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Reviews of Cambalala Guest House 4 stars

46 Circular Drive, Paradise, 6570 Knysna, South Africa

#3 of 79 B&Bs and Inns in Knysna

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Review score

Based on 104 hotel reviews

9.8

Score breakdown

  • Cleanliness

    10

  • Comfort

    9.8

  • Location

    9.8

  • Facilities

    9.8

  • Staff

    9.8

  • Value for money

    9.4

  • Free WiFi

    8.9

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  • Reviewed: 27 February 2018

    10
    Very enjoyable and comfortable stay in a beautiful house
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Room No. 2
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Very large, comfortable room and a big bathroom. Room had a fabulous view of the Thesen Islands. Nicole was a perfect host. Breakfast was excellent with s good choice.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 6 February 2018

    9.2
    Lovely clean rooms, fantastic views and friendly host Nicole
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 1
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Breakfast could be improved with more hot options. The male host was unfriendly and didn’t speak to guests

    Lovely clean rooms, fantastic views and friendly host Nicole

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 3 December 2017

    10
    One of the most beautiful places ever!!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 1
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Absolutely nothing

    Everything was just extraordinary: The room with very tasty, modern design, the breathtaking pool overlooking the bay of Knysna, a beautiful garden, great breakfast, very friendly staff and a very helpful, lovely owner - thanks for all, Nicole, it was one of the most beautiful places we ever stayed at!!

    Stayed in November 2017

  • Reviewed: 19 November 2017

    9.2
    Immaculate property with beautiful views over knysna
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 1
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing! This property is excellent

    Nicole was a fantastic host! The property was immaculate, views and pool stunning and the quality of breakfast super!

    Stayed in November 2017

  • Reviewed: 1 November 2017

    10
    Wonderful!!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Room No. 5
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing

    This was a fabulous B&B, we had an amazing room, which was beautifully furnished. Breakfast was lovely around the pool with amazing views from both the pool and our room

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 1 November 2017

    10
    Fabulous stay - wish we could have stayed longer
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Deluxe Room No. 2
    • Stayed 3 nights

    Pity we didn't stay longer

    Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay at Cambalala - the house is beautiful, as is the garden - and the view from the terrace where we had breakfast a couple of mornings - gorgeous! Nicole is an excellent hostess and nothing was too much trouble - she went out of her way to make us feel at home - and we did, straight away :-) Nicole certainly knows the area and recommended some very good restaurants (try The Olive Tree and Pembreys, both great food and service) - and some local little gems such as the beach at Brenton on Sea - beautiful. We would, without a doubt, stay at Cambalala again and can thoroughly recommend it.

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 30 October 2017

    10
    Thank you for everything!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Room No. 5
    • Stayed 3 nights

    We arrived on a honeymoon and waited for a pleasant surprise in our room (upgraded). We have no words! Everything was just perfect! We highly recommend everything: the place, the service, the meals that were amazing and of a high standard! Thank you for everything! Nicole, you're amazing! :)

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 19 April 2017

    10
    Stunning property
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 1
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Open plan bathroom lacks privacy.

    Absolutely beautiful property / rooms / pool / garden. Amazing view over Knysna. Easily the nicest place we stayed on our travels in SA. Great breakfast and host and good recommendations for restaurants provided (as well as booking us a table).

    Stayed in April 2017

  • Reviewed: 14 February 2017

    9.6
    Very enjoyable stay
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 4
    • Stayed 5 nights

    We stayed for several nights & found it a good location for visiting Knysna & the surrounding areas. The guest house is very stylishly decorated in a modern way & very comfortable we also enjoyed the breakfast which was cooked perfectly every day. Nicole - The owner, also helped with local dinner reservations which helped make our stay even more enjoyable.

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 8 February 2017

    10
    Perfect stay.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Room No. 2
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Very friendly and personalized (Swiss) service, beautiful location, spacious and clean rooms giving to a gorgeous garden with spectacular view to the bay of Knysna and its Heads. We can only highly recommend the Cambalala for your stay in Knysna. Just a perfect hideaway!!

    Stayed in February 2017

  • Reviewed: 20 December 2016

    10
    120% recommendable!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 3
    • Stayed 1 night

    We very much enjoyed our stay at the Cambalala Guest House. Nicole is a perfect host and the venue is fantastic. The breakfast was one of the best (if not the best) throughout our SA trip. 120% recommendable!

