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MV John Benn

Floating Restaurant Cruise in Knysna by The Featherbed Company


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More about MV John Benn

Cruise to the majestic Knysna Heads, on a boat steeped in history, named after a legendary pilot of a bygone era. This iconic double-decker floating restaurant, which is constructed from solid yellowwood and has been cruising Knysna’s waters since 1988, promises to deliver exquisite sunsets and happy memories. Comfortable and cozy with a classic wooden finish, friendly staff and hospitable service this floating restaurant is licensed to carry 88 passengers and serves a casual a-la-carte and tapas menu on board. The availability of fresh Knysna oysters, local craft beer and two full bars further enhances this unforgettable family friendly experience.

What people say

A very nice experience to go on water to the Heads. The boat is closed from the bad wheather , so yo...  -  Ben Visagie .



1 hour 30 minutes


Seven days a week, year round, subject to availability. Closed on Christmas Day.


Featherbed Ferry Terminus @ Cruise Cafe


Trips are only cancelled in extreme weather conditions.

What to Wear:

Casual Clothing

Things to bring:


Guests or Spectators:

Inclusions & Exclusions


Cruise only


Optional a-la-carte menu and cash bar available on board.

Opinions On MV John Benn

What the locals say about MV John Benn.

Ben Visagie

A very nice experience to go on water to the Heads. The boat is closed from the bad wheather , so you can choose to go out or stay in and be seated in the bar/ restaurant area. We were a grpu of 6 friends and have planned to sit down and have dinner but we didn't as the menu is very limited. But the Restaurant just off the boat was very good. But a good experience that we have enjoyed, not to be missed when you are in Knysna

Johan Smit

Quite nice, thank you.

Melissa Mathurai

Excellent service! The crew onboard were fantastic.

Anton van der Merwe

The following are rating scores out of 5 (1 = bad; 5 = great): 1. The experience - 4 (nice scenery, ranking weighed down by other stuff) 2. Ambiance - 3 (music is intrusive at times) 3. Food - 2 (mostly deep fried and oily) 4. Service - 3 (as expected) 5. Overall - 3


You’ll discover Knysna on the Garden Route; it’s charmingly set between the Knynsa Lagoon, Indian Ocean and the Knysna forest.

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The Featherbed Company

Knysna is in the heart of the Garden Route, Western Cape. The town is scattered with shops, craft markets, restaurants and cafes, it exudes small-town charm, but it is not tame, boasting a plethora of outdoor activities like the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

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