- Spacious, contemporary hilltop suites
- Close to Knysna centre
- Trips to Featherbed Private Nature Reserve
- Knysna Heads cruises and lagoon swimming
Villa Afrikana Guest Suites is a contemporary property found perched on a serene hilltop in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route, with picturesque and unobstructed views stretching out across the vibrant neighbourhoods of Knysna, the Knysna Head mountaintops, and the crystal clear Knysna Lagoon. The property has a charming swimming pool and lies within walking distance of the town centre, the Lagoon, and the cruise terminal for visits to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
The accommodation comprises six spacious suites, plus the Owner’s Suite, all with panoramic views of the Knysna Head, Lagoon, and the nearby village. All suites are luxuriously large and feature an en-suite bathroom with underfloor heating, satellite TV, a DVD library, and an extra-length, king-size double bed, and those on the first floor have private balconies. Most of the suites accommodate a maximum of two adults – however, there is one suite that can accommodate two to four adults in separate connecting rooms.
The nearest attractions are the village of Knysna, the Lagoon, and the Knysna Heads which guard the entrance to the Lagoon from the ocean. Cruises which pass through the Heads are a delight and participants can enjoy champagne and oysters while admiring the lovely views. Depending on the time of year, whales can sometimes be spotted in the distance. There are some relatively shallow waters in the Lagoon where children or less confident swimmers can comfortably take a dip and there’s plenty of seating dotted around for those who prefer to sit and soak up the beautiful surroundings. Four hour excursions to the privately-owned Featherbed Nature Reserve, accessed only by ferry, are also on offer. The trip includes a 2km trail which goes through Milkwood forests and along the sandstone cliffs to the sea caves to reveal spectacular views. Finally, there are plenty of craft shops, flea markets and historical sights in Knysna town itself, and history enthusiasts can spend a few hours exploring the historical Sawmill and Timber Factory.
Children are welcome, although given the property’s mature, adult feel, it’s best for children aged 12 and above. Note that unfortunately, due to the uneven terrain on the hillside, Villa Afrikana is not suitable for physically challenged guests.
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 South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019