid of KAWS. cost of the golf is R550 which includes a round of golf, cart, halfway house, and snacks.

 

Contact: 082 566 8433/072 864 2912

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MARATHON

Join running lovers @ the Waterfront Half Marathon presented by Knysna Hollow on Sat 14 Nov from 6am at Knysna Waterfront North Entrance. Handsome cash and category prizes up for grabs. Click here for more info

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KNYSNA SPLASH FESTIVAL

SPLASH is the Garden Route’s fun family festival will again take place from 19 - 20 Dec in and around Knysna's estuary! Four exciting events provide entertainment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family! Contact 044 382 1129 for more info.

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Knysna Plett Concert Series Presents Primakov / Lavrova Piano Duo live on Mon 09 Nov in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall from 18:45. Tickets on sale at the door.

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HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it's definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. For more info contact: 084 510 9939

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DRESS-UP

Dress up in your best Holloween costume and join Bloo Bistro for a Holloween Night of Note on 31 October @ only R30.00pp. For more information contact: 082 826 1298

SPECIALS

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Don't miss out on a 3 course SUNDAY LUNCH at Leeuwensbosch Farm Stall at only R95 pp. For more information call: Gerhard/Jane on 044 386 0116

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Get down to The Drydock for their 1/2 price Sushi on Friday

For more information call: 044 382 7310

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Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with a wholesome country buffet on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun. For more information call: 044 389 0092

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SATURDAY BEER BREAKFAST: at Mitchells Brewery from 09h00 to 12h30! Full breakfast PLUS a draught beer for only R60pp. For more information contact: 044 382 4685

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SIROCCO SUNDAYS: Every Sunday you can enjoy spectacular views of the estuary and 1/2 price sushi all day long. Make sure you book your table: 0443824874

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Get down to Blend Country Restaurant for their Sundays Half Price Pizza. Only 2 Sundays left.

For more info contact: 044 384 0493

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THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. Click here for breakfast & lunch specials (Poster Attached) For more information contact: 0443827331

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TASTE THREE NEW LOCAL #KNYSNA #CRAFTBEERS: A great tasting new craft beer produced by Darren Berry.

 

 

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Half price pizza with full flavour every Tuesday @ Col'Cacchio Pizzeria @ Turbine Hotel.

 

 

For more information contact: 044 302 5750

 

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Our mailing address is: Knysna, Sedgefield & Surrounds 40 Main Street Knysna, Western Cape 6570 South Africa

A family home with swimming pool that is approximately 200m from the lagoon, around the corner from the renowned Saturday market and 2km from any of Sedgefield's beautiful pristine beaches.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 2317 //
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www.beachyoutoit.weebly.com
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Beautiful self-catering beach homes and luxury suites oceanfront at Brenton on Sea. Brenton Haven is perched on a dune above the main beach, with spectacular 180 degree ocean view, which provides guests with the perfect opportunity to see hundreds of dolphins passing, or whales playing in the waves.

Tel:+27 (0)44 381 0040 //
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www.brentonhaven.co.za
CATEGORY: Self Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Star

Forest Valley Cottages is sited 7mins, by car, from the lagoon, on the Cape Town side, then a scenic drive around to Knysna central, craft shops/malls/waterfront/restaurants/events etc. Casual luxury cottages, built high up, overlooking deep forested valleys and the mountains surrounding Knysna close-by, serviced by experienced housekeepers daily, there are fireplaces for chilly nights.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 388 4723 //
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www.forestvalley.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

The Knysna Inn Boutique Hotel recently opened in Knysna. It offers modern, beautifully appointed self catering units that can sleep two persons each.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 0325 //
 
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www.knysnainn.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Our newly-refurbished Houseboats are your floating home away from home. We have outfitted them to a high specification, so it is truly a comfortable experience.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 2802 //
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www.knysnahouseboats.com
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

All year round Self-catering holiday accommodation on the Knysna Lagoon. A true home from home affordable holiday. Sun Valley Place is a 3 Star Graded accommodation establishment by the TGCSA (Tourism Grading Council of SA) and is an Accredited and Approved Tourism Business by KnysnaTourism Board & CTRU (Cape Town Routes Unlimited) and is also registered with Knysna Town Council.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 3309 //
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www.sunvalleyplace.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Paradise Found is the home of Johan & Dirkie Labuschagne in the aptly named suburb of Paradise, which overlooks the beautiful Knysna Lagoon. All rooms have a truly magnificent view of Knysna, the Waterfront, the lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads from every window, door and patio.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 5955 //
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www.paradisefound.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering & Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Come and enjoy an unforgettable Interlude in breathtaking Knysna. Interlude Chalet is a charming 3 bedroom self catering log home situated on the hills above Knysna with the most beautiful view of the lagoon and The Heads and the best value in town.