    Stayed in November 2016

  • Reviewed: 21 November 2016

    10
    Extremely good
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • The Penthouse Suite
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing

    Nicole is an extremely hospitable person, who knows how to pamper guests. Very relaxing atmosphere with superb view of the lagoon from the penthouse.

    Stayed in November 2016

  • Reviewed: 29 October 2016

    10
    perfect stay in an outstanding place!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Room No. 2
    • Stayed 3 nights

    The stay in the Cambalala was outstanding in all directions, the hospitality, interior, view on Thesen Island, nice and relaxing. Breakfast was very nice with an excellent variety. We are coming back for sure!

    Stayed in October 2016

  • Reviewed: 17 October 2016

    10
    Sublime establishment
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 4
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The tranquility/serene feeling of the establishment. The exceptional beautiful garden. The breakfast display and selection of the best cheeses, cold meats and fresh breads. A glass of Diemersdal as a house wine to compliment the sea view. Thank you to our host and hostess for the experience. And a tip for travelers - local guesthouse owners do know which restaurants are suitable for your dining experiences. In this case - Prembeys Bistro did not disappoint.

    Stayed in October 2016

  • Reviewed: 19 March 2018

    9.6
    Beautiful guesthouse with an amazing view and friendly host
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 1
    • Stayed 5 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nicole was very friendly and helped with dinner reservations

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 13 January 2018

    10
    Nicole is a very welcoming and friendly hostess, the...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Room No. 5
    • Stayed 2 nights

    Nicole is a very welcoming and friendly hostess, the property is modern, clean with amazing view from all rooms. Highly recommended.

    Stayed in December 2017

  • Reviewed: 26 September 2017

    10
    The friendly reception, the cleanliness of the rooms and the...
    • Solo traveller
    • Standard Room No. 1
    • Stayed 2 nights

    That I book only 2 days.

    The friendly reception, the cleanliness of the rooms and the wonderful view were an enrichment.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 20 April 2017

    10
    Boutique hotel with breathtaking view
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • 2 rooms
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Breathtaking view from the hotel Very friendly owner with exceptional service

    Stayed in April 2017

  • Reviewed: 29 January 2017

    10
    Five star in every way
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 1
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    A pleasure in every way. We had a stunning time and would love to return again.

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 4 January 2017

    9.6
    Great place that you look forward to returning to at end of day travels
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • The Penthouse Suite
    • Stayed 4 nights

    Hospitable hosts and the bacon was the best

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 29 October 2016

    10
    Magnificent decoration, nice rooms, perfect garden area with...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Room No. 4
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Magnificent decoration, nice rooms, perfect garden area with impressive views and swimming pool. Breakfast was excellent. Near the waterfront area.

    Stayed in October 2016

  • The following reviews were written more than 24 months ago. They no longer impact the property's overall review score – but may still be helpful when choosing the perfect place to stay.

  • Reviewed: 1 May 2016

    10
    EVERYTHING was amazing, our second time here and we will...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    EVERYTHING was amazing, our second time here and we will surely be back. Lovely welcoming host. Immaculate and pristine. Beautiful spacious room with VERY comfortable bed. Amazing views. Brilliant breakfast. What more could you ask for. Thank you Nicole, Jo jo and Max

  • Reviewed: 23 April 2016

    8.3
    Beautiful place, chic and modern European feel with nice...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    No divider between the toilet and bedroom, not even a door. I love my partner, bud we also like our privacy when doing our personal business. Felt pricey in comparison to similar properties we stayed at along on the garden route.

    Beautiful place, chic and modern European feel with nice African touches. Very comfortable bed. Service was very good. Great view of Knysna bay

  • Reviewed: 21 April 2016

    9.6
    very relaxing bedroom with balcony and great view.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Would have preferred a more private set-up for the en suite bathroom.

    very relaxing bedroom with balcony and great view. Dining area very nice - again beautiful views. Big selection of fresh and delicious food for breakfast. Very welcoming host.

  • Reviewed: 15 April 2016

    10
    The property is an interior design dream!
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    The property is an interior design dream! Lovely detail and art everywhere. It has 5 rooms and the set out is homely but high spec. The lady who owns the property is really helpful and engages with all of her guests and she smiles a lot and is approachable. She helped me get transport sorted when my car rental failed.

