The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old Knysna power station into a boutique hotel – the result is a quirky wow factor hotel! Some of the rooms are not huge, but they are of acceptable size. The Turbine Hotel is surrounded by water on three sides and comprises 24 individually themed rooms, along with a spa, cafe restaurant and tapas bar.
Kayaking and boating is available on the Knysna lagoon, and inland are excellent hikes and mountain biking trails through the forests. Whale watching can be done in season, and dolphins are regularly spotted. There is also a pool overlooking the water, and an excellent playground just across the road, which faces on to two great restaurants (pizza and tapas) so you can eat whilst keeping an eye on the kids.
Knysna Elephant Sanctuary is within easy reach, which cares for orphaned elephants, and where you can feed, touch and walk with these gentle giants.
The woodlands, rocky hills and waterways of this region make it a must-do drive for visitors. There are any number of charming villages to stop off at and sample the local produce. See especially the Wilderness National Parks Lake District and the lagoons around Knysna.
Ways you can help in Garden Route
Sports is not always a priority in African schools so by volunteering in a sports initiative, you can give local children the chance to develop their love of sports. Support our community upliftment projects in the morning and assist with sports clinics in the afternoons. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the South […]
By joining in you will provide much needed manpower and assist us to make the local schools look and feel like a better place to learn! Many of the schools in Knysna’s townships are in an extremely poor condition and this does not provide a safe or inviting place for children to learn – and […]
A good education is sadly lacking in South Africa, and is a key priority. You can make a difference. You can assist in these ways: 1. Helping at a homework club You can provide educational support by assisting local children with their homework assignments, while ensuring that they gain a better understanding of the material. 2. […]
Lack of employment and accessibility to education is a large cause of poverty in the Knysna area, and this initiative aims to target these areas, providing opportunities to improve various aspects of daily life, including health, diet and basic education for children and adults. You will gain insight into empowerment projects in Africa as well […]