Alkira Lodge, sophisticated contemporary design reflecting the breath-taking natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Alkira, an eco-lodge utilising sunshine for energy and rain for water, integrates delicately and harmoniously into the private fynbos and endangered Brenton Blu Butterfly reserve on the famous ‘Western Head’ of Knysna.
High ceilings and large windows flood interiors with light and accentuate the sweeping views across the rolling hills, the Knysna tidal estuary (lagoon) to the ancient Outeniqua mountains, the whale sanctuary and spectacular beaches that stretch from Brenton to Buffalo Bay and the endless horizon beyond.
Guests can choose to stay in one of the 6 private rooms at Alkira lodge or for those seeking absolute privacy or for a small group or family travelling together, ‘Shufflers’ the Owners Villa @ Alkira sleeps up to 6 in a fully equipped, exclusive use luxury Villa.
Alkira and Shufflers Villa have indoor and outdoor dining options, indoor and outdoor lounge spaces and spacious tanning decks. The infinity pool and hot tub jacuzzi provide options to relax, unwind and enjoy the sounds of silence and warm sunshine surrounded by nature’s beauty. As the evening descends, fireplaces and subtle lighting create a warm, romantic atmosphere to enjoy the stupendous fireworks as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
Freshly prepared continental and hot breakfast cooked to order.
A daily ‘plat du jour’ is available in the evening for guests who choose to stay in and soak up the views while enjoying bottle of delicious local wine from the cellar.
Swimming pool and jacuzzi hot tub. Sun loungers and tanning deck. Indoor and outdoor lounge areas for ‘relazing’ (relax and laze).
3 Lounge areas with large smart TV's and full DStv channel selections for those who must watch their team play or stay up to date with events around the world!
There are many fynbos paths across the property being re-established following the fires of 2018. It is possible to walk to the beach on one side of the hill or to the lagoon on the other side within 30 minutes.
Assistance with planning and booking activities and restaurants.
5.5 Hour drive from Cape Town International airport and the Cape winelands, 2.5 hours from Port Elizabeth international airport and 45 minutes drive from George airport. All on the N2 National Highway, easy roads in good condition and excellent signposting.
For young and old, active or not Knysna is the perfect base to explore the magnificent Garden Route. Wilderness 30 minutes drive, Plettenberg Bay 30 minutes drive, jump from the worlds highest bungy jump 40 minutes away or swim with Sharks at Mossel Bay one hour away. Golf on spectacular courses in the area. The famous ostriches and Cango Caves of Oudtshoorn are a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Knysna.
In Room Facilities:
All rooms have safes, free Wi-Fi, bluetooth music boxes, hairdryers, bathroom amenities, luxury linen, desk area, charging/USB ports, international adapters, tea and coffee facilities, en-suite bathroom with shower separate toilet, private terraces and views across the fynbos reserve towards the Knysna estuary and mountains or the Ocean and the endless horizon.
Luxury suites have in addition to these facilities, indoor and covered outdoor lounge area, outdoor shower, couples bath, and fireplace.
Knysna is surrounded by water; beautiful beaches, for walking, for sun-bathing, for swimming or for learning to surf or stand up paddle (SUP). Fishing from land or from boat in the lagoon or the sea. Canoe any of the magnificent rivers and lakes in the area. Hire a luxury speed boat for water sports on the lagoon (wakeboarding, skiing, tubing), a water transfer to the beach bar and restaurant at the private Featherbed reserve or a champagne sunset cruise. Take an adrenaline filled ride through The Heads on a speed boat and view dolphins and whales (May to November).
Nature’s beauty is everywhere and walks and hikes guided or self-guided are plentiful both in the forest and along the coastline. Popular with birders, take a bird book and a flask of coffee to one of the hides in the area and catch the ‘early birds’ or arrange a tour with a local birder to share their knowledge.
Knysna is the number one spot in South Africa for mountain biking and bikes can be hired for guided and self guided mountain biking.
Within 40 minutes drive are many animal centres including, Birds of Eden, Monkeyland, Jukani, walk with the Cheetah's at Tenikwa, ride the Elephants, visit the Wolf Sanctuary or Radical Raptors for birds of prey and displays of their incredible hunting skills.
International food, seafood, local experiences, peace, nature, golf, adrenaline, relaxation, spa experiences and shopping are all on your doorstep.