Tel:+27 (0) 76 861 4742 //
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www.interlude.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Adjacent to the Knysna Quays Waterfront business centre with its numerous shops, coffee shops and restaurants are beautiful holiday apartments in a quiet, secure complex which forms the Knysna Quays Residential Marina.

CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Ideal for the golfer,this guestlodge is situated between two golf courses. 7 comfortable spacious en-suite bedrooms.

CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

The lodge operates as both a bed and breakfast and self-catering facility, with a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. This is the ideal destination for honeymooners and families alike.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 0808 //
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www.oystercreeklodge.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Knysna Houseboat Myrtle in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon, self catering accommodation for romantic getaways, rejuvenatng times and family fun!

Tel:+27 (0) 76 861 4742 //
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www.knysnahouseboat.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Quay West is a self-catering apartment situated adjacent to the bustling Knysna Waterfront, with direct access to the marina, restaurants and boutique shops. A wide range of activities is within easy reach, including whale watching, sailing cruises, golf, canopy tours, cycling and hiking.

Tel:+27 (0) 83 209 1730 //
 
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www.7quaywest.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Paradise Heads is situated on the hill in Paradise. We've magnificent views of the Knysna Heads and lagoon from all our self-catering accommodation and Jacuzzi. We have Braai facilities, and are within walking distance to the town and waterfront and close to Buffalo Bay a Blue Flag Beach.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 0041 //
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www.paradiseheads.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Located on the award winning Thesen Island development, this villa has 3 en suite bedrooms. Large open plan lounge, dining-room and kitchen and a lovely al fresco dining and entertainment area with barbecue. Own private jetty from where you can explore the canals or fish.

CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

One of the best things about the long, shimmering days of summer is that fact that we can enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures, eating our meals “alfresco style”. We have more picnic spots in and around Knysna than you can shake a stick at. Below we have listed a few popular ones to help you on your way to picnicking pleasure!

Jubilee Creek
One of the most popular picnic spots in the area, Jubilee Creek boasts with a gently flowing stream, lit by dappled light and embraced by the dense Millwood indigenous forest. There are many sites along this stream from which to choose, each equipped with a picnic tables and braai facilities. It is a great place for kids as the shallow stream is perfect for them to frolic in. Keen for a forest foray? There is a wonderful forest trail nearby, with a waterfall and swimming holes.


Where: Take the N2 towards George and turn right at the Rheenendal turnoff. After 12.6km, take the Bibby’s Hoek turnoff.

King Edward VII
Surrounded by a large tract of indigenous forest, this picnic site will delight anyone drawn to this rich forest realm. The ancient King Edward VII tree, which is more than 40m tall and close to 700 years old, stands sentinel over this picnic site and is an awe inspiring spectacle. Each site has picnic benches and braai facilities. From here you can enjoy the popular elephant hiking trails.


Where: Take the N2 from Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay, turn left on the R339 Uniondale turnoff and continue along this road for almost 16km.

Valley of the Ferns
This picnic spot epitomises tranquillity. There is a short 450m walk in the forest under giant tree ferns and across small streams. The picnic site has lovely open grassy spaces that are ideal for children. There is also another walking path available. This leads up Spitskop, offering a more strenuous walk (which you can also drive) but promising the most transcendent views on a clear day over the entire region from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna. Spitskop certainly is a picnic area with the best view, but there are no facilities, so be sure to go prepared!

Where: Take the N2 from Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay, turn left on the R339 Uniondale turnoff and continue along this road for 25.2km, you will see site on your right.

Kranshoek
This picnic site boasts indigenous forest, gorgeous tracts of coastal fynbos, a stunning waterfall and sublime sea views. Safe drinking water is available, as well as ablution, tables and braai facilities available. For those keen on some exertion, Kranshoek offers both strenuous trails and gentle meanders, all within the best of the regions flora.

