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Cambalala
Ranked #5 of 126 Knysna B&B and Inns
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“Excellent hosts with the most”
Reviewed November 29, 2011

This place is the best overall guesthouse that my wife and I experienced whilst in SA (tried 2 others whilst visiting the Garden Route) - from a fully stocked minibar, immaculate grounds, delicious breakfast, transport to/from dinner and first class hosts, this husband & wife team(+ Max) will not disappoint. Nice work and thank you to the Cambalala team!

Room Tip: check price difference between room types - worth opting for the largest room in my opinion.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Dubai
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We had the pleasure of staying with Nicole and Georgio for the first part of our journey on the Garden Route and as part of our honeymoon. This place is so lovely I wanted to live there for ever. Very tastefully done, great location and the hosts were lovely. Breakfast was amazing and the attention to detail in this Guest House is amazing. We are very fussy travellers and really could not find fault. Nicole - if you read this we accidentally stole the adaptor - so sorry!! It's attached to my phone charger still. Thanks again to both of you for a lovely stay and such lovely hospitality. You deserve to be the number one place in Knysna - good luck to both of you (and Max of course) and we hope to see you again soon! Thank you also for the kind gift voucher for our honeymoon - so kind!

Room Tip: The honeymoon suite was lovely but we 'peeked' into the others and all of them absolutely lo...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Buonas, Schweiz
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Reviewed March 25, 2011

As regular visitors to South Africa and the Garden Route we know Cambalala since the very early days when it opened in 2007. Over the years we stayed there a number of times. Of course we were very curious how the successors are doing and what they changed. We were more than impressed! The site where Cambalala is situated is probably one of the most beautiful in Knysna if not in the country and the house itself was a gem. Giorgio and Nicole made some changes and upgrades to the house and to the rooms. Topping this will be a real challenge to others. The rooms are not only very modern and tasteful arranged in a African style but are also very well equipped with Nespresso coffee machine, WLAN, IPod docking station, free mini bar etc. The garden now has a Lounge that looks gorgeous and allows you to enjoy the stunning views in a very relaxed surrounding. But best of all are of course Nicole and Giorgio. Not only they offer an excellent breakfast (what is very important to us) but they also are making everything to make you feel at home, take care about you, help out with whatever you need and make you’re stay a real vacation. Thank you both for having us as your guests!! (of course to the 3 of you – I don’t want to upset Max by ignoring him  ). We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2011

Currently staying in the hotel as we are writing this review. Simply put this is a slice of heaven. The location is fantastic with far reaching views over the lagoon. The hotel grounds and communal areas are immaculate and the rooms large and spacious with simply everything one could ask for and more. Made to feel very special by the owners who take care of all your needs.

Nothing quite like having a glass of wine with your legs dipped in the infinity pool looking out to sea. Simply cannot fault this place in any way. If you are coming to Knysna put this Hotel at the top of your list.......you won't be disappointed!

David and Danielle

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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bristol
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Reviewed November 29, 2010

Cambalala is a modern guest house run by Nicole and Georgio. The rooms have every luxury and the view over the bay is to die for.
The hosts couldn't have been more welcoming and we were offered drinks by the pool, fabulous breakfasts and even a bbq one night and then there's Max!
I would unhesitatingly recommend Cambalala to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

Nicole and George, the new owners of the guest house, totally refurbished and then reopened it beginning of November 2010. It turned out just perfect! The great view over the complete lagoon of Knysna stayed the same of course but what makes you relax from the first minute after arrival is the new beautiful garden, pool and outdoor lounge. Nicole and George try to make you feel at home in their guest house - they serve a delicious breakfast and have great tips on what to do in the area and where to go for dinner in Knysna. Wireless LAN and I-Pod stations in every room as well as international TV programs underline the 5-star accomodation standard.
We will definately come back and recommend this place to everyone planning a trip to Knysna!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Machelen, Belgium
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

Cambalala will always remain for us a valuable memory of a “paradise-like” place, with stunning top-of-the-hill views of Knysna’s lagoon.
One week spent in this beautiful guest house seemed for us too short as we felt like you can never get enough to admire the changing colours of the lagoon while relaxing in the garden, next to the stylish swimming pool.
A great signature of the place are the delicious “5 o’clock coffee and cake” breaks (a different cake baked every day by our host Bruno!!!).
After visiting the breath-taking places around Knysna and having exquisite dinner experiences (most of the places were recommended by our hosts), we always felt like “coming back home” to our room in Cambalala - a carefully maintained property, decorated with minimal-modern touch and perfected by good quality.
This experience of total immersion in relaxation, beauty and comfort would have never been complete without our hosts’ hospitality and friendliness.
Thank you Bruno and Othmar!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cambalala
Address: 46 Circular Drive | Paradise, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cambalala 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cambalala is a luxury guest house ideally situated in Paradise with magnificent views over the lagoon. This is the perfect place to forget about the rest of the world and lose yourself in South Africa's favourite town. We proudly offer stylish and comfortable accommodation with the very best of service and hospitality. Each of the five double en-suite rooms emphasize comfort and exude style. High quality linen, underfloor heating, minibars, TVs, iPod docking systems, safes, Wi-Fi Internet access and Nespresso machines create suites that are left wanting nothing. Private balconies offer views over the beautiful indigenous garden and clear infinity pool which blends seamlessly with the panoramic lagoon views in the distance. ... more   less 
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