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A luxurious guesthouse situated on Kanonkop Hill above Knysna, Kanonkop House offers spectacular views of the lagoon and the iconic Knysna Heads. Ideally located near the centre of town, this well-appointed guesthouse is a perfect base from which to discover the surrounding area.

Explore Knysna's forests on foot or by bicycle and see if you can spot any wildlife - the bird watching is superb. Embark on a sunset cruise of the lagoon or go shopping at the local markets and crafts shops - many are within easy walking distance of Kanonkop House and offer a variety of shopping experiences. Knysna is a rewarding destination for any golf enthusiast: book a round or two at the exquisite Pezula Championship course or Simola Country Club.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2012
  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 - Top 25 Small Hotels in Africa - Number 25
  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 - Top 25 Small Hotels in South Africa - Number 6
  •  Tripadvisor - 2014 - Finished 15th in the top 25 luxury hotels in Africa category
  •  Tripadvisor - 2014 - Finished 9th in the top 25 small hotels in South Africa category
  •  Tripadvisor - 2014 - Finished 11th in the top 25 hotels for romance in South Africa category
  •  Tripadvisor - 2014 - Finished 5th in the top 25 luxury hotels in South Africa category


  • Incredible views from the top of Kanonkop Hill
  • Small & intimate luxury guest house
  • Luxury, yet homely feel
  • Guest centric experience
  • Family owned and managed

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Relax in the outside lounge area under the stylish tent during the heat of the day with a cool refreshing drink and a sparkling pool.

The fully-stocked guest bar offers a range of complimentary drinks.

General Facilities

    Laundry service
    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available


Delicious freshly-prepared breakfasts are served outside on the patio or in the main dining room.

The elegant guest bar offers complimentary drinks - including espressos and various teas - which can be enjoyed in the bar, by the pool, or while taking in the views from the deck.

No Matata Luxury Garden Suite

Kanonkop House has five individually-designed and decorated suites.

The No Matata suite is a spacious room with a queen-sized bed and en suite bathroom, complete with separate shower and bath. There is an additional seating area which has satellite TV and a sound system. Sliding doors offer access to a wooden deck that overlooks the pool and garden.

No Matata Luxury Garden Suite AMENITIES

    En-suite bath and shower
    Outside area
    Tea & coffee-making facilities
    Twin bed available
    Underfloor heating

Other Room Types

The Paradise Suite is a luxurious double room with a spacious en suite bathroom and unsurpassed views of the Knysna Heads and Lagoon.

Overlooking the pool and garden, Sivuyile Suite is a large and luxurious en suite room that opens out onto a wooden sundeck with views of Knysna Lagoon. Its decor is similar to the Paradise Suite.

The Sunbird Suite is a stunning, king-size bedded room with an extensive balcony enjoying uninterrupted views of the Knysna Lagoon. It also has a comfortable reading area and spacious bathroom.

The Forest Room is a special hideaway with an Italian bathroom, beautiful antique furniture and a quartz pebble floor. It leads out onto a large private wooden deck with views over indigenous forest.


  • Beach activities
  • Boat excursions
  • Canoe trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Picnics
  • Sunset cruise
  • Water-skiing
  • Golf
  • Motorised water activities
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 16 Jan 2015 - 31 May 2015 $120 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Jun 2015 - 31 Aug 2015 $80 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Sep 2015 - 19 Dec 2015 $125 Bed & Breakfast
  • 20 Dec 2015 - 15 Jan 2016 $140 Bed & Breakfast
  • 16 Jan 2016 - 31 May 2016 $125 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Sivuyile Luxury Garden Suite,Forest Executive Suite,Paradise Executive Suite,Sunbird Executive Suite,Selwyn Penthouse 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

  • Mark at Kanonkop Guest House was and is a perfect Host...upon our arrival at least I (Donna) was stressed from our five hour drive from Stellenbosch to Knynsa...Mark knew what to do and say to help/let us unwind...

    Donna Willcutts, October 2013
  • Kanonkop House was a amazing, Mark, Samantha and Chris were very welcoming, they helped arrange all our activities, and the rooms were very big and the decor was simple and beautiful.

    Sara Kanfar, July 2013
  • The Kanonkop House was particularly enjoyable and Mark and Chris were excellent hosts.

    Robin Parr, May 2012

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Shelley Hess

Shelley Hess

Africa Safari Expert

"Wow, what a lovely family-run boutique guest house where nothing is too much effort! To top it all off it also has the most spectacular views of the Knysna heads."



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The Kanonkop House was particularly enjoyable and Mark and Chris were excellent hosts.

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