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Accommodation in Knysna on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

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Knysna is 102km east of Mossel Bay, at the heart of the Garden Route; its lack of ocean beaches is compensated by its hilly setting around the lagoon, and some hot marketing. The lagoon's narrow mouth is guarded by a pair of steep rocky promontories called The Heads, the western side being a private nature reserve and the eastern one an exclusive residential area along dramatic cliffs above the Indian Ocean.

Knysna's distinctive atmosphere derives from its small historic core of Georgian and Victorian buildings, which gives it a character absent from most of the Garden Route holiday towns.

Coffee shops, craft galleries, street traders and a modest nightlife add to the attractions, and you may find yourself tempted to stay longer than just one night. That the town has outgrown itself is evident from the cars and tour buses which, especially in December and January, clog Main Street, the constricted artery that merges with the N2 as it enters the town.

Brenton on Sea, Near Knysna, South AfricaKnysna wraps around the lagoon, with its oldest part - the town centre - on the northern side. Along the eastern shore the exclusive suburbs include Leisure Isle, connected to the shore by a narrow causeway, and The Heads, a network of roads winding up to the heights overlooking the craggy coast and a wild Indian Ocean.

Main Street is the hub of the city centre, and its principal attraction is the collection of craft and woodwork shops lining the road. The Knysna Museum (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat 9.30am-noon; entry by donation, includes Angling Museum) on the corner of Queen and Main streets contains a complex of minor exhibits that can comfortably occupy an undemanding half-hour. Attractions here include South Africa's first Angling Museum , an extensive collection of antique nets and rods, tracing the changing technology of the activity. Look out for the preserved coelacanth, one of several specimens in the country of a fish long thought to have been extinct, until one turned up in a fishing net in 1939.

About 500m south of Knysna Tourism, at the end of Grey Street lies the Knysna Quays , the town's waterfront complex and yacht basin. Built at the end of the 1990s, this elegant two-storey steel structure with timber boardwalks resembles a tiny version of Cape Town's V&A Waterfront - but probably owes its inspiration as much to New England or Seattle, and blows away Knysna's hippy cobwebs with a breath of upmarket supercool. Here you'll find the luxury Protea Hotel, some clothes and knickknack shops and a couple of good eating places, including a stunning deli-style bistro with outdoor decks, from which you can watch yachts drift past.

A short way from the centre in the industrial area, Mitchell's Brewery, Arend Rd, off George Rex Drive via Vigilance and Sandpiper roads, offers thirty-minute tours (Mon-Fri 10.30am), where for next to nothing you get to sample their beers, including Foresters Draught, a Pilsner-type lager, and Bosun's Bitter, an ale modelled on Yorkshire bitter. The brewery is too far to reach on foot, so take a taxi if you don't have your own transport, or stay in town and sample the beers at one of the pubs. 

