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Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge
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Reviewed February 17, 2008

We stayed at this lodge for just two days but wish we could have stayed longer. It sits atop a hill overlooking a lagoon just a couple of minutes drive to the center of Knysna.

The main lounge is charming. In front is an infinity pool which overlooks the lagoon. Wifi is free in this area. There was a small problem with it when we were there but Craig (the owner) drove to the hotel in barely 5 minutes and fixed it - we were impressed.

Each room is an individual log-type cabin/villa. The bedroom is of a good size with a large. well-stocked mini-bar. Storage space is ample. The bathroom is huge with a jacuzzi bath and two showers! Attention to detail is fantastic - bath salts, bath oil, and candles are just some of the little things they offer. The windows are huge so views are great and oh yes, each room has a veranda with a good view.

Breakfast is served by the owners themselves ( Louise offers a wonderful honey toasted meusli that you must try - its seriously good). They offer a very substantial variety of freshly prepared items.

Bear in mind that as with many other guest houses, you will need a car to get around.

  • Stayed: February 2008
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2  Thank 2totravel7162
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Reviewed December 27, 2007

Lovely individual lodges with wetrooms, twin-head showers, spa baths, aircon and great views over Knysna lagoon. Very good value for money, and service from Craig, Louise et al was excellent. They don't do dinner, but 34 degrees south in Knysna would be my tip for eating out.

Breakfast is refreshingly different from the standard fry-up or rabbit-food (Louise is a trained chef). Cheesy pancakes with mushrooms were fantastic, although they'll do the standard routine if that's what you prefer. There is free wifi available in the main lodge area.

A very pleasant stay all in all and a great choice for a stopover on the garden route.

Stayed: December 2007
2  Thank Alex T
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Reviewed November 26, 2007

Elephant Hide, Kynsna is a wonderful guest house offering 6 individual wooden lodges overlooking the lagoon. Beautifully in keeping with its surroundings, the lodges are delightfully luxurious. From the loo with a view, a jacuzzi bath and wet room to the enormous bed, verandah and mini-bar. The breakfasts were fantastic and the hospitality of all the staff was wonderful.

Just a word of advice though - double check that they have made your reservation for dinner. We had a problem with one where the restaurant claimed that the reservation hadn't been made - but the guest house claimed they had. We were caught in the middle and it rather soured the meal. Which was a pity because the restaurant (34 Degrees South) was very quirky and it should have been enjoyable.

If you like a bit of a thrill you must get the guest house to book you onto the Treetop Adventure at Storms River. For someone who won't go on rides at Theme Parks, I amazed myself with this one!

The only downside (and this probably applies to the whole of Knysna) is the N2. It is a very busy road and the trucks use it all day and all night. Whilst Elephant Hide is a long way from the road, the sound of traffic is always there. But, like I said, this is probably true for all of Kynsna.

Apart from that - Elephant Hide is a hidden gem. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank DebbieKent
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Reviewed March 19, 2007

Had 5 nights at Elephant Hide, but only managed to use the pool once due to poor weather. When it rains here it pours. No restaurant, but excellent food in Knysna itself or just down the road. Elephant hide is about 2 miles from the centre.

We had a lovely room ( room 1) which had a beautiful bathroom. The staff were very friendly and breakfast was enormous.

Only downside was some road noise from the busy N2 which is below the lodge.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Thompsons_hols
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Reviewed February 6, 2007

This is a wonderful lodge to stay in and highly recommended.
The main lodge and each individual lodge is beautifully constructed and decorated with natural timber and fibres. The attention to detail is excellent, especially in the wonderful bathrooms with lovely bath salts and bubbles to use in the spa bath whilst enjoying a cold drink from the mini bar whilst watching the sun set over the lagoon. The hospitality was great with a family feel and Fish could not do enough to help us.
Something a bit different and highly recommended.

Stayed: November 2006
7  Thank tedrux
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