Where: Take the N2 out of Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay. Turn right at the Sasol petrol station. Follow the gravel road for just over 1.5 kilometres and then turn right. This road leads to the site.

The Fish Eagle Green
Situated on the banks of the beautiful Swartvlei Estuary in Sedgefield, Fish Eagle Green is one of the town’s most popular swimming and picnicking spots. This large grassy common is great for kids and there are several braai facilities available.

Where: Turn left at the Engen Garage just outside of Sedgefield, and carry on with the road until you reach the water’s edge.

This year’s Leisure Island Festival, fondly referred to as the Treasure Island Festival, is the ideal place to find unique treasures made by the many talented artists and crafters of the region. Special efforts have been made to provide emerging crafters with an opportunity to showcase their unique products. This year Knysna & Partners has sponsored 11 nominated crafters to participate in this popular festival that has, for many years, proved to be an ideal platform for crafters.

One of the sponsored participants is the exciting new venture called Mama Bear’s Craft Centre in Smutsville, an affiliation of the non-profit organisation freshStart, Sedgefield. Elsie and Deon Cervati are the creative souls behind this ambitious project that aims to create positive change and employment opportunities for the people living in their communities. This project fits seamlessly with the freshStart’s motto of “helping people to help themselves”.


The crafters, who receive remuneration per item, produce a really unique range of items at the Mama Bear Craft Centre. Elsie is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to showcase the creative resourcefulness of her crafters at the Leisure Island Festival. “We are very busy at the moment making all sorts of crafts for the festival”, said Else. Some of the items include woven shopping bags made from recyclable plastic, as well as a variety of items made using mohair off cuts, such as blankets, angels, soft toys and much more.”


Please diarise the dates below and come out in support of our talented community members!

Date: 7 & 8 November, 2015
For more information: www.leisureislefestival.co.za

The festive season is nearly upon us and Greater Knysna is gearing up to once again enchant the visiting summer revellers who will soon be flocking to our shores.
Knysna offer a vast natural playground that guarantees genuine respite and also plays host to several events that promise a fine time! Below is a tantalising peek into just a few of the local events lined up for this December.

Slide the City
Get ready for some fun in the sun! Knysna is one of the lucky town’s chosen to host Slide the City. Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM in partnership with Nedbank are bringing one of the longest commercial waterslides in the world to SA, which, according to the Computicket website “promises to delight thousands around the country as they slip and slide their way through some of our most iconic cities.”
The waterslide is part of the original Slide the City franchise. A street in Knysna will turn into a thrilling ride as participants slide inflatable’s down the massive 304m waterslide made of slippery, durable vinyl along three blocks at high speed. Food, music and other activities will be available all along the slide all the way down.
For more information: http://online.computicket.com/

Gift of Knysna
December is the season of giving, and most people seek out special Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Promising to be a fabulous festival of shopping, The Gift of Knysna provides a retail platform for local artisans and producers to sell their unique products; a platform which supports and stimulates businesses by connecting them directly to visiting consumers. For 5 days over this prime shopping period, The Gift of Knysna is set to lure shoppers from across the region to this high-end showcase of the best local products and gifts the Garden Route has to offer. From clothing to art to gourmet food, this event holds massive appeal for both traders and shoppers alike!


Event takes place Upstairs @ Knysna Mall from Saturday 19th – Tuesday 22nd December from 09:00-18:00, and Tuesday 23rd December from 09:00-20:00.
(All application forms for potential traders must be completed in full and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or delivered in person to the offices of Knysna & Partners.)

Knysna Marathon Club Night Race
This is a fun event for those of you keen to burn off some festive season calories. The Knysna Marathon Club takes pride in hosting this very special annual 4.8 km and 10 km run or walk along flat easy routes, both routes showcase the exceptional eye candy of the beautiful Knysna Estuary.

The races commence at 18:00 on Wednesday, 16 December. Races start from the Knysna Marathon Clubhouse, George Rex drive, Knysna and registration may be done on the day from 16:00 on 16 December 2015. For further information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Knysna Rotary SPLASH FESTIVAL

Knysna Rotary SPLASH FESTIVAL is the Garden Route’s fun family festival! Four exciting events provide entertainment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family! SPLASH MUD RUN is a feast of mud and obstacles for all ages 8-99. Watch your yellow duck race in the SPLASH QUACK ATTACK. Brave the waters and swim the SPLASH KNYSNA LAGOON MILE or pit your paddling skills against other teams in the SPLASH DRAGON BOAT RACES and win the sought after Dragon Trophy. Have fun while supporting Rotary Knysna’s community projects. For more info Click Here

Travellers often comment on the fact that a tour is often made so much more memorable when conducted by a tour guide who is passionate, humorous and engaging.

