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Knysna Houseboats

Knysna Houseboats offers

a fully equipped self-drive houseboat to spend your holiday
gently cruising along in Knysna's (South Africa) beautiful and scenic tidal estuary.

Sunbathing on the deck, diving in the water or finding all the great local fishing spots is just a few of the many great activities our clients enjoy.
Our newly refurbished Houseboats exceed all South African Maritime Safety Authority operational and safety requirements
and we have outfitted them to a high specification, so it is truly a comfortable experience.

All you need is an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors and we’ll make you captain of your own holiday!

Our Boats

What does the name mean?

The morning star was often used for navigation. Its symbolism is similar to a compass, guiding and keeping one on the right path. It symbolizes the dawn of a new day and significant changes.

Morning Star is fitted with a 40hp Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine that will comfortably let you cruise along the Knysna lagoon with ease.

The inside of the boats is 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
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views

A perfect choice for family, friends, or spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful views along the Knysna Lagoon.

What does the name mean?

The “Evening star” better known as Venus shines brightly in the western sky after sunset, best visible in August, as it climbs highest in the evening twilight. This planet is all about pleasure, so Evening Star (Venus) just sits back and relaxes while it gets exactly what it wants. That’s right, folks, Evening Star “Venus” is living the good life.

Evening Star is fitted with a 40hp Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine that will comfortably let you cruise along the Knysna lagoon with ease. 

The inside of the boats is 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
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views

A perfect choice for family, friends, or spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful views along the Knysna Lagoon, living the good life.

 

What does the name mean?

Named after a rare sweet cherry tree this name has absolutely no relation to the boat, but we think its an pretty awesome name for a boat.

Royal Dawn is fitted with a 40hp Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine that will comfortably let you cruise along the Knysna lagoon with ease. 

The inside of the boats is 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
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views

A perfect choice for family, friends, or spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful views along the Knysna Lagoon. 

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Dreamer is fitted with a 40hp Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine that will comfortably let you cruise along the Knysna lagoon with ease.

The inside of the boats is 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
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views

A perfect choice for family, friends, or spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful views along the Knysna Lagoon.

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Southern Cross is fitted with a 40hp Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine that will comfortably let you cruise along the Knysna lagoon with ease.

The inside of the boats is 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
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views

A perfect choice for family, friends, or spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful views along the Knysna Lagoon.

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Barley Awake is fitted with a 40hp Yamaha 4-Stroke outboard engine with no trim and tilt and will comfortably let you cruise along the Knysna lagoon with ease. Just be careful of the sandbanks. 

The inside of the boats is 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
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views
  • Step on the side of the boat therefore more space at the back.

A perfect choice for family, friends, or spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful views along the Knysna Lagoon. 

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Misty Dawn is fitted with a 40hp Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine that will comfortably let you cruise along the Knysna lagoon with ease.

The inside of the boats is 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
  • Rooftop sundeck with plenty of space for all passengers to sunbath and enjoy the panoramic views

A perfect choice for family, friends, or spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the beautiful views along the Knysna Lagoon.

Activities
Knysna is an artistic town that has been chosen as the country's "town of the year" for a few years in a row and has even been recognized as one of the top 100 destinations in the world.

Your main activities exist of gently cruising along or finding a secluded spot on the lagoon, sunbathing 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
  • The Beautiful Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • 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 Market
  • Harkerville Saturday market
  • Cultural experiences, such as a township tour
  • The Oyster Festival in July

Fear not: Even on a rainy day, the comfort of your Houseboat will make your holiday an unforgettable one. The inside dining area is ideal for some good old board games and reading in a peaceful setting away from urban distractions – not to mention rain drops.

Or you could join the rest of us onshore and go:

  • 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
  • Visit galleries and museums
  • To the cinema
  • To the gym

The kids will love the whole experience on the water! They can jump into the lagoon, catch some fish and enjoy the outdoors. On the shallow parts of the lagoon, the hermit crabs and inquisitive sea gulls will also keep the little ones interested for hours.

Onshore you could take the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay and find an entertaining waterpark for kids called “Adventure land Plett”. A few kilometres after you’ve passed Plett, you could also visit the Plett Puzzle Park, with a 3D maze and forest puzzle walk.

Services & Facilities
Trained, professional, and friendly staff are here to make your time on the Knysna Houseboats easy and convenient.

Our new charter base is located in sophisticated Thesen Islands Harbour Town, where our staff will be available for you between 8:30 am and 5 pm.

We offer all captains a short navigational course. Once you are fully informed and have a good understanding, we will provide you with a temporary skippers license. So don’t worry if you have never piloted a boat before, most of our customers haven’t either!

