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Categories:B&B / Guesthouse with Self-Catering, Guest House, and Self-Catering
Special Categories:Family Friendly
0 – 12 years stay free, 13 – 18 years stay free.
The Islander Guesthouse sleeps up to 14 people. The house is spacious, beautifully furnished, equipped with every comfort, has a huge private garden, patio, living and dining area as well as a gourmet kitchen and secure garage parking.
Guest house at The Islander Knysna
There are three spacious and comfortable en-suite bedrooms and a children’s bunk-room in the main house. These rooms are available as single Bed and Breakfast units or all together for a group and a total of 8 people can be accommodated in the house. Every room has its own TV and decoder, WiFi, and hot beverage trays. The accommodation consists of:
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
The Luxury Suite
This is a truly deluxe bedroom with a huge en-suite bathroom, opening out onto the beautiful private garden and patio. The bathroom is spacious with a large bath, shower, double basins and heated towel rails. The perfect place for a couple wanting to wrap themselves in luxury for a few days, or for honeymooners. It has an extra- length king size bed, a day bed, and an arm chair for relaxed comfort.
The Family Suite
This room is perfect for a couple travelling with children. It has a king size bed, which can be separated into two single beds and an annex room with bunk beds and a small sitting area. It opens out onto the garden, via a private patio area. It has a TV with decoder and a DVD player. There is a camp-cot available too. The en-suite spacious bathroom has a bath, shower and heated towel rails.
The Garden Room
This gorgeous bedroom has a king size bed which can be separated into two single beds. It is a sunny room, which opens onto a large, private garden and patio area. It also has an outdoor shower and is a room where you could sleep with your doors wide open with absolute privacy.
Self-Catering Accommodation at The Islander Knysna
The Loft Studio
Beautifully decorated studio with picturesque view from deck over the Lagoon towards Thesen Islands and the Outenique Mountains. The loft studio offers:
- Open plan bedroom, living area and fully equipped kitchenette
- Full bathroom en-suite
- TV, DVD System and Satellite channels
- Uncapped WiFi
- Under floor heating
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Separate entrance and parking facilities
The Loft Studio is ideal for an individual or couple who would like a totally private retreat.
The Cottage is a spacious two bedroom unit with a unique charm of its own. It offers:
- Open plan kitchen and living area opening onto your own private garden and braai area
- The main bedroom is en-suite, opening onto a private garden and offers a queen size bed and under floor heating
- The other room is en suite and offers twin beds as well as under floor heating
- TV, DVD system and Satellite channels
- Uncapped WiFi
- Webber Barbeque/Braai
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Separate Entrance and parking facilities
This cottage is ideal for a young family who want to enjoy a holiday on Leisure Isle at an affordable price, whilst enjoying comfort and privacy. It is also the ideal accommodation for a group of 4 cyclists or golfers looking for affordable accommodation.
The Area around The Islander Knysna
Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route of South Africa. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
The town of Knysna is vibrant and buzzes with creativity and energy. It’s a place where the you can watch the world go by. The main street is very leafy with trees along the pavements and it has a wonderful holiday atmosphere. During the winter months, the town remains a cheerful place to be because of its colour and vibrancy. The winter months also see the renowned Oyster Festival and Knynsna marathon and cycle race. These attract a wide variety of athletes, food connoisseurs, art lovers and tourists.
There are lots of shops in the town, ranging from trendy boutiques to supermarkets, from high-priced specialist shops to cheap flea markets. And then there are also the Waterfront and Thesen Isand shopping and restaurant meccas. Both offer a large selection of restaurants with beautiful views over the Knynsa Heads and lagoon. From family restaurants to fine dining, all is available.
The Knysna Heads are one of the most striking geological features along the southern African coastline. The beautiful lagoon changes with the tides, from a full aquatic, blue body of water matching the Caribbean in beauty to a vast and exquisite beach and sea pool wonderland.
Activities in and around Knysna
Knysna Lagoon is actually an estuary and a water sport haven. Water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing on the lagoon can provide endless entertainment for people of all ages. Fishing, both estuarine and deep sea, is perhaps the most popular activity. Fishing licenses are required and are easily obtainable at the local post office.
Sailing is another popular activity – from sailboards to large ocean going yachts. Knysna has one of the oldest Yacht Clubs in South Africa.
In the late afternoons a score of kayaks paddle up the lagoon and for the more adventurous there is the challenge of going through the Heads into the open sea in a sea kayak.
Visitors can hire boats and canoes from various boating companies and are a number of ferries taking visitors around the lagoon. A number of charter options are available for deep sea fishing or whale and dolphin watching. The best time for watching whales is from August to October.
Swimming at Leisure Isle on the side facing the Heads and scuba diving at the Heads are also options.
- The Knysna Heads – go for a walk along the Heads and see the panoramic views of the town and lagoon from various viewsites.
- A ferry ride across the lagoon is a great way to see the heads and get a full view of the lagoon.
- Markets – There are many markets in the centre and on the outskirts of Knysna. Here you can buy anything from African Curios to clothes, shoes and jewellery.
- Beaches – There is no beach in Knysna itself, but the coast surrounding Knysna has some really beautiful places to visit for the day. Visit Brenton-on-Sea, Buffalo Bay, Bollard Bay on Leisure Isle, and the beach and estuary at Noetzie. Noetzie is famous because of the castles surrounding the beach that make it look like a scene from the medieval times.
- Whale and Dolphin Watching – The Knysna coastline is home to one of the highest diversity of marine mammals in the world – including whales and dolphins. During certain times of the year, sightings of the following can be had: Southern right whale, humpback whale, Bryde’s whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, orca, humpback dolphin.
- Canoeing – Many waterways in the area are restricted to non-motorised craft, giving ample opportunity for canoeing on the Knysna lagoon, Knysna River or Goukamma River.
- Abseiling – Knysna has awesome scenery and what better way to experience it then abseiling the cliffs at the Heads or through a waterfall in the Harkerville forest.
- Diving – Diving along the Knysna coastline is a great experience. Contact a local dive shop for information before going diving.
- Fishing – Knysna provides a wealth of opportunities for the keen fisherman: fly-fishing, rock and surf fishing, deepsea fishing, bass and trout fishing.
- Hiking Trails – The Garden Route features some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world, through forest, fynbos and along its pristine coastline. There are also many great walks you can do in the Knysna Forest.
- Horse Riding – Enjoy the Knysna forest on horseback; there are trails in the Harkerville area.
- Cycling and Mountain Biking – Knysna offers cyclists some great mountain bike trails. These cycle routes consist of a choice of difficulty grades.
- Sailing – With over 18 square kilometres of lagoon, and a tidal system of over 1.7 metres (five feet) Knysna draws sailors from far and wide who enjoy swapping stories at the third oldest yacht club in South Africa, with its most hospitable ‘bar’.
- Monkeyland is unique as a primate sanctuary. It is home to many varied species of monkey from several continents which were captive bred prior to their release at Monkeyland. Situated 16 km east of Plett, it offers safaris conducted by game rangers. This is the world’s only multi species, free roaming primate sanctuary.
- Bird of Eden is a unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors.
- Elephant Park – join the southern-most elephants in the world at Knysna Elephant Park, where you get the rare and exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants.
- Elephant Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, has African elephants and offers an interactive elephant experience and elephant back riding.
- Tony Cook Adventures – Mountain biking, kite boarding, Forest tours, surfing lessons and more in and around Knysna
Golf in the Garden Route
The Garden Route is fast becoming the golfing Mecca of South Africa with 14 of the most spectacular golf courses, some of which are world class. Big name designers like Ernie Els and Jack Nicklaus feature prominently in the design of these golf courses. These championship Golf Courses include:
- Pezula Championship Golf Course and Club – With five tees to every hole, the widely acclaimed Pezula Championship Course is accessible to players of all abilities.
- Simola Golf and Country Estate – Designed by the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, to challenge and inspire.
- Knysna Golf Club – A friendly and relaxing club with a course along the Knysna estuary overlooking the Heads.
- Plettenberg Bay Country Club – Proclaimed as a nature reserve and built to USGA specifications.
- Goose Valley Golf Estate – Designed by the legendary Gary Player, the course borders the Keurbooms lagoon.
- Fancourt – The original Garden Route golf destination has four courses, two of which are open to the public. Designed by Gary Player.
- George Golf Club – Still a favourite among locals and visitors.
- Oubaai – Oubaai is proud to be the first Ernie Els signature golf course in SA
- Pinnacle Point Golf Course – This 18 hole championship golf course was designed by well-known South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich
Off Main N2, Knysna into George Rex Drive – follow pointers to The Heads and Leisure Isle. Turn RIGHT onto causeway leading to Leisure Isle. Four way stop intersection and security hut ( on Left) – proceed straight along Links Drive past Steenbok Common on your right.
Links Drive veers to the right just past the common – This will take you past the Leisure Isle Boat Club, Bowling and Tennis Club.
The Islander Knysna is on the corner of Links Drive and Club Road opposite the Tennis Courts.
ENTRANCE and parking is in Club Road.
The perfect base for a summer holiday
The Islander Guesthouse sleeps up to 14 people. The house is spacious and beautifully furnished. December 2016/ January 2017 bookings are now open for a two to three week rental.
The Perfect Place to Stay
The following events are happening in and around Knysna. Book at The Islander for the perfect place to stay. 1 May : Knysna Motor Show, 6 – 8 May : Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, 17 -19 June : RECM 200 mtb, 1 -10 July : Oyster Festival mountain bike and famous Knysna Marathon.
Terms and Conditions for all rooms:
- 50% Deposit required to secure Booking
- Balance on Arrival
- No smoking Indoors
0 – 12 years stay free, 13 – 18 years stay free.
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