Being a tour guide is not just about reciting the facts about a certain place, it requires a guide to possess both extraordinary communication skills and a certain amount of charisma – the proverbial X-factor, so to speak.

Knysna & Partners, along with Knysna Municipality, has launched a competition for aspiring tour guides young and old alike. More than 50 applicants will have the opportunity to wow a panel of judges with their communication skills, passion for the region, storytelling abilities, humour and charm and various other qualities that make for a good tour guide.

“We want our future tour guides to take ownership of Knysna’s heritage and its various cultural experiences”, says Glendyrr Fick, one of the key Knysna & Partners organisers of this event. “We want to see within them an entrepreneurial spirit that will allow them to design and conduct an authentic Knysna experience which visitors can enjoy.”

This competition is set to take place at Old Goal Café on 4 November. The applicants will be interviewed by a judging panel, where after those applicants who are seen to possess that certain X-factor will win a tour-guide training course.

This self-catering complex is located in Old Cape Road, near the Knysna Lagoon.

Tel:+27 (0) 82 555 0820 //
www.knysnalodges.co.za/saltriverlodge.htm
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

There are 8 self contained cottage units that each have their own back patio entrance overlooking communal garden.

Tel:+27 (0) 82 555 0820 //
www.knysnalodges.co.za/bmyguest.htm
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Our 4 star accommodation includes self-catering wooden chalets, self-catering wooden cabins, a wheelchair friendly chalet and a laundry on the property. The chalets have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and a fully equipped kitchen. 

Tel:+27 (0) 44 381 0082 //
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www.brentononsea.net
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Knysna is the home town of Margie's Place, where that natural 'home from home' feeling prevails. Two affordable, self-catering units with their own entrance, shower/bath ensuite, fully equipped kitchenettes and pool & braai area for guests. Enjoy the beauty of Knysna from your room with a view.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 6291 //
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www.knysna-selfcatering.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Unique and environmentally friendly, creative tented tree house resort hidden in the indigenous forest between Knysna and Sedgefield.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 356 2868 //
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www.teniquatreetops.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

This golf estate and country club is situated on the rolling hills between the Knysna Lagoon and the rocky cliffs of the Indian Ocean. The area know as the Eastern Heads has become the site of 18 spectacular holes of golf and 250 hectares of well planned residential properties and natural fynbos communities.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 0925 //
www.pezularealtyandletting.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Hidden away under milkwood and yellowwood trees, this property is a well kept secret. It is situated on the shore of the lagoon in Lake Brenton. 5 minutes drive from the beach and 15 minutes drive from the town centre.

Tel:+27 (0) 82 336 6940 //
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CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

On the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon, lies a collection of timber log chalets nestled amongst the indigenous Milkwood trees. The tranquil resort offers guests a haven of leisure and comfort with wonderful views of the lagoon and the distant Outeniqua Mountains.

Tel:+27 (0)44 384 0745 //
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www.milkwood.co.za
CATEGORY: Self Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Star
 

Imagine a vacation at one of South Africa's top coastal resorts, situated in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route. The award winning resort comprising of 35 luxury chalets, situated on the edge of the famous Knysna lagoon, offering an unique opportunity to experience an unforgettable stay at one of South Africa's prime destinations.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 6483 //
www.knysnariverclub.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Situated on the lower part of The Heads, this house has sweeping views across the constantly changing Knysna landscape from the lagoon to the magnificent Outeniqua mountains.