From our charter base, we offer the following additional services and facilities:

  • Pilots that help you feel at ease and park your boat;
  • Bathroom & shower 
  • Renting of fishing rods, tackle
  • Houseboat services are carried out at a designated jetty and include the following:
    • Fill up with fresh water
    • Re-fuelling (if required)
    • Cleaning of bathroom
    • Check motor cooling system and oil level
    • Rubbish removal
    • Re-supply LP Gas (if required)

In order for you to effortlessly enjoy going onshore, our staff will be available between sunrise and sunset to park your boat at one of our moorings. You just approach the jetty and we’ll take it from there!

Be Captain for a day or let our pilot drive and moor you anywhere on the Knysna Lagoon and enjoy the experience of (self-)driving a fully equipped Knysna Houseboat from 10h00 till 16h30

Thesen Islands is a multi-award winning marina development located in the scenic Knysna estuary. It is within walking distance of the Waterfront, yacht harbour and town centre of Knysna, one of South Africa’s most picturesque and popular coastal towns.
We are located, just off the main street of Thesen Harbour Town,  which is a popular meeting place for relaxed shopping or enjoying a meal in any of the several restaurants.

Special Offers
Let's make it even more special with our latest breakaway offers.
We also offer coprate deals on request.

Self-drive on board a Knysna Houseboat from either a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for 2 nights.

Mid-Season R2602.00 per night, or Low Season R1997.00 per night. Special not applicable in High Season.

Price is per couple per night, each 3rd, 4th or 5th person an extra R250.00 per person per night.

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Self-drive on board a Knysna Houseboat for 3 nights of the weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Mid-Season R2280.00 per night, or Low Season R1820.00 per night. Special not applicable in High Season.

Price is per couple per night, each 3rd, 4th or 5th person an extra R250.00 per person per night.

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Getaway for 5 nights with a self-drive Knysna Houseboat experience.

Mid-Season R1950.00 per night, or Low Season R1580.00 per night. Special not applicable in High Season.

Price is per couple per night, each 3rd, 4th or 5th person an extra R250.00 per person per night.

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Our honeymoon package includes the following extras:
• A unique getaway and self-drive stay aboard a luxury Knysna Houseboat
• Bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
• A delicious savoury and sweet tooth platter upon arrival
• Chocolates and flowers
• Turbine Spa 15% discount voucher

2 Nights – R5520 (low season) R6660 (mid season) or R9940 (high season) per couple
Rates valid for travel between 16 January 2022 – 15 January 2023.


The packages above are subject to availability and rates may change without prior notice.

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The views are so magnificent , especially the mesmerizing sunsets and the beautiful morning sunrises.
“Be calm like a calm lake, then you will look beautiful like a beautiful calm lake!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
Testimonials
"Pictures tell a story, but words just tell it better!"
Our guests always leave us with a few kind words.

"What an awesome experience with brilliant friendly service. Highly recommended!!"

David van der Spuy

"What a treat, the houseboat was in great condition and fulfilled, actually exceeded, all expectations as per their adverts. We had a fabulous time exploring the lagoon, Knysna and surrounds. We enjoyed it so much that we will be back. Hats off to the staff that were very friendly, willing and efficient"

Cindy Field

"Such fun!
Also everyone super helpful and nice.
Really beautiful place, suggesting to come early as check in takes a while (training and such).
Stay up late and sit on the roof! It's such an experience"
2 nights definitely recommended.

Ester Taitz

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Contact us

Meet the team

Brenton Douglas
(Manager)

The guys and lady that make the boats float

Gert

Sonja

Steve

Andre


First Floor, TH34
Thesen Islands, 6570
Knysna, South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)44 382 2802
info@knysnahouseboats.com

Office hours: Mon-Fri 08h30-17h00
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 08h30 -13h00

On exiting George, continue along the N2 towards Knysna, passing through Wilderness and Sedgefield. After entering Knysna along the lagoon, 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).

Proceed over the railway line, along the causeway, across the bridge onto THESEN ISLANDS. Continue to the end of the road until the roundabout. Take the first exit left. Over the stop street, past the playground, until you reach Flo&Co Restaurant on your right. We are upstairs on the 1st Floor of the building behind them, where we look forward to welcoming you.

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Take the N2 towards Knysna, passing through Plettenberg Bay and Harkerville. After entering Knysna, turn left at the third set 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).

Proceed over the railway line, along the causeway, across the bridge onto THESEN ISLANDS. Continue to the end of the road until the roundabout. Take the first exit left. Over the stop street, past the playground until you reach Flo&Co Restaurant on your right. We are upstairs on the 1st Floor of the building behind them, where we look forward to welcoming you.

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