Blackwaters River Lodge

N2 Goukamma Valley, Knysna 6570 South Africa
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4.5
#7 of 30 hotels in Knysna
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Travellers' Choice
Tucked away in Knysna's Goukamma valley surrounded by indigenous forests you'll find the luxurious Blackwaters River Lodge. Here you can wake to the call of the fish eagle, relax in beautiful gardens, go canoeing on the river, play a round of golf on our mashie golf course, laze around the pool or just enjoy the peace and tranquility from your verandah. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river or freshly prepared meals from our wood fired oven in our Earth and Fire Restaurant. In addition you are only 3min away from Buffelsbaai Beach and 10min from the bustling town of Knysna.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Golf course
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Fishing
Car hire
Taxi service
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Seating area
Iron
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
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Refrigerator
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Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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De Dy wrote a review Sept 2020
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Blackwater River Lodge a week ago under Level 2 of Lockdown. I can tell they really cared about the protocol of COVID-19 for Guest safety. It started to check our temperature and filled the guest's details before check-in and They even sanitized the room key. Also, the room was so clean and they placed a sanitizer bottle in the room. It was really impressed me as a guest! The view from the room was remarkable. Breakfast and dinner were handled well with all COVID-19 protocols enforced. I felt very safe and comfortable staying there and the staff are very humble and pleasant!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Kerianne d wrote a review Sept 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This venue is stunning and exceeded our expectations, from the beautiful nature sounds to receiving ‘The breakfast box’ which was a ‘highlight’ and the room felt extremely fresh and sanitized. The staff were professional and always kept their masks on and treated us amazing. There were sanitation points all over the property which is great for adults and children, the new deli has convenient portions of food to buy which is great for everyone. The picnic spots are so nicely situated along the river that you can relax with your family. This experience was unique and so much fun in this new norm of doing things. Everyone should experience the knysna forest here.
On a side note the conference room is beautiful and very professional to hold meetings.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nikhil Bhatia wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Blackwaters River Lodge during Christmas 2019 and I must compliment the entire resort staff in making the stay a memorable one. The check in was swift, and a special shout out to Zandrea who made sure we were comfortable and showed us our way around the property. The rooms are spacious and I got one with a Golf Course view. The property itself is pretty stunning, nestled away in the small area of Goukamma, about 20km before Knysna. For the leisure junkies, plenty of area to laze around and those seeking some thrill, there is the option to Kayak in the river adjacent to the property. And yes, the golf course is a fully functional one as well.
The breakfast spread is sumptuous. There is a fully functional swimming pool (not a large one though) as well.

If you have rented a car, it would make sense to eat at the one of the numerous beautiful waterfront restaurants of Knysna, which is literally a 20 min drive from the resort. The resort has good lunch / dinner options as well but we preferred to hang around Knysna instead.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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ABarnard148 wrote a review Feb 2022
Pretoria, South Africa9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Still one of our favourite places to visit when in the Garden Route. Guests are truly spoiled and treated with so much love. We are blown away by how the owner Elmay has adapted to still offer excellent service during a time of so many restrictions. Lovely individual welcome packs and welcome drinks on arival, our room sanitised and sealed, sanitisers in our bedrooms and everything done with a soft approach and touch of nature

We love this property because we can just relax, excellent food and service from the restaurant, braai baskets and picnic baskets available. Spoiled for choice with water - beautiful pool or a swim in the river and a quick 10 minute drive to Buffalo Bay beach.

One can see that the owners take pride in their property. Housekeeping staff are neatly dressed and had masks on all the time. An added value besides the canoes, golf and stand up paddling, one can also hire bicycles to take a ride up the forest.

Thank you once again for a memorable stay
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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DuaneHedger wrote a review Sept 2020
George, South Africa12 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were able to revisit Blackwaters River Lodge on a business trip recently and as always were really made to feel like family. The extra care taken, the little spoils and best of all Hygiene and attention to detail regarding Covid-19 rules and regulations. From sanitizers in rooms and all over the premises to taking temperatures and ensuring we were healthy :) ..... and still we were treated like family.
What a great place to stay. Tranquil, central to everything and a peace of Heaven away from the normal strains and stresses of life. Thanks Elmay and Paul and your team. See you again soon
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Monty L wrote a review Feb 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were part of a company weekend wih our families at this idyllic piece of paradise. So centrally situated between Knysna and Sedgefield on a beautiful river. It took us a mere 10 minutes to get to the beautiful Buffalo Bay beach.