Tel:+27 (0) 11 462 1828 //
www.wide-horizons.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

The Tree House with its unique setting on the waterfront of Leisure Isle will weave its magic on you, making for an unforgettable holiday or overnight stay and lure you back again. Set against a backdrop of spectacular natural beauty, Knysna, in the heart of the world famous Garden Route.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 0777 //
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www.tree-house.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Located on one of South Africa's most exclusive destinations, Thesen Island, on the Knysna Lagoon, in the Western Cape Garden Route. The island is within 20 minutes walking access of the Knysna Waterfront.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 0089 //
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www.knysnahouse.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

A beautiful self-catering cottage set in a large lush garden. A haven of peace and tranquillity, a luxurious home-from-home at reasonable rates.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 0255 //
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CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Safe family farm, peace and tranquillity, close to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 270 hectares incl fynbos, stunning views, mountain biking, bird life, expertly guided walks and gourmet picnics. Upmarket secluded Bitou Valley House (6-8), stunning views, bbq, pool. S/C en-suite studio units for 2 (6), pooldeck. Quaint Protea Cottage (4), bbq, splashpool. Fireplaces, DTSV. Sumptuous breakfast on request.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 532 7665 //
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www.proteawildsretreat.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Set in the heart of the Garden Route,Knysna offers breath-taking views of the valley and is within walking distance of the beach where great fishing and swimming spots can be found.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 381 0535 //
www.wheretostay.co.za/overduin/
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

An original Brenton cottage, it is an easy 5 minute walk to the beach & has lovely views of the waves rolling out onto the beach.

Tel:+27 (0) 72 132 1922 //
www.brentononseasa.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

In a quiet, leafy district on the East side of Knysna, our cottage is the perfect holiday base for small families or couples. Its unique position beneath a magnificent syringa, offers shade and privacy and a charming treehouse feel all year round.

Tel:+27 (0)44 382 3173 //
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www.syringatreecottage.co.za
CATEGORY: Self Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

A luxury self catering three bedroom house on Thesen Island in the Knysna lagoon.

Tel:+27 (0) 82 584 5474 //
www.lazyisland.co.za/
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

The apartments share unparalleled views of the tranquil Knysna lagoon and the Indian Ocean. With the imposing Outeniqua mountains and thick indigenous forests as a natural backdrop, these apartments boasts one of the most commanding positions found anywhere in South Africa.

Tel:+27 (0)82 828 2321 //
www.beaconhouse.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

We offer charming accommodation apartments set on the hillside above the village of Knysna with a view of the lagoon and famous Knysna Heads from the front unit.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 3940 //
www.hillview.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

The town's central location on the Garden Route makes it an ideal base to thoroughly explore the many renowned attractions in the area. Knysna itself has so much to offer that staying a day or two extra in this peaceful town is a welcome to many.

Tel:+27 (0)44 382 1728 //
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www.islandvibe.co.za
CATEGORY: Backpackers
STAR GRADING: 4 Star
 

Our 'home from home' boutique backpacker/lodge is designed to cater for all & perfectly located in the heart of Knysna.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 2658 //
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www.jembjosknysnalodge.co.za
CATEGORY: Backpackers
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Only three minutes walk from Knysna's famous Heads, this resort offers you everything... True country ambience within a seven minute drive from all amenities of Knysna itself.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 0316 //
www.gardenroute.co.za/woodbourne
CATEGORY: Caravan & Camping & Self-catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars
Area
Total 1,109 km2 (428 sq mi)
 
Population (2011)
Total 68,659
Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)

 

Geography

The town is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, which is fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as "The Heads", and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. The Paquita, a German vessel, sank on the eastern side of the Knysna Heads way back in 1903. Near them are geological formations, known locally as "The Map Stones." To the north of Knysna, Afro-Montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 20 km until changing to fynbos or macchia high in the Outeniqua Mountains.

 

Climate

Knysna has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Köppen climate classification). Summers are hot and winters mild to chilly. During the summer, the average maximum temperature reaches about 25 °C (77 °F) and rarely goes above 30 °C (86 °F). The average maximum temperature during the winter months ranges in the area of 16 °C (61 °F) to 17 °C (63 °F). Knysna has one of the richest rainfall percentages in South Africa with the wettest time of year being between June and August. Knysna stays green in all seasons, and its temperate climate makes it a tourist destination all year round.[10]

 

Climate data for Knysna

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
23
(73)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
25
(77)
23.2
(73.8)
Average low °C (°F) 15
(59)
16
(61)
15
(59)
12
(54)
10
(50)
8
(46)
7
(45)
8
(46)
9
(48)
11
(52)
12
(54)
14
(57)
11.4
(52.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 62.4
(2.457)
55.2
(2.173)
81
(3.19)
60.2
(2.37)
38.5
(1.516)
31.7
(1.248)
35.9
(1.413)
67.5
(2.657)
44.2
(1.74)
86.5
(3.406)
93.7
(3.689)
62.5
(2.461)
719.3
(28.32)
Average rainy days 14 12 14 12 9 10 10 12 12 14 13 13 145
Mean daily sunshine hours 10 10 9 8 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 8.6
Source #1: World Weather Online 
Source #2: Holiday Weather.com 

This caravan park is situated on the Knysna lagoon within walking distance to town, with the BASIC facilities.

