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About Knysna Houseboats

Welcome to Knysna Houseboats, the ultimate destination for a truly unique and luxurious getaway. Nestled on Thesen Island, our establishment offers a variety of self-catering accommodation options that are sure to exceed your expectations. Whether you prefer the charm of a bed and breakfast, the privacy of a guest house, or the comfort of a lodge, we have everything you need for a memorable stay. Escape the ordinary and embark on a remarkable adventure in the picturesque and captivating tidal estuary of Knysna.At Knysna Houseboats, our fully equipped, self-drive houseboats provide

 Sleeps 35
Check-in: 13:00
Check-out: 09:30
Reviews: 29 reviews

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Important Information

Provisional bookings will only be confirmed once a 50% deposit is received within 24 hours of your booking.
If a 50% deposit is not received by the due date as outlined in your acknowledgement, Knysna Houseboats reserves the right to cancel the provisional reservation.
The booking balance payment is due and payable by the hirer 2 weeks before arrival.

The check-in time will be between 13h00 and 15h00 on weekdays, and 10:00 and 11:00 on weekends & Public Holidays. The check-out time will always be 09:30. If the hirer does not arrive at Knysna Houseboats in good time and fails to let Knysna Houseboats know that he/she will be late, Knysna Houseboats may place the boat for re-let. No refund will be paid for late check-in or early check-out.

Bookings from persons aged under 21 cannot be accepted without the consent of a parent or guardian.

Take-over of Knysna Houseboats are let on the understanding that Knysna Houseboats will explain the controls of the boats and its equipment and show that the engine and propeller are in good order, after which the hirer is responsible for the boat, propeller and its equipment. When the hirer takes possession of the boat after the inspection, the hirer will thereby accept that all the parts and goods are in good working condition.

No responsibility will be accepted for the loss of time or expense occasioned through accidental damage to the boat while in the hirer's charge. Every boat is checked before the start of each cruise so it is unlikely that any boat will suffer mechanical breakdown. Should this happen, Knysna Houseboats will not accept liability for any consequential loss of time or expense. If the hirer should have an accident or breakdown, he/she should report it to Knysna Houseboats immediately so that steps can be taken to repair the boat and enable the hirer to resume the cruise. Knysna Houseboats cannot be held responsible for the consequences of delays or restrictions of cruising arising from obstructions, repairs or damage to navigational works, flooding, shortage of water, industrial action, fuel rationing or any other such cause.

Knysna Houseboats reserves the right to refuse to hand over a boat to any person who in their opinion is not suitable to take charge, which may lead to serious accident or damage. Knysna Houseboats reserves the right to repossess the boat at any time where a serious accident or damage has occurred or in their opinion is likely to occur because of the unsuitability of the hirer due to age, ill health, disability, inexperience or any other reason.

The hirer has charge of the boat and is responsible for its safe navigation. The driver must be in possession of a valid
drivers licence. In case of an accident or any damages to the boat or to other crafts and waterway property, it is the hirer's responsibility to:
A. Obtain the name of any boat involved together with the names and addresses of its owner and/or hirer.
B. To report these facts to Knysna Houseboats together with the full detail of the damage as soon as possible. No repairs may be affected without Knysna Houseboats consent.

The hirer is responsible for the boat and for its gear and equipment. The hirer is expected to take all reasonable care of it and to report and pay for any equipment lost, damaged, broken or stolen. All equipment, utensils must be returned in clean and working condition at the end of the hire period. If no loss or damage has incurred and the craft has not been involved in any accident, the security deposit of R1200, to be paid on arrival, will be repaid to the hirer.

On take-over, the hirer will receive two 24L tanks of fuel, unless otherwise stated. On check-out, the boats tanks will be refuelled and the difference billed to the hirer. Only petrol from Knysna Houseboats may be used.

The boat will be placed at the disposal of the hirer on the date stated unless Knysna Houseboats are prevented through circumstances outside their control from so doing. Knysna Houseboats cannot guarantee to provide an alternative boat if that happens, but the deposit and any other payments made by the hirer will be refunded in full. No further liability will be accepted beyond such refund.

