Thesen Islands

Thesen Islands is a unique place that owes it’s existence to a group of persistent, forward-thinking individuals who proposed a residential and retail area that consciously considered ecological, aesthetic, social and cultural criteria thereby conserving the sensitive ecosystem of the area.

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“Thesen Islands is a multi-award winning marina development located in the scenic Knysna estuary on the renowned “Garden Route” of South Africa. The marina is spread over 90ha and consists of 19 man-made islands linked by 21 arched bridges and surrounded by 25ha of tidal waterways. The marina consists of 512 individual homes and 56 apartment units, known as the Dry Mill apartments, situated on its own island within the marina. All the homes are built in a colonial maritime architectural style, conforming to Knysna’s vernacular architecture and its historical maritime and timber connections.   Thesen Islands is linked by a causeway and bridge to the mainland, and is within walking distance of the scenic waterfront, yacht harbour and town centre of Knysna, one of South Africa’s most picturesque and popular coastal towns.”

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Water Scarcity

Knysna and Thesen Islands are in a critically water scarce area, which is experiencing the worst drought in decades. We kindly request you to take notice of this distressing situation, the information herewith provided and we urgently request your full co-operation, as per our suggestions and requests herewith included, to support us as responsible operators and in doing our bit to save this scarce resource.

Please click here to read more on the situation and expectations.


Knysna, the “mainland”, is well-known for it’s indigenous forests, wood industry, Oyster Festival, the Knysna Heads, the Featherbed Nature Reserve, many restaurants and the selection of nearby golf estates.

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Golf Information

Golfers are spoilt for choice in the Knysna area.  There are 3 well-known courses, Pezula , Simola and Fancourt.

Further afield, along the Garden Route, are Oubaai in Herolds Bay and Goose Valley in Plettenberg Bay, both well-known golf courses.

Thesen Islands Lodges have a close association with Boschenmeer Guest Lodges in Paarl which is on a residential golf estate at the foot of the Drakenstein Mountains and the famous Paarl Rock.  Visit Boschenmeer Guest Lodges golf page for more information.

Garden Route

Knysna is set in the Garden Route which is an area stretching across the south-eastern coast of South Africa.  This area offers a host of interesting towns and activities for the tourist.

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Game Reserves

There are a number of game reserves across the Garden Route giving international and local guests an experience to remember.  Within easy distance are the Garden Route Game Lodge and the Gondwana Game Reserve.

More more information on other reserves in the greater area, visit SA Venues

Weather | Tides

The weather is Thesen Islands (Knysna) is typical of South Africa’s coastal towns – fairly moderate.

The warmer months, with the odd scorching hot day, are December, January & February.  Winter months are June, July & August where temperatures drop to around 8 degrees celcius.

If sunrise and sunset times are of interest to you, info can be found here

Tidal flow is quite relevant for boat enthusiasts and information on this can be found here.