  • Reviewed: 17 March 2016

    9.6
    Nicole the host was very friendly.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Only negatives for feedback, The teacups in the room were teeny tiny, and there was no door to the bathroom (pretty design but you had to close all your windows and blinds each time you wanted to use it).

    Nicole the host was very friendly. Bed very comfortable and breakfast was also very nice! Beautiful views and close to everything.

  • Reviewed: 23 February 2016

    10
    We had a lovely welcome from Nicole who showed us around and...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The hot weather caught us all out and a fan would have been nice

    We had a lovely welcome from Nicole who showed us around and then sat us down in front of the fabulous view down over Knysna with wonderfully chilled glass of wine and beer. The rooms are delightful and want for nothing (but my husband may have preferred something slightly more substantial for the bathroom entrance) each with a patio door straight onto the garden and pool area. The infinity pool was sparkling clean and the warm weather meant it was like stepping into a warm bath. There was a wonderful selection for breakfast, continental and cooked, just wish we had more than one night.

  • Reviewed: 10 February 2016

    10
    You feel your custom is appreciated, you get honest.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    You feel your custom is appreciated, you get honest. Opinion on local restaurants and a warm welcome. The property is modern and furnished to a high standard in a contemporary way. We really liked it.

  • Reviewed: 4 February 2016

    10
    Very helpful and professional owner
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    Very helpful and professional owner Nothing was too much trouble. She insured that all her guests were happy Beautiful views over lagoon Immaculate Modern room Delightful Infinity pool Delicious breakfast Highly recommended

  • Reviewed: 19 January 2016

    9.6
    Beautiful views over the lagoon, a shared pool and sun...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Beautiful, modern bedrooms, but no aircon which was a bit less comfortable.

    Beautiful views over the lagoon, a shared pool and sun terrace, a small number of rooms so staff take good care of you, very accommodating and always on hand to offer a complimentary glass of wine. They also did a free laundry wash for us, which was very kind.

  • Reviewed: 11 January 2016

    9.6
    Excellent accommodation, great host and food.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    only staying 2 nights!!!

    Excellent accommodation, great host and food. Pool was excellent and loungers very nice. Helped book a safe and secure taxi to dinner on the water front as it would be a 30 minute walk. Would recommend to family and friends

  • Reviewed: 23 December 2015

    10
    Cambalala is as good as it gets.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Cambalala is as good as it gets. We were in South Africa on our honeymoon and stayed in several guesthouses. Cambalala was by far the nicest. The rooms are gorgous and breakfast is to die for. We can't wait to go back.

  • Reviewed: 19 December 2015

    10
    The room was spacious and elegantly furnished as was the...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The room was spacious and elegantly furnished as was the whole house. Beautiful garden and view. Excellent breakfasts and Nichole, the landlady was the perfect hostess.

  • Reviewed: 29 November 2015

    10
    Fantastic!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    None

    Fantastic! Luxurious rooms, bathroom, breakfast. House and swimmingpool and views over lagoon are breathtaking. Host (from swiss) is great. She knows what travellers need.

  • Reviewed: 14 October 2015

    9.6
    NICOLE THE HOSTESS WAS EXTEREMLY FRIENDLY AND INVITED US TO...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    THERE IS NO SEPARATIO BETWEEN ROOM AND THE TOILETS

    NICOLE THE HOSTESS WAS EXTEREMLY FRIENDLY AND INVITED US TO CHAT AND DRINK WINE WITH HER. THE PLACE IS A AMAZING. THE FOOD WAS GREAT. WE WILL COME AGAIN IF WE ARE IN THE TOWN

  • Reviewed: 11 October 2015

    10
    Rooms are spacious and modern.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    There's nothing not to like about this place

    Rooms are spacious and modern. View from the breakfast terrace is spectacular. Owners are incredible helpful and welcoming

  • Reviewed: 10 October 2015

    10
    Great support and recommendations from Nicole for dinner,...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Great support and recommendations from Nicole for dinner, trips, etc.. Very familiar, good Wine, great service, well selected and delicious breakfast! Perfect Location with great view over Knysna.

