The Idle Monkey B&B
A warm South African and English welcome awaits you at this charming thatched home. Under new management since October 2012, The Idle Monkey is situated on the main road overlooking the Knysna Lagoon.

With its central location, The Idle Monkey is an ideal place to base yourselves while you visit the many attractions the Garden Route has to offer during the day, then, in the evening, take a leisurely stroll down waterfront drive (opposite us) and you’re in the Waterfront with its many shops and restaurants. If you plan to eat at the Waterfront make sure you book early as it gets very full during busy periods.

Being located next to the main road means you are quickly on your way to wherever you are going, The Idle Monkey is within an hour of most of the Garden Routes attractions be it, Titsikama National Park, bungee jumping, whale watching, visiting the snakes, monkey, big cats and birds, a safari in an open safari car or on horse back, cycling, walking, fishing, sailing, surfing, running or even taking a spectacular drive through some of the most scenic passes you will see. We are also located close to countless golf courses and welcome enquiries from golf clubs or golfing syndicates arranging golfing holidays.

Here at The Idle Monkey our philosophy is to give our guests comfortable beds and quality breakfast at an affordable price. We are after all, a Bed and Breakfast. Before you head out in the morning, help yourself to our buffet breakfast with cereal, yogurt, preserves, juice, coffee and cheese, and then order from our cooked breakfast menu for a traditional cooked breakfast or omelette. Breakfast is taken in our impressive double height thatched dining room under the exposed thatch and beams. This is also the location of our lounge and reception area where you can relax and watch TV and surf the internet on our free WiFi. For guests who do not eat pork or only halal prepared food we can accommodate them as well subject to us being given sufficient notice of your requirement. We can also cater for any non-allergic food hypersensitivity again subject to us being given sufficient notice of your requirements.

Facilities & Services:

  • Babies
  • Disabled
  • Children under 12 years
  • Honeymoon Couples
  • Pets only by Arrangement
  • Elderly
  • Laundry Service
  • Special Meals on Request
  • Other
  • Dining room
  • Other
  • Cots available
  • Library
  • Internet Access
  • Tourism Information Desk
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Parking (off-street - open)
  • Garden
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Xhosa / Zulu
  • Other Language
  • Swimming Pool
  • Communal Satellite TV
  • Other


Double Rooms x 4:
Includes Bed and Breakfast
All our rooms have double or twin beds with en-suite bathrooms, overlooking the garden and or the Lagoon, TV with local channels and some have DSTV available (first come first served basis). Heaters and fan for separate seasons are also available. Each room can accommodate up to a maximum of two people.

Features available:
Bathroom facilities: En-suite
Beds: Double / Twin
Other: Fan, Heater, No Smoking in Rooms, Safe, Tea and Coffee Facilities. Wi-Fi in Lounge
Views: Garden / Lagoon

One room has Semi Selfcatering, with small Bar Fridge, Microwave, Toaster and Private patio.

Family Rooms x 1:
Includes Bed and Breakfast
The Family rooms has Queen-size bed and bunk beds, with en-suite bathroom. Overlooking the side garden and Lagoon, the 1 Family unit can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.

Features available:
Bathroom Facilities: En-suite
Beds: Queen and Twin beds (one with bunker)
Other: Fan, No Smoking in rooms, Tea and Coffee Facilities, (one upstairs room), Wi-Fi in Lounge
Views: Garden / Lagoon

The Idle Monkey B&B Activities:

Activities nearby:
Bird watching - Elephant Park - Birds of Eden - Monkey Land
Paddling - Kayaking - Canoeing - Rowing
Sailing - Dingies
Walking - Hiking - Backpacking - fishing

Beach - Forest - Nature Reserve - River - Countryside

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Health & Climate:

Our property has a traditional thatched roof, some of our rooms are located inside directly under the rood. If you have an allergy to this then please let us know when you book so we can try and accommodate you in another of our rooms.