Skip to content

Knysna vacation rentals

Book unique vacation rentals, houses, and more on Airbnb

Top-rated vacation rentals in Knysna

Guests agree: these vacation rentals are highly rated for location, cleanliness, and more.

1 of 1 item showing
Entire rental unit · Knysna
Knysna delightful affordable modern Apartment
My Apartment is close to family-friendly activities, Knysna Tourism & town center, Knysna Waterfront & Lagoon and Knysna Mall. Great lux for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers. Children on request for sleeping arrangements. Uncapped wifi # Coffee Shop and The Foundation best coffee, just around the corner Buy a ticket to enter the famous Pledge Park with rivulet and 5 different walks/runs in this indigenous Park Waterfront, Knysna Tourism & laundry just down the road
$23 per night
1 of 1 item showing
Entire home · Knysna
Paradise on Ridge
Beautifully renovated 60's home on the top of the hill with picture postcard views across the Knysna lagoon to the Heads and beyond. Stunning infinity pool and deck for your leisure surrounded by a fully fenced, well kept indigenous garden. Town is a 5 min drive down the hill and the various stunning beaches and forests are a 20-30 min drive away. Knysna is the place to eat out with many spectacular restaurants to choose from. Three top class golf courses withing 10 min drive
$123 per night
1 of 1 item showing
Entire rental unit · Knysna
Thesen Island Luxury Penthouse
Bella vita! Come and spoil yourself. This romantic and luxurious penthouse offers the ultimate in comfort, views & amenities. It is fully equipped for self catering, so spend a romantic evening dining in the comfort at home, or at any of the award winning restaurants within 50 meters away on Thesen Islands or at the Knysna Waterfront ! Lots of exciting activities on your doorstep for the more adventurous. You may even decide to spend the day in the sun on one of the beaches around Knysna.
$105 per night

Vacation rentals for every style

Get the amount of space that is right for you

  • Homes
  • Hotels
  • Unique stays

Stay near Knysna's top sights

Photo of Featherbed Nature Reserve
Featherbed Nature Reserve10 locals recommend
Photo of The Motorcycle Room
The Motorcycle Room4 locals recommend
Photo of The Waterfront - Knysna Quays
The Waterfront - Knysna Quays32 locals recommend
Photo of 7 Passes Scenic Drive
7 Passes Scenic Drive3 locals recommend
Photo of Knysna Mall
Knysna Mall22 locals recommend
Photo of Brenton Beach
Brenton Beach6 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Knysna

1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire place · Knysna
Modern, Romantic Cabin in the heart of Knysna!
$77 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire rental unit · Knysna
Stardust, on the Knysna lagoon in old Belvidere
$68 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Hotel room · Knysna
Romantic Lagoon Suite - Spa Bath Twin Shower
$87 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire home · Knysna
Maison Mahogany - House with amazing lagoon views
$121 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire rental unit · Knysna
110 The Gallery Luxury Apartments
$55 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire guest suite · Knysna
Breathe ~ a new, modern, calm space with views
$79 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire guest suite · Knysna
The Blokhouse+Lazuli Villa+Views+Great Value
$30 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire loft · Knysna
Thesen Harbour Town Studio Apartment
$53 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire rental unit · Knysna
The Knysna Garden Apartment
$25 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire loft · Knysna
Crab Island Studio on Thesen Islands
$51 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire rental unit · Thesen Island
Apartment on Knysna Thesen Island Canals
$39 per night
1 of 1 item showing
SUPERHOST
Entire rental unit · Knysna
Luxury Gallery apartment - Studio 106
$59 per night

Your guide to Knysna

All About Knysna

Located in the Western Cape region of South Africa, the coastal town of Knysna boasts rugged wilderness offset by modern attractions. A popular stop along the famous Garden Route, the area features dramatic sandstone cliffs plunging into turquoise waters. While much of the coastline is dominated by sheer cliffs, the Knysna River forms a lagoon with several sandy beaches, perfect for swimming or a sunset stroll. The lagoon is also home to a large harbor, where anglers queue up for fishing charters and the chance to reel in spotted grunter and spiny butterfly rays. Further inland, dense tropical forests paint the landscape, providing cover for a variety of indigenous plants and animals, from African leopards and chameleons to warblers and woodpeckers.

A city with a vibrant arts and crafts scene, Knysna is a great place to shop for handcrafted furniture and housewares. The town’s craft market specializes in carved wooden bowls and utensils, stone figurines, textiles, and beaded jewelry — generally at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in the bigger cities. Along the waterfront, you’ll find a handful of boutiques, art studios, and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood with unbeatable views.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Knysna?

Before booking your Knysna accommodation, remember that South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means seasonal variations and weather patterns are the opposite of those in North America. Although the town’s pleasant weather makes it a suitable destination year-round, the best time to visit is between February and April. The mild autumn climate makes this the perfect time to hike the many trails surrounding the town, and it’s still warm enough to enjoy the beach and waterfront. Autumn also corresponds with many of the artistic and cultural celebrations of the area, including the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival, an unmissable annual LGBTQ+ Pride carnival and parade through the town. Winters remain warm, and in July, the 10-day Oyster Festival celebrates the region’s cuisine and culture with seafood, boat tours, and sporting events.


What are the top things to do in Knysna?

Knysna Lagoon

Knysna Lagoon is home to exquisite marine life and innumerable species of birds, not to mention spectacular views of the water and the mountains that surround the town. You can take a tour of the lagoon to get a closer look, or charter a boat and spend the day lounging on the water. Some cruises offered at the waterfront provide gourmet meals and live musical performances.

Buffalo Bay

Buffalo Bay, or Buffelsbaai, is a tiny seaside village not far from Knysna that is home to one of the area’s best beaches. Secluded and relatively sheltered, the bay is known for its soft golden sand and safe swimming conditions. There are plenty of tidepools to explore, and you may even see an iguana or two on the beach, or a dolphin or whale out at sea. There are a couple of excellent restaurants in the village worth a visit before heading back to Knysna.

Thesen Islands

A visit to Knysna isn’t complete without a trip to Thesen Islands, a collection of 19 artificial islands in the Knysna River. Paddle from cafes and art galleries to charming boutiques as you immerse yourself in the artistic beauty of the region. If you’re lucky, you may even get a glimpse of the tiny Knysna seahorse, an endangered species that is only found in three estuaries near Knysna.