- Very clean log cabins
- Self Catering
- Gentle lagoon beach
- Beautiful lagoon views
Very comfortable self-catering chalets set in a peaceful location on Knysna Lagoon - perfect for families with younger children (toddlers) who want some time by a gentle beach.
Each chalet has two bedrooms, a twin and a double room; a fully equipped kitchen with all the modern conveniences such as microwave, fridge/freezer, stove, TV and Le Creuset cookware. Each chalet has its own sundeck and BBQ facilities, and is serviced daily. The chalets are spotless, and the fact that the owners have gone to the expense of fitting them all out with extensive (and very expensive) Le Creuset cookware, gives an indication of the attention to detail.
The resort has a lovely view into Ksyna Lagoon with the Outeniqua Mountains in the background. There are three tiers of chalet, all identical inside, but priced according to views, the front row are the waterfront (most expensive, but recommended), the Hillside Chalets have views, but are set back from the water and the Middle Chalets are set between without views (the cheapest, but least favoured option. Best avoided from 16 December to 10 January, when rates more than double with the peak domestic tourist season, the Chalets offer great value the rest of the year.
For Families: Set just within Knysna lagoon from the Heads, the resort has good water frontage with plenty of sun loungers and a very peaceful and clean tidal gently sloping sandy beach. It is for this reason that we think it is a perfect base for families with young children. Families can enjoy swimming, canoeing and windsurfing or relax on the sundeck and barbeque. Beach equipment is provided for games for the enjoyment of the whole family as well as buckets and spades for the smaller members. Board games and the library of DVD’s are available for the quieter moments. Baby-sitting services are available.
- Unique hotel set in former power plant
- High quality of accommodation
- Good base for exploring Knysna and beyond
- Spacious, contemporary hilltop suites
- Close to Knysna centre
- Trips to Featherbed Private Nature Reserve
- Knysna Heads cruises and lagoon swimming
- Historic property with stunning views
- Garden Route location
- Onsite restaurant, pub and pool
- Large resort with extensive facilities
- Heart of Garden Route
- Four restaurants, pools, tennis courts, golf
- Tranquil setting with beautiful views
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019