Elephant Hide

Boutique Hotel, Knysna


Perched on the edge of the Welbedacht cliff tops this family run luxury lodge overlooks the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua mountains. Sophisticated and subtly styled with traditional stone and wood design, it is the perfect retreat to take in the stunning views. With its expansive African feel inside each of the rooms, its barefoot luxury on offer is intoxicating. 


Seven spacious stand-alone suites each with their own hot tub and private terraces with panoramic views of the lagoon and the horizon. One family suite also caters easily for a family of four and comes with a children’s den equipped with a PlayStation.

All rooms come with iPod docking stations and climate control. Other suites are embedded in indigenous “fynbos” surroundings enticing countless bird species and ensuring a unique “hidden away” feel. 


Soak in your private Jacuzzi or lounge by the pool on the sun deck. And at just over a mile from the town centre, Knysna, it is offers a gateway to endless adventures or some entertainment or traditional cuisine. Alternatively take advantage of forest walks, the Outeniqua choo chjoe train, elephant park, nearby monkey land and snake parks. Or a spot of quad biking or horse riding.


Culinary highlights at the lodge include champagne and oysters and cocktails on the deck by the rim flow pool.  The lounge and dining room, with roaring fire place, is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine after a long, happy day visiting the sites of the Garden Route.

The hotel suites and their trademark private hot tubs also lend themselves to a dream vacation for honeymooners. Professional massages are also available for guests.

Child Policy

Children are welcome



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