Everyone gets the introduction tour! Grab your camera, we’re heading to the Heads to learn a little of their history and to watch the sun depart for the day. Return to Island Vibe to enjoy an ice cold local beer or glass of wine and make a toast to another day in paradise.
Knysna is surrounded by indigenous forest and beautiful winding pathways, so really, get out there and smell the fresh air, work those lungs! Either book a trip through reception or if you have your own set of wheels, grab a local map and find your way. It’s worth it.
If hiking isn’t your thing, you might enjoy a gentle paced horse ride through the indigenous Harkerville forests or, a little extra vroom, on a quad bike instead.
This is the largest Rastafarian community living in South Africa. Comprising of 30 families, the Rasta community in Judah Square, Knysna promotes peace and spiritualism. They long to show you their quartier, a section of the Knysna Township that has grown from self-fundraising efforts, and now boasts a tabernacle (a church), an Educare Centre, a holistic healing centre, an office, a food stall and a community hall. The vision is to grow tourism so that these businesses can operate sustainably within Judah Square itself.
If Rastafarians don’t do it for you, come taste Knysna’s very own craft beers. All are completely natural, made with 100% barley, water, hops and yeast and contain no artificial preservatives or chemicals.
You can choose your method of getting out there; what we insist is that you do actually get out on the lagoon and ravage the sights that await you. Put your own muscle in it by kayaking or “SUPing” (stand up paddle). If feeling a tad idle indulge in a lunchtime or sunset cruise, treat yourself to oysters and sip on your favourite cold beverage. Exert your heart rate one step further and board a trip heading out through the dramatic Knysna Heads into the ocean in search of the majestic Southern Right and Humpback whales.
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.. :)
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
A drive around town to point out the highlights – and to taste a bit of Knysna. Brewery, oysters and stroll through the African market.We always try to keep in mind the money situation of the backpacking traveler and so you will surely find a trip to suit your pocket. Ranging from R25 to R250 or so. There are loads of other interesting places too to which we organize transport or give you directions – Elephant parks, Monkeyland and Boat cruises on the lagoon to name but a few.
The Knysna Elephant Park is an excellent half day outing and allows you to see, touch and smell elephants really close up! Options include feeding, riding or walking these gentle giants.
This is a definite while in Knysna. Take to the water on any one of these spectacular cruises - Three Leg Tour, Sunset cruise on The John Ben or a ride on the elegant paddle cruiser – and listen to stories, history and interesting facts about the lagoon and in particular the Knysna Sea Horse.
“Discover Scuba” is the perfect introduction to the underwater world of diving. Hosts of different dive sites, including the Wreck of Paquita, boat dives beyond the Heads as well as within the lagoon. PADI affiliated.
The serene Kaaiman’s gorge holds one of the most beautiful abseil sites. You have a chance to do two 45m abseils next a magnificent waterfall. The first is an easy one, the second more technical but just as exhilarating. And to top it all off is this unconventional landing site – a canoe awaits you at the bottom!
Boulder hopping and swimming your way along narrow gorges which at times are only one metre wide and 80m deep is the name of this game. An abundance of waterfalls (four in total) gives you the added adrenalin rush of being lowered down through the falling water. Once down the first one, there’s no turning back! Once at the bottom, swim out from behind the waterfall.
No visit to Knysna is complete without having at least tasted an Oyster, if not actually feasted on. And then there is the entire 10 day festival in July when you can go wild on oyster prepared in a variety of delicious ways.
Knysna is one of South Africa’s best whale watching destinations, and the ocean adjacent to its sweeping coastline is abounding with whale activity during winter and spring. Many other extraordinary marine species are seen here throughout the year.
Tandem skydive over the most scenic drop zone in Africa - if not in the world. Very few experiences can beat the thrill of human flight. This is especially true for the duration of the freefall – a full 35 seconds of rush.