Leisure Isle Lodge is a stylish and charming lodge ideally set in a beautiful and secluded location on a tiny island in Knysna Lagoon, right at the heart of the Garden Route. Leisure Isle itself is steeped in history with grand mansions sitting alongside cosy beach cottages, but this lodge is designed in a classic, stylish and warm style with a theme of greens and whites carried across by lilies, orchids and bamboo.

The elegant and bright restaurant overlooks the lagoon - and the outside pool area is a great place to relax in the sun on a comfy chair or lounger - but when you're not relaxing at the lodge or swimming in the lagoon, take some time to explore the island and the bustling town of Knysna. Spend an afternoon browsing Knysna's art galleries and boutiques, take a boat trip to the Knysna Heads or explore the small boat harbour. You're also well placed to access the long list of Garden Route activities that ranges from visits to elephant sanctuaries and long deserted beaches to forest canopy tours and whale watching.


  • Stylish & intimate boutique guesthouse
  • Scenic island location on the Knysna Lagoon overlooking the Heads
  • Easy access to the lagoon & local beaches
  • Stay in the suites overlooking the lagoon - luxurious, spacious and have great sweeping views
  • Be sure to dine at the award-winning in-house restaurant

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Leisure Isle Lodge has a lovely private swimming pool area and an indulgent spa that offers a range of pampering treatments. The stylish lounge and bar area looks out over Knysna Lagoon and, along with the veranda, makes an excellent place for a sundowner drink at the end of the day.

On chilly days, cuddle up around the fireplace in the guest lounge with a coffee or glass of red wine. Mountain bikes and canoes for exploring the lagoon and surrounding areas are available at Leisure Isle Lodge and guests have full membership privileges at the world-class Pezula Championship and Simola Golf Courses.

General Facilities

    Secure Parking
    Swimming Pool
    Computer facilities


Award-winning Daniela's Restaurant is positioned overlooking Bollard Bay and the lagoon.

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in this intimate, light and relaxed restaurant or out on the veranda.

Junior Garden Facing Suite

The 11 individually decorated rooms at Leisure Isle Lodge are all equipped with ceiling fans, under floor heating, a mini bar and satellite television. The spacious en suite bathrooms feature heated towel rails for the hotel's big fluffy towels. The rooms either have magnificent views of the lagoon or open out onto the lovely garden and pool area.

Junior Garden Facing Suite AMENITIES

    En-suite shower only
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Underfloor heating
    Wi-fi available in room
    Mini bar


  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Wind-surfing
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 $90 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 $105 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018 $95 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 $115 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Superior Garden Facing Suite,Junior Lagoon Facing Suite,Deluxe Lagoon Facing Suite,Penthouse Suite,Superior Lagoon Facing Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We were upgraded to the penthouse at Leisure Isle Lodge, which was fantastic. Lovely, friendly, helpful staff. Delicious food!

    Sally Kent, September 2015
  • The hotel in Knysna was beautiful. I think we were the only guests under the age of 50, so it was a naturally quiet atmosphere. We loved being able to go for a run on the island.

    Laura Ashley, June 2014
  • Our trip was fabulous to say the least. We really enjoyed Knysna’s Leisure Island lodge

    Bernard Fanchette, May 2014
  • We stayed adjacent to a lagoon in Knysna for 2 days. There were activities such as paddle boarding / kayaking (if that took your fancy). However, My wife and I just relaxed for the duration. The staff were very friendly, the rooms were very luxurious and the food was excellent and reasonably priced.

    Jennifer Keenlyside, February 2014
  • It was such a shame that the weather turned horrible during our stay in Knysna because with a bit of sun I reckon this place might have been my favourite location. Hotel was gorgeous. Staff were superb. Hard to fault. My other half loved two member of staff at this place called Chris and Innocent. I loved staying on Leisure Isle and I would go back here. On the day we arrived I went for run around the isle and felt so relaxed and chilled-out there. Oh to own one those holiday homes there.... :-) Dinner there was brilliant too. On the second night we decided to eat out at a recommend restaurant (Sirocco) and we both agreed that the hotel food was head-and-shoulders above (not that Sirocco was bad…)

    Tim Gamester, February 2014
  • The service and friendliness of everyone at all of our locations was beyond compare. The accommodations were the shining stars of this trip. At the Leisure Isle Lodge we were upgraded to the penthouse. What a treat!

    Linda Reist, June 2013
  • Upgraded to the Penthouse Suite - more champagne as well as fruit and chocs. Staff all really friendly. Ate at restaurant - it was good. We loved Knysna and could easily live there if we lived in SA.

    Debby Redman, May 2013
  • The Leisure Isle Lodge was also wonderful: we enjoyed the setting, the breakfasts and dinners and the very nice upgraded room that we received!

    Dale Matthews, May 2012
  • Leisure Isle is a lovely property.

    Letitia Campbell, April 2012
  • This place was wondeful, even our room was upgrated to better, bigger room over looking the lake with fantastic scenery. The crew as usual is very friendly & helpful , the food was also great , also would love to be there again

    Ahmed Osman, March 2012

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Kelly-Anne Blanchard

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"Set on the tranquil Knysna lagoon offering exceptional views, my favourite feature here is the location and the relaxed beach house romantic feel this property offers. This is a perfect base from which to explore Knysna where one can enjoy anything from canoeing, to boat trips to the Knysna Heads to name a few"



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Leisure Isle Lodge in Knysna - such a beautiful, well-designed guesthouse, the staff are all welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. On arrival we found that our Junior Garden Facing Suite had been upgraded to a Superior Sea Facing Suite, which was gorgeous, and fantastically comfortable. The managers take time to chat to all the guests, offer suggestions for outings and restaurants, make bookings for activities and provide transport to and from town in the evenings. Not surprised they win so many awards, and the restaurant is fab too!

Vanessa Gibson, November 2011 >View more reviews