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A journey is better measured

in friends rather than distance

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Knysna: a town that will delight your senses

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Share your experiences and stories

at our breakfast club

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The Candlewood Experience

From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel the warmth of the welcome at Candlewood. Perched high above the Knysna Lagoon with stunning views of the famous Knysna Heads, our award-winning, eco-friendly guesthouse offers an unsurpassed level of hospitality.
Our seven beautifully appointed guest rooms have been designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. In fact, everything you could wish for in a ‘home from home’ at the heart of South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route.


Welcome to our world.






Ines & Andreas.

Come to Knysna

There are few places in Africa that can offer as many varied and spectacular visitor attractions as Knysna. In the language of the Koisan, the region’s original inhabitants, Knysna means ‘the place of wood’. The impressive forests that surround the town have brought the town peace and prosperity throughout the centuries, while the surrounding scenery of the Garden Route’s Outeniqua Mountains, lakes, lagoons and pristine beaches provide magical experiences for today’s traveller and explorer.

What makes us so special?

Hosts that care

Your cheerful, enthusiastic hosts are passionate about service and hospitality. Every guest receives a genuinely warm welcome and is invited to share the delights of imaginative, freshly prepared breakfasts from locally-sourced produce, delightful home-bakes – and lifetime membership of our unique ‘Gin Club’! Always ready to provide help and advice on local attractions, places to eat and exciting activities, they’ll make sure that your stay at Candlewood is truly memorable.

Home comforts

Candlewood is light and airy with modern décor complemented by interesting artworks from Africa and around the world. It enjoys panoramic views over the Knysna Lagoon and The Heads to the Indian Ocean beyond. Our lush, well-kept garden features a sunny patio, large sparkling pool and spa. What better way to relax at the end of a busy day’s sightseeing than to sip a glass of excellent South African wine while gazing across the water?

Two travellers – two Heads

Our many journeys have taken us around the whole world and throughout the entire African continent. We have fond memories of each place with their unique landmarks and impressive natural wonders. We have got to know people from all over the world who have impressed us with their hospitality. Now it’s time for us to return some of this hospitality in a special place. Just as the Knysna Heads protect the lagoon from the ocean waves we, too, are dedicated to offering travellers a place of calm and serenity.

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