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www.monkscaravan.co.za
CATEGORY: Caravan & Camping
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

The Knysna Tourism #Knys1 campaign, a local initiative aimed at promoting professional hospitality and service in an effort to make Knysna number 1 when it comes to tourism and business, was successfully launched during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

Your hosts, Pat and Joan invite you to come and enjoy the peaceful and secluded surroundings under milkwood, yellowwood and stinkwood trees, where bushbuck and guinea fowl abound freely.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 381 0048 //
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CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Newly built luxury log cabins close to the centre of town with views of the lagoon.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 2934 //
www.abalonelodges.co.za/
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

This guest house is ideally situated within walking distance to town on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon. The wooden, Austrian-style establishment offers true South African hospitality.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 6217 //
www.knysnalakeside.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

These are upmarket, fully equipped holiday apartments on the bank of the Knysna Lagoon.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 2523 //
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www.lagunagrove.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

In the heart of South Africa's world renowned Garden Route, you will find this beautiful double storey home with exquisite views of the famous Knysna Heads and Lagoon.Centrally situated overlooking the Knysna town just 500 metres below.

Tel:+27 (0) 74 349 4417 //
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CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Situated on top of the Welbedacht Cliff Tops 3km from Knysna Town, the Lodge overlooks the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua mountains. The theme of the Lodge is one based on natural beauty with stone and wood architecture combining to give that comfortable earth feel.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 0426 //
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www.elephanthide.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

This B&B on the edge of Leisure Isle gives guests a peaceful outlook on the changing tides and it's location makes it a bird watcher's paradise.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 0302 //
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www.safarinow.com/go/turningtides
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

This lodge, located at Brenton-on-Sea is a good choice for a family holiday. Set in 21 acres of unspoiled fynbos on a narrow peninsula, it has views of Buffalo Bay and the Indian Ocean.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 381 0063 //
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www.oceanviewsafrica.com
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Strategically positioned in the center of the peaceful and tranquil Leisure Isle, Rivertide Lodge offers both bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering apartments. A 5 minute walk to the lagoon and Bollard beach.

Pumula Lodge, Knysna, Western Cape - "the place of rest" offers a  parkland setting where nature  lovers can enjoy the bird life.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 1193 //
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www.pumulalodge.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Warm home style B&B within easy walking distance to shops and waterfront.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 2806 //
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www.guineafowllodge.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Footprints of Knysna is an owner run establishment with oodles of charm, personality and character and offers a relaxed and peaceful environment with lush gardens and swimming pool, an open and friendly atmosphere and high standards of comfort and service. All our units offer self-catering options and something unique in style and décor with easy access to our large secluded garden and sparkling pool. Continental breakfast available on request.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 2916 //
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www.footprintsofknysna.co.za
CATEGORY: Self Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

An exciting backpacker's lodge has found its way to Myoli Beach alongside the Swartvlei lagoon, Sedgefield where we welcomes you to a 14km treasure chest of unspoilt beach and the ultimate extreme adventure experience on the garden route!

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 3217 //
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www.afrovibes.co.za
CATEGORY: Backpackers
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Experience the unique ambience of a timber home!

Tel:+27 (0)44 384 1061 //
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www.capeexplorerslodge.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Its vantage point in Stinkwood Crescent gives our lodge spectacular views of the famous Knysna Lagoon and through The Heads to the sea from just about every window!

