Tonquani - “Beautiful Place”. A more suitable name could not have been chosen. The surrounding mountains, lush vegetation and the soothing sound of flowing water, mirrors the promise Tonquani offers her guests: Peace, tranquility and total relaxation, reminding you that there are things more important in everyday life. The comfort and luxury this beautiful resort has to offer is immeasurable.
Guests can look forward to a healthy breakfast which can, on request, be served in your chalet. For our guests’ convenience we offer an affordable on-site laundry service. Sun loungers invite you to enjoy the welcoming coolness of the main swimming pool which is set in tranquil gardens where you can also enjoy a light lunch at the pool pavilion.
For a truly unique experience, come and stay for a week at Tonquani, and join us in our annual oyster festival which draws thousands of people to our shores to celebrate and, from a reliable source, devour more than 200 000 oysters in 10 days! The cultivated Knysna Oyster is unique to this area, and is famous for its fresh and nutty taste. The wild coastal oyster is also readily available at local eateries, and are more salty in taste.
Knysna is one of the most beautiful quaint little towns along the Garden Route, and nestles between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, and is flanked by forests measuring some 80,000 ha in size which are managed to strict conservation principles. These forests are also home to the only forest elephants in South Africa. Knysna also has some unique but endangered species such as the Knysna seahorse, the Brenton Blue Butterfly, the delicate Pansy shell and the dwarf chameleon.
A wonderful experience for adults and children would be a visit to Monkeyland, a multi-species sanctuary where primates roam freely through the forest. Guests will be taken on a hour long guided forest walk where more insight is given on the different primates which range from gibbons, lemurs, capuchins to squirrel monkeys – all enjoying a natural environment. No physical contact is allowed between humans and the primates. There are platforms where fruit and vegetables are provided as the forest does not provide enough natural food. Monkeyland is situated between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna.
Tonquani is the perfect base from which to experience everything that Knysna has to offer, including an exclusive and intimate spa experience - ideal for couples and friends wanting to spend quality time together while being pampered.
Tonquani, multi-award-winning Lodge & Spa – A better choice in accommodation you cannot make.Accommodation:
Most chalets accommodate two, and the family suites can comfortably accommodate five people.
Each log chalet is luxurious and individually decorated, have private patios, air-conditioning, barbecues, and are serviced daily.
Four of the units each have a Jacuzzi bath and fireplace, three units have private splash pools, and the executive chalet has a private spa for the ultimate in pampering.Milkwood Suite #01
This is a luxurious duplex unit comprising of an upstairs air-conditioned bedroom with X-length King bed. The full bathroom with Victorian bath is downstairs, and has a TV, shower and separate toilet. Bathrobes & slippers are provided.
The lounge has comfortable furniture, a fireplace, mini-bar, TV and DVD player, and leads out to a covered furnished sundeck with barbecue facilities. Red Stinkwood Suite #02
This chalet is open-plan with the lounge, and the bedroom area has the option of either a King bed or two single beds, and an inter-leading dressing room. The full bathroom has a free-standing bath with TV, shower and separate toilet. Bathrobes & slippers are provided.
The lounge has comfortable furniture, a fireplace, air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV and DVD player, and a covered furnished sundeck with barbecue facilities.Tree Fern Chalet #04 & Leatherleaf Fern Chalet #05
Both chalets each have a bedroom with King bed with the option of two single beds, comfortable furniture and a dressing room with bathrobes & slippers. Each chalet has a full bathroom with Jacuzzi Bath and a separate shower.
The chalets have a kitchen with fridge, microwave, and a lounge with fireplace, air-conditioning, TV, DVD player, Hi-fi and a mini-bar & breakfast nook.
Each furnished sundeck has their own barbecue facilities.African Flame Tree Chalet #06
This chalet has a bedroom with Queen bed and air-conditioning, and inter-leads to a dressing room with bathrobes & slippers. The full bathroom has a slipper-bath and large shower.
The kitchen is equipped with a fridge and microwave, and has a lounge with comfortable furniture, fireplace, TV, DVD player, Hi-fi and mini-bar.
Private barbecue facilities on the furnished sundeck.Wild Banana Chalet #07 & Wild Mulberry Chalet #08
These two log chalets are semi-detached and have an inter-leading patio.
Each chalet is open-plan with a double bed, couch, comfortable furniture, air-conditioning and TV. The kitchenette has a microwave and mini-bar, and the bathroom has a shower over the bath. Bathrobes & slippers are provided.
Both units have the use of the furnished sundeck with paved boma and barbecue facilities.Forest Canary Chalet #09 & African Hoopoe Chalet #10
The interior of each chalet comprises of two bedrooms. The first bedroom has a Queen bed, and the second bedroom a Double bed and an extra single bed. Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and dressing room with bathrobes & slippers.
