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Lake Pleasant Resort

Lake Pleasant resort

A peaceful well-shaded Resort, 40km from George, a few km from KInysna and only a 20km drive to The Wilderness. Lake Pleasant Resort is situated in a natural Bird Sanctuary on the shores of tranquil Lake Pleasant (Groenvlei), the only freshwater lake on the Garden Route and, being outside the winter rainfall area, enjoys the most temperate all year round climate imaginable. Hear the cry of the Fish Eagle, or spot a Kingfisher or Loerie, maybe even a Paradise Flycatcher and a Black-headed Oriole - it's a Bird-watcher's paradise. Groenvlei is also well known for its plentiful Largemouth Bass.

Accommodation is in timber chalets, garden cottages or shaded and grassy caravan and camping sites with electrical points. A fully licensed restaurant & pub, Peridot's, under separate management, is situated on the premises and is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, teas and take-aways. 

The area enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate without the discomfort of torrid summers or icy winters;  winter days are usually mild and warm and often enhanced by snow-capped mountain peaks. There is no rainy season and rain can occur throughout the year, mostly at night. Generally there is very little wind and the resort itself is quite protected.



Accommodation is in either timber cottages and garden lodges, there are also excellent caravan and camping facilities with clean ablutions and electrical points.

The timber cottages or chalets, are situated in a beautiful position against the hill, nestling amongst indigenous milkwood trees, overlooking the resort and lake. The garden lodges are constructed in brick, in a lovely green setting, surrounded by established trees and visited by a myriad of birds. There is a securely fenced swimming pool nearby.


Timber Cottages:
The timber cottages (chalets), are situated in a beautiful position against the hill, nestling amongst indigenous milkwood trees, overlooking the resort and lake. They comprise three bedrooms (one with double bed, the second room with single beds and the third room with either single or adaptable bunk-style beds) an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, an open-plan lounge with fireplace through to kitchen, a built-in braai (barbeque) on the large timber deck and a second bathroom with a bath, shower and a separate toilet. Timber cottage residents have their own private and exclusive swimming pool.

Garden Cottages:
These include 2 bedrooms (single beds), one and a half bathrooms, upstairs and downstairs. Sliding doors lead onto a brick patio and braai (barbeque) area. The cottages comfortably sleep 4 although the lounge three-seater oak settee can make up into a fifth and sixth bed.

The timber and garden cottages are fully furnished, self-catering, including bedding and bath towels, electric 2-door fridges, stoves with ovens, kettles, toasters, microwaves, attractive crockery, cutlery and glassware as well as everything from a wooden spoon to oven gloves, braai grid and tongs. remote control TV (5 channels). Servicing can be arranged at an added cost.


Squash Court, Tennis Court, Swimming Pool, safe swimming at the Lake Beach. The Cottage Health and Fitness Centre is equipped with Sauna, Jacuzzi, Steam Room and Exercise Machines (holiday membership is available). Also on the premises is a fresh-frozen fish & pasta deli & small tackle shop.

Actvities Nearby

The resort also boasts a large indoor and outdoor games area: table tennis, trampoline and a kiddies' playground equipped with swings, see-saw, slide and climbing frame. Available for hire: mountain bikes, rowing boats, canoes, basic fishing tackle.


Leaving Knysna on the N2 in a Westerly direction towards George and the Outeniquas, one passes through the picturesque Goukamma Valley, entrance to Buffalo Bay, and, just over the rise, 20km out of Knysna, lies Lake Pleasant.

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