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Knysna fire: Update on the affected establishments

Fires broke out in Knysna on June 7 and many establishments were affected; however the majority remain operational and activities in Knysna have resumed. There are over 1636 rooms still operating in Knysna as well as surrounding areas that remain open to business. The Knysna Oyster Festival will still be in July.

With the help of the Knysna Tourism Board; Tourism Update has contacted the affected establishments to provide an update on operations in the area.

29 establishments were affected by the fire. Knysna Tourism has recorded the loss of 358 accommodation units/rooms.

The establishments that were affected and also remain closed are:

  • Knysna Hollow,
  • Phantom Forest Lodge,
  • Admiral View self-catering,
  • Guadeloupe self-catering,
  • The Big Tree House Lodge,
  • Idle Monkey,
  • Tonquani Lodge,
  • Greenfire Lodge,
  • Blackwaters Rivers Lodge,
  • Blue Sky Backpackers,
  • Brenton On Sea Cottages,
  • Bridgewater B&B,
  • Dolphins Hill,
  • Haus Knysna,
  • Knysna Chalets,
  • Knysna Terrace,
  • Narnia Farm Guest House,
  • Zauberberg,
  • 191 Nirvana,
  • Brenton View,
  • Badgers Lodge as well as Kanonkop House, which only experienced minor damages.

At the time of publication, Tourism Update was unable to establish contact with the following establishments: Bradach Manor, Four on Faure, Little Mazot, as well as Knysna Riverside Lodge and Die Gieter. We understand these establishments are closed.

The map below gives an overview of which properties are closed and which are open. Properties with red icons are currently closed and the green icons indicate those that are operational.

Map of Knysna Fires

Map of Knysna Fires

A representative from Kanonkop House said the property was likely to reopen this year. It was closed for renovations when the fire occurred and the reopening has been pushed out.

Knysna Hollow suffered massive devastation, with the main building burned completely to the ground. Liesel Battel from Knysna Hollow said the plan was to rebuild and that the entire project should take an estimated 15 months.

Greenfire Lodge was completely destroyed. Marketing Manager, Christiaan Steyn, said that, for now, the lodge was closed indefinitely and pending further discussion between the four directors of Greenfire.

Luxury rooms were damaged by the fire at Blackwaters Rivers Lodge, however the standard rooms are still standing. The lodge, restaurant, spa as well as golf course are closed until December 1.

Brenton On Sea Cottages will be closed until August 15, as the property suffered an estimated 75% of damage. Plans to rebuild are on the cards.

Knysna Chalets is currently closed, as the reception area, swimming pool area, restaurant, library as well as playroom all suffered extensive damage.

SANParks Communications Manager, Nandi Mgwadlamba, said initial findings after the devastating fires indicated that the Knysna Forest was not affected, however the fynbos areas in the Park (Harkerville) were. “The Kranshoek Viewpoint as well as picnic areas were gutted by the recent inferno. The team in Harkerville is assessing the damage to see if that area will be ready for the town’s biggest festival in July,” said Mgwadlamba.

Mgwadlamba said the response to call for volunteers for GIS mapping of lost infrastructure had been overwhelming. The team is busy finalising findings and will hand over maps to the Joint Organising Committee as well as an official report. This exercise will provide relevant information pertaining to the loss of infrastructure as a result of the fires.

Tourism Update has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, however it is only a guide and the publishers are not responsible for any errors or omissions. If you have updated information on the establishments affected by the fire, please email [email protected].

Knysna fire: Update on the affected establishments

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A bit about me: I am Rhodesian born, grew up in Zululand, South Africa. Post matriculation, I studied a 3 year Travel & Tourism National Diploma; I then spent 7.5 years (during the mid-90’s) working in various operational roles for SAA at the old Durban Airport; My husband, son & I then moved to the UK and lived in south-west London (Worcester Park) for 10.5 years – I worked for 3.5 years in Local Government (at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council) and then for 7 years for QANTAS as part of the Cabin Crew Ground Management Team based at Heathrow and later with Qantas Corporate Sales based in their London Hammersmith office. My family and I have been back in South Africa for almost 3 years now (having missed too much of our family, SA sunshine and braai’s) and during our time back, we are also delighted to have welcomed our 17 month old baby girl into our family! Travel is definitely my passion and is in my ‘blood’ as I am firmly back in the travel seat with my current role within Sales and Marketing at iGo Travel and look after this for our newly launched brand ‘iGO Africa’.