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Blackwaters River Lodge

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Property grounds
Outdoor pool, sun loungers
Outdoor pool, sun loungers

Overview of Blackwaters River Lodge

Blackwaters River Lodge

4.0 star property
Riverfront guesthouse in Knysna with golf course and outdoor pool

9,0/10 Superb

43 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
N2 Highway between Knysna and Sedgefield, opposite the Buffalo Bay turn-off, Knysna, Western Cape, 6570
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Golf course
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Room service
  • Babysitting
  • Business center
  • Airport shuttle
  • Area shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
Feel at home
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Refrigerator
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • Plettenberg Bay (PBZ) - 43 min drive
  • George (GRJ) - 32 miles/51.4 km
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Riverdeck Restaurant - 9 min walk
  • Flippin knys - 13 min walk
  • Caroline's Bistro - 7 min drive
  • Lake Pleasant Garden Bistro - 8 min drive
  • Muse Fusion Food - 9 min drive

About this property

Blackwaters River Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Knysna, Blackwaters River Lodge features a golf course and offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 550.00 per person. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or grab a bite to eat at Earth and Fire, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This upscale guest house also features a bar/lounge, a terrace, and a garden. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff and breakfast.


Afrikaans, English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of CovidClean (Safehotels - global expert)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 18 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 7 PM
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Babysitting*


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 8 AM–11 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service

Traveling with children

  • Playground
  • Babysitting (surcharge)

What to do

  • Volleyball
  • Golfing
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Scooter/moped rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Whale-watching nearby

Working away

  • Business center
  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Pool loungers


  • 4 buildings/towers
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • 9 holes of golf
  • An outdoor pool


  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Afrikaans
  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
  • Select Comfort mattress
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)

What to enjoy

  • Furnished balcony
  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • 20 bathrooms
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Earth and Fire - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Deposit: ZAR 500 per night

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 550.00 per person
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Late check-in after 7 PM can be arranged for an extra charge of ZAR 150.00
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of ZAR 750.00 (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Rollaway beds are available for ZAR 350.00 per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of CovidClean (Safehotels - global expert).


This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Blackwaters River Lodge Knysna
Blackwaters River Lodge
Blackwaters River Knysna
Blackwaters River
Blackwaters River Lodge Knysna
Blackwaters River Lodge Guesthouse
Blackwaters River Lodge Guesthouse Knysna

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Blackwaters River Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
How much does it cost to stay at Blackwaters River Lodge?
As of 28 November 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Blackwaters River Lodge on 30 November 2022 start from R2 440, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is there a pool at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Blackwaters River Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Blackwaters River Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 550.00 per person.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Blackwaters River Lodge?
You can check in from 2 PM - 7 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of ZAR 750.00 (subject to availability).
What is there to do at Blackwaters River Lodge and nearby?
Have fun with onsite activities like rowing and hiking, and practice your swing on the golf course. Additional recreation onsite includes volleyball. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the guesthouse's other amenities, which include a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Blackwaters River Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant, Earth and Fire. Nearby restaurants include Riverdeck Restaurant (9-min walk), Flippin knys (13-min walk), and Caroline's Bistro (4.7 mi).
Does Blackwaters River Lodge have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does Blackwaters River Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a furnished balcony.
What's the area around Blackwaters River Lodge like?
Blackwaters River Lodge is located by the river, a short 1-minute walk from Cape Floral Region Protected Areas and 3 minutes' walk from Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

10/10 Exceptional

Nhlamulo, 6-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

The property is in a quiet, beautiful area by the river just outside Knysna on the N2. The staff were superb and nothing was too much trouble. We had a classic room but if we were staying again we would upgrade to a luxury room. This was not available for our dates but for the price, luxury is a vastly better option. The classic rooms are clean and comfortable but have not yet been refurbished. Be aware that the water from the taps is a dark brown colour and might be off-putting to some. Drinking water is provided and is plentiful. The water wasn’t a problem to us. We loved the setting of the property and enjoyed a tasty breakfast admiring the view from the terrace. An enjoyable visit, thank you!
PMD1959, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Glorious Getaway
It was the best place we have ever booked. The view and friendly staff. Gerald, you are amazing. Thank you once again.
Nosithembele, 2-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Nice little lodge close enough to town
Very nice little lodge about 10 min drive from town. Very accommodating. My room did not have hot water and they were able to move me without hesitation.
Christopher, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

top place
staff and rooms fantastic. food out of this world. can not fault and well recommended
luiz, 2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Lovely quiet little find
What a wonderful little find. Having been affected by the fires last year this hotel is slowly getting back on their feet. We got upgraded to beautiful suites and the little details that were left in our room made it special and memorable. The front of house staff and the kitchen/breakfast guys are absolutely wonderful and so friendly and it was so nice to hear their stories. A great asset to this establishment. There is currently a water problem in SA and this hotel is trying to be resourceful by using water from the lake that runs through their property, the only downside to this is the water coming through the taps is slightly brown which is a little off putting when washing. We would highly recommend this place based on the comfort and staff though!
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10/10 Exceptional

Lovely setting and had a great experience
What a lovely experience we had. So picturesque and with staff who could not be more informative and welcoming. We had a great time with great food, room and service.
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Nice location peaceful retreat
The restaurant was poor. Cooks left to their own devices with little or no training other than being able to put a small pizza together! The owners quite disinterested in following up staffs work to ensure guests get what they pay for! We ordered grilled lamb chops and they were unedible hacked to bits and burned! Over our 4night stay we had cooked breakfast every morning the muesli was old and made me unwell! For South Africa where we have only had delicious food. This was a very poor show!
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

conveniant andfreindly
very good n freindly
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8/10 Very good

Great hotel to base for sightseeing
Very good for a short break very enjoyable visit and friendly staff good restaurant and well priced
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