The Knysna Heads that caused so many shipwrecks

Knysna Tours and Travels

About Knysna

Situated along South Africa's famous Garden Route, Knysna is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Not only does this coastal town have a dazzling lagoon filled with impossibly turquoise water, but it also has a spectacular, rugged landscape, making it a must-see for anyone travelling along South Africa's Southern coast. One notable feature that draws in curious visitors is the mystical Knysna Heads, two rocky cliffs that form a sort of gateway to the bay. Staggering vistas of the area can be had from the top of either of the heads, although they have a treacherous side as many ships have met their doom whilst attempting to navigate through their narrow and dangerous opening.

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Knysna Tours

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Knysna Hotels

If you are planning a Knysna holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Belvidere Manor Hotel Knysna

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Heritage

A nature lover's paradise, Belvidere Estate is the ideal place to rest and relax whilst on the Garden Route. The 28 private Cape-style cottages are well furnished with comfortable beds, spacious living quarters and some have stunning views of the lagoon. The hotel is home to the famous Bell Tavern, Knysna's smallest pub, which serves excellent food including the delicious bell pies and local bobotie. There is also a beautiful pool in which guests can relax. The hotel is located on the western shore of Knysna's lagoon.

Knysna Log-Inn Hotel Knysna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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. The hotel is very centrally located, right in the middle of town, and is ideally situated for sight seeing. Within easy walking distance of the hotel - about 200m - are the Knysna Quays (better known as the Knysna Waterfront), as are the ferries to the Knysna Heads.

Rex Hotel Knysna

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Rex Hotel in Knysna offers the best in self-catering comfort with a choice of five standard hotel rooms and luxury studio apartments with open plan lounge and kitchenette. The chic urban ambience of contemporary decor and rich fabrics is complimented by the range of amenities. The Rose Cafe offers a casual atmosphere in which to enjoy superb cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East, beautifully presented and using only the freshest of ingredients. The outdoor terrace is an ideal spot to unwind with a good coffee and light snack.

The Graywood Hotel Knysna

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set around a central courtyard, the Graywood Hotel is a charming accommodation that boasts beautiful woodwork throughout. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with crisp, white linen and warming tones that perfectly compliment each other. There is a gorgeous outdoor pool with an accompanying sun deck where guests can unwind. Ask the helpful staff about which of the local restaurants they would recommend. The hotel is centrally situated and is walking distance from both the vibrant town centre and Knysna Waterfront.

The Lofts Boutique Hotel Knysna

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel

The Lofts is a stylish and elegantly furnished hotel with rooms and suites available. The rooms are decorated with a variety of colours including neutral creams and rich browns and come equipped with a number of modern amenities. The pool and spa are open for guests and a range of treatments for weary explorers. Another bonus of this hotel is the stunning views of the Knysna lagoon it provides. The hotel is in the Boatshed, on Thesen Islands, a mere couple of feet from the water's edge.

Knysna Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Knysna.

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On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

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