Also see:  Travel Destinations on Africa's West Cape: Knysna

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Double Dutch B&B Double Dutch B&B, Guest House, KNYSNA
Double Dutch is a beautiful luxurious colonial bed and breakfast, guesthouse accommodation in Knysna with magnificent panoramic views over the Knysna Lagoon and the Knysna Heads into the Indian Ocean.  Our exclusive accommodation in colonial style provides you with: Bathroom en-suite, TV/DSTV, radio, intercom, safe, fridge, extra long double king sized beds, hairdryer, make up mirror, coffee/tea facilities, under floor heating in the bathroom, personalized bathroom amenities and a comfortable furnished relaxing area in which you experience the colonial atmosphere of Double Dutch.
Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge, KNYSNA
Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge is situated on the Welbedacht Cliffs in Knysna.  Each suite has panoramic views of the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains. All suites have en suite bathrooms, aircon, underfloor heating, TV, Mnet, DSTV, private deck, tea and coffee facilities, panoramic views.  Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast rate.  Activities include whale watching in season, Boat Cruises, Beaches, Hiking, Bungi Jumping, Scuba Diving, Abseiling, Knysna Lagoon, Knysna Elephant Park, Buffalo Hills Game Reserve, Sailing.
Knysna Manor House Knysna Manor House, Bed & Breakfast, KNYSNA
Knysna Manor House is a 3 star Knysna guesthouse offering B&B accommodation on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa. Built in 1896, the guest house was the original home of the mayor of Knysna and was converted into a B&B in the 1980s. It is a unique Bed and Breakfast that combines the charm of times gone by with modern amenities. The Knysna Manor House guesthouse is housed in a charming Victorian mansion located in the centre of town, overlooking the stunning Knysna Lagoon and is within a 2-5 minute walk of local shops, banks, craft markets, restaurants and the Knysna Waterfront.
Knysna Tonquani Lodge & Spa
Knysna Tonquani Lodge & Spa, Guesthouse\B&B, KNYSNA
Knysna’s multi award winning lodge offers luxurious individually decorated log chalets and family suites with every conceivable comfort including minibar, complimentary port and chocolates, tea, coffee and biscuits, TV, hair dryer, heater and fan. Nine units have airconditioner, Jacuzzi and fireplace and the executive chalet has a private spa for the ultimate in pampering. All units have private patios and barbecues and are serviced daily. For our guests’ convenience we offer an affordable on-site laundry service. Sun loungers invite you to enjoy the welcoming coolness of the main swimming pool which is set in tranquil gardens. Three units have private splash pools and there is secure on–site undercover parking. Play a game of croquet on the manicured lawns or laze beside the swimming pool.
Lagoon Lodge Lagoon Lodge, Bed & Breakfast, KNYSNA
If you need a break-away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one, in our newly renovated lodge. The setting is also ideal for golf trips, as it is just 2km from one of the renowned golf course in Knysna.  Special excursions can be arranged for the non-golfing partners. We serve a recommendable 3 course breakfast in the dining room or on the balcony with a 180 degree view over the "Knysna Lagoon".  Our guests are often surprised by the shy presence of a "Knysna Loerie" in the trees just off the balcony.  Each room has satellite TV, a bar fridge and kettle. Plan to have fun. Safe off street parking
Villa Afrikana Guest Suites Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, Guest House/B&B/Self-Catering, Paradise, KNYSNA
Situated in the town of Knysna, to many considered the heart of the Garden Route. Villa Afrikana is perched high above the town, on a hill fittingly called “Paradise" overlooking the world renown Knysna Heads and surrounding lagoon.  With its summery, gleaming white, the geometric architecture of Villa Afrikana is already quite a sight. The stylish interior is just as defined in the same perfect white. A modern, unpretentious interior gives the compact Villa Afrikana a surprisingly open feel to its rooms. Look out for the eye-catching artworks and cleverly placed objects. The attractive style encompasses a total of 5 suites and a small apartment in this Guest House / Bed & Breakfast on the Garden Route.
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Knysna Hollow Country Estate Knysna Hollow Country Estate, Hotel, KNYSNA
Knysna Hollow is set on a secluded country estate on the outskirts of the historic town of Knysna. The gracious Manor House forms the focal point of the lodge and is finished with indigenous furniture, yellowwood floors and pressed ceilings.  Knysna Hollow restaurant is situated in the Manor House and serves fine food in relaxed and warm surroundings. Guests can enjoy a drink in the pub beside a roaring fire before enjoying a meal from the seasonal menu accompanied by fine Cape wine.  Accommodation consists of 15 thatched cottages, each with an open-plan lounge and bedroom area, fireplace, television, telephone, tea-making facilities and private patios, as well as 50 garden rooms, all with pool views, tea-making facilities, television and verandahs.
Knysna Log-Inn Hotel Knysna Log-Inn Hotel, KNYSNA
Built in 1998, the Knysna Log-Inn Hotel embodies an "indigenous" concept that combines the character and the spirit of the surrounding indigenous forests with Knysna's romantic history. On entering the lobby of one of the largest log structures in the Southern Hemisphere, exquisitely carved solid Yellow wood trunks tower upwards to the magnificent Scandinavian hammer trusses. Rays of sunshine flooding through the spectacular stained glass windows, illuminate the splendid solid Yellowwood staircase. The autumn hues of the slate flooring and the extensive use of natural river stone combine with the wood to create an atmosphere of tranquil balance. Truly "in tune with nature".
Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays , KNYSNA
