The Ideal Holiday Destination

The Garden Route beckons

Situated on the eastern Head in Knysna. Beacon House boasts views both across the lagoon towards the Outeniqua mountains and out to sea. Make this your base as you explore the wonders of the Garden Route.

The Lagoon

A quaint beach can be accessed a mere 50 metres from Beacon House, which is a great spot for a swim and an awesome playground for building sandcastles with children. The Knysna lagoon offers a wide variety of activities to cater for everyone. Sports enthusiasts are able to participate in fishing, diving, sailing, water-skiing, kayaking or windsurfing. Ferries as well as exclusive yacht and catamaran charters make frequent trips around the lagoon. As sunset turns the water into a shimmering masterpiece, it is the perfect time to enjoy a relaxing sundowner.


Knysna offers some remarkable hiking and horse-riding trails, with breathtaking views in all directions. Spoilt for choice, visitors can choose from forest, fynbos, coastal or mountain trails. The Knysna Elephant Park offers an opportunity to experience these incredible animals from close range while the nearby Monkeyland gives the family a chance to walk amongst several species in their natural habitat. Knysna’s famous indigenous forests are home to a remarkable 8000 plant species as well as a wide variety of birds. Amongst these is the brilliantly coloured Knysna Loerie.


For a relatively small town Knysna boasts a staggering number of restaurants, with at least 50 to choose from. These cater to a wide variety of tastes and budgets, making it easy for visitors to find a suitable spot. Fresh oysters are what made Knysna the culinary capital of South Africa and visitors love to see if the hype is justified! On a hot summer evening people often head to the Waterfont to enjoy the oysters with a good glass of wine or an ice-cold beer in a bustling atmosphere. seahorse, dolphins and visiting whales clearly on view, along with oysters and pansy shells.

Don’t feel like cooking? The charming East Head Café is a mere 50m away from Beacon House and is a local favourite for delectable breakfasts and lunches. If lucky, one might catch a glimpse of seahorses, dolphins or visiting whales.


The Garden Route has rapidly become the golfing mecca of South Africa, with some of the country’s best courses all in close proximity to Beacon House. Courses nearby include:

  • Goose Valley (30 minute drive)
  • Plettenberg Bay Country Club (25 minute drive)
  • Fancourt (1 hour, 15 minute drive)
  • Oubaai (1 hour, 20 minute drive)
  • George Golf Club (45 minute drive)
  • Mossel Bay Golf Club (1 hour, 15 minute drive)
  • Le Grand Resort (45 minute drive)
  • Pinnacle Point (1 hour, 15 minute drive)
  • Lagoon Bay (45 minute drive)

Knysna itself offers three high-class golf courses, namely the traditional Knysna Golf Club, Pezula, a championship links-style course and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Simola.

The Location

Beacon House Location Aerial View