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From R2050 Per Night

Knysna Houseboats
Knysna Accommodation

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Hire our fully equipped luxurious self-drive houseboats and let time float by whilst you spend your holiday gently cruising along. No skipper's license or experience required! Our newly refurbished Houseboats exceed all South African Maritime Safety Authority operational and safety requirements. They are your floating home away from home. We have outfitted them to a high specification, so it is truly a comfortable experience.

Our luxurious self-drive boats have everything you might need and are suitable for up to 4 adults or a family of 5.

We offer all captains a short navigational course - Pilots that help you feel at ease and park your boat - Bathrooms with shower cabins and vanity - Covered terrace overlooking the estuary where you can relax and have a drink - Renting of portable DVD-players, fishing rods and towable tubes

The inside of the boats are fully equipped with:

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

The outside exists of:

  • Open lounge deck with a bimini
  • Barbeque for the one that didn’t get away
  • Roof top sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sun bath and enjoy the panoramic views.

Houseboat services that are carried out at a designated jetty and include the following: fill up with fresh water, re-fuelling (if required), cleaning and pumping of toilets, check motor cooling system and oil level, rubbish removal, re-supply LP Gas (if required).

Checking-in & -out The check-in time will be between 14h00 - 16h00 on weekdays and 11h00 - 12h00 on weekends and public holidays. The check-out time will always be 09h30.

Non-Arrival If the Hirer does not arrive at Knysna Houseboats in good time and fails to let Knysna Houseboats know that he/she will be late Knysna Houseboats may place the boat for re-let. No refund will be paid for late check-in or early check-out

Your main activities exist of gently cruising along or finding a secluded spot on the lagoon, sun bathing on the deck or a beach, diving into the water, dozing in the afternoon sun with the sound of water lapping beneath you, bird watching and perhaps even fishing for your own dinner.

But you might also want to explore everything else Knysna and its surroundings have to offer: Beautiful beaches, World class golf courses (such as Pezula and Simola), The 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), The Oyster festival in July, Pink Loerie Mardi Grass in April/ May, Gastronomica in September, Shopping in the interesting shopping venues of Knysna and nearby coastal town Plettenberg Bay, Explore the 7 passes scenic drive to George, Visit one of the award-winning health spas, Beer tasting and take a tour at Mitchells Brewery, Visit galleries and museums, Cinema, Waterpark Adventure land Plett, Plett Puzzle Park, etc.

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1st Floor, 34 Long street, Thesen Islands, Knysna

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Provisional bookings will only be confirmed, once a 50% deposit is received within 24 hours of your booking, the balance is due 2 weeks before arrival. 

If a 50% deposit is not received by the due date as outlined in your Acknowledgement, Knysna Houseboats reserves the right to cancel the provisional reservation. 

The hire fee is due and payable in cash or credit card by the Hirer before arrival. Unfortunately no cheques are accepted by Knysna Houseboats.

Cancellations must be received in writing. Should you cancel your booking, Knysna Houseboats will pay the Refunds as follows:

+8 weeks' notice: full refund

2 to 8 weeks' notice: 50% of charter fee will be forfeited

Less than 2 weeks: No refund

All refunds will incur a R250.00 administrative cancellation fee.

  • BBQ Area
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Housekeeping
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Fishing
  • Popular Routes
  • Childrens Fun