ZAR 150 per night
ZAR 150 per night
African Jewel Lodge, Knysna, South Africa

African Jewel Lodge

Knysna, South Africa - 10 Hill Street West

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Description - Hostel

Truly Knysna’s Jewel, A home away from home, a place to relax and unwind. Take in the fresh coastal air with a drink on the huge porch overlooking the Lagoon on Knysna. A lodge designed with your comfort in mind, Beds made to ensure a comfy sound sleep and an environment to set your soul at ease. African Jewel Lodge is themed African, each room named after an African Language, Art from the locals and a charm that can only be felt here. Truly an African experience. We cater for private Double rooms, Twin rooms a 20 sleeper Dorm room. The lodge caters for the budget traveller. We offer WIFI in all the rooms, and an internet café for those travelling without technology.

Knysna itself is the Crown Jewel of the Garden Route, beauty abounding, nature at its best, with loads of activities to keep you busy for a few days. Celebrated as being one of the Garden Route's best known travel destinations, is situated between lush forests and the shores of a peaceful estuary and offers many activities and attractions to a wide variety of people, Including Featherbed Eco Experience, Knysna Elephant Park, Sunset Cruises, Dinner Crusies, Beer Tasting, Forest Mountain Biking, Oyster Farm Tour, The harvest market, Tubing, Bungi Jumping, Golfing, Hiking, Bird Watching to name just a few.

Discover a wonderfully different Knysna, see her colorful townships and experience her essence. There are a variety of township and cultural tours available. Explore the local Rasta community, eat an African delicacy called “Roosterkoek” or take part in a drumming session. Meet the people – from the Woodcutters in Karatara, to the Italians in Gouna, the Khoi and San Tribes like the Griqua and the Xhosa Speaking people. Experience the Rainbow Nation at its best.

Some of the major Festival attractions Knysna enjoys include the Pink Leorie Gay Mardi Gras (End April/May), The Knysna Oyster Festival (July), The Knysna Marathon (July), The Earth Festival (End July), and of course the famous summer season (December, January) of the garden route. All these events draw thousands of people from all over to enjoy the delights of Knysna.

The Weather:

Knysna has a moderate climate that makes it the perfect destination all year round. Peak season is in the height of summer in December, but the area is popular with international tourists from September (spring) to April (autumn). The mild winters on the Garden Route ensure sunny and beautiful wind-still days and are often referred to as the “secret season”. Truth be told, day-time temperatures rival a balmy European summer, with an average winter temperature around 19`C.

Where to eat:

One will find a selection of fine restaurants, activities, cultural and heritage experiences, adventure and natural encounters to match your mood, age, physique and budget. Wine and dine your way through a formidable array of fine restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs, coffee shops, delicatessens and other interesting eateries. The famous Knysna oyster features on many a menu. From fusion food with an Oriental flavour to nouveau cuisine; from traditional South African dishes such as Cape Malay-inspired bobotie to a Xhosa delicacy known as umnqusho; from a meaty braai to a syrupy sweet koeksister, Knysna offers it all.

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The space
  • Property type: Hostel
  • Guest rooms/units: 6
  • Year built: 2009
  • Renovated: 2011
  • Public classification: 2
Hostel accommodations

Lowest price available: ZAR 150 (South African Rand)

Double Mixed Dorm Quad Sesotho Dorm Single Standard Triple Twin
  • Check-in: 11:00am
  • Check-out: 10:00am

Hostel amenities

African Jewel Lodge is a backpackers Lodge with a touch of class. The normal backpacker amenities can be found here.

Airport pickup BBQ area Bar/lounge Beach Bicycle rental Breakfast (extra charge) Children permitted Gardens Gay friendly Golf Historic site Laundry/valet service Linen included No curfew Open 24 Hours Parking (free) Pets not allowed Pool (outdoor) Safe deposit box Smoking not permitted Tour/sightseeing assistance WIFI (extra charge) WIFI (free)

Room amenities

Dorms consist of Bunk Beds (incl Linen) Privates consist of doubles and singles (incl Linen)

Laundry Facility available Bar Available Communal Bathroom Satelite Television in the Lounge Outdoor seating areas with lagoon and pool views Ample free parking

Backpacker facilities Coffee/tea maker Ensuite Fax service Fireplace (wood burning) Iron/ironing board Non-smoking rooms Shared bathroom Showers without bath Smoking rooms Television Television (cable/satellite) VCR/DVD WIFI Wake-up calls


Knysna is a beautiful Mid garden route town, Naturally beautiful, African Jewel Lodge is situated a mere 2 minute walk from the main road where all the local bars and restuarants can be found. A 10-15 minute stroll from the waterfront.

Points of interest
  • Waterfront (3km)
  • Knysna Heads (5km)
  • Elephant sancutaury (35km)
  • Monkey Land (35km)
  • Birds of Eden (35km)
  • Bungee Jumping (60km)
  • Tenikwa Leopard Sanctuary (35km)
  • Historic Gold Mining fields (15km)

Food and drink
Eating out
Knysna Arms
Local pub / Restuarant
The Lounge Cafe
Local pub / Restuarant
Local pub / Restaurant
Local Fast food Burger Outlet
Kentucky Fried Chicken
World Famous Deep Fried Chicken

Price details

ZAR 150 - 550 per night (South African Rand)

Credit cards accepted on location: VisaMasterCard

Booking and cancellation policy

Unless otherwise specified, booking payments are non-refundable.

50% deposit required to confirm booking.
Balance of payment at check-in.

Cancellations made before arrival:
30+ Days 10% forfeit
15-29 Days 20% forfeit
5-14 Days 50% forefeit
0-4 Days 100% forfeit

Location - Hostel

10 Hill Street West
Western Cape (Province of the Western Cape)
South Africa  6571

Latitude: -34.03295, Longitude: 23.04531

How to get there

Coming from cape town along the N2 Turn left into Gray Street, from PE turn right into Gray Street, take the 2 nd Left into Hill Street west and were on the right at the end of the Cul de sac over the stop street, Cant miss us.

Knysna is situated on the N2 freeway 500km from Cape Town and 280km from Port Elizabeth, Driving is always the best experience in terms of exposure to the route, however, for those that prefer to fly, the options are: Fly to George and drive about 70km on the N2 to Knysna (in the direction towards PE). Alternatively you can fly to Port Elizabeth, and drive 280km to Knysna, on the N2 (in the direction of Cape Town).

GPS co-ordinates for African Jewel Lodge are: S 34°01. 945’ E023°02. 721’

City to City

Nearest airport: George 70km