Escape to Knysna’s natural beauty with an award-winning stay at Kanonkop House

Kanonkop House combines service and relaxed luxury in an intimate and unique guest experience. Consistently voted in the Top 25 Hotels in Africa (Trip Advisor) guests from all over the world are hosted in a refined family home while enjoying the service and excellence of 5-star boutique accommodation. Kanonkop House is beautifully positioned at the top of Kanonkop Hill in private indigenous forest, overlooking the iconic Knysna Lagoon with breath-taking views stretching all the way to the famous Knysna Heads and the Indian Ocean. The tranquil setting just outside of the main town centre allows guests the relaxed enjoyment of the natural beauty that the Garden Route is famous for while the restaurants, activities and shops of the town of Knysna are just a 5-minute drive away. In-house activities including discounted golf, cycling, birding, hiking, kayaking, beach, and all watersports are available and Kanonkop House is ideally situated to take advantage of all Garden Route Tourist attractions. The hosts are always on-hand to make recommendations and arrange bookings for guests. The property only has 5 rooms and is not open to the public so that guests can enjoy true privacy. For families and small groups, the Kanonkop Team hosts guests at a selection of exclusive-use Villas situated throughout Knysna from the beach and waterways of the lagoon to the beautiful local golf courses. Packages at the Villas can be tailored from those preferring self-catering to those who require full hosting services.

Stay Location


Best time to go to Garden Route

The best time to visit this region is in the warmer months of September to April. The Garden Route is rainy throughout the year and is a popular summer destination that can get busy over the Christmas holidays. You will soon understand why, as you feel the warm rays while kloofing, abseiling and paragliding or simply taking a dip in the azure Indian Ocean. The months of May to August are colder but will provide opportunities for whale watching (peaking in September) with more windless days to enjoy.


Luxury Lagoon Facing Executive Suites

3 Large executive king bed suites each with full en suite bathrooms. Each room has a private balcony or deck with breathtaking views featuring the indigenous forest, Knysna Lagoon, the famous 'Heads' to the Indian Ocean beyond.

Luxury Garden Rooms

2 Large luxury queen bed rooms. Each room has a full en-suite bathroom and opens via glass sliding doors to a large deck overlooking the swimming pool and garden with interrupted views of the Knysna lagoon in the distance.

Penthouse suite

Stunning penthouse suite with two private balconies overlooking the forest canopy and famous Knysna lagoon . Room has a seating area, lounge, bar, full satellite TV, under carpet heaters/ towel rails. All drinks are included.

Waterside House Thesen Island

Step into a piece of paradise on the canals of the Thesen Island marina, a multi award winning development located on the scenic Knysna estuary. Waterside house is a rare gem on Thesen Island built in the colonial maritime architectural style.

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