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 5104 //
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www.candlewood.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 5 Stars

Superbly located high upon a ridge overlooking the town, this bed and breakfast offers breathtaking 180 degree views of the Knysna lagoon,heads and the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 2265 //
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www.blueoyster.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Aestas Bed and Breakfast is situated in the centre of Knysna. Within walking distance of shops, restaurants, Waterfront and Lagoon we offer a warm welcome, hospitality and beautiful views. Double en-suite bedrooms, self catering units, braai area, pool and safe parking will make you feel at home.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 4849 //
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www.aestas.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

A beautiful bed and breakfast accommodation in Knysna with views over the Knysna lagoon and the Knysna Heads.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 1569 //
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www.doubledutch.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Panorama Lodge is situated on a hilltop between Knysna Town and the Heads and enjoys superb views of the Lagoon and Heads and in the distance the silhouette of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 0827 //
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www.panorama-lodge.com
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

If you are seeking relaxed yet refined bed and breakfast accommodation in Knysna, Brenton Beach House can offer just that. A magnificent 4 star guest house in Knysna with a Cape Cod style accommodation overlooking the Indian Ocean with its long sandy beaches just 5 minutes' walk away.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

This luxury guest house is situated on the Western side of Knysna, over looking the Knysna Lagoon and the Heads.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

African inspired wooden cottages in a garden setting in the heart of Knysna. Cottages are equipped with double beds, T.V. and tea and coffee facilties.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

A supremely well-appointed Bed and Breakfast, situated in a select, secluded crime-free area away from traffic. It is four minutes drive from all the amenities of Knysna center and Waterfront.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Cambalala is a luxury Guest House ideally situated in Paradise with magnificent views over the lagoon offers stylish and comfortable accommodation with the very best of service and hospitality.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

This property is situated on Leisure Isle, on the waters edge, with spectacular views of the Knysna Heads and lagoon.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

The lodge is conveniently situated and luxuriously appointed - the perfect backdrop to a memorable holiday. Our warm, friendly service will help you to get the most out of your visit, whether you prefer excitement and new experiences or simply to rest and recharge. Bed and breakfast accommodation includes a sumptuous full English spread served in our dining room or on the pool patio in summer. The suites are spacious and tastefully decorated to soothe your senses.

044 384 1478
0828719568
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www.amberguestlodge.co.za

4 Star

Blissful tranquility in a large tropical garden of water and birdsong, this guesthouse is perfectly situated midway between two award winning golf courses, a 5 minute drive to Knysna's bustling town centre with vibrant waterfront and restaurants, the famous Heads and Leisure Isle's two sandy beaches.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Located on picturesque Leisure Isle which is noted for its security & beautiful gardens. We invite you to join us for the most unforgettable holiday, at one of the most beautiful settings on the Garden Route.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Situated 7km from center of town on the majestic Heads. Four luxury en-suite rooms exclusive with private balconies, capture the majestic Heads, the mighty Indian Ocean and a romantic fairytale view of the Knysna Lagoon and Outeniqua Mountains.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

This exclusive guest house is situated on the outskirts of Knysna in Welbedacht. The house is surrounded by rich indigenous forest and has uninterrrupted views of the lagoon and The Heads.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 5 Stars

Arms we are committed to making your holiday a memorable and enjoyable one. We will spoil you with our charm and welcoming hospitality.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 1417 //
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www.sedgefieldarms.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

Boot Camp strives to provide an outdoor venue and a facility in a natural and safe farm environment for children and adults to participate in sport, educational and recreational activities in a meaningful way.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 2108
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www.southcapetourism.com/bootcamp
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

The unit can sleep up to four adults, with magnificent ocean and mountain views from a large patio with braai facilities.

Tel:+27 (0) 84 7942 8285
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CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

If you have a taste for style, luxury and sophisticated elegance, Leisure Isle Lodge will delight you. With its prime location on Bollard Bay Beach, the Lodge is an exceptional retreat offering truly luxurious accommodation and uncompromising levels of personalised service.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

In the heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route, a captivating world of lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches gently unfolds against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains – all elements that characterise the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 877 1197
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www.sanparks.org
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Welcome to our guest house situated in the tranquil suburb of Paradise, in the town of Knysna "The heart of the Garden Route" The guest house offers the visitor a relaxed experience surrounded by indigenous forest while overlooking the famous Knysna Heads and Lagoon.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Fynbosvlei is a 40ha. piece of Paradise on the north bank of the Swartvlei, the biggest in the chain of lakes between George and Knysna.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 850 1925
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www.gardenroute.co.za/sedge/fynbosvlei
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Milkwood Bay is a self catering villa with direct access to a stunning beach on the Knysna Lagoon. This unique house offers breathtaking views across the tidal waters to the distant Outeniqua mountains. With 5 en-suite bedrooms, a partially enclosed heated swimming pool and a sauna, Milkwood Bay is a most comfortable and elegant retreat for the discerning traveller.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 384 0745 //
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www.milkwood.co.za
CATEGORY: Self Catering
STAR GRADING:
5 Star

