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Rental unit in Thesen Island, Knysna
Thesen Island Harbour Town Bliss
This luxurious, spacious open plan self-catering penthouse with private veranda with BBQ offers you lagoon views and is ready to make your dream holiday come true !! Securely situated in Thesen Harbour Town with on-site private parking. The studio is the ideal couple’s get-away, where you could relax 24/7 in the romantically trendy and viby atmosphere created or should you feel like sharing the bliss experience with your friends entertain them in the romantically relaxed and funky space offered.
$115 per night
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Guest suite in Knysna
@Bayview Cosy Studio2- Solar power, Lagoon Views!
VIEWS and REVIEWS!! A True AIRBNB experience with SUPERHOSTS with over 1,777 positive Airbnb reviews. This studio is one of 3 studios with private entrance on the ground floor of our Airbnb home. A cozy open plan room with a QUEEN BED and private en-suite bathroom, a full kitchenette/dining area and patio. TV and fast fibre WIFI and Tea/Coffee/ and free breakfast foods.we also have a wood and charcoal braai facility. From your bed you can enjoy views of the lagoon and famous Knysna Heads.
$43 per night
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Loft in Knysna
Thesen Harbour Town Studio Apartment
Our spacious 45m2 apartment is situated in the heart of Thesen Harbour Town art centre. Excellent restaurants within minutes walking distance, the most famous being "Ile de Pain" situated across the road for breakfast and lunch. Knysna Waterfront is a mere 10 minute walk away along a most picturesque causeway surrounded by the lagoon from where one can view beautiful sunsets. We offer mountain bikes for the duration of your stay for a nominal fee. No cumbersome biometrics required.
$69 per night
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Stay near Knysna's top sights

Photo of Knysna Mall
Knysna Mall74 locals recommend
Photo of Knysna Waterfront
Knysna Waterfront88 locals recommend
Photo of 34 Degrees South
34 Degrees South120 locals recommend
Photo of Brenton Beach
Brenton Beach9 locals recommend
Photo of The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa25 locals recommend
Photo of East Head Café
East Head Café197 locals recommend

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Lovely 1-Room Loft with amazing lagoon views!
$50 per night
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$57 per night
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7# LaMer. Lagoon views. Luxury studio.
$34 per night
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Lagoon Studio - Fantastic views from Paradise
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$27 per night
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Modern Apartment: chic, comfort, convenient, clean
$81 per night
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$83 per night
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$52 per night
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$258 per night
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$92 per night
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Thesen Island Luxury Penthouse
$153 per night
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Hanton Views Apartment
$26 per night
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Stays in The Heads

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Sunshine, views, beach, kitchenette, bbq.
$103 per night
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Cliff House
$459 per night
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Condo in Knysna
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$92 per night
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Guest suite in Knysna
Knysna Heads Private Suite
$78 per night
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Your guide to Knysna

All About Knysna

Located in the Western Cape region of South Africa, the coastal town of Knysna boasts rugged wilderness offset by modern attractions. A popular stop along the famous Garden Route, the area features dramatic sandstone cliffs plunging into turquoise waters. While much of the coastline is dominated by sheer cliffs, the Knysna River forms a lagoon with several sandy beaches, perfect for swimming or a sunset stroll. The lagoon is also home to a large harbor, where anglers queue up for fishing charters and the chance to reel in spotted grunter and spiny butterfly rays. Further inland, dense tropical forests paint the landscape, providing cover for a variety of indigenous plants and animals, from African leopards and chameleons to warblers and woodpeckers.

A city with a vibrant arts and crafts scene, Knysna is a great place to shop for handcrafted furniture and housewares. The town’s craft market specializes in carved wooden bowls and utensils, stone figurines, textiles, and beaded jewelry — generally at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the bigger cities. Along the waterfront, you’ll find a handful of boutiques, art studios, and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood with unbeatable views.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Knysna?

Before booking your Knysna accommodation, remember that South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means seasonal variations and weather patterns are the opposite of those in North America. Although the town’s pleasant weather makes it a suitable destination year-round, the best time to visit is between February and April. The mild autumn climate makes this the perfect time to hike the many trails surrounding the town, and it’s still warm enough to enjoy the beach and waterfront. Autumn also corresponds with many of the artistic and cultural celebrations of the area, including the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival, an unmissable annual LGBTQ+ Pride carnival and parade through the town. Winters remain warm, and in July, the 10-day Oyster Festival celebrates the region’s cuisine and culture with seafood, boat tours, and sporting events.


What are the top things to do in Knysna?

Knysna Lagoon

Knysna Lagoon is home to exquisite marine life and innumerable species of birds, not to mention spectacular views of the water and the mountains that surround the town. You can take a tour of the lagoon to get a closer look, or charter a boat and spend the day lounging on the water. Some cruises offered at the waterfront provide gourmet meals and live musical performances.

Buffalo Bay

Buffalo Bay, or Buffelsbaai, is a tiny seaside village not far from Knysna that is home to one of the area’s best beaches. Secluded and relatively sheltered, the bay is known for its soft golden sand and safe swimming conditions. There are plenty of tidepools to explore, and you may even see an iguana or two on the beach, or a dolphin or whale out at sea. There are a couple of excellent restaurants in the village worth a visit before heading back to Knysna.

Thesen Islands

A visit to Knysna isn’t complete without a trip to Thesen Islands, a collection of 19 artificial islands in the Knysna River. Paddle from cafes and art galleries to charming boutiques as you immerse yourself in the artistic beauty of the region. If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of the tiny Knysna seahorse, an endangered species that is only found in three estuaries near Knysna.