Knysna Hollow Country Estate

Country Retreat, Knysna

Knysna is perfectly positioned on South Africa’s lush Garden Route and first-time travelers to this part of the world are predictably awe-struck by its scenic beauty. Knysna beckons with the promise of liquid sunshine, golden beaches, glassy lakes, majestic mountains and indigenous forests. The five-star Knysna Hollow Country Estate is a paradise set near the Knysna Lagoon and makes an ideal base from where to explore and visit the many attractions the Garden Route has to offer.


The accommodation at Knysna Hollow Country Estate consists of 15 Garden Chalets, 64 Garden Rooms and 8 Superior Eco Estate Rooms. The Garden Rooms offer natural, fresh décor with superior comfort while secreted away in a tranquil area of this country estate, the spacious Superior Eco Estate rooms feature Scandinavian-style accents with stunning views over the perennial dam. Book a Garden Chalet and enjoy a wood-burning fireplace during the colder months in an open-plan living area which leads into a stylish bedroom with its own patio. All the accommodation options come with tea and coffee facilities, ceiling fans, mini-bar fridges, flat-screen satellite TV and telephones. Opulent extras include en-suite bathrooms with heated towel rails and L’Occitane body products.


Expect warm hospitality upon arrival with a welcoming glass of Champagne to be enjoyed against the backdrop of the flourishing indigenous gardens and abundant birdlife. If you are on a quest to worship the sun gods, you have three outdoor swimming pools to choose from and you’ll never be thirsty with a poolside bar service to keep the cocktails flowing. Spend lazy sunny afternoons on the Petanque court or amuse yourself in the rose garden on the outdoor chess board. With two excellent restaurants. dining at the Knysna Hollow Country Estate is a delight, the Knysna Hollow Restaurant offers an a la carte menu packed with fresh, seasonal meals in a convivial setting and the famous Pecan Tree Grill Room offers classic Malay-inspired dishes as well as local specialties like the famous fresh Knysna Oysters. The hotel bar, the Rutland Arms Pub is a lively place where you can top up your favourite tipple, socialise with other guests or watch sport when the big game is on.


Holidays to South Arica should start here, Knysna is considered to be one of the most vibrant and beautiful places in the world and provides endless opportunity for leisure and outdoor adventure. Indulge yourself at the nearby spa or enjoy a game of golf at one of the nearby golf courses. Hiking and mountain biking are popular pastimes here or you could see it all on a scenic ferry trip across the lagoon. Step back in time and explore the ancient forests or set off in search of some highly prized whale sightings. Water babies will be spoilt for choice at the nearby beaches with a wide selection of watersports to choose from and adrenaline junkies will relish ziplining over the forest on a treetop canopy tour. If you want to venture off the beaten track, try riding an ostrich at the nearby Cango Wildlife Ranch near Oudtshoorn. Other attractions close by include the Knysna Elephant Park, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland and the Cango Caves.

Child Policy

Children are welcome at The Knysna Hollow Country Estate, with a babysitting service, children’s playground and dedicated kids swimming pool.

The Best of South Africa Travel map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.

Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.

When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.

Recent Blog entries