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Surrounded by the Knysna River and salt marshes, Leisure Isle is a tiny island reached via a single causeway from the mainland. It’s a suburb of Knysna, located on the southern coast of the Western Cape Province. This region on the Garden Route, one of South Africa’s premier destinations.
The properties on Leisure Isle are a combination of old money mansions and modern, grand homes bounded by fertile gardens and narrow lanes. The lanes encourage an active lifestyle of walking, running or cycling to conveniences nearby.
The area falls under the protection of the South African National Parks Board who ensure that the island remains pristine. A 17ha nature reserve on the northern end of the island is closely managed by SAN Parks.
Leisure Isle has a small harbour on the northern end and the beach at Bollard Bay in the west looks out at the Knysna Heads, two gigantic promontory pillars on either side of the Knysna lagoon mouth.
Leisure Isle epitomises social living in a safe – and green – environment.
Top 8 reasons to visit Leisure Isle
1. Find inner peace at the Steenbok Nature Reserve on the island for fantastic lagoon views over the pristine salt marshes and coastal thicket vegetation. The reserve is home to many creatures including the Knysna dwarf chameleon and the strikingly beautiful painted reed frog.
2. A day on the beach at Bollard Bay is a short walk away from your accommodation. Slip back for lunch, no need to pack supplies. The waters are warm and calm, it’s an ideal swimming beach for the family.
3. The centre of Knysna is 6km from the island to enjoy the shopping malls, numerous restaurants and attractions in the town.
4. Hire a boat from a local boating company to explore the lagoon and negotiate the Knysna Heads to breach the Indian Ocean. The Leisure Isle Boat Club... Show more
Guests escape the noise and bustle of lodges by opting to stay in either fully self-catering or bed and breakfast cottages. Self-catering cottages are a home away from home and come fully equipped with everything guests need. Most self catering cottages also come with a cleaning service, Dstv, and a private patio/entertainment area. Guests who opt for bed and breakfast cottages enjoy their own private patio/entertainment area, luxury amenities, Dstv, and cleaning service. There is often a small kitchenette, if guests wish to do a little cooking, and a relaxing lounge area. Cottages are ideal for families, small groups of friends and couples wishing for a more private retreat.