Guide to Knysna's Thesen Islands

Last updated: Jun 05, 2015

For more information on Knysna go to our Knysna Travel Guide.

Knysna is without a doubt one of South Africa's most popular and scenic coastal towns, and the multi-award-wining marina development of Thesen Islands is no exception. The marina consists of 19 man-made islands that are inter-connected via 21 beautifully arched bridges and surrounded by 25 ha of tidal waterways. The only link to the mainland is via a causeway and bridge.

Thesen Islands is located within walking distance of the Waterfront, Yacht Harbour and Knysna's exciting town centre. Facilities and attractions on the island itself include a park, bird hide and bird reserve, gardens and orchards, tennis and squash courts, kiddie's playground and lots more. The island boasts 3 of its own stunning beaches - Main Beach, The Cove and Heritage Bay.

Thesen Harbour Town is a commercial village located only a few minutes away from the residential area. It features a wonderful mix of restaurants, boutiques and offices and a long scenic pier which leads onto the lagoon, offering spectacular views of this area. Restaurants include Quay Four which offers a wide variety of meals as well as great entertainment, East Head Cafe is a family friendly restaurant and boasts amazing views of the area, and Ile De Pain which offers wonderful freshly baked goods. Visitors can also enjoy beer tasting at the famous Mitchell's Brewery while looking over the lagoon.

There are also shops, a spa, gym and kids playground to enjoy. Other interesting activities include the Thesen Island historical walk, whale watching and fishing.

Excellent accommodation on offer at Thesen Islands

Here are a few of the finest options:

Thesen Islands Lodges is situated in the heart of the island and offers self-catering or B&B options. Boasting elegant décor, open-plan architecture and a unique and relaxing atmosphere.

Restio Place offers guests a fully equipped, secure and stylish home located on one of the primary waterways of the marina. It boasts a deck pool, braai area and breath-taking views.

Thesen Islands Destinations are a range of stylishly decorated self-catering villas, all fully equipped with luxuries and home comforts. Guests can indulge in sundowners on the private deck while enjoying the beautiful sunset.

Lagoon View on Thesen Islands is a private 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom unit and has a sundeck, braai facilities and magnificent lagoon views. It is located on the water's edge and can accommodate up to 6 guests.

Thesen Islands - This villa is a private 3 bedroom home and is fully equipped with everything you'll need - including underfloor heating as well as a gas fireplace for the colder months. The villa can accommodate up to 7 guests.

Knysna and its surrounds offer a wide range of fantastic activities and attractions to enjoy, with plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Taking in the picturesque views from Knysna Heads, meeting and interacting with the elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park, exploring the Featherbed Nature Reserve, sailing on the Knysna Lagoon, experiencing the Paddle Cruiser and Springtide Charters, shipwreck diving off Knyna's coast and oyster tasting to name just a few. There are also a choice of world-class golf courses, hiking trails, beaches, picnic sites and restaurants to be enjoyed.

For more information on Knysna go to our Knysna Travel Guide.