About Us

For a little bit of luxury that is kind on your pocket, our boutique backpackers offers exactly that. Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route – Here at Jembjo’s we take pride in making you feel at home. We are both experienced travellers with a wealth of knowledge in travel & tourism in Africa and as owners / operators we know how important a friendly face & a comfortable atmosphere are...

In our opinion, there is no better place to experience this than in Knysna.... simply a little bit of paradise & is ‘South Africa’s best kept secret’. So come check it out!

We have a range of accommodation to offer... from Dorm beds, twin/double/triple/family rooms & en-suite rooms. We offer 'basic' self-cook complimentary breakfasts consisting of eggs, toast, jams, fresh fruit & unlimited tea/coffee throughout your stay with us. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, as well as a communal ‘BBQ/Braii’ area. We also offer free wi-fi & full DSTV.
We are ideally located just a 2 minute walk from the Knysna ‘Waterfront’ & the bustling little town centre, so stow the car in our car park & go for a stroll.

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We can arrange a number of activities & day trips with transportation in & around Knysna, or make use of our bicycle hire & navigate the area yourself. Be assured, we are at your service & will do our best to accommodate your requests to ensure that you have a fabulous stay in Knysna.


Knysna, without doubt is South Africa’s best kept secret. It is named in ‘the top 100 places ‘ in the world to visit....This quaint, bustling tourist town is home to a huge indigenous population of people of all ages, creeds & cultures. It is steeped in history dating back to 1804 when George Rex, a timber merchant bought a farm & set up a thriving timber business. Following the discovery of gold in 1876 people flocked to the Millwood mines. Knysna had its own port & Arnt Thesen set up the first trading store to accommodate the influx of people & consequently in 1881 it was declared a town.

Today the Knysna Lagoon, boasts an upbeat ‘Waterfront’ full of shops, bars & restaurants with stunning views of ‘The Heads’. A short walk to Thesen Island is an absolute 'must' & the perfect place for sundowners & an oyster supper, with the opportunity to view the endangered Knysna seahorses. Take a walk across the road from Jembjo's to the famous Mitchells Brewery for an exquisite beer-tasting & brewery tour.

Town has 3 shopping malls & an art/craft market, catering for your every need... all are merely a ‘stones-throw’ from Jembjo’s Knysna lodge.

Knysna plays host to a number of international festivals each year.... In July hoards of people are drawn to indulge in the annual 10 day Oyster festival. September sees the town attract young & old aspiring artists to the Arts Exhibitions. For the more energetic & extreme adrenalin junkies, May is the time to be in town as the Knysna Speed festival kicks into gear. The Pink Loerie/Mardi Gras festival is also held in May & the Rastafarian community also host the ‘Earth festival’ which draws Haile Sellasie followers from all over the world.