South African Hotels

Knysna Houseboats

Address
34 Long Street
First floor, Thesen Islands
Knysna 6570
Garden Route
Western Cape
South Africa
Rating
Hotel Type
Family, Leisure
R3340.00SINGLE RATE
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Become the captain of your boat during a memorable holiday on the Knysna Lagoon, along the Garden Route in South Africa. These unique Knysna Houseboats are well-equipped and exceed the South African Maritime Safety Authority operational requirements. The boats offer a high specification for guests actually to enjoy a fun-filled, comfortable and enjoyable holiday on the lagoon.

Facilities

These self-drive houseboats provide everything travelers require during their trip. Suitable for up to 4 adults on a boat or a family of 5 (two adults and three children), the boats contain a kitchen, dining table, beds as well as outdoor decks. Please note that no smoking is permitted inside the houseboats.

Interior facilities:

  • Fore-cabin with a double bed, storage space and bench seat which doubles as a child’s bed
  • Fully fitted kitchen providing a stove, oven, electric fridge, sink and all kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery
  • Compact bathroom with a hot shower, chemical toilet and basin
  • Comfortable inside dining area which changes into a double bed
  • Bedding
  • CD-player
  • Captains book
  • Safety equipment, including life jackets, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher.

Exterior facilities:

  • Open lounge deck with a bimini
  • Barbecue
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views.

Dining

As this is a self-catering accommodation option, guests are welcome to bring their food. Should guests be interested in having a chilled bottle of sparkling wine, oysters and any of our delicious platters on board upon their arrival, then these can be arranged. A catering menu for pre-bookings can be forwarded to guests before the arrival date.

Additional items

The charter fee of the boat excludes an R 1,200.00 refundable security deposit as well as fuel. The following items are excluded and can be brought by guests on the boat or hired at an additional cost:

  • Bathroom and beach towels
  • Fishing rods
  • Towable tube                          
  • Kayak.

Arrival & Departure

Please note the following check-in times if you wish to spend your first night on the Knysna lagoon:

  • Weekdays between 14:00 and 16:00 / 2 – 4 pm
  • Weekends between 11:00 and 12:00 / 11 – 12 am (noon).

Arrivals after 16:00 / 4h00pm will be able to make use of the boat and overnight at the ‘Knysna Houseboats’ jetty. Early check-ins can be arranged, subject to availability. The check-out time is always at 9h30am.

Skippers Course and boat license

Because driving a boat is different to driving a car and for travelers to be safe and comfortable at all times during their journey, guests are required to attend a short skippers course before leaving with the boat. 

This theoretical mini-course will take about half an hour and will be followed by a check-in on the boat, during which time questions are asked to see the skipper has understood the course material. These requirements are enforced by SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Association) and are necessary for safety. 

The course details will also be provided to the travelers when a booking is made allowing them to read through the material ahead of time to familiarize themselves. To pass, the test guests need to answer most of the questions correctly. After that, an official Temporary Certificate of Competence (TCoC) will be issued, which will be valid for the duration of the boat rental. If you have a South African skipper’s license, please bring it along as it will speed up the check-in process.

Minimum night stays

A minimum stay of 2 nights is required throughout the year, except for the high season period in December where a minimum of 3 nights is required for the rental of a houseboat. Please note that the rates exclude the costs of fuel consumed and are subject to change without prior notice.

Charging of cell phones on board

There is only a 12-volt battery power onboard of the Knysna Houseboats. Guests are therefore encouraged to please bring along their cell phone car charger. It is important that the cell phones are charged and operational as these are the only means to contact you while you are on the water.

Below detailed information about the Knysna Houseboats is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Fridge
  • Fully Furnished Kitchen
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck

Restaurants

Dining

The Houseboats are equipped with a kitchen making self catering a pleasure. Should travelers wish to have certain meals and snacks available for them, these can be arranged. Below is a sample menu of items which can be pre ordered to be available when embarking the boat. Alternatively, travelers can also enjoy dining at one of Knysna's find restaurants which are located at the Knysna Waterfront or nearby.

Catering Menu (subject to change)

Garlic and Herb Foccacia Bread (can be baked-off in the boat’s oven)
add Feta

6 medium cultivated / coastal oysters
**served on ice with fresh lemon wedges

COLD PLATTER #1:

  • 4 x Crispy oriental vegetable springrolls with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • 2 x Mini beef skewers served with a satay sauce
  • 4 x Chicken and Mediterranean olive crostinis
  • 4 x Marinated Mushroom, Red pepper and rocket served in a puff pastry shell
  • 2 x Black Forest ham, brie and fig preserve crostinis.

COLD PLATTER #2:

  • Olives
  • Feta
  • Crostini
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Tomato
  • Mozzarella
  • Springrolls
  • Hummus & Sweet chilli dips.

CHEESE PLATTER FOR 2:

  • A selection of cheese served with fig preserve, onion marmalade and crackers

SIROCCO SUSHI PLATTER (16 Piece):

  • 4 x Avocado Maki
  • 4 x Salmon Fashion Sandwiches
  • 2 x Salmon Roses
  • 2 x Salmon Nigiri
  • 4 x Salmon Rainbow Roll.

MATSU SUSHI PLATTER (14 Piece):

  • 4 x Salmon Roses
  • 4 x Shrimp Tempura Roll
  • 2 x Prawn Nigiri
  • 4 x Salmon Rainbow Roll.

