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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 of the Garden Route. Return to your art-filled suite after a day of exploring and luxuriate on your private balcony or in your raised bathtub, perhaps sipping on a tipple from the Smeg mini-bar.

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.


  • Incredible views from the top of Kanonkop Hill
  • Small and intimate luxury guesthouse with a homey feel
  • Guest-centric experience by owner-managers


  • Beach activities
  • Boat excursions
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Picnics
  • Sunset cruises
  • Water-skiing
  • Golf
  • Motorised water activities
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.
Shelley Fernandes

Shelley Fernandes

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Sunbird Luxury Lagoon Facing Suite

The Sunbird Suite is a stunning, sunny room with an extensive balcony enjoying uninterrupted views of the Knysna Lagoon. On the northern side, sliding doors open up onto the garden and swimming pool. It also has a comfortable reading area with an antique desk, spacious bathroom with a raised tub, a Smeg fridge mini-bar and a king-sized bed. An extra single bed can be added for a third guest.

Selwyn Penthouse

A luxurious penthouse, the Selwyn Suite has balconies leading off both the bathroom and the bedroom, each with inspiring views of the indigenous forest below or the Knysna Lagoon with The Heads in the distance. The tub in the en suite bathroom is raised. This room can accommodate three guests with the addition of a single bed if needed.

Paradise Luxury Lagoon Facing Suite

The Paradise Suite is a luxurious double room with a spacious en suite bathroom with twin vanities and unsurpassed views of the Knysna Heads and Lagoon. It has been called 'the best room in Knysna' because of its spectacular vistas. Even the raised bathtub has beautiful views.

Diamond Penthouse Suite

Featuring not one but two balconies, this magnificent penthouse has wonderful views over the treetops and down the Knysna Lagoon from the bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. The oversized slipper tub promises bathers a glorious vista. A single bed can be added to the Diamond Penthouse for an extra guest.

No Matata Luxury Garden Suite

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

Sivuyile Luxury Garden Suite

'Sivuyile' means 'we are happy' in the isiXhosa language. It's a fitting name for this suite, which opens onto a wooden deck overlooking the lush garden and swimming pool, with partial lagoon views. The king-sized bed can be converted into twins, and a single bed can be added for an extra guest. The mini-bar is houses in a designer Smeg fridge.

Forest Luxury Lagoon Facing Suite

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 a private indigenous fern forest. The en suite bathroom has an egg-shaped slipper tub and double vanities. The king-sized bed can be converted into a twin while a third single bed can be added for an extra guest. Relax in the open-plan living room with a snack and drink from the Smeg mini-bar.


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.


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. Keen readers can borrow a novel from the book exchange.

All suites are fully equipped with satellite television, CD sound systems (there is a communal CD library), DVD players and iPod docking stations. Hand-made wooden panel fans keep the rooms cool in summer while underfloor heating keep them warm in winter. The en suite bathrooms are stocked with organic toiletries, hairdryers, robes and aromatic candles and oil burners.

General facilities

  • Laundry service
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available
  • Bar


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Dates Board Price
2022-06-01 — 2022-08-31 Bed & Breakfast $145
2022-09-01 — 2022-12-19 Bed & Breakfast $160
2022-12-20 — 2023-01-15 Bed & Breakfast $190
2023-01-16 — 2023-05-31 Bed & Breakfast $160
2023-06-01 — 2023-08-31 Bed & Breakfast $145
2023-09-01 — 2023-12-19 Bed & Breakfast $160
2023-12-20 — 2024-01-15 Bed & Breakfast $205
2024-01-16 — 2024-05-31 Bed & Breakfast $160
2024-06-01 — 2024-08-31 Bed & Breakfast $145

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Kanonkop House

Kelly Lennon

"We were upgraded at Kanonkop! Evans, a member of the staff, made our reservations, chatted with us regularly, and made the stay so enjoyable.The owner even made us an early breakfast himself the day we were leaving!"

Donna Willcutts

"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..."

Sara Kanfar

"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."

Robin Parr

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

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