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Knysna Houseboats - Day Charters

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Address: TH 34 Long Street | Thesen Island, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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+27 44 382 2802
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Our newly refurbished Houseboats, previously operated by Lightleys Holiday...

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.In order for you to effortlessly enjoy going onshore, our staff will be available between sunrise and sunset to park your boat at one of our moorings. You just approach the jetty and we’ll take it from there!For the true on-board holiday experience we provide our customers with an assorted catering menu, containing old time favourites such as delicious fresh oysters and champagne, beverages, picnic baskets, cold dishes and braai packs. We even offer room service on the lagoon, so there is no need for you to leave your boat!Being amidst some of the best restaurants the Garden Route has to offer, you can of course also cruise towards Thesen Harbour Town and go for breakfast, lunch or dinner in one of the area’s vibey eateries. Please enquire with our staff for more information and special offers. Our new charter base is located in sophisticated Thesen Islands Harbour Town, where our staff is available for you between 8:30 am and 5 pm.We offer all captains a short navigational course. Once you are fully informed and have a good understanding, we will provide you with a temporary skippers license. So don’t worry if you have never piloted a boat before, most of our customers haven’t either!From our charter base, we offer the following additional services and facilities: Pilots that help you feel at ease and park your boat; Bathrooms with shower cabins and vanity (Hair dryers are also provided in the showers for women); Covered terrace overlooking the estuary where you can relax and have a drink; Renting of fishing rods and towable tubes; Houseboat services that are carried out at a designated jetty and include the following: Fill up with fresh water Re-fuelling (if required) Cleaning and pumping of toilets Check motor cooling system and oil level Rubbish removal Re-supply LP Gas (if required).

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An idyllic, romantic getaway in beautiful Knysna

The highlight of our Garden Route holiday. We spent two wonderful days exploring the Knysna estuary on a houseboat and even spotted a seal on our first night on the lagoon. It is... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The highlight of our Garden Route holiday. We spent two wonderful days exploring the Knysna estuary on a houseboat and even spotted a seal on our first night on the lagoon. It is indeed true, two days relaxing on a boat feels like a week - but in the best way possible. Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for everything! It was truly amazing. Very friendly and helpful we received excellent service.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had 2 nights on one of the houseboats. Skipping around and to anchor in the lagoon is a great experience. Be aware of the tides and listen carefully to the advises during your short skipper's lesson at the beginning of your trip. We can definitely recommend Knysna Housboats.

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Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The botas are very nice but the lagoon depends on the tides to go under the bridge to make the ride bigger.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

we thought it would be daunting having to sit and exam but far from it the video that we were shown was very informative and steering the boat was very easy. everything you need on the boat and we would recommend hiring a fishing rod as great fun. we also made a friend about duck who decided to hitch a... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Houseboats are well maintained and well equipped. The staff were very attentive and pro-active in replenishing fuel and water on a brief visit on their harbour moorings. We really enjoyed our time out on the water, and felt that we had been able to escape the crowds to enjoy the Knysna Lagoon in a unique way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We rented a boat for the day and spent 7 wonderful hours on the Knysna estuary. There were four adults and the space is more than adequate. One can travel up and down the Knysna river and decide for yourself where you want to stop and swim or fish or do whatever you like. A gas braai was supplied and... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Awesome five night stay with great weather. We got to fish, swim, ride the tube and just enjoy being outdoors. Best part of the holiday is you don't need to leave the house for the day's activity - it's all right on your doorstep: just jump overboard!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Next time we will have a better feel for how to spend our time and what one can do.would have liked to be able to moore at some of the other places to be able to explore them too or even grab a coffee or something to eat.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I rented a boat for my son and daughter in-law for just two nights to be with us on Thesens Island as we have a house there. Thinking it would be a fun thing to do. However, the boat broke down just 500m from the mooring and so it was only used for sleeping!! Wont do this again. When we... More 

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