Forest Edge - Knysna Forest & Garden Route self-catering accommodation
Garden Route Self Catering Accommodation

``a hidden gem in the middle of the Garden Route``

Luxury Cottages, Edge of Knysna Forest, Garden Route

Garden Route self-catering accommodation – multi-award-winning, affordable, private self-catering cottages on the edge of the ancient Knysna forest beckons… Whether active on a stunning forest hike or biking trail, having a picnic next to a secluded forest stream, swimming in magnificent rock pools, or simply lazing in a hammock by your fully equipped cottage, Forest Edge promises tranquility and an aura of romance.

BREAKING NEWS: We now also serve traditional Breakfast & Dinner on our new picturesque Lily Pond Deck!

**** When making a booking, please select the correct Rate Plan (Self-catering / Bed & Breakfast / Dinner, Bed & Breakfast).


Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Where stressed city-folk unwind and families reconnect.


Knysna Self Catering Accommodation
Unbeatable privacy and memories to last a life time.


World-famous forest and coastal hikes, mountain-biking and more.


Unforgettable family-friendly holidays for nature loving families.

Enjoy a unique Knysna forest experience

The beauty of Forest Edge is that it’s a place where you can relax and unwind on your terms. Spend the day rocking in a hammock on your ‘stoep’, watching water lilies open to the sun while kingfishers dart in and out of the pond. The more adventurous can enjoy an emerald day on Forest walks, secluded picnics or mountain-biking trails, swim or canoe in a nearby river or at the gorgeous, safe beaches, then return to your home away from home.

Experience our award-winning hospitality

Our Retreat has won 10 National & International Awards in 9 years! We have been awarded the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence three years in a row and we are often the #1 TripAdvisor Specialty Lodging in Knysna. We truly go the extra mile for our amazing guests and they recognize us for this excellence.

Relax in authentic well appointed cottages

Built in the nostalgic style of the old woodcutter cottages from centuries past, each 2-bedroom unit is fully equipped and impeccably maintained for a well appointed, relaxed, private and self-sufficient stay.

Experience tranquility and privacy in nature

Melt into an in-cottage massage. Rejuvenate in a romantic Victorian bath or your private outdoor shower overlooking the forest. Mellow to bird watching or nod off in your hammock. Find peace at our magical forest facing meditation corner. Sip a sundowner in the afternoon golden glow. Light a braai (barbeque) under the stars; or cuddle up with a book or movie in front of your fireplace. Come discover the soul-renewing Magic of the Forest…

5 Award-winning Cottages to choose from:

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2 Standard Cottages – from R 1025 / cottage / night

ALL THE COTTAGES are FULLY equipped (you just bring clothes, drinks and food – or order breakfast baskets or braai packs) and they all offer 2 bedrooms, indoor bath, hot water outdoor shower, fully equipped kitchen, open-plan lounge/dining area with TV, DVD & fireplace, braai and more. The cottage size and floorplan is identical in ALL cottages.

Or call Danie on +27 (0)82 456 1338

Garden Route self-catering accommodation

3 Luxury Cottages – from R 1350 / cottage / night

Our Luxury cottages, offers everything the award-winning Standard cottages do PLUS Comprehensive DSTV, free WiFi, high quality queen sized bed, weber-style kettle braai in addition to the open braai, and fancy finery. FroggyPond & Fieldmouse cottage are the only cottages with both an outside and inside shower.

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SPECIAL PACKAGES – SPOIL YOURSELF – Garden Route self-catering accommodation.

A Fresh Knysna Garden Route Experience

Awaken to an Emerald Day in the blissful Outdoors
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Walk in the magical Knysna Forest

Forest Edge is surrounded by amazing Forest walks & trails for every fitness level. Giant, ancient yellow wood trees; tree ferns and forest nooks where frogs and fairies dwell… Have a short stroll on an easy forest trail, or take an hour-long circular Knysna Forest Trail route through different biomes, explore the Knysna forest TREES, Knysna forest WILDLIFE or Knysna forest BIRDS or get serious on a 9km trail; many trails near Forest Edge to choose from.

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Enjoy a picturesque Picnic

Jubilee Creek is an exquisite picnic area next to a forest creek deep in the Goudveld Forest, Knysna. With picnic benches, barbeque facilities, bins and toilets, this is a clean and simply breathtakingly beautiful area. Ideal for either a secluded romantic picnic, or whole family fun. Kids can lose themselves in the joy of water play while parents can relax on soft grass in the shade nearby.

Explore SA’s Top Trails

This Garden Route mountain biking haven will satisfy active nature-lovers who want to try the various nearby mountain biking trails, ranging from safe farm roads and stunning forest trails to exhilarating and fairly technical single-track trails – truly trails for the soul.

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Swim in Forest Rock Pools

Drupkelders – are rock pools in the Knysna forest. Combine a 3.5km indigenous forest walk with a visit to magnificent rock pools in the Homtini River in the Knysna Forest. These massive rock pools offer deep, cola-coloured waters to cool off in and even a waterfall to clamber up next to. Due to the exclusivity of this gem, only 12 persons a day are allowed in. This trail starts at the Forest Edge Nature-lovers Retreat gate entrance.

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Explore the world famous Garden Route

Within a 60 minute drive radius from Forest Edge, you are truly spoiled for choice with world class entertainment options. From gastronomic feasts to breathtaking ocean views, beautiful sandy beaches, interactive elephant sanctuaries, ferry trips, farmer’s markets, world-class golf courses and so much more.

If you find a better rate for Forest Edge, anywhere on the internet, we will beat that rate!

Forest Edge - Knysna Self catering Accommodation
Forest Edge - Knysna Self catering Accommodation

Guest Reviews

“If you are a green person this is for you.

I loved the fact that Forest Edge is a green lodge, eco-friendly, sustainable to planet earth, biodegradable, self-sustaining, and in the Knysna forest.” – Beatrice Mazwi, Lanseria,  April 2017

An absolutely superb destination.

The cottages are tucked away so you have absolute privacy, and the combination of heritage, wildlife, forest and beach activities are a perfect balance. The staff was welcoming and hospitable, and cottages were immaculate. Hugely recommended!” – Samuel Biggs, Cape Town, January 2017

“It is a life changing experience.

Thank you to the owners and staff, there is no better place to be when in Knysna. My experience has been phenomenal every time I visit Forest Edge. I highly recommend for any one to visit them. Again thank you Forest Edge! ” – Charl Roestroff, Randfontein, March 2017

“Great staff and great atmosphere.

Best place ever to stay….will definitely recommend this to every person I know. Die eenheid is so mooi en volledig toegerus. Beter kan niemand voor vra nie. Voel gesang in die oggend wat jou begroet met vuurvliegies in die aand om nag te se.” – Ankia Pretoruis, Pretoria, February 2017