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Knysna is a beautiful town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the scenic Garden Route. 

Knysna The Heads Holiday accommodation
Where to stay in Knysna

This beautiful backdrop to many films is still a favorite holiday spot for many travelers. Besides The Heads, a popular attraction, Knysna is also known for the Garden Route National Park.  While you visit the area, we recommend stopping at the Daleen Matthee (a famous writer) Big Tree or doing the “Circles in the Forest” hiking trail.

Best holidays in Knysna Vakansie

Nature’s beauty is all around.  Take the time to explore the surroundings while you’re here.

Holiday accommodation in Knysna
Best Knysna Holiday Accommodation
Visit Knysna What to Do Where to Stay Should you go
Whale Watching Opportunities

You might even spot some whales along the coast of the nearby Plettenberg Bay.  From mid-May right through to February there are quite a few whale spotting opportunities.  

The humpback whales arrive with their calves in early November and then they stay until approximately the end of February.  (With a possible further sighting during May and June.)

Taking a Road Trip

There are quite a few fabulous places nearby to visit.  Towns like:  Wildernis, Plettenberg Bay, George, Mosselbay, Sedgefield, Groot Brakriver, Klein Brak River, Keurboomstrand, and even towards Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, and many more (it all depends on how far you would like to drive.  In fact, taking a drive from Mosselbay all the way to Stormsriver or maybe just up to Plettenberg Bay is really a very interesting drive with lots of fabulous places to experience.  Should you wish to get more info and ideas on what to do, where to stop, etc… you are more than welcome to ask on our Facebook page.  We are more than willing to help with suggestions.  (Just reference this article.)  For now, here are a few interesting ideas:

Noetzie's Castles

With beautiful views and famous beaches such as Noetzie with all its castles, Knysna does not disappoint with beautiful vistas.  South African beaches are famous for their soft sand and Noetzie is no different.  In fact, it is actually quite special in the fact that you can stay in a castle if you like, on the beachfront.

The oldest castle, at Noetzie, was built as a holiday house in 1930 out of the local natural stone. The story is told that the owner had no intention of building a “castle”, but simply used the stone for practical reasons. Then someone remarked: “All you need to do is to add a few turrets and you’ll have a castle”. So that is exactly what he did and it became known as “The Castle”.

So, yes, the Noetzie Castles are not real war hero Castles, but beach homes that were built to the “theme” of a castle.  Still, it is pretty cool to stay at a Beachfront Castle.

Knysna is set just a few minutes from Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield, and with the famous Brenton-on-Sea and Noetzie nearby, there are many accommodation options available.

A few of our favorite places in Knysna area

Perlekuil Castle

Perlekuil castle view

How about breakfast with that view?

Where to stay

Pezula Private Castle

Pezula Castle

This property is 2 minute walk from the beach. Offering pool views, Pezula Private Castle in Knysna offers accommodation, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a garden, a private beach area, and a terrace. Both WiFi and private parking are available at the villa free of charge.

Craighross Castle


Set in Knoetzie, a few steps from Noetzie Beach, Craighross Castle offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free WiFi, and a shared kitchen. Featuring a patio, the villa is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking and canoeing.

Craighross Castle:  With a view like this from my Castle, I would be happy. 🙂

The nearest airport to Knysna is the George Airport (GRJ), which is about a one hour drive from Knysna.

Beautiful Accommodation in Knysna

Where to stay

Pezula Resort
If you are looking for a luxury, pet-friendly hotel with a championship golf course, look no further.  The Award-winning Pezula Resort offers all this and much more, like a spa for some pampering sessions.  Pezula Resort received the ‘Africa’s Leading Sports Resort’ Award in 2020: Pezula Nature Hotel & Spa, South Africa

Forest Valley Self-Catering Cottages with stunning panoramic views of the forests, valley, and mountains surrounding Knysna, also have a swimming pool.  The cottages include private decks with BBQ facilities and hammocks. Each comes with a well-equipped kitchen and dining area, a lounge with a fireplace, and a satellite TV.  Top location.  Highly rated by guests.

Forest Valley Cottages

Stay in the beachfront Perlekuil Castle just a few steps from Noetzie Beach and 1.4 mi from Sparrebosch Beach. 

perlekuil Castle
Things to Do
  • Go to the Knysna Heads View Point.
  • Visit the Waterfront, Curion Shops, and many Restaurants.  (Eating fresh oysters while in Knysna, is a must.)
  • You will find many boat cruise options in Knysna. 

Always make sure you book with a reliable vendor.  We would recommend booking with the below reliable link.