Found in the heart of the Garden Route, beautiful Knysna is famous for its stunning lagoon setting and friendly small town vibe. There's plenty to discover with lush, indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches cosily bundled into one area.
The Knysna Lagoon and Knysna Heads (two large rocky points rising from the sea) are this destination's defining features. The eastern Head is a luxury residential area while the western Head is home to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Reached by a boat trip across the lagoon, explore the reserve's dense forest for the chance to see rare Blue duiker. The Knysna Elephant Park is another main draw in the area, with the chance to meet and feed one of the gentle giants. There are plenty of other opportunities for outdoor adventure as well, with golf, hiking and mountain biking also on offer.
Waterfront boutique hotels and owner managed guesthouses add to this destination's homely appeal, with personalised service and comfortable accommodation to be expected from holidays to Knysna. To get in touch with the people, and Knysna itself, the quaint cafés and craft shops are a good place to start: this is a pretty place with friendly appeal.
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A luxury resort on the coastline of the Southern Cape, discover exclusive accommodation, a world-class spa and dramatic scenery in the surrounding area.
A charming property in Knysna great for exploring, Kanonkop House is a family run property offering only five exclusive rooms styled by award winning South African designers.
Located on Thesen Island in Knysna, this luxury property was once a power station. Now transformed the hotel boasts exclusive suites and an incredible Amani Spa.
Surrounded by sandy beaches and thick forests, Belvidere Manor is situated in Knysna and offers charming accommodation and the chance to enjoy a drink in Knysna's smallest pub.
Expect fantastic views of the Knysna Lagoon from Hide-Away Guest House. An excellent base from which to take in the surrounding natural beauty of the area, with lakes, forests, mountains and stunning beaches.
Located on Bollard Bay, Leisure Isle Lodge is an elegant guest house overlooking the Knysna Lagoon. Less than a 10 minute drive outside of the town centre, the property is ideal for exploring the many attractions nearby.
Set within easy walking distance of Knysna's many attractions, The Protea Knysna Quays Hotel is a stylish property offering excellent facilities and high standard accommodation.
This quaint owner run hotel offers beautiful views of the Knysna Lagoon, an excellent wine cellar for a tipple, exclusive rooms and even a jetty for a spot of fishing.
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