Knysna Houseboats offers you a unique self-drive private houseboat experience on Knysna’s beautiful and tidal lagoon - no skippers license or experience required .

Families, friends, fishermen, honeymooners and romantic couples will enjoy the wonderful sense of freedom and fun one gets to experience, while exploring the tranquil and safe waters of the 18 km long Knysna Lagoon: Find a secluded spot and let time float by whilst you fish for your own dinner, braai the ones that didn’t get away, sun bath on the roof top sundeck or gaze at the African sun disappearing behind the hills.

Knysna Houseboats’ qualified instructors will offer you a short navigational course and issue you with a temporary skipper’s licence for the duration of your stay. Do not worry if you have never driven a boat, anyone in possession of a valid driver’s license can drive these beauties!

As the boats are self-catering, you are more than welcome to bring your own food and drinks. They do however also offer a catering menu with lovely items, such as sushi, fresh oysters and tapas. And for the true on-board experience, they even deliver room service on the lagoon!

Should you prefer to go out for dinner, you could opt to moor at their jetty in sophisticated Thesen Harbour Town and walk to any of the vibey eateries surrounding them. Their charter base also offers bathrooms with shower cabins, available 24 hours a day.

With Knysna Houseboats you’ll enjoy all the pleasures of boating and you’ll also have the ideal base from which to discover the Garden Route. Enjoy Knysna’s many shopping venues and surrounding mountains and forests with numerous (mountain biking) trails. You can also visit neighbouring Plettenberg Bay which offers miles of golden beaches and various interesting animal sanctuaries.

All you need is a love for the outdoors and an adventurous spirit and Knysna Houseboats will make you Captain of your Own Holiday!