Each chalet has a lounge with a large flat screen LCD television, DVD, Hi-fi, fireplace & air-conditioning, and is open-plan with the kitchen which has a microwave, fridge and breakfast nook.
The two chalets each have a large upstairs patio, and a downstairs furnished patio with private garden, splash pool & loungers and Weber barbecue.
Breakfast can either be served in the dining room at reception or at the villa indoors or poolside.Knysna Loerie Chalet #11
The Luxury Garden Villa is the perfect private tree-top hideaway, and is completely open-plan.
The bedroom has a X-length hand carved King four-poster bed and luxurious en-suite bathroom with slipper bath & indoor/outdoor shower. Bathrobes & slippers are in the walk-in dressing room, close to the private spa area with Jacuzzi.
The lounge has comfortable furniture, television, DVD, Hi-fi, mini-bar, fireplace & air-conditioning, and the dining area and kitchen with fridge and microwave.
The furnished patio has a Weber for barbecues, and the garden a splash pool with loungers.Cape Cherry Chalet #12
This luxury garden villa comprises of an air-conditioned bedroom with King bed, which leads into a luxurious large bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and separate shower, bathrobes & slippers.
The small self catering kitchen has a microwave and mini-bar, and is open plan with the comfortably furnished lounge area which has a television, DVD, Hi-fi and air-conditioning. The main furnished patio leads off from the lounge.
This chalet also has a private enclosed garden with sun beds, patio furniture and barbecue facilities.
Knysna Tonquani Lodge & Spa Activities: Beaches:
Swimming beaches include Brenton-on-Sea, Leisure Isle (side facing the Heads), Buffalo Bay and Noetzie.
Opposite the turnoff to Noetzie take the road to Uniondale. Approximately 20km along this road you will find the Diepwalle Forest Station which has some enjoyable walks through the indigenous forest, where you will see the giant Yellowwood tree. Another lovely walk is from the little hamlet of Buffelsbaai (Buffalo Bay), which has a very popular beach, providing a 3km hike along an un-spoilt coastline.
For the avid bird watcher the areas around Knysna are hard to beat. In the early mornings the indigenous forests are alive with sounds and songs.
The Knysna elephant Park provides a free range controlled environment to the elephants, creating a natural and close to the wild home for them. There is a choice of shorter Daily Tours, or for a longer experience, there are Back rides or walks with the gentle giants.
The Knysna Lagoon is a protected Marine Reserve, a 17 square kilometer expanse of water fed by river and sea. The Heads, two large sandstone cliffs, guard the entrance to the lagoon from the sea. The Lagoon is ideal for swimming and there are many excellent Scuba-diving and snorkeling spots.
The popular mountainbike trail in the Knysna Forest is the Homtini biking trail: a 19km circular route from the beautiful Krisjan-se-nek picnic site (at Dalene Matthee's memorial under an 880-year old Yellow wood). The Harkerville Cycle area offers 4 colour-coded routes of between 12 and 24km and for a gentler ride there are a variety of safe farm roads.
Arts and Crafts:
Knysna has a rich heritage of artists, and is a town particularly well known for its carved wooden bird industry, which was started by Feathers in 1986 and is the choice for bird and wildlife corporate gifts. Other popular arts & crafts places such as Zawadi, showcase exclusive gold and gemstone jewellery, ostrich leather products, African crafts and artefacts.
Monkeyland is the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary, and one of it's aims is to create awareness about the plight of primates, and to show that with a greater understanding of our primate cousins, that we can all live in harmony.
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Knysna Tonquani Lodge & Spa Map:
Health & Climate:
Knysna has a temperate climate making it the ideal all-year holiday destination.
Summer temperatures can reach highs of 38° and during the winter months (June-August) fall to about 18º Celsius - still ideal conditions for outdoors activities! Sporadic snowfalls on the higher Outeniqua peaks during winter bring the temperature down at times.
Berg (mountain) winds during Winter (between May and September) and cold fronts during Spring and Autumn further contribute to a very equitable climate.
Lowest rainfall occurs during winter; the yearly average is 770 mm. The Indian Ocean at Knysna is much warmer than the sea water in Cape Town; even in winter there are many days where you can go swimming.
The average annual relative humidity is 88%.
Knysna is surrounded by indigenous forests that survive on meager rainfalls compared to rainforests worldwide, averaging from 550mm to a high of 950mm per annum. Most of the southern facing slopes will receive on average 550mm, with portions of the foothills receiving up to 1200mm per annum.