Knysna House Boats

Our newly refurbished Houseboats, previously operated by Lightleys Holiday Houseboats, exceed all South African Maritime Safety Authority operational and safety requirements. They are your floating home away from home. We have outfitted them to a high specification, so it is truly a comfortable experience.

Our luxurious self-drive boats have everything you might need and are suitable for up to 4 adults or a family of 5.
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Address: Knysna Houseboats
TH 34 Long street
First floor, Thesen Islands
6570 Knysna
South Africa

Scratch Golf

Scratch Golf is an exciting new golf retail store situated on Thesen Harbour Town. The store, which can be found within the historic Sawtooth Building at the base of the Harbour Town, enjoys over 280 square meters of retail space and has an extensive range of Golf Apparel, Equipment and Accessories from all major international brands.

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Tel:  044 302 5758/044 384 0853



The Turbine Water Club offers al fresco dining from our deli, oysters from our champagne bar and a wide variety of activities on both land and the Knysna lagoon.

We have partnered with prominent Knysna adventure companies to offer you the best Knysna experience at competitive prices.

All activities start and finish at the Turbine Water Club and Deli on Thesen Islands.
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Tel: 044 302 5750

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Pontoon cruises

  • Motorised Pontoon Barges. For luxury cruises up to 10 people.

Bicycle Hire

  • The areas pristine forests, mountains and coastal routes make it an unforgettable biking destination.

Kayak Hire

  • Enjoy the charm and uniqueness of the Knysna lagoon.

JJ’s Fishing Charters 

  • Enjoy some of the best light tackle saltwater fishing along this renowned stretch of coastline. The Knysna Lagoon continues to produce extraordinary large number of Garriek, Shade, White Steenbras, Mussel Cracker, Stumpnose, Blacktail, Rock Cod, Rays and Sharks.

Altitude Paragliding

Come experience the ultimate freedom of the skies with an unforgettable paragliding tandem flying adventure. There is no better way to explore the picturesque Garden Route. It includes a video and imagery of the flight.

Ocean Odyssey 

  • Travel through the tranquil waters of this picturesque lagoon and out onto the Indian Ocean in search for whales and dolphins, seals, sharks and bird life. As the official whale watching permit holders, we are allowed to approach whales to within 50m, all other vessels to remain 300 m away.

Other Adventures

  • Kite Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Knysna Forest Tours
  • Guided Canoe Trips
  • Combination Walking/Canoeing & Mountain Biking/Canoeing Trips

Springtide Sailing Charters – 50ft sailing yacht

The ultimate Indian Ocean sailing experience. Sail aboard the 50ft sailing yacht – Outeniqua. Venture past the Knysna Heads to explore the picturesque Indian Ocean coastline, rich with birdlife, whales, dolphins and other marine life.

Oyster Catcher Eco Safaris – 8.5 meter Butt Cat         

This is your opportunity to explore the dynamics of this magnificent Marine environment dominated by the spectacular rocky coastline and the pristinely tranquil estuarine lagoon. One of the highlights is an opportunity to visit the “Knysna Heads” and weather permitting pass through the spectacular waterway, and then venture out into the open Indian Ocean. The breathtaking scenery is a backdrop to the array of Pelagic birds. This along with the other marine life which you may encounter, such as Cape fur seals, Penguins, Dolphins and migrating Whales.

Get the full Knysna experience at The Turbine Water Club – Deli, Oyster Bar & Activities.


Humpback whale breach

Ocean Odyssey

Ocean Odyssey offers unforgettable marine encounters.

The ocean adjacent to Knysna, the beautiful town situated in the Garden Route region, is one of the most extraordinary whale watching destinations on South Africa. Ocean Odyssey is Knysna’s only official close encounter whale watching permit holder (issued under strict guidelines from DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.) Every year the humpback and southern right whales migrate from the Antarctic feeding grounds to mate and calve in the warmer waters off our Southern African coastline. Ocean Odyssey is passionate about showcasing these whales and the intricate web of other marine life that exists within this liquid landscape.

Rate: R700 per person (children under 10 pay R400)

We are based on Saffron Lane at the Thesen Island Harbour Town jetty, next to Sirocco Restaurant.

Contact us:   082 852 9402 or 044  382 0321

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