Everyone was totally blown away by the passionate care and attention to detail the owners has put into this property. Staff are all so friendly, happy and helpful. Nothing was too much for them. Great food and service in the restaurant. The one owner Elmay is such a bubbly peson and it is a pleasure to see her involved with her staff and always keeping an eye on everything. We even saw her arranging flower pots for the restaurant

The kids had a ball. Played on the grass volley ball area, used the canoes and stand up paddle boards, golf and fun in the swimming pool. We were truly spoiled and it felt like a 2 week holiday. Dont forget the afternoon coffee around the pool with something sweet to enjoy.

We were very impressed with the subtle implementation of Covid 19 protocols all over the establishment. Sanitiser stations every where and housekeeping staff very good with wearing masks.

We will certainly return to Blackwaters River Lodge. For a business planning session or family break away. One can see that the owners Paul and Elmay enjoy what they are doing and love their property.

Well done and thank you.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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JohnBtrav wrote a review Feb 2022
Villiersdorp, South Africa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have not been back to Blackwaters River Lodge until January 2022. The proud owners call this place themselves “our place of magic”. And that is what it truly is. From the sincere welcome and check in by Elmay herself, Chantell escorting us and settling us into our room to the day of check out. One feels welcome, appreciated and very safe with all the open spaces, fresh air and incredible natural surroundings.

Elmay can pride herself in ensuring that guests feel safe and comfortable during their stay at Blackwaters River Lodge. Her attention to detail is immaculate and in a very shuttle way, all COVID 19 protocols are in place and enforced

We really enjoyed the afternoon tea and sweet surprise daily in the lounge. We loved the walks up the forest and tasty home cooked dishes in the restaurant.

Make sure that when you book here, stay at least three nights. We will be back again.
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All rooms have baths and showers that is great
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eady56 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hove, United Kingdom121 contributions88 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We absolutely loved this place, we stayed here on one of our nights on our 4 day garden route tour, The rooms were lovely and comfortable and there were lots of lovely little touches. Home made flapjacks, think it was Port. The way the towels were presented on the bed. We were taken down to the waterfront for dinner and when we returned to the room, there were chocolates and a drink by our bed, The breakfast the next morning was lovely and fresh and you could order cooked items. We just wish we could have stayed here longer and enjoyed the experience of this hotel. If were ever travelling in this area again, this would be our number 1 place to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Juanita wrote a review Jan 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Blackwaters River Lodge for one week. We were welcomed enthusiastically and could immediately see and feel the tranquility of the space.

The room was tastefully decorated and clean. The staff were helpful and friendly. Elmay, the owner, has everything well organized.

This is a must experience when traveling through the Garden Route!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gifty wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom58 contributions53 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'm touring Cape Town in South Africa through Hylton Ross Exclusive Touring Company. One of the stops we made was at Blackwater River Lodge owned by Elmay Bouwer and Paul Theron. As you entered your room you'll just say 'Wow'. Beautiful rooms, lounge area with log fire place, and breathtaking grounds where you can play golf, walk, go canoeing in the river or simply sit and savour the moment. This was the unanimous view of the people in my group. The co-owner Elmay is a very friendly and helpful person. We were well taken care of and we loved the little messages left for each guest in our rooms. We even got a nice little gift as we left. This is a must visit place. Worth every penny of their reasonable charge. The atmosphere in the lounge felt like being home from home.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Excursion43314391345 wrote a tip Jul 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plan to stay longer."
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ABarnard148 wrote a tip Feb 2023
Pretoria, South Africa9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Garden cottages are nice and cool in summer"
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Monty L wrote a tip Jan 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Classic suites are nice and cool and great for parents with kids Luxury units get afternoon sun but has aircons"
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Monty L wrote a tip Jul 2022
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We love the rooms overlooking the River but garden cottages are cosy and parents with kids will enjoy the grass"
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JohnBtrav wrote a tip Feb 2022
Villiersdorp, South Africa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have baths and showers that is great"
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,370 - R 2,264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeKnysna
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blackwaters River Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Blackwaters River Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Buffalo Bay (7.3 km), Goukamma Nature Reserve (1.9 km), and 7 Passes Scenic Drive (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blackwaters River Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bell Tavern, Social Eatery & Bar, and Blackwaters River Lodge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blackwaters River Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Blackwaters River Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St George's Anglican Church (10.3 km).
Does Blackwaters River Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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