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Picturesque Kanonkop Guest House

Discover some of Knysna’s fanciest yet unpretentious accommodation on the famous Garden Route at Kanonkop Guest House, a picture-perfect holiday destination in South Africa and a stunning vacation retreat that is the epitome of elegant splendour.

Revel in natural forests where elephants once strolled and explore the huge tidal lagoon that makes Knysna so attractive to visitors like you. Appreciate this family-owned, award-winning boutique hotel with its first-class service, luxury villas and personal attention to detail. Families love their holidays here so come and join in the fun!

Kanonkop Guest House combines service and relaxed luxury in an intimate and unique guest experience. It is also consistently voted in the Top 25 Hotels in Africa on Trip Advisor as the host to guests from all over the world who seek that comfortable blend of being in a refined family home while enjoying the service and excellence of five-star boutique hotel accommodation

Find Kanonkop beautifully positioned at the top of Kanonkop Hill in a private indigenous forest, overlooking the iconic Knysna Lagoon with breathtaking views stretching all the way to the famous Knysna Heads and the Indian Ocean. Kick back and relax in the tranquil setting just outside of the main town centre as you explore all that Knysna offers in terms of hikes, forests, rivers and glorious beaches.

The picturesque Garden Route is also famous for its restaurants, adventure activities and shops, its award-winning golf courses, bicycle routes, birding, hiking trails, lagoon kayaking, beach fun, and diverse water sports.  Your Kanonkop hosts are always on-hand to make recommendations and arrange bookings for guests. 

The property only has 7 rooms and is not open to the public so that guests can enjoy true privacy. Executive lagoon-facing suites are large and specially designed for couples who want privacy and modern amenities with indigenous forest and lagoon views. King-size beds, private balconies, TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibars and more. Luxury garden rooms are roomy and sunny and large glass sliding doors open out onto a spacious deck with garden and swimming pool views. 

Enjoy your own dining area too, with sofa, fan, heating and private entrance. Finally, the exclusive penthouse suites have two private balconies each, looking into the lush forests, with additional space, a lounge, a dining area, and all the mod cons needed to add luxury to your holiday.   All drinks are included in these suites.

Use Kanonkop Guest House as your lovely base from which to explore the rest of the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay, and some of the famous game reserves in these parts of sunny South Africa. Voyage2Africa has designed several fantastic tours from Cape Town to the Garden Route where luxury accommodation is the key to your comfort and all the activities keep you busy and entertained for weeks. 



Picture an upmarket guest house on a hill in a forest setting where private balconies overlook the Knysna Lagoon and feature luxury lounges, en-suite bathrooms with baths and separate showers,  satellite TVs, mini-bars, hot beverage facilities, and tasteful furnishings to ensure a hassle-free stay. This is Kanonkop Guest House poised gracefully on the cliffs with sweeping views of the famous Knysna Heads and lagoon – a homely accommodation choice created to blend into the forest and take in the mesmerising views of the lagoon, ocean and rocky peninsulas so famous in Knysna. 

A picture-perfect holiday destination in South Africa, this stunning Knysna vacation retreat is the epitome of elegant splendour. To crown it all, it is owner-run so personal service is a mandate and nothing is too much trouble. Choose from 5 well-appointed suites ranging from penthouses and garden suites to executive rooms with lounges, dining areas and private patios. They are all individually decorated, tasteful and innovative, plush and homely.  

Join your friends and family in the warm lounges, dining areas and beside the fires or chat in the guest bar after a day out exploring the Garden Route. Weather permitting, breakfast is served alfresco on the patio affording guests spectacular panoramas of the beautiful indigenous garden and spectacular surroundings. A swimming pool, with a big deck, sun loungers and umbrellas completes the picture of the ultimate 5-star accommodation on the Garden Route at Knysna.

Golfers will love this perfect Knysna holiday accommodation on the hill in a forest setting and Kanonkop Guest House assists all golfers to book tee times and organise transfers or golf club hire. Guests at Kanonkop Guest House enjoy special rates and privileges at Fancourt Country Club, Simola Country Club and the Pezula Clifftop Estate!

Enjoy a boat cruise on the lagoon or alternatively paddle in a canoe and enjoy the sights of nature. Guests are spoilt for choice with a myriad of activities including seasonal whale watching, water sports, fresh water and deep sea fishing. Walking and cycling trails through indigenous forests can also be undertaken in Knysna coastal holiday resort. Chat to Voyage2Africa today about your exciting Garden Route self-drive holiday!

Amazing Holiday Packages including Kanonkop Guest House

the plettenberg south africa
Per person sharing

Garden Route Road Trip Holiday

7 Nights
Enjoy a spectacular road trip from Cape Town, through an exotic desert Karoo landscape and lush coastal towns. Explore the South African Garden Route in your hired car (part of your package from Cape Town airport) and adventure into some […]

From $119



  • Magnificent views of the Knysna lagoon and the giant sandstone cliffs of the famous ‘Knysna Heads’
  • Splendid rooms named after famous South African artists
  • Swimming pool, fantastic food and service
  • Wonderful beaches, hiking, walking, cycling, water sports


  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Local beverages
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free on-site parking

Kanonkop House Accommodation Knysna
that include this property


  • 7 Rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure areas
  • En suite bathrooms with bath and separate shower
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Satellite TV, music centres
  • Fans, underfloor Heating
  • Electronic Safe
  • Tea / Coffee Facilities
  • Hairdryers, robes & slippers
  • Organic toiletries
  • Laundry service
  • Swimming pool, sundeck, alfresco lounge, deck and bar


  • Trip Advisor Winner several times for being one of the Top 25 Luxury Small Hotels in Africa
  • Family run home away from home lodge with luxurious accommodation packed with amazing modern facilities including TVs, minibars, coffee machines and private balconies
  • Includes full breakfast, all drinks from the bar, internet, safe parking and transfers to the tourism activities you want to try
  • Visit the famous Knysna Heads and find out more about the rare Knysna Elephant and indigenous Yellowwood trees in the lush forests.

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