AVIATOR PIZZA (FRESH PIZZA DELUXE)

  • Black forest ham, Danish feta, fresh rocket & avocado (seasonal)

FRESH PIZZA MARGARITHA

  • selceted toppings: BBQ chicken, Extra Cheese, Brown Mushroom, Banana, Gypsy Ham Avocado Calamata Olives Fresh rocket, Imported Anchovies, Pineapple, Chopped Chilli, Bacon Red Peppers, Salami

COOL DRINKS

CHILLED BOTTLE OF BONNIEVALE SPARKLING WINE

BOTTLE OF BONNIEVALE CABERNET SAUV/MERLOT 2011

CHILLED BOTTLE OF BONNIEVALE CHARDONNAY 2011.

On board activities

Travellers gently cruise along the Knysna Lagoon and find a secluded spot on the lagoon where relaxing can be enjoyed.  Sun bathing on the deck or on a selected beach, diving into the water, dozing in the warm sun with the sound of water lapping beneath you makes for a perfect holiday. 

Bird watching is a wonderful treat on the Knysna lagoon and guests have the opportunity to fish from the boat.  Furthermore, kayaks as well as towable tubes can be rented during the time onboard for great fun and excitement.

On rainy days, the comfort of the houseboat ensures that entertainment and fun can be had here.  The inside of the cabin is ideal for board games, watching a DVD and reading in a peaceful setting.   The children especially love the experience on the water! They can jump into the lagoon, catch fish, go tubing behind the boat and enjoy the wonderful outdoors.  Where the lagoon is shallow, the hermit crabs and sea gulls will also keep the little ones interested for hours.

Nearby attractions

The town of Knysna on South Africa's magnificent Garden Route can be found between the scenic Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. It is on this tidal scenic estuary, where the beauty of this location can be enjoyed from the comfort of a Houseboat. 

Nearby attractions and activities:

  • Beaches
  • Golf courses, such as Pezula and Simola
  • Knysna Elephant Park
  • Hiking or mountain bike trails/forest walks with incredible sea views
  • Ocean Safaris
  • Horse riding
  • Elephant walk
  • Friday Supper Market
  • Harkerville Saturday market
  • Thesen Islands market on Sunday
  • Cultural experiences, such as a township tour
  • Oyster festival in July
  • Pink Loerie Mardi Grass in April/ May
  • Gastronomica in September.

  • Lounge
  • Nearby golf course
  • Nearby Gym
  • Nearby Spa
  • Parking

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Braai/Barbeque
  • Concierge services

Available Rooms

Houseboat - 2 passengers

These self-drive boats provide everything travelers might need during their trip. Suitable for up to 4 adults or a family of 5 (two adults and three children), the boats are equipped with a kitchen, dining table, beds and a deck.

Interior features:

  • Fore-cabin has a double bed, storage space and bench seat that doubles as a child’s bed
  • Fully fitted kitchen with stove, oven, electric fridge, sink and all kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery
  • Compact bathroom with a hot shower, chemical toilet and basin
  • Comfortable inside dining area which changes into a double bed
  • Bedding
  • CD-player
  • Captains book
  • Safety equipment, including life jackets, first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

Exterior features:

  • Open lounge deck with a bimini
  • Barbecue
  • Roof top sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sun bath and enjoy the panoramic views.
Single Room R3340
Double Room R3340

Houseboat - 3 passengers

Each fully furnished, self catering houseboat can accommodate either four adult passengers or a family of two adults with three children. The cabin is equipped with a kitchen, bathroom as well as beds.The outdoor deck provides seating space as well as the upper deck from where beautiful views can be enjoyed.

Single Room R3340
Double Room R3340

Houseboat - 4 passengers

Accommodating a maximum of five passengers, these luxuriously equipped houseboats on the Knysna Lagoon offer a bathroom, bedding, a dining table, a kitchen as well as decks from where to enjoy the outdoors.

Single Room R3340
Double Room R3340

Knysna Houseboats Specials

There are currently no specials for the Knysna Houseboats.
Please check again soon.

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -34.048867

Longitude: 23.048816

Directions

Directions to the Reception for the Knysna Houseboats from George Airport:

On exiting George Airport turn right towards the N2 and at the N2 take the left slipway to Knysna.
Drive along the N2, passing through Wilderness and Sedgefield until you reach the town of Knysna.
After entering Knysna turn right at the 3rd set of traffic lights into Waterfront Drive.
Proceed along Waterfront Drive (railway line on your right), and pass through a set of traffic lights, passing the Waterfront on your right.
Turn right at the next set of traffic lights into Long Street (note 'Builders Trade' on your left and Tait Marine across the road on the right hand corner).
Proceed over the railway line and across the causeway and bridge onto THESEN ISLANDS.
Once on Thesen Islands continue until the roundabout at the end of the road, here take the first exit left.
Follow the road and Knysna Houseboats signs until you reach the stop street and cross over straight ahead.
Continue on the road around the Playground and you will find Knysna Houseboats on your right hand side where we look forward to welcoming you.
(Distance 71,4km, approximately 50 minute drive).

Directions to the Reception for the Knysna Houseboats from Port Elizabeth:

Take the N2 towards Knysna.
After entering Knysna turn left at the second sets of traffic lights into Waterfront Drive.
Proceed along Waterfront Drive and turn left at the first set of traffic lights into Long Street (note 'Builders Trade' on your right and Tait Marine across the road on the left hand corner).
Proceed over the railway line and across the causeway and bridge onto THESEN ISLANDS.
Once on Thesen Islands continue until the roundabout at the end of the road, here take the first exit left.
Follow the road and Knysna Houseboats signs until you reach the stop street and cross over straight ahead.
Continue on the road around the Playground and you will find Knysna Houseboats on your right hand side where we look forward to welcoming you.
(Distance 260 km, approximately 3,5 hours drive).

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Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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