Leisure Island



Leisure Isle is an inhabited suburb, one of the two island suburbs of Knysna. It is six kilometres from the centre of Knysna, and is approached from George Rex Drive.

The Island has a total boundary of over 4 kilometres, 1,6 kilometres in length and ,5 kilometre across at its widest point. There are about 450 houses on the Island, more than half of which are occupied by permanent citizens.

During holiday seasons the Island’s population multiply considerably, and many day visitors also enjoy its facilities.


Knysna has a pleasant climate, with no strong prevailing winds. During summer, moderate easterlies often blow during the afternoon. In winter, a few gale-force westerly winds can be expected.

Sea Temperature

July average: 14,7 degrees
December average: 21,25 degrees

Ground Water

A notable feature of the Island is its underground or ‘spike’ water. A bountiful supply of fresh water lies two to three metres below ground level, where the sands are saturated with this fresh water. It is easily extracted via a ‘spike’ and pump to give a good supply of water. This water is not drinkable, and its quality varies at different points of the Island.

This free source of fresh water is a great benefit to gardeners and is broadly used for watering gardens on the Island. Its accessibility has meant that Island gardens did not suffer much from the latest water restrictions.

An old-fashioned hand pump has been installed in the Steenbok Nature Reserve. Visitors are welcome to work the pump to experience the strong and consistent flow of water from the spike sunk only three metres into the sand.


Living on an island, the daily ebb and flow of the tides are part of one’s consciousness, and shapes certain daily activities around it. At high spring tide the Island is entirely encircled by seawater from the tidal flow coming through the Heads. Depending on the mood of the currents, the sand of the beaches may be stripped down or deposited along the shore, predominantly at Bollard Bay.

When spring tides are associated with strong westerly winds and low barometric pressure, it is not unusual for the water to breach the sea wall in several places, and to flood Steenbok Nature Reserve.

Sea Wall

The Island is bordered by a sea wall, built of stone and reinforced in places by wooden palings. The building of the sea wall begun in 1929 and took three years to complete, using stone from the hillside above Woodbourne. Because the seashore is subject to continuous tidal and wind erosion and sedimentation, the wall needs to be repaired and maintained on an ongoing basis.

Holiday Accommodation

Leisure Isle offers ample holiday accommodation facilities with a wide variety of things to do and places to see, especially with Knysna close by.

Homes & Land for sale

Are you looking for a permanent place to stay? Opposite Leisure Island, to the West, lies Brenton-on-Sea. This upmarket town are rapidly expanding and offers its residents spectacular sea views and scenic nature views. Plenty of homes and vacant lots are available at very affordable prices. Contact Sophie Joubert on 082 572 2729 and become an owner of a beautiful seaside dwelling.