5 Hostels in Knysna, South Africa

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Knysna, South Africa. You can choose from 5 Knysna hostels. In total, there are 8 cheap places to stay in Knysna such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $16 for a dorm.

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Knysna Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Knysna, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Cheapest hostel in Knysna


(Shepherd's Tree Backpackers is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Knysna


(Island Vibe Knysna is the best rated)

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Hostels in Knysna for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Knysna for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Knysna? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Knysna alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Knysna. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Knysna (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Knysna. To help you make friends with Knysna before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Knysna is a charming town located along the Garden Route in the Western Cape section of South Africa. It is located on the Indian Ocean, with sand stone cliffs that brush right up against the ocean and a number of nice beaches nearby. It is easy to drive right through the town, since it is located on one of the country's main highways, the N2. It is definitely worth stopping and visiting the town however, since it is a very walkable town with plenty of affordable Knysna hostels located right in the center of everything.

Since it is situated on the ocean, the town has a good maritime community, with a number of local boat builders in the area. Because of this there is a very well-developed waterfront with a marina and plenty of shops, restaurants, and stores along the way. There are a number of things you can do around town such as sailing in the harbor, visiting the nearby beaches, going on a walk around one of the heads (the heads are two large sandstone cliffs next to the ocean that have a gap between them creating the entrance to the Knysna Harbor), going on a township tour, or arranging any number of things in one of the nearby towns.

If you haven't planned to make a stop in Knysna, it is highly recommended that you spend at least a few days in this beautiful town just wandering around and taking in the beauty. Many of the accommodations have views of the water, since the land from the harbor begins to climb a hill fairly quickly.

Written by local enthusiast for Knysna hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Knysna hostels Richard Ballentine

Other Nearby Cities
Garden Route Garden Route (3 Km / 2 mi.)
Myoli Beach Myoli Beach (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Sedgefield Sedgefield (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Plettenberg Bay Plettenberg Bay (30 Km / 19 mi.)
Wilderness Wilderness (43 Km / 27 mi.)
George George (55 Km / 34 mi.)
Storms River Storms River (78 Km / 48 mi.)

FAQ about Knysna Hostels

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Your Packing List for Knysna

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Knysna and South Africa.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Knysna