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  • Beautiful views from the riverside location near the beach
  • Canoes and bicycles available on site to allow guests to explore and enjoy
  • Comfortable rooms with a great beach holiday atmosphere

i-Lollo Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In St Francis Bay

 

-34.1462, 24.8375

About

At i-Lollo Lodge, guests get an authentic taste of what life is like for the privileged few who get to call St Francis Bay home.

As with all the buildings in the unique town, from the grand houses that line the Venice-like canal system, to the supermarkets and quaint shops, i-Lollo Lodge features attractive thatched roofs and white exteriors.

What sets the lodge apart is its stunning location among indigenous fynbos at the spot where the Kromme River opens onto the Indian Ocean. This allows guests to survey the ample natural beauty from their rooms. However, the lodge has realised that the stunning surrounds are best experienced up close, providing canoes for guests wanting to glide up and down the river in the company of the many fish species, water birds and thick coastal bush.

From its location on the dunes, i-Lollo offers five comfortable rooms - two on the ground floor and three on the first floor. The best views of the river and sea can be enjoyed from the balconies of the upstairs rooms, which include a superior room and two standard rooms. Under the thatched ceilings, the Superior Room has a comfy King-size bed and a large window looking out over the fynbos. Moving out of the bedroom onto the spacious balcony, you will be treated to one of the best views in St Francis Bay, with the river mouth, dunes and ocean painting a postcard picture.

The décor in the other two upstairs rooms gives an appropriately seaside feel, and the rooms can be fitted with either King or twin beds. Guests can sip a sundowner on the balcony overlooking the river mouth and ocean. All the upstairs rooms have showers and baths en-suite. 

The two downstairs rooms are equally cosy, and open onto outside seating areas, providing easy access to the river and beach. One room has a Queen-size bed with an en-suite shower, while the other houses twin beds and an-en-suite shower over the bath. Convenient amenities include a television, fan, heater, tea and coffee facilities, a small fridge and hair dryer.

To set the tone for the day, a hearty English breakfast is served each morning, accompanied by a selection of local yoghurts, cereals and freshly made fruit salad.

The lodge is a short walk from the river mouth, where fishing and canoeing are popular activities, while the white sands of the beach are just a few steps further away. Guests can wash off the salt by plunging into the guesthouse pool.

Built around a beautiful canal system, St Francis Bay is South Africa’s little Venice, and is a joy to explore from the seat of one of the bicycles freely available to i-Lollo guests. Sunset cruises through the vibrant canals will get you in touch with the jovial holiday atmosphere of the town.  

Along with all the usual fun that can be had at the beach, attractions include some charming shops and restaurants, the Jack Nicklaus-designed St Francis Links, nature reserves, and the harbour. The neighbouring village of Cape St Francis has a stunning beach popular with surfers, and visits to the lighthouse and penguin colony are ideal for families.

Rates & Summary


1 Superior Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Balcony overlooking river mouth

2 Upstairs Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin/double beds
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
Sea, river and mountain views

2 Downstairs Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size/twin beds
En-suite shower or shower over bath
Outside seating area

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Continental and full English breakfast included

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

A wonderful holiday retreat on the Garden Route, i-Lollo Lodge is a thatch-roofed guest house that faces the Indian Ocean in the unique coastal town of St Francis Bay, and houses five luxury rooms with ocean, river and mountain views. i-Lollo’s dune-side location right on the Kromme River mouth, just a few steps from the beach, is truly spectacular. As a thoughtful touch, the lodge provides canoes for guests to explore the beautiful waterway, and the supplied bicycles are the ideal way to travel around the seaside village.

Summary

  • Beautiful views from the riverside location near the beach
  • Canoes and bicycles available on site to allow guests to explore and enjoy
  • Comfortable rooms with a great beach holiday atmosphere

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird/whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

The roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Boat cruises
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Beaches

Nearby: golf courses, tennis, nature reserves, hiking, penguin rehabilitation centre, Port St Francis, surfing, watersports.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Full business centre

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Tsitsikamma

Eastern Cape

About

The Tsitsikamma region embraces a large swathe of Afromontane forest and rugged coastline within the Tsitsikamma National Park, which is interspersed with tracts of fynbos and commercial tree plantations.

It’s situated on the eastern edge of the Garden Route, between Nature’s Valley and Eerste Rivier, and is accessed along the N2 which runs through the area. Tsitsikamma is a Khoi word meaning ‘place of abundant (or sparkling) water’, and refers to the Indian Ocean to the south and the many rivers and streams in the area.

To the north, it’s bordered by the Tsitsikamma Mountains that spill their verdant cloak of thickly knitted trees and woven vines across hill and dale as they descend towards the sea. In the plunging gorges, rivers of dark water splash and tumble through secret places where creatures of the forest cavort and flutter in a timeless ritual of natural life.

Along the coast the forest pushes onto the white sandy beaches and rocky shore to greet the foaming breakers of the ocean.

Settlement in the area is on a small scale - even the main centre of Storms River Village is just a small clearing in the trees. 

