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A warm welcome awaits you at Kanonkop House. Luxury accommodation in the heart of the Garden Route. Luxurious comfort, magnificent view, restful atmosphere, exceptional service. Kanonkop House is a unique 5-star guest house situated at the top of the Kanonkop hill above Knysna, South Africas favourite coastal resort town.

Kanonkop House commands a breathtakingly beautiful view of the Knysna Lagoon stretching all the way to the Knysna Heads, etched into the distant skyline. A feeling of space and serenity pervades.

Our garden and small indigenous forest attract wildlife and an abundance of birds from elusive louries to iridescent sunbirds to humble wagtails. Enjoy their antics whilst relaxing on a lounger next to the pool, before you venture downhill to discover and experience all that Knysna and the Garden Route has to offer.

With only seven bedrooms available, we provide exclusivity and a high degree of privacy, personal attention and service. Our rooms, each individually named, are all creatively designed and decorated by top South African designers.

Kanonkop House accommodation:
Paradise Found:
Situated on the upper floor, Paradise is the crme de la crme of bedrooms, offering the ultimate in opulent accommodation. The king-size bed faces onto double glass doors leading out to a private balcony set above our indigenous woodland with a panoramic view of the entire Knysna Lagoon.

The spacious bathroom has an over-sized bath which, too, boasts a spectacular vista, and separate shower.

There is a reading nook, a wall-mounted satellite television, a CD player with a selection of music and for your convenience, an electronic safe and a tea and coffee making facility and fully stocked mini bar. Paradise is perfect for honeymooners or any couple wishing to indulge in a romantic getaway.

From Garden to Forest:
Awake to the sound of birdsong just outside your window. Situated on the middle level, the sumptuous Garden Room opens into the garden on one side and looks out over the forest and lagoon on the other.

Equally stunning is the Forest Room spanning the lower level. Here the view is of the indigenous forest with sparkling glimpses of lagoon captured between the trees.

Both of these spacious, ultra-luxurious rooms have either king-size or single beds and en-suite bathrooms with a bath and separate shower. They also have comfortable sitting areas, satellite televisions, tea and coffee making facilities, plus many other fine touches to make your stay at Kanonkop as pleasurable as possible.

No Worries Be Happy:
No worries be happy are two luxurious suites opening out onto a sun-drenched wooden deck overlooking the pool and surrounding garden with lagoon views in the distance.

Spacious, light and airy, the beautifully appointed suites are fitted with queen-sized beds, with the option of an additional single bed if required.

The en-suite bathrooms include a bath and separate shower. The suites also have a comfortable sitting area, satellite television, a handcrafted wooden paddle fan, a tea and coffee facility and an electronic safe.


- As part of the unique personal service offered at Kanonkop, we offer lagoon fishing trips with Mark, who is a qualified and experienced skipper, aboard our fully equipped motor boat.

- Mark will also take you water ski-ing and wake-boarding and will give tuition if required.

- Or, if you prefer something more relaxing, take a sunset cruise aboard our luxury speed boat and watch the lagoon transform into shimmering molten liquid under an orange sky.

- if you enjoy a game of golf please enquire with us as we have memberships at two of the best golf courses in Knysna and offer exclusive rates if booked with us.

- We offer massages in house. Either in the privacy of your suite or in our Therapy room

Rooms and Units Available:

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.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 3 Adults

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.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

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.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

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.
Sleeps 6 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Bar on the Premises
Dining room
Fireplace on the Premises
Tourism Information Desk
Xhosa / Zulu
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool


From Knysna Town Centre: Turn right into Welbadaght road (+-1.5 km) from last trafic light. Signposted Kanonkop. First right into Metlerkamp, follow the road right. Turn first right into Cuthbert st. We are number 6 at the top of the road, just over the brow of the hill.

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Children Policy

Children of 7 years and older welcome.

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