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“Dippenaar family: Port Elizabeth”

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Blackwaters River Lodge
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1 review
“Dippenaar family: Port Elizabeth”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

We had a wonderful time at Blackwater Lodge. If you need to get away from it all and relax, this is the place to go !
Accommodation is upmarket, the staff very friendly and helpful, and the surrounds breathtaking.



  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

I will recommend Blackwaters River Lodge as your base for exploring the Garden Route. Not only does it's location allow you to do many day trips from here, the setting and ambiance would want you to stay for longer than one night. Most of the rooms have lovely views over the forest and river, and even if you just want to relax around the pool or on the deck, there is activities for the children on site like kayaking up the river, playing golf or some other games provided. The owners, Paul and Elmay make you feel like house guests, and no request is too big. Attention to all the little details are given painstakingly and speak of a great passion and dedication from the team. Do not be mis-lead by the star grading, this place is a high 4 star quality! The on-site restaurant serves delicious home-cooked meals. We had such a great time the first two nights, that we had to extend it!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Our stay at the lodge was the highlight of our vacation. It is set in a gorgeous valley, and is a perfect base to explore Knysna and surroundings (the forests and the beaches). The staff were very friendly and helpful. We plan to stay there again next time!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Hinton, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

An amazingly beautiful place to stay. Elmay and the staff were so pleasant and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble and we were offered lots of advice on places to visit and things to see. A definite stopover on our next trip to South Africa, Thanks again

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

We were lucky enough to choose Blackwaters River Lodge as our Knysna stop during a tour of the garden route in November 2013. From the minute we arrived we felt relaxed and well looked after. Elmay and her team have managed to find the right balance of spoiling and indulging their clients without intruding or making it look like a forced thing.

The natural smiles of the staff compliment the stunning grounds and peaceful accommodation. Anything we could ask for was accommodated and their local knowledge also allowed us to explore the surrounding areas and see the best bits.

Jonathan's food left us spoilt and his breakfast's always started the day on a most positive note - he is a passionate chef and it shows in his food.

The lodges expansive grounds mean that you can always find a peaceful spot with a great view or gather with friends and share a sun downer. There continues to be a lot of attention to detail in the accommodation and grounds that come not just from a good owner but someone who is passionate to share this magical spot they have found.

Our favorite part of our stay was being able to take Kayaks straight off the grounds onto the river behind and spend a peaceful day paddling all the way to the ocean; we saw wildlife galore but never another human being - where else can you find that these days?

We would recommend a visit to Blackwaters and will certainly be back next time we are in South Africa. Thank you Elmay and Team.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape St Francis, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 24 February 2014

Very likeable Lodge with good service
Food very good and prices very reasonable.
Privacy is good and peaceful surrounds.
Proximity to Knysna is a bonus and prices should remain lower than comparable accommodation in Knysna itself.
Support and restaurant, although willing and pleasant, need additional experience and finesse.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

My family and I spend 4 nights in January at this beautiful hidden piece of heaven. Since the minute we arrived , we felt so welcome and at home. The owners with their staff were always friendly, helpful and nothing was ever too much for them to make us feel comfortable. Spacious bedrooms and bathrooms with lovely views and tranquil surroundings. Cleanliness and hygiene top priority for cleaning staff. Went with the canoes down the river and experienced amazing birdlife. Restaurant serves lovely meals and has friendly staff. Really enjoyed the freshly baked bread from the wood fired / pizza oven and slider trio (3 mini hamburgers with different sauces on the plate). We liked the idea that we are away from the noise but also very central to enjoy activities in the area. Would love to come back in the near future.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Blackwaters River Lodge
Address: Just off N2, Opposite Buffels Bay turn-off | Goukamma Valley, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Blackwaters River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in Knysna's Goukamma valley surrounded by indigenous forests you'll find the luxurious Blackwaters River Lodge. Here you can wake to the call of the fish eagle, relax in beautiful gardens, go canoeing on the river, play a round of golf on our mashie golf course, laze around the pool or just enjoy the peace and tranquility from your verandah. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river or freshly prepared meals from our wood fired oven in our Earth and Fire Restaurant. In addition you are only 3min away from Buffelsbaai Beach and 10min from the bustling town of Knysna. ... more   less 
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