With Traveller24's Twitter chat on Friday 23 June, under the #KnysnaRises logo - launched by Knysna Tourism - saw not only the town, but the whole Garden Route region, rising like a phoenix from the “flames”.
SEE: #KnysnaRises: SA shares their most memorable moments
South Africans not only showed their love and happy times along the Garden Route but also some of the top spots people can still visit and stay in whilst Knysna is under construction.
The tweets also encouraged fellow travellers and enthusiasts to continue visiting this scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa.
SEE: #HopeForKnysna: SA Tourism calls on local travellers to visit Knysna as relief efforts continue
Known for its oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters, South Africa's iconic Garden Route is also home to towns including Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Nature's Valley and George - the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.
And with the upcoming Oyster Festival and new Phoenix Trail Run taking place - here are some of the top spots to stay along the Garden Route this winter:
Senate Boutique guest house
Located in the heart of the beautiful Knysna along South Africa’s famed Garden Route. Senate Boutique guest house is definitely not your average Knysna boutique guest house.
The design of this unique guest house is the brainchild of the owner, who is also an interior designer.
The result is an eclectic combination of urban, shabby-chic and modern luxury. White walls, cement tiles and luxury chandeliers are contrasted with recycled and modern quality furniture and an impressive collection of modern accessories.
Contact: 079 339 6359 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Mill Country Lodge & A la Carte Restaurant
Located in Oudtshoorn, this comfortable and affordable bed and breakfast 4-star accommodation is only 12 km from the Cango Caves, Schoemanshoek.
Situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, it is also a seasonal working ostrich farm.
Contact: 044 272 7308 / 072 213 1157
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Redstone Hills self-catering guest farm near Calitzdorp is nestled within what is one of the most spectacular geological landscapes in the whole South Africa.
The striking reddish-hued koppies which surround the farm are constructed from iron-rich conglomerates which were deposited by turbulent rivers in the Cretaceous Period, some 130 millions years ago.
Contact: +27 44 213 3783 / +27 72 901 5654
Protea Hotel Riempie Estate
Situated in a farm-like setting with well-appointed thatched rondavels, the hotel has a cozy-country atmosphere in a tranquil setting and is only 20 minutes away from the Cango Caves.
The hotel is close to the exotic crocodile and ostrich farms the town is famous for and a short drive from the town’s central business district. It offers an excellent restaurant that serves excellent country fare and guests can keep their heart rates up with golf, tennis, squash, gym and lawn bowling amenities nearby, plus our conference facility is ideal for hosting country-style events.
Contact: 044 272 6161
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Located in Mossel Bay, Point Village has become an extremely popular accommodation venue and retains the colourful and original "fisherman cottage", giving the village unique style and character.
The Point Village Hotel offers luxury accommodation in 16 en-suite rooms, each with its own kitchenette. There are six restaurants within walking distance, four of which are located on the premises, all with stunning views of the bay and favourites to tourists and locals alike.
Contact: 044 690 3156
Dolphins' Playground B&B
Located in Plettenberg, this superior B&B consists of luxury suites, with beautiful sea & mountain views. It is only 50 meters from the worldly-famous, internationally recognised Blue Flag Status, Robberg beach.
Contact: 044 5333654 / 083 613 0428