  • Reviewed: 7 October 2015

    10
    Beautiful rooms, amazing view, Nicole is extremely friendly...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Beautiful rooms, amazing view, Nicole is extremely friendly and knowlegable. Fabulous breakfast. Their recommendations for restaurants was perfect, we had a fabulous time here and didn't want to leave.

  • Reviewed: 28 April 2015

    10
    It was a delight to stay here the standard set by Nicole is...
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    It was a delight to stay here the standard set by Nicole is very high and she pays great attention to detail and ensuring youhave a good a stay as possible

  • Reviewed: 25 April 2015

    9.6
    Everything!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Everything! We loved the view, the room, breakfast and Nicole was a great host. It felt like I was staying in my own place rather than some random guesthouse. And we had a Nespresso Machine in our room.. Super love it!

  • Reviewed: 13 April 2015

    10
    Just a wonderfully beautiful guesthouse with the best...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    Just a wonderfully beautiful guesthouse with the best breakfast we had in our visit to South Africa. Nicole is a welcoming host who manages the rare knack of being friendly and accommodating without being overbearing.

  • Reviewed: 3 March 2015

    10
    Could not fault this guest house in any way !
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Could not fault this guest house in any way ! Wonderful attention to detail to make a first class overnight stay - just wish we had been able to stay longer. So chique - and made to feel so at home and relaxed by Nicole- a first class hostess ! Hopefully we will return to experience again such wonderful hospitality !

  • Reviewed: 13 January 2015

    10
    Nicole the owner treated us as if we were her personal...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We hated leaving but I know that we will be staying at Cambalala again when we come to Knysna .

    Nicole the owner treated us as if we were her personal guests, very welcoming ,she couldn't do enough to make our holiday very special.

  • Reviewed: 12 January 2015

    10
    Great rooms, pool, sitting out area.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Great rooms, pool, sitting out area. Very high class of facilities in the rooms and views across to the Heads. Proprietor very friendly and helpful and liberal with wine late afternoon.

  • Reviewed: 5 January 2015

    9.6
    We had a lovely stay.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We had a lovely stay. The rooms are superb, not forgetting the Nespresso machine which is a great morning treat before the lovely breakfast that is served....the bread is gorgeous. The guest house is meticulously clean and it is a real luxury to have your own balcony which is a few steps away from a relaxing infinity pool with an amazing view... Very much recommended..

  • Reviewed: 9 March 2016

    10
    Everything about our stay was superb Nicole could not have...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    Everything about our stay was superb Nicole could not have done anymore,both she and her house where outstanding.

  • Reviewed: 16 February 2016

    9.6
    Fantastic infinity pool and beautiful outside area.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Rooms were excellent but the window shutters let in the early morning light.

    Fantastic infinity pool and beautiful outside area.

  • Reviewed: 6 February 2016

    10
    A fabulous place to stay, excellent hosts.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    A fabulous place to stay, excellent hosts. Highly recommend and will stay again

  • Reviewed: 28 November 2015

    9.6
    Very nice location in Knysna - very helpful owner - nice...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Very nice location in Knysna - very helpful owner - nice rooms.

  • Reviewed: 22 November 2015

    10
    A great place to stay - we love the design!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The WiFi connection is bad - as it is common in south africa.

    A great place to stay - we love the design!

  • Reviewed: 29 September 2015

    10
    The fabulously warm welcome, the incredible accommodation,...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The fabulously warm welcome, the incredible accommodation, the view, the outstanding breakfast. Awesome place to stay, highly recommended.

  • Reviewed: 2 May 2015

    9.6
    Don't hesitate.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing!

    Don't hesitate. This place is perfect.

  • Reviewed: 22 April 2015

    10
    Very spacious with excellent facilities in a lovely location
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Did not like the open plan of the bedroom and bathroom

    Very spacious with excellent facilities in a lovely location

  • Reviewed: 7 April 2015

    10
    Everything nothing was to much trouble it is really a lovely...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    Everything nothing was to much trouble it is really a lovely place to stay

  • Reviewed: 25 March 2015

    10
    This place has got every little detail just right!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    This place has got every little detail just right!! If you are looking for somewhere special to stay then look no further...cant fault this place!

  • Reviewed: 26 February 2015

    10
    Everything
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    Everything

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