We arrived very late to check in to the island vibe hostel. We didnt even do a booking in advance. But the staff was so freindly and it was no problem to stay a night at the doorm. The room was tidy and clean, as well as the own bathroom. Especially the pool was a highlight for us because the pools of the hostel were all more green than welcoming. We got a map of Knysna and the lovely woman even marked all important spots, told us about different trips they offer and gave us advise, where to go out for dinner. It was a really great experiance and thanks so much for the awesome accomodation

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Had an awesome time in this hostel, great employees and management. Had a really fun time over there, rooms were fine. We organized a beer pong tournament with the hostel and we just had a great time overall, was a crazy night for sure.

Mark P
Groningen, Netherlands

Excellent service, good staff, very friendly, security very good, parking very secure. Walking distance to all amenities. Good value for money too. I sleepy in a very clean dorm, perfect toilets, very clean bending.

Alain Assumani K
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Our stay at Island Vibe was very enjoyable. The staff were very helpful and the facilities great. The private room was spacious and well priced. Very convenient and secure with a hire car too. Small pool and BBQ/bar form a lively hub. Easy walk to town/waterfront.

Perth, Australia

The hostel is good placed in Main Street, not far from bars and pubs. If there is good weather- just jump into the pool and have barbecue with the other travelers..
Shower is hot and everything is clean enough to feel comfortable 🙂 The best thing: you get insider information for what you can do and the staff has an advice for the best township tour you can do!!!! The drinks in the bar are cheap, so good start to go out afterwords.. 🙂

Angela B

Hey guys. We stopped over in Knysna for 2 nights in July. I was traveling with my 3 girls, which can be a challenge. When we checked in at Island Vibe Bev advised us where to go and what to do. Also, the safety talk was great. We were told where to walk during the day and where not to at night. We booked into the house which was great because we had the place to ourselves and felt like we were in a home away from home. The house had the comforts that a family or group would look for. We were taken on a tour of the Knysna Heads which was great. Orin was very informative on the tour. The Bar and outside area is nice and social and we got to meet other people from around the world. I can really recommend Island Vibe. Great value for money. Well done team!


This place was great. The staff were really warm and friendly. Organise everything that you want to do in knysna. Really clean and nice facilities. Well located close to town and the shops. There is free Wi-Fi available and the prices are really good.

Jordan A
Tumby Bay, South Australia, Australia

Me and my friend stayed for 3 nights at island vibe. Nice kitchen, large area to hang out with pool table, soccer table and a pool! And a secure parking area. Staff was very friendly and interested. They told us a lot about the activities and gave us advice about nice places to eat.

Emma Wit
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Island Vibe is a perfectly located backpackers, right next to shops, restaurants, the garage and a short walk to the beautiful waterfront. The staff are amazing and friendly and willing to help out with anything! They make mean braais (the best braai I've had in SA) and keep the place organised, and in tip top condition. Rooms are comfy, spacious and very very clean. Free and fast wifi, cool bar area and vibey music to keep the night flowing. If you get a chance challenge Freddie (aka Anele) to a game of pool... Actually don't, go on his team then you'll be sure to win! Will definitely be back at this place in the near future, can't wait to see all the renovations finished!
Oh and only thing I would say is watch out for their super clean glass doors, they hurt!!


The Island Vibe is located in central Knysna, the private rooms are big and nicly decorated. The staff is very helpful. The hostal is not to big and has nice common areas (incl. billard and kicker), so it is easy to come in contact with other travellers. Every eve (depending on the weather) there is the possibility to make barbeque ("braai"). The place undergoes currently some renovations of the public areas, afterwards it will be even nicer.

Frankfurt, Germany

amazing service, great friendly staff. the trips are an absolute bargain at 3 hour excursions at such a low price. loved our time here, so had to stay longer! couldn't recommend highly enough. on the baz bus route also, very near to the mall and waterfront too.


We booked a double private ensuite room. We wanted a good nights rest and were lucky to be placed in a separate house, around the corner from the hostel. The room and house was clean, peaceful and spacious. Good location just off the main road.

Sharnay N
Durban, South Africa

While this may not be the biggest backpackers in the "Island Vibe" group, it is by far the BEST! Located right on Main Street, it's right around the corner from the supermarket and about a 5-10 minute walk to the main shops and restaurants at the Quay. The staff is super friendly and the in-house tour guide Oren is knowledgeable and willing to arrange any excursions you might be interested in (when you first arrive, he invites you on a FREE tour up to the Knysna Heads-- just make sure you tip him!!) After Bev, Island Vibe Knysna's cool front desk clerk, checks you in, you get a quick tour of the place then hit the bar for some good cheap drinks. Come night time, Adiel (I'm pretty sure that's his name) gets the fire going for a great braai and he'll probably challenge you to do a cannonball into the pool-- DO IT!! All the rooms are clean, and I watched them strip the beds after each guest checked out (I can't say the same for some of the other backpackers I stayed in on this trip). The kitchen is small, but big enough for a backpackers of this size, and you can sit outside with your coffee if the weather is nice or enjoy your breakfast on a large family-style dining room table (just don't try and move it because it took six of us to get it down the stairs!!) Overall, I stayed at backpackers from Cape Town to Jeffrey's Bay and this was easily my favorite one. Hope to see you guys again some day!!


Found Island Vibe whilst touring round SA by motorcycle with 2 friends from UK. It was about the best place we stayed at, great staff, clean & friendly. Thanks Bev, will be back for sure.

Richard Ayerst
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

The hostel was a great place to stay. Staff were great and brought a lot of character to the visit. Visit the store just down the street to grab some meat to braii (BBQ) at night for dinner.

Orin's Knysna wow tour is a great overview of the Knysna area. He takes you on a packed day through the area including canoeing, a visit to the Knysna heads, a forest hike, and a tour of the township complete with a meal and a visit to the Rastafarian community. He's full of lots of facts about the town and its surroundings.

David S

SA is wonderful - and our stay at the Island Vibe was the best part. A place to have an entertaining braai until late in the evening, relax during the day and, most of all, a place to make friends. We'll truly never forget what we experienced here. The staff is really helpful and the best company to make a great night even greater. We can honestly highly recommend this place and have nothing else to say than: "thank you, until next time".


I've been there for the third time now and Im sure it won't be last time I stayed at the Island Vibe! The hostel upvalues itself every time: New awesome wall paintings done by a domestic artist makes you feel the African spirit even more. The always friendly, caring and funny staff has got a new member, Moses. A very funny guy that will take you to the beach for a game of soccer or beach volleyball. The fully licensed bar gives you the great opportunity to start your party at the Island Vibe- and to end it there!

Island Vibe Knysna- for me THE PLACE to be in Knysna!

Sebastian S