Travel guide to Knysna, Garden Route

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Knysna, Garden Route

Having accommodation in Knysna can be a magnificent thing, discover a place of wonders built on the shore of an estuary that is fed by the Knysna River. It is situated in the Garden Route complete with lakes, forests and beaches and has been voted South Africa's favourite holiday town.

Tourists from all over come to marvel at the numerous attractions. Knysna Western Cape has a wide selection of accommodation on offer as well a great variety of magnificent restaurants to choose from such as the Cruise Cafe, where one can sip a cocktail while gazing over the Lagoon. There is a lively waterfront and small harbour area where there is a splendid atmosphere to experience.

Get yourself some Knysna accommodation and see the The Goukamma Nature Reserve. Nestled between Sedgefield and Buffels bay it is spectacular with kilometres of pristine beaches, hectares of fynbos and forest, a marine reserve and two hundred and sixty bird species. This is truly a wonder to be seen. Whales, dolphins, seals and other marine life all flourish here in this protected reserve.

Gaze at the Humpback whales from May until December as you stroll on the tan coloured sands of Knysna's beaches and come and discover the Knysna Friday Market. Held in the evenings in the Welbedacht area this market has plenty to offer with a great selection of delicious food items and goodies on offer.

Visit the delightful forests and rivers via the Outeniqua Hiking Trail, it is one hundred and eight kilometres long, involving seven days of breathtaking and tough hiking where you can take a dip and cool off in the many river rock pools. Your accommodation for the evenings will be little huts where only two have electricity. This is not for the faint hearted but is a spectacular adventure.

For something a little different why not experience Drum Cafe Knysna, they have drumming workshops, lessons and drumming circles. Or why not visit the Elephant Park, take a cruise on the lagoon, explore the township with Emzini tours, and then stop by Mitchells Brewery for a nice cold draught before returning to your accommodation.

But one thing Knysna is absolutely famous for is the Pick n' Pay Knysna oyster festival in July, with more than one hundred events it is a festival to be seen. There is wine and whisky tasting, a marathon, a cycle tour, and an oyster-eating competition, there is plenty to do for young and old and plenty places to stay in Knysna.

This town has a lot to offer travelers so come and discover the beat of Knysna's drum.

Where to stay in Knysna:

Also within the Garden Route region:

Albertinia (10) • Boggomsbaai (6) • Brenton-on-Sea (23) • Dana Bay (28) • De Kelders (50) • Franskraal (21) • Genadendal (2) • George (111) • Glentana (11) • Gouritz (5) • Great Brak River (53) • Harkerville (12) • Hartenbos (36) • Heidelberg WC (8) • Herbertsdale (1) • Herolds Bay (26) • Jakkalsfontein (1) • Jongensfontein (6) • Keurbooms River (3) • Keurboomstrand (33) • Klapmuts (13) • Knysna (373) • Kylemore (5) • Little Brak River (7) • Mossel Bay (194) • Natures Valley (24) • Noetzie (6) • Pinnacle Point (23) • Plettenberg Bay (235) • Rheenendal (8) • Riversdale (18) • Sedgefield (69) • Stilbaai (57) • Tergniet (13) • The Crags (24) • Victoria Bay (19) • Vleesbaai (2) • Wilderness (128) • Wittedrift (4) •

Accommodation available in Knysna:

Knysna Houseboats

Houseboat, Self-catering in Knysna, Garden Route

12 reviews

Knysna Houseboats offers fully equipped, self-drive houseboats to spend your holiday gently cruising along in Knysna's beautiful and scenic tidal estuary. No experience or skipper's license is required and the houseboats can easy accommodate four adults or a family of five.The houseboats all exceed the South African Maritime Safety Authority operational and safety ...

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Thesen Islands

Self-catering in Knysna, Garden Route

2 reviews

The villa is situated on Thesen Islands Marina in Knysna a private estate with gated entrance and 24 hour access control. It's one of the few units that is situated on a private beach. It consists of three bedrooms of which two have queen-sized beds and one has a king-sized bed, three bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen including a microwave oven, washing machine, tumble-dryer ...

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Oyster Creek Self - Catering

Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering in Knysna, Garden Route

13 reviews

Operating as a four star self-catering facility, the main lodge sleeps 10, consisting of 1 twin room, 3 double rooms and 1 luxury suite, all of which are en-suite. All but one of the suites are lagoon-facing and open onto a balcony with spectacular views.The lodge also has one fully equipped self-catering unit below which is non-graded and sleeps two people. ...

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Pumula Lodge

Bed and Breakfast in Knysna, Garden Route

8 reviews

“Pumula Lodge – a place of rest.”In the heart of the Garden Route, nestled between the town of Knysna and the famous Knysna Heads, lies Pumula Lodge - “the place of rest”.The well-appointed and eco-friendly lodge in a tranquil, parkland setting, is the ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy a sundowner on your private deck overlooking the garden. A tree-top breakfast ...

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Abalone Lodges

Self-catering in Knysna, Garden Route

14 reviews

Are you looking for comfortable and affordable self-catering family accommodation in Knysna? Are you spoiling your new husband or wife to a honeymoon in Knysna? Are you celebrating a special occasion with a loved one, or simply looking for a place to rest, relax and rejuvenate on your road trip through the Garden Route? Abalone Lodges will fulfil all your accommodation needs. A ...

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Headlands House Guest Lodge

Guest House in Knysna, Garden Route

9 reviews

Dramatic sea, lagoon and cliff views from every window. Uniquely situated on the highest point of the famous Knysna Heads, Headlands House offers breathtaking views.Headlands House is managed with uncompromising quality of service and attention to detail. We will advise you on your day trips and ensure that you will get the most out of the beautiful Garden Route. Excellent restaurants, ...

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Overmeer Guest House

Guest House in Knysna, Garden Route

14 reviews

Set high on the hills overlooking the breathtaking Knysna estuary, discover the heartfelt hospitality of Overmeer, only 2 km from the Waterfront and 9 km from the famous Knysna Heads. Here luxury, comfort and the surrounding beauty are all carefully harmonised to create the ultimate venue for an unforgettable stay.Knysna is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy a wide range ...

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel

Guest House, Hotel, Self-catering in Knysna, Garden Route

17 reviews

The Lofts Boutique Hotel is housed in the old Boatshed on Thesen Islands, Knysna. The refurbished building with its architectural design gives The Lofts Boutique Hotel an individuality which is also reflected in the difference in the Exclusive Lagoon Suites, Luxury Loft Rooms and Self catering apartments’ decor. Our accommodation consists of seven Exclusive Lagoon Suites with uninterrupted and ...

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Paradise Heads Self-catering

Self-catering in Knysna, Garden Route

11 reviews

Paradise Heads is situated close to the centre of Knysna from the busiest part of the town, with easy access to supermarkets and restaurants. Paradise Heads Self-catering offered five tastefully decorated units. All the units are open-plan with a sleeping area, kitchen or kitchenette, en-suite bathrooms, and facilities include flat screen TV, fans, heaters and their own separate ...

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Lagoon Lodge

Bed and Breakfast, Lodge, Self-catering in Knysna, Garden Route

13 reviews

If you need a break away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one in our brand new lodge.Lagoon Lodge offers trhee bed and breakfast rooms and three self-catering units, all elegantly furnished and clean. We serve a great three-course breakfast in the dining room or on the balcony overlooking the lagoon. Our guests are often surprised ...

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