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A microcosm of natural beauty, West Hill in the seaside town of Knysna on South Africa’s famed Garden Route is harmoniously surrounded by ancient dunes and cliffs, a pristine river with estuary, beaches and natural forest.
West Hill is separated from the Knysna Lagoon only by the national highway, the suburb’s thick vegetation acting as a natural sound barrier. The roads leading into the suburb rise gradually for residents to enjoy uninterrupted views of the waters and in the distance, the Knysna Heads guarding either side of the river mouth.
The region experiences mild temperatures throughout the year and although the rainy period occurs between October and December, is still considered a year round tourist destination.
West Hill is within easy walking distance of Knysna’s town centre, the estuary, vibrant Thesen’s Island and a nature reserve.
Top 8 reasons to visit West Hill
1. Knysna offers plentiful shopping at Woodmill Lane and Knysna Mall, both a short walk from West Hill. While in the town centre, check out the Old Gaol museum, which doubles as an art gallery, and the old Anglican stone church.
2. Spend a day at Bollard Bay beach on Leisure Island to soak up the sun and enjoy the calm safe water, ideal for families with young children.
3. Take a walk to the Pledge Nature Reserve to reach the highest point along the stream for excellent views of Knysna and surrounds. The reserve is home to vast birdlife and various small mammals. Full moon hikes are popular here.
4. Visit Thesen Harbour Town for a workout at the gym followed by a plate of fresh oysters – direct from the estuary – at one of the many restaurants overlooking the water.
5. Enjoy a sunset cruise to the Knysna Heads on board the John Benn luxury double-deck ferry. A superior meal is offered and there are... Show more
Self Catering places can be found from rural to urban areas and can vary in what they offer. They allow plenty freedom and is a great inexpensive way to spend your holiday. They have been widely classified as a “Home away from home”. This is a good option for guests who don’t mind cooking their own food, and are looking for a more independent and flexible form of accommodation. For budget and large families, we would recommend self-catering for a more personalised experience.