No cruising is allowed between sunset and sunrise.
No smoking is allowed inside the cruiser and please try to refrain from it on the outside deck as well, as there are petrol and gas compartments which are highly flammable.
No pets are allowed on our boats please.
Once you are inside the harbour where Knysna Houseboats Jetty is situated you must proceed at idle speed only. You enter or leave this bay once you have passed the SAN-PARKS building.
No boat is allowed to anchor anywhere between buoy 19 and the Railway Bridge or between buoy 21 and the Railway Bridge.
No boat is allowed to pass under the railway bridge outside the specified railway bridge times. (A copy of these times is in your Captains Handbook.)
No boat is allowed to go past Featherbed Jetty, which is indicated by buoy 28. Buoy 26 can only be passed on an incoming tide.
No boat is allowed into the Knysna Quays Waterfront.
No boat is allowed to have more than 5 passengers on board, as specified by Knysna Houseboats.
The boat is not allowed to tow any other craft unless prior permission is obtained from the management of Knysna Houseboats Holiday Houseboats.
The boat may not be entered into or take part in any race whatsoever.
No boat on- a similar course are allowed within 100 meter of each other.
The hirer may not overnight on the boat anywhere except in the areas nominated by Knysna Houseboats.
Under no circumstances is the cruiser to be taken in, near or through the Knysna Heads. Anyone found past the last point as detailed on the map may be declared unsuitable and the boat will be repossessed.
Drinking and driving applies to both cars and boats, so be responsible and adhere to the limits.
Under no circumstances is the Hirer allowed to park the boat in in the Knysna Houseboats moorings. The Hirer may approach the Jetty and should call our staff during office hours to park the boat on the Hirer's behalf.
The hirer is allowed to barbeque anywhere on the Knysna Lagoon, except for the Knysna Houseboats jetty and moorings at Thesen Harbour Town.
The hirer must adhere to Knysna Houseboats' barefoot policy on-board the cruiser.
Deficiencies you are obliged to report any equipment deficiency on your boat to Knysna Houseboats immediately.

The hirer's use of Knysna Houseboats premises and boat is entirely at the hirer's risk and Knysna Houseboats will not be liable for any loss or damage to any persons or their property from any cause whatsoever. In the event of a dispute, which results in litigation the matter will be heard in the Magisterial District Knysna.

Knysna Houseboats reserves the right to cancel a booking at any time if in their opinion the conditions of the lagoon constitute any danger whatsoever. Should it become necessary to curtail cruising after a cruiser has left our premises, we reserve the right to insist that the vessel is moored to a secure mooring or anchored until conditions improve. Knysna Houseboats will not be held responsible for the change of tides.

The hirer shall be responsible for all legal costs as between attorney and client including collection commission, in respect of any legal action for the recovery of any amount due under this agreement, as well as any cost in proving the claim of Knysna Houseboats in case of death, insolvency or liquidation of the hirer, as well as the cost in respect of execution of any judgement and generally all costs (inclusive of attorney and client costs) that may arise out of or in connection with the debt herein mentioned. Failing payment by the hirer of any such attorney's disbursements and costs as referred to herein, Knysna Houseboats shall be entitled to effect payment on behalf of the hirer which amount shall become due and payable within seven days from such payment by the hirer in terms hereof.

Knysna Houseboats will make every effort to supply the cruiser as requested, but reserves the right to supply an alternative cruiser with similar facilities.

Guest Reviews

Knysna Houseboats
4.5 out of 5 stars - 29 votes
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reihana sampson
September 2023
The boats are really old. Besides the 6100 rand for the trip they requested a R1200 refundable deposit which I only got back a R120 of as they used the balance for the fuel and the gas bottle which the gas braai did not work so still had to pay for the gas canister. The staff was welcoming but was it worth R7300 to hire for the weekend? I honestly did not think so. You still had to take your own... Read more
rene van rooyen
October 2022
Very friendly and helpful staff.Boat and accesories in very good condition.We were well informed on what to expect, the traveling chart very clear no confusionHighly recommended.... Wow wow wow
deon bayly
June 2022
Absolutely top class experience with a highly professional organisation
amor gray
March 2022
Knysna's Houseboats. Where do we start ...... Service is excellent, friendly staff, very competent and well trained. We really enjoyed every moment so much. It has always been one of our big dreams to be able to have the opportunity to stay on a houseboat for a few nights and this year I made a booking at the Houseboat as a birthday present for my husband. We enjoyed it so much, every moment was... Read more
abraham ludik
February 2022
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  • Dutch
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  • French
  • Italian
  • Belgian

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Knysna Houseboats is 1.5km from the centre of Knysna , the nearest airport 74.3km (George Airport).
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Welcome to Knysna Houseboats, the ultimate destination for a truly unique and luxurious getaway. Nestled on Thesen Island, our establishment offers a