From a visitor’s perspective there’s plenty to do here. The Tsitsikamma National Park is well known for its wild coastline, the Storms River Mouth, and its many hikes, which include the popular Otter Trail. 

Other multi-day hikes in the region are the Tsitsikamma Trail, through the mountains inland, and the Dolphin Trail, along the coastal cliffs. The area in general, with its deep gorges and towering trees, is a treasure trove of adrenaline pursuits that include bungee-jumping from Bloukrans Bridge, gliding through the tree tops or above waterfalls on a series of ziplines (cable slides), abseiling the steep cliffs, and tubing through the Storms River Gorge.

It’s the forests themselves that add that extra touch of magic to the region. The tracks and paths offer a unique opportunity to enter the realm of an enchanted natural world. The large Outeniqua Yellowwoods are the pillars of the forest, towering above any other living thing by far.

Some of these majestic trees are over 800 years old and standing next to one is a humbling experience. Bird watching here is rewarding and a flash of green or crimson may announce the sighting of a narina trogon or Knysna turaco.

Closer to the spongy forest floor, the smaller creatures are no less spellbinding. Butterflies bob in the pillars of sunlight that penetrate the canopy, chorister robin-chats rustle through the leaf litter, and the Knysna dwarf chameleon makes its way hesitantly through the vegetation.

Throughout the undergrowth chortling streams and still ponds reflect the delicate fronds of tree ferns. Here frogs breaststroke beneath a surface stained the colour of bourbon by the tannins and humic acid leached from the fallen leaves.

All around, wisps of old man’s beard drape the wrinkled bark and conjure up faces of wizards, and the patchwork mosses and lichens combine to form their cloaks. On fallen branches and leaning stumps, bracket fungi are natural receptacles filled with fallen rain where insects quench their thirst. The scene is embraced by an eternal peace that even the cicadas seem reluctant to disturb, their characteristic incessant screech curtailed to short periods of intermittent chirring.

With mountains, forests, rivers, and a coastline alternating between glinting beaches and rocky outcrops, Tsitsikamma is a diverse natural playground.   

Look out for

Tsitsikamma National Park - is the number one reason to visit the region and is situated off the N2, 10-minutes drive west of the Storms River Village. It’s a spectacular marine reserve where the indigenous forest grows right onto the rocky coastline. The coastal portion of the park stretches 80km along the shore and 5km out to sea protecting not only life in the inter-tidal zone but that of the deep sea too, while the inland expanse protects the forests, fynbos, and mountain catchment areas. There are various short hikes, a boardwalk to the famous suspension bridge over the Storms River Mouth, snorkelling, scuba diving, a boat trip up the Storms River, a restaurant, and a curio shop. For people wanting to spend more than a day there are campsites and chalets positioned along the shore. 

Hiking trails - a few well-known hiking trails start and finish in this area. The Otter Trail, which starts at Storms River Mouth and ends on the beach at Nature’s Valley, is one of South Africa’s most popular trails. The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and ends at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village. The Dolphin Trail is a guided and portered hike with upmarket accommodation.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours - is exactly that - a tour of the forest canopy near the Storms River Village. It’s a combination of an adrenalin activity plus incredible views of the forest from a unique tree top perspective usually reserved for birds and monkeys. There are 10 slides that allow tourists to glide from tree to tree, stopping on platforms attached high up the trunks of giant Yellowwoods. Distances above the forest floor reach 30 metres. The guides are fun and informative. Booking is essential.

Bloukrans Bridge - this is Africa’s highest road bridge, and the world’s highest single-span arch bridge, with a central span of 272m, and a total bridge length of 451m. Statistics aside, the single reason it’s popular with visitors is because it’s home to the highest bungee jump in the world (216 metres). If the bungee is too much to contemplate there’s also a 200m zipline called the "Flying Fox" and a 400m bridge walk out onto the central arch. For the meek there’s a restaurant with a fabulous view. They’re open 7-days-a-week from 09h00-17h00.

Storms River Adventures - offer a 3 hour ‘Woodcutters Journey’ in an open vehicle down the Storms River Pass where oxwagons outspanned more than a century ago. Qualified guides enlighten passengers about the history and flora and fauna of the area. There are 3 trips daily and require a minimum of 6 people.

Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures - offer a thrilling zipline (cable slide) over waterfalls, with the longest glide being 211m. Those into adrenalin activities will love this adventure, and can also abseil 30m down a cliff into a fern cove. They take all ages, from 3 years up, and do tours 365-days-a-year in all weather conditions. Tours start at 08h00 and depart every 30 minutes, with the last tour leaving at 16h00.

Blackwater Tubing - depending on the water level, adventurers may be kloofing on low water, or white-water tubing on high water. Kloofing entails about 50% walking and 50% paddling, carrying the tube over shallow sections and leaping off rock faces that may be as high as 8 metres into pools below. It’s offered by Tube 'n Axe Backpackers from October to April and is a 5-hour trip that includes a lunch braai.

Storms River Village - is where all the adventure companies operate from and walks and mountain biking routes in the Plaatbos Nature Reserve start here.

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