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About Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

For a little bit of luxury that is kind on your pocket, our boutique backpacker offers exactly that. Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route, we take pride in making you feel at home. We are both experienced travellers with a wealth of knowledge in travel and tourism in Africa and as the owners, we know how important a friendly face and a comfortable atmosphere is.

We have a range of accommodation to offer from Dorm Rooms to twin, double or triple and en-suite rooms. We offer basic self-cook complimentary breakfasts, consisting of eggs, toast, fresh fruit, jams, tea and coffee at no extra cost throughout your stay. There is a self-catering kitchen as well as a communal braai area. We also offer free Wi-Fi access.

We are ideally situated a two-minute walk from the Knysna Waterfront, and the bustling little town is a five-minute walk away. We can arrange a number of activities with transportation in and around Knysna, and any way in which we can help you enjoy your stay in Knysna; we are at your service and will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Knysna is South Africa’s best kept secret. It is named in the top 100 places in the world to visit. This quaint, bustling tourist town is home to a huge indigenous population of people of all ages, creeds and cultures.

Today, Knysna boasts an upbeat waterfront full of shops, bars and restaurants with stunning views of The Heads; it is the perfect place for a sundowner on the lagoon which is home to the famous Knysna oysters and seahorses.


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

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Fatih Bayram
02 May 2018

Nice place to take a rest during a road trip! It's about 10 minutes walk to the town's center and the BREAKFAST is included which is a really good point! I recommend that backpackers for your quick rest!

Diana Basson
18 April 2018

Enjoyed the stay, well run establishment

Gerhard Benade
22 December 2017

We would have loved to had our own bathroom or at least a toilet and basin. It was quite an unusual experience to use the bathrombosis and had a stranger walking in.

Jacques Nell
07 October 2017

The atmosphere was lovely and the place was very clean.

Gertrude Imbrailo, South Africa
28 September 2016

We had a awesome time there its close to everything yet out of the noise of town so we could relax even in the day

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Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers is 0.6km from the centre of Knysna , the nearest airport 74.4km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Knysna Central

Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon 2015

(0.1 km from Knysna Central )

One of the country’s most picturesque marathons takes place annually at the Knysna Oyster Festival. Both the 42.2 km Knysna Forest Marathon and 21.1 km Half Marathon are tremendously popular events on the running calendar. Definitely one to add on...

Knysna Oyster Festival

(0.1 km from Knysna Central )

The annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place along the absolutely gorgeous Garden Route each year. The festival offers a load of fun-filled events and activities for foodies, families and even athletes. If you're a lover of salty treats, make sure...

Garden Route Boating Adventures

(0.1 km from Knysna Central )

Power Boat activities include day cruises, private charters, high speed thrill adventures and deep sea fishing trips.

Forest Night Game Drive

(0.2 km from Knysna Central )

Have an unforgettable experience exploring the famous Knysna indigenous forest with knowledgeable guides. Birds that you could spot include the Cape spotted owl, nightjar and the famous Knysna Lourie. Potential wildlife encounters also include...