BY THE WAYSIDE: Wayside Inn - the perfect home for travellers to Knysna


With the rugged and forested Outeniqua Mountains as its backdrop and spectacular Indian Ocean beaches, a large stunning lagoon and several river mouths on its doorstep, Knysna, on the Garden Route, is among South Africa’s most amazing holiday destinations.

Besides the climate being mostly mild all-year round, there are countless activities to enjoy including the famous Knysna Oyster Festival, whale-watching, oyster tours, hiking, horse riding, golfing, water sports, bungee jumping, game viewing and much more.

All of this is conveniently within 5 minutes of Wayside Inn - a 3 Star and distinctly Victorian-styled hotel situated in the heart of Knysna providing the perfect base for totally relaxed family and couples’ holidays. This, I discovered on a recent business trip to the town with a work colleague.

On arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Jaco Botha, who, together with his wife, Anneke, own the hotel. Jaco even made his way out to our car to assist us with our luggage. We had not expected it and were very grateful! 

Jaco ushered us to our rooms and, absolutely exhausted after a busy day, walking into the spacious and neatly-decorated en-suite rooms was a welcome relief. While my colleague picked one which had a spectacular view of the beautiful Knysna lagoon, I chose their Pink Room.

I just dropped my bags and collapsed on a comfy and neatly prepared bed – only to get up when I needed my caffeine fix from the coffee and tea station provided as well as a refreshing shower afterwards.

Wayside Inn is conveniently nestled between a number of good restaurants. Famished, we decided to find what else Knysna offered visitors besides oysters. After a filling dinner, we made our way back to our hotel and called it a night.

The following morning, I woke up to the smell of freshly-cooked bacon. Although I did not want to get up, I could not resist such a breakfast, which was served outside on Wayside Inn’s veranda.

I found the buffet breakfast menu a perfect starter to what I knew would be a hectic day. It included tea, coffee, chocolate muffins, a few fruits, ham, cheese, cereals and yoghurt. Moments later Anneke, arrived with our hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, tomato and toast. I don’t think anyone has ever cooked my eggs more perfectly!

Unfortunately after our tuck in, we had to be on our way. I can highly recommend Wayside Inn, for anyone travelling to or needing a comfortable stop-over in Knysna.

To book your stay call 044 382 6011 or email [email protected] today!