Eco-friendly Accommodation Knysna – Western Cape; Garden Route | Bed & Breakfast, Coastal, Country Stay, Self-catering, Guesthouse, Family-friendly, Weddings & Events, Business & Conferencing.

From R680 per person *Seasonal

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Blackwaters River Lodge is nestled in a lush valley on the banks of the Goukamma River, located just off the N2 between Knysna and Sedgefield in the Garden Route. Set on several hectares of pristine gardens and surrounded by indigenous forest, this magical piece of paradise offers tranquility and relaxation.

This 4 star graded guesthouse has 16 luxurious suites, all elegantly reflecting the enchanting natural surroundings. The lodge has a cozy lounge and ladies bar that is warmed during the winter months by a roaring log fire. Fresh, tantalizing, homemade meals can be enjoyed indoors or alfresco at the rustic onsite eatery, Earth & Fire Restaurant which is open for the public from 9am. In-house guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast from 8am in the restaurant.

With an indigenous forest and the pristine Goukamma River on your doorstep ready to be explored, a mashie golf course and a swimming pool, there is much to keep you enthralled at Blackwaters River Lodge. This is also the perfect venue for an intimate wedding; function or team-building.

All rooms have a full en-suite bathroom with bath, shower and complementary, environmentally friendly and cruelty free toiletries. The kitchenettes are semi-equipped and all rooms have a microwave, fridge and coffee station with complimentary tea, coffee, Ouma Rusks, mineral water and Sedgwick’s Old Brown Sherry. To ensure guests comfort the rooms have air conditioning / fan, electrical blankets, TV/DSTV, hair dryer and are serviced daily.


Blackwaters River Lodge- Forestview - Eco-friendly Accommodation KnysnaThe 5 Luxury Riverview suites are open plan with full en-suite bathroom, king sized (or 2 single) beds, kitchenette and a wooden deck with beautiful views down on the valley and over the Goukamma River. One of the Luxury Riverview suites has a separate bedroom and a lounge with a sleeper couch.

The 4 Luxury Forestview suits rooms look out into pristine indigenous forests, the Goukamma River and swimming pool area. Each of these elegant rooms offer luxurious open accommodation with king sized bed (or 2 singles), full en-suite bathroom and private patio/balcony.

The 7 Standard Gardenview rooms offer guests open-plan luxury. They have a double bed (or 2 single beds) and full en-suite bathroom. Some of the rooms can accommodate additional guest on a sleeper couch or in a separate room with a single bed. Each of the Gardenview rooms has a private patio that with lovely views over the lush gardens and mashie golf course.

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Blackwaters River Lodge is an exceptional place for birders to catch sight of some of the 200 recorded species in the area (over 100 have been recorded from the lodge). Of the plethora of feathered beauties, the Knysna Louries frequently charm guests with their flurry of colour. Mark Anderson, CEO of BirdLife South Africa, nominated Goukamma Nature Reserve as his top bird watching hotspot!

Exploring the Goukamma River by canoe, heading either inland or towards the beach, is a wonderful adventure. If you are not up to an extended canoe challenge you can take a 2 hour canoe trip down to Buffalo Bay where you will be collected and shuttled back to the lodge.

The lodge boasts a challenging 9 hole par 3 Mashie Golf Course that was designed so as not to detract from the natural beauty of this fertile valley. The longest hole is 152m, and the shortest is 52m (Clubs available for hire).

Guests can relax around our swimming pool in front of the Lodge which overlooks the Goukamma River or opt for a restorative forest massage. Mature indigenous trees in the manicured gardens and on the river banks provide shade under which once can feast on our pre-arranged deli picnic baskets.

We also offer other activities like an indigenous tree walk, stand-up paddling, forest hiking, cycling, grass volleyball, swing ball, croquet and bocce.

Blackwaters is a terrific base to explore the world renowned Garden Route. The Goukamma Nature Reserve is only 6km from the lodge, pristine Blue Flag beach of Buffalo Bay is a mere 9km away, the captivating town of Knysna is a 12 km drive East and if you were to head West for 13km you will discover the charming village of Sedgefield.


Green Cleaning
Local & Organic
Responsible Body Products
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Community Upliftment

To ensure that the beautiful Goukamma River that runs through this lovely piece of land is not contaminated, Blackwaters only uses eco-friendly, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning products. The river is also the primary water source for the lodge and is tested regularly to ensure its health.

All of the body products provided for guests in the suites are environmentally friendly and cruelty free.

Blackwaters River Lodge is in the process of implementing a new recycling program to dispose of waste responsibly. All organic waste is composted. Empty wine bottles are kept and reused as candle holders and vases to decorate the garden during weddings and events at Blackwaters River Lodge.

The owners of Blackwaters River Lodge are passionate about supporting local and select tradesman, service providers, farmers and other artisans from the area for all their everyday requirements. Delicious dairy products are purchased from Ganzvlei, a neighboring farm; cakes are from Wild Plum as well as many other items like wines of the region, wood (removed alien species), responsibly farmed meat, poultry and Fairtrade coffee. The on-site greenhouse produces fresh organic vegetables and salad ingredients for the restaurant. Guests can also indulge in the seasonal supply of organic oranges from their grove and are sure to enjoy their homemade marmalade.

The lodge harvests and stores rainwater in 2 x 100,000 liter tanks; this is the water supply to many of the suites; all other water requirements are sourced from the river. As such, great care is taken to ensure that this precious resource is not wasted. 60% of the toilets have already been upgraded to have duel flush systems and all showerheads have been fitted with flow restrictors. The predominantly indigenous garden and the golf course are watered at night to avoid evaporation.

In an effort to conserve electricity all lighting has been upgraded to LED and the suites are fitted with energy efficient wall heaters. As soon as a room becomes empty, the power guzzling geysers are turned off and only put back on in preparation for arriving guests.

The owners of Blackwaters River Lodge are very active and involved in their community. All excess food and surplus confectionery from events and the restaurant are delivered to Vermont Old Age Home and The Living Cornerstone Alzheimer’s home. Together with several other local businesses they participate in the annual Santa Shoe Box program to ensure underprivileged children in nearby impoverished communities receive Christmas presents. They sponsor disadvantaged matriculants dresses and paraphernalia for their matric farewell. Blackwaters hosts the Junior Golf Tournament as part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival; the lodge sponsors the course and entry fees for Developmental golf players.

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Opening Hours















Check in: 14:00 ; Check out: 10:00


Our Address:

N2 Highway, Goukamma, 6570, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa