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About Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

For a little bit of luxury that is kind on your pocket, our boutique backpacker offers exactly that. Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route, we take pride in making you feel at home. We are both experienced travellers with a wealth of knowledge in travel and tourism in Africa and as the owners, we know how important a friendly face and a comfortable atmosphere is.

We have a range of accommodation to offer from Standard 1-4 sleeper rooms - perfect for the family or small groups travelling together. We also offer twin or double en-suite rooms for a little bit of luxury.
We present complimentary breakfast snack trays in each room, with tea and coffee at no extra cost throughout your stay. There is a self-catering kitchen as well as a communal braai area. We also offer free Wi-Fi access.

We are pleased to introduce 'on-site' massage & holistic therapy in our newly established Therapy room.

We are ideally situated a two-minute walk from the Knysna Waterfront, and the bustling little town is a five-minute walk away. We can arrange a number of activities with transportation in and around Knysna, and any way in which we can help you enjoy your stay in Knysna; we are at your service and will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Knysna is South Africa’s best kept secret. It is named in the top 100 places in the world to visit. This quaint, bustling tourist town is home to a huge indigenous population of people of all ages, creeds and cultures.

Today, Knysna boasts an upbeat waterfront full of shops, bars and restaurants with stunning views of The Heads; it is the perfect place for a sundowner on the lagoon which is home to the famous Knysna oysters and seahorses.

Spa: Various Massage & Holistic treatments are available in our purpose built therapy room

Covid Safety Approved: 1.5mtr social distancing. Infra-red temperature checks, Hand sanitizing stations, Regular surface cleansing. Reception screen.

  • Response Rate: 15%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 10:29
  • Reviews: 30 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast in room
  • Central location
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Iron and board
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Shower
  • Kids Stay Free
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers Rooms

Reviews for Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

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Lydia Petre
15 July 2019

bathrooms could be more soundproof

Maureena Middleton
18 February 2019

We loved the garden and the comfy lounge. Blinds in our room broken and so lights from garden made out room very bright at night.

Fatih Bayram
02 May 2018

Nice place to take a rest during a road trip! It's about 10 minutes walk to the town's center and the BREAKFAST is included which is a really good point! I recommend that backpackers for your quick rest!

Diana Basson
18 April 2018

Enjoyed the stay, well run establishment

Gerhard Benade
22 December 2017

We would have loved to had our own bathroom or at least a toilet and basin. It was quite an unusual experience to use the bathrombosis and had a stranger walking in.

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Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers is 0.6km from the centre of Knysna , the nearest airport 74.4km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling