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Business name: Thesen Harbour Town
CATEGORY:: Activities
Type: Sight-Seeing Excursions
About (Owner’s description): 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.

Thesen Harbour Town

Thesen Harbour Town is the commercial village of Thesen Islands, a mere ten-minute stroll from the residential area. Where the residential area is only accessible by residents and their visitors through the 24/7 security gate, Thesen Harbour Town is open to all, and easily accessible via the causeway linking Thesen Islands with the mainland. The main street of this commercial village is framed by weather-protected arcades, featuring an eclectic mix of restaurants, boutiques, offices and apartments, and ending in a typical village square with a long scenic pier into the lagoon, offering beautiful views over the lagoon and towards Knysna town and its harbour.

Many of the historic buildings, such as the Sawtooth Building, the Parking Garage and the Boatshed, have been adapted and modernised for re-use, retaining an authentic sense of the past.

Here you will find interesting shops, restaurants, a tapas bar, hotels, a gym, a children’s playground, all along the main street and around the village square. Apart from eating and shopping there are a host of other activities available. You can do the Thesen historical walk route following the illustrated information panels, or you can go on an exciting whale-watching trip, do some fishing from the pier, spoil yourself with a massage or beauty treatment, or even embark on a relaxing lagoon houseboat holiday. Pause on a shaded bench – you won't be bothered by traffic because the parking is mostly tucked away out of sight

The Turbine Hotel (a superb conversion of the former turbine hall with the original machinery still intact and beautifully restored), and the luxury The Lofts boutique hotel offer a whole new accommodation experience.

Thesen residents can take a leisurely walk over the pedestrian bridge or even cruise by boat from their home to join the Harbour Town buzz. For your convenience, public moorings are provided at the quayside. Marina life doesn't get much better than this!

Town: Knysna
Suburb: Thesen Island
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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