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Whether it be a wedding or an adventurous breakaway from routine to go teambuilding, Blackwaters River Lodge with luxurious accommodation and many on site activities provides an ideal venue. Contact us to find out more about our venue options.


Let your “Never Ending Love Story” begins at Blackwaters River Lodge …………

Blackwaters River Lodge is a magical hidden treasure, on the banks of the Goukamma River, tucked away in a beautiful valley. We are conveniently situated on the N2, between Knysna and Sedgefield on the Goukamma River, just 10 minutes from Knysna and 5 minutes from one of the coast’s best bathing areas - Buffels Bay beach.

Blackwaters River Lodge is a 4 star guesthouse with 20 beautifully decorated rooms, all with a touch of nature, own to Knysna. We have several hectares of pristine gardens surrounded by indigenous forest. There is a cosy lounge with a private pub, plasma screen satellite television and log fires.

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Why choose Blackwaters River Lodge as your wedding venue?

For the bride with the intimate guest list of 40 people, we will create a fairytale wedding with real atmosphere of love.

The seasonal colours, the Goukamma river, indigenous forests, breathtaking gardens and feeling of being out in nature will provide a lovely backdrop for an elegant, intimate wedding ceremony and reception

A rustic wedding gazebo positioned in the Goukamma River for you to say your vows while your guests are seated on lovely green lawns on the banks of the river

You have a choice of having an outdoor reception in the form of picnic baskets to choose from or our “Earth & Fire” restaurant for an indoor reception and your own choice of menu

A beautifully decorated honeymoon room for you to get dressed for your big moment walking down the aisle and sleeping over after your reception

Accommodation available for up to 40 family and friends

Magical photo opportunities right there on site with all your guests watching and sharing in your happy moments

Your wedding guests booked into the lodge for the weekend, will be able to experience and do the following activities on-site, without leaving the property:

  • Bird life is prolific, with trees having been planted especially to attract them to our gardens. 78 species of the Garden Route birds can be seen or heard throughout the year right here at Blackwaters River Lodge
  • Knysna has three excellent golf courses – Simola, Pezula and Knysna Golf Course. Should you wish to improve your short game or just have some family fun, we have our own very challenging 9-hole Mashie (pitch & put) golf course on the estate. Longest hole 140 meters, shortest 52 meters
  • Canoe or try stand-up paddling down the gently flowing Goukamma river, all the way to Buffels Bay beach if you have the time
  • Relax around the swimming pool overlooking the river and indigenous forests
  • For the more energetic there is hiking down to the beach or a 5km forest walk
  • Enjoy lovely home-made dishes from the “Earth & Fire” restaurant or buy a picnic basket and enjoy it with your family and loved ones on the banks of the river

“When two hearts are meant to be together, no matter how long it takes, no matter how far they go, no matter how tough it seems, love will bring them together to share a life forever”