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“Like visiting good friends”
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Cambalala
Ranked #5 of 126 Knysna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Like visiting good friends”
Reviewed June 5, 2009

The Cambalala is a wonderful place located in the hills of Knysna.
From the terrace you have wonderful view on the lagoon, which invites you to sit there for hours.
The rooms are arranged tastefully with south african charme. Even the "small" rooms are big and spacious.
In the afternoon the hosts serve coffee or tea and delicious selfmade cake. The best cake to the south of Switzerland!!
The hosts welcome you like good old friends and you feel comfortable from the first minute. Their helpful suggestions and tips helped us to turn our trip to a unforgettable holiday.
We will definitely coming back!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Belgium
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Reviewed June 1, 2009

Located in a residential area on the hills of Knysna, the first thing that struck us when we arrived at Cambalala was the amazing view over the bay. I can’t think of many nicer places to watch the sunset than by the Cambalala pool. Bruno and Othmar welcomed us with a piece of their daily home-baked cake and a glass of wine. They were more than happy to help us out with dinner reservations and shared some tips for visiting the area. With two beautiful Siamese cats, you’re definitely at the right place if you’re a cat lover! Our room was spacious, very clean and nicely decorated. Breakfast was served with the same hospitability. We loved every minute of our stay at Cambalala.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bristol
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Reviewed December 15, 2008

We stayed at the Cambalala in November 2008 for 4 nights. It is a wonderful guest house situated in a great location in Knysna with a great view over the lagoon and out to sea.

The owners, Bruno and Othmar, are incredibly friendly, both real characters and were very helpful with booking restaurants, advising on trips and giving us information on the area.

The owners live in the house as well and occupy the upstairs while the guests use the 6 bedrooms on the ground floor. Our bedroom was huge, nicely decorated and with french doors that went out to the garden. The communal kitchen, where breakfast is served, opens up on to the patio next to the pool in the picturesque gardens, from which there are stunning views into knysna.

We recommend this guest house highly, from the location to the parking to the hospitality, everything about it was perfect. The only reason this guest house isn't number 1 on trip advisor is because they haven't had many reviews written, so if you stay here make sure you write a review for them.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Rochdale, UK
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Reviewed December 5, 2008

This is a fabulous 4 Star Guest House proffesionally run by Bruno (German) and Othmar (Swiss) who are fluent in German, Swiss-German, Italian, French and English and their hospitality is second to none. There are 6 very spacious double bedrooms each with their own facilities with balconies that look out onto the immaculately groomed garden with rim flow pool that reflects the stunning view over the Knysna Lagoon. We stayed for 5 nights at the end of November and will most deffinately return on any future visits to the Knysna area. Brilliant!

  • Liked — immaculately presented with great views
  • Disliked — nothing that we disliked
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cambalala

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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