Situated on one of the best hotel sites in Southern Africa, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays enjoys a stunning outlook.  Located on the banks of the famous Knysna Lagoon and facing the sea through the Knysna Heads, this exciting hotel development is also an integral part of the vibrant Knysna Quays Waterfront, with its vast selection of restaurants, bars and speciality boutiques.  Facilities at the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays include a swimming pool with a uniquely designed wooden sun deck, individual moorings and jetties at your doorstep.  Start your day on a high note with a sumptuous breakfast in our superb Breakfast Restaurant before browsing through the next door boutiques and curio shops or discovering the flea markets in Knysna`s main street. 
St James Of Knysna St James Of Knysna, Luxury Country House Hotel, KNYSNA
In the heart of the Garden Route, nestled on the shores of the famous Knysna Lagoon, with dramatic views, lies this exclusive five star Country House Hotel.  Set in magnificent gardens, this privately owned Country House Hotel has two swimming pools. Other recreational facilities include Boating picnics, Sundowner cruises, Water skiing, Swimming, Games room, Angling, Shopping & Tavern Tours.Enjoy a Sundowner cruise, water-skiing or sightseeing on the Knysna Lagoon from our private jetty.The Hotel boasts a superb dining room and well stocked wine cellar. Country style breakfasts, light lunches, teas and snacks are also served on the various patios and terraces. The Paquita Bar, with its lagoon facing patio is a warm and friendly meeting place. 
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B My Guest B My Guest, Self-Catering Accommodation, KNYSNA
B My Guest is the answer for those looking for affordable accommodation without sacrificing comfort. Situated 2km from the town center and walking distance from the lagoon walkway, ideal spot from which to explore this prime tourist area with all it has to offer.  We have 6 self catering cottages - Bachelor style units for economical accommodation for small family units (sleep 2-4) each and 2 Multi-room units that sleep 2-6 each, around a swimming pool in a communal garden. Best value for money. The place to be - where family and friends come together. Plan to have fun.
Brenton on the Rocks Brenton on the Rocks, Self-Catering Townhouses/Suites, BRENTON-ON-SEA (12 kms from Knysna)
Do you yearn for a piece of heaven on earth, a resting place built on rocks, where the Southern Right Whale can be seen when they return from the South Pole (July to November) to mate and to give birth to their calves?  There is just such a place, where the lapping of foam-white waves soothes a fatigued mind and body, with a heavenly view over a shining sea in which the dolphins play. We offer two villas, one with 3 bedrooms, and the other with 4 bedrooms.  Both are totally self-catering and fully equipped.  We also have 2 Honeymoon Suites, 3 Family Units and 2 Standard Double Rooms.  All suites have basic kitchenettes, equipped with microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, crockery and cutlery.  All units have DSTV and all bathrooms are equipped with heated towel rails. 
Knysna River Club Knysna River Club, Self-Catering Resort, Wooden Cabins, KNYSNA
Situated on the water's edge of the Knysna Lagoon, the multi-award-winning Knysna River Club is a private enclave of charming, luxury self-catering log chalets in the heart of South Africa's Garden Route coast. Surrounded by shady trees and well-tended gardens, the resort offers security, privacy and comfort for guests looking to unwind, and is the ideal venue from which to explore the quaint lagoon-side town of Knysna. The Knysna River Club offers one and two bedroom wooden chalets for accommodation in Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon.  The chalets are graded 4 stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, and are spacious while cosy. Each chalet is tastefully furnished and fully equipped, ready for you to take occupancy. 
Laguna Grove Holiday Rentals Laguna Grove Holiday Rentals, Self-Catering Apartments, KNYSNA
Laguna Grove is ideally situated, with the Knysna Waterfront just a few footsteps away.  The location is perfect to enjoy Knysna to its fullest with shops and restaurants close by.  Park your car in our secure gated parking area and enjoy exploring Knysna on foot. There is nothing like starting your day watching the early morning sun rise over the Knysna Heads, and to unwind in the evening after a busy and enjoyable day at the water's edge. You can choose from either a two or three bedroom individually furnished luxury or standard self-catering apartment. 
Guesthouse Teniqua Treetops Teniqua Treetops, Self-Catering Eco-Friendly Tree Houses, near KNYSNA
Teniqua Treetops - its more than a one night stay. A childhood fantasy tree house to spoil the young at heart. It is a beautiful nature lovers' hideout.  With 8 gorgeous, luxurious hand-crafted, self-catering, unusual, eco-friendly, tree houses hidden in the indigenous forest. Enjoy  rejuvenating forest and river meanders, fabulous birds and butterflies - an ideal romantic honeymoon destination or a gentle family breakaways.  The resort is 35 hectares and each tree house is far from the next. If privacy, tranquillity and possibly romance is your goal look no further. Each tree house is far from the next, incorporating, without damaging, the indigenous trees into the design. They all are fully equipped and serviced daily.
Villa Afrikana Guest Suites Villa Afrikana Guest Suites, Guest House/B&B/Self-Catering, Paradise, KNYSNA
Situated in the town of Knysna, to many considered the heart of the Garden Route. Villa Afrikana is perched high above the town, on a hill fittingly called “Paradise" overlooking the world renown Knysna Heads and surrounding lagoon.  With its summery, gleaming white, the geometric architecture of Villa Afrikana is already quite a sight. The stylish interior is just as defined in the same perfect white. A modern, unpretentious interior gives the compact Villa Afrikana a surprisingly open feel to its rooms. Look out for the eye-catching artworks and cleverly placed objects. The attractive style encompasses a total of 5 suites and a small apartment in this Guest House / Bed & Breakfast on the Garden Route.
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