There are few places where rivers, ocean, sea and forest meet so perfectly. Imagine not only having all of it to explore on holiday but also enjoying it affordably.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 1133 //
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www.islandwood.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

This guest lodge, in its large gardens is situated 500 metres above the Knysna golf course, with sweeping views over Knysna and distant Outeniqua mountains, five minutes drive away from the town centre and the Knysna Heads.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Milk and honeys in the quiet tucked away area of Cola beach is best suited to those looking for somewhere quiet with sea views and a very luxurious feel.

Tel:+27 (0) 81 270 8008
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www.milkandhoneys.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Our African styled Beach Lodge is nestled midway between Knysna and Wilderness in the centre of the Garden Route.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 2108 //
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www.myolibeach.co.za
CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

This guest house is a spacious retreat built on the waterfront of Leisure Isle. All the bedrooms are named after famous sailing ships with a history of visiting Knysna.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

This is the place to stay for a real holiday! Set in private grounds, this guest house offers the guest a 14m heated swimming pool with jacuzzi, 3 saunas, a steam room and a plunge pool.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 5 Stars

“Palms Corner" is a cosy self-catering accommodation, situated in a very tranquil location, surrounded by nature and a rich in bird life. We are within walking distance of Myoli Beach and the Swartvlei Mouth, and several shops and restaurants are 1.5 km away.

Tel:+27 (0) 791907926
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CATEGORY: Self-Catering
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

Knysna Mall has modern retail therapy and stylish convenience at its core, offering more than 60 upmarket stores, restaurants and specialist outlets, spread throughout the multi-storey centre. All aspects of shopping are perfectly rolled into a one-stop.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 4574
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www.knysnamall.co.za
TYPE: Restaurant, Club
HOURS:Everyday 9am to 6pm
WHERE: Main Road, Knysna

The villa is located on the hill Kanonkop in 2 km distance from the town centre of Knysna. The spectacular view over the whole lagoon and the heads make a real breathtaking panorama.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

Pelican Lodge is a tasteful haven of peace and comfort centrally situated on the Garden Route in the picturesque village of Sedgefield. Pelican Lodge sports great views and is close to family-friendly activities, the beach, restaurants and dining. You’ll love the stylish ambience, delicious home cooked breakfasts and exceptionally friendly service. Pelican Lodge is the ideal stay or stop over for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 3283 //
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www.pelicanlodge.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 3 Stars

A place so Magical it cannot be compared to any other venue in SA. Our signature dish is our much loved Natal Lamb Curry!

TYPE: Restaurant, Club
HOURS:Everyday 6.00pm to 1.30am
WHERE: Main Road, Knysna

This Beautifully appointed guestlodge is located right on the waters edge close to the centre of town. With swimmingpool and sauna. The guest house also offers reflexology and swedish massages.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 4 Stars

The Featherbed Nature Reserve is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 382 1693
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www.featherbed.co.za
TYPE: PRIVATE RESERVE
HOURS: Everyday 8.30am to 5pm
WHERE: Western Head, Knysna

Dover on Sea is a host run Bed & Breakfast that gives you that little bit more. Beautiful architecture, spectacular views, luxurious comfort and warm hospitality is what greets you when you decide to come and spend time here in our Beachfront Accommodation.

Tel:+27 (0) 44 343 1209 //
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www.doveronsea.co.za
CATEGORY: Bed & Breakfast
STAR GRADING: 4 Star

This upmarket guesthouse is located on the beautifull Leisure Island. a stone's throw away from the the blue waters of the lagoon, it has the ideal setting for those late afternoon swims or early morning beach walks.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: Ungraded

This five star Tuscan styled Villa overlooks the Knysna Estuarine bay, majestic mountains, forests and the town of Knysna from high up on the western head of the famous Knysna Heads. Perfectly positioned with north facing views over Knysna and five minutes’ drive to Brenton on Sea beach, Villa Castollini offers seclusion, privacy and a space that is therapy for the soul.

CATEGORY: Guest House
STAR GRADING: 5 Stars
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