Top 6 Houseboats In Western Cape, South Africa - Updated 2024

Catherine
Catherine  
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The Western Cape is a haven for those looking for breathtaking scenery, cultural attractions such as Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, and exciting outdoor adventures, including hiking and mountain climbing. It is located in southern Africa, with Cape Town as its lively capital city. From the rolling hills and vineyards of Cape Winelands to the breathtaking coastline of Garden Route, Western Cape has no shortage of natural beauty.

Located along Western Cape’s picturesque coastline, houseboats offer a unique and memorable way to experience all that this region has to offer. Imagine waking up to the sound of the waves and the sight of the sunrise over the ocean, and stepping out onto the deck of your floating home to take in the fresh breeze!

If you’re planning a trip to Western Cape and want to try something a little different, consider browsing this list of the top houseboats in Western Cape, South Africa, for an exceptional stay.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on March 02, 2024.

1. Vibrant houseboat offering stunning views; Knysna

This vibrant houseboat boasts bright blue and yellow palettes, a comfortable bedroom with a double bed, and additional sleeping options for extra guests. All linen and towels are provided, and the ensuite outdoor shower offers a one-of-a-kind refreshing experience. The fully equipped kitchen allows for self-catering. The dining area leads onto a sun deck perfect for grilling or enjoying a glass of wine while admiring stunning views.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to experience Western Cape in a new way. Plus, your small four-legged companion is welcome to stay here!

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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
6 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 5 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

2. Huck Finn; Knysna (from USD 130)

Escape to this rustic houseboat for a peaceful getaway on the beautiful Knysna Lagoon. Located a few minutes from Angling Club Jetty, this permanently moored houseboat is surrounded by splendid nature and offers a variety of activities, including snorkeling, kite surfing, and fishing.

A short walk from Knysna Waterfront, this Airbnb rental comes equipped with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay, including fresh bedding, towels, and even coffee and tea. Don’t forget to bring your own food and drinks, as well as some gear for water sports and fishing.

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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
22 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable bed and lovely couch to sit outside
unique way to experience knysna with the beautiful changing views from a very comfortable place to stay
Host:
the hosts were also very friendly and accommodating
hosts are very helpful and friendly
special hosts made the visit enormously enjoyable and easy
tony was a great host and always available
perfect place to stay in knysa host is really nice et the boat is perfect
Location:
great place like nowhere we’ve stayed before
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3. Stokies Ark; Grabouw (from USD 172)

Stokies Ark is a stylish Scandinavian-style houseboat on the banks of a dam on South Hill Vineyards. This off-grid houseboat has open-plan functional areas, a compact washroom, and on-land grilling facilities. There is also a rooftop sun deck for relaxation.

This self-catering houseboat includes a wine-tasting experience to make your stay even more memorable. Furthermore, the dam where the rental is permanently moored is teeming with birdlife and is ideal for swimming and catch-and-release fishing. Additionally, you will be able to admire breathtaking views of the Kogelberg Biosphere mountains and vineyards.

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Grabouw, Western Cape, South Africa
14 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 6 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds are comfortable and the bunk beds are great for young adults as well not just kids
Cleanliness:
everything was clean and beautifully designed
Host:
kevin and sandra are amazing hosts
the team are so friendly and helpful as well
Location:
we also visited old mac daddy across the road which was fun outing close by
a fantastic place to stay don’t hesitate just go
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4. Houseboat Myrtle; Knysna (from USD 94)

Disconnect from the digital world and embrace the coastal life with a stay on Houseboat Myrtle, a picturesque wooden cottage moored in the serene Knysna Lagoon. Just a quick dinghy ride from the bustling waterfront, this charming houseboat boasts two inviting decks that offer breathtaking views of the water, quays, and Knysna Heads.

Spend your days lounging on the decks, watching the sunrise, or enjoying a sunset cocktail, all while surrounded by the warm, cozy ambiance of the boat’s wood finish. Inside, you’ll find all the comforts of home, including a kitchen nook with a stove and fridge, a hot shower and toilet, and a fireplace for cozying up to while sharing late-night stories.

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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
319 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
in colder months there is an anthracite stove and gas heater for warmth
plenty of room and amenities to relax and unwind
the view from the two decks are breathtaking and the bed was really comfortable
Cleanliness:
we felt it was very clean safe warm and easily accessed from the land
Host:
highly recommend it and the host is very nice
attentive service and great personal touches
she was also laid back and friendly upon our arrival
she was wonderful to text back-and-forth with and was even more kind in person
julia was an excellent host and had wonderful recommendations
Location:
very nice experience and great location
the perfect place to stop on your garden route
what a great place to visit
this airbnb is a truly unique place to stay
well-maintained comfortable and cozy place to kick back for a few days and watch the world float by
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5. Self-drive houseboat with an equipped kitchen; Knysna (from USD 238)

Break free from the monotony of everyday life and embark on an adventure in this self-drive houseboat. You can sunbathe on the deck, dive into the crystal-clear waters, or search for the best local fishing spots. It also includes a fore-cabin with a double bed, a fully equipped kitchen, and a compact bathroom. You can share meals in the pleasant dining area that converts into a double bed.

The rental also boasts an open deck with a bimini, offering spectacular panoramic views.

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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
5 reviews   Wifi Available
Private room in boat 2 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Host:
well-equipped houseboat very nice and helpful crew
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6. Luxurious and eco-friendly houseboat ideal for groups; Cape Town

Explore the striking beauty of Cape Town and Kraalbaai Beach as you stay in this luxurious 40-ft (12.2-m) catamaran. Moored in a picturesque part of the lagoon, this opulent rental is adequately equipped with relaxing bedrooms with TV, a well-stocked kitchen, spotless bathrooms, and indoor and outdoor seating areas. You will also be able to enjoy grilling facilities. You can use the paddle canoes provided to fully enjoy the scenic surroundings.

The boat is powered by solar panels and has a freshwater maker, making it self-sufficient and eco-friendly.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
26 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 4 Beds 6 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds were basic but comfy and it’s well equipped with everything you need
Host:
jimmy (owner) is a superb host
jimmy her owner and our captain was super friendly engaging and a wonderful host
what a wonderful experience the boat the location the host - all truly magical
kyle and jimmy were so hospitable and easygoing
jimmy and kyle are fantastic hosts the yacht was perfect - spacious beautifully clean catered for our every need
Location:
the sea oyster was moored in kraalbaai - which is beautiful and remote inside the national park
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Charming wonders of Western Cape

With its stunning landscapes, rich cultural offerings, and exciting outdoor adventures, Western Cape is a dream destination for travelers from all corners of the globe. Whether you’re looking to explore the rolling hills and vineyards of Cape Winelands or immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and history of Cape Town, you’re in for a memorable time! Be sure to book one of these houseboats in Western Cape for a vacation you’ll never forget.

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Catherine Fajardo is a writer who is also destined to be a lifelong philomath, logophile, and zoophilist.

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