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  • Pristine setting on the shore of a saltwater lake
  • Canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, a pontoon boat and fishing gear available for guests to enjoy
  • Tranquil surroundings, a spa and a gourmet restaurant make for an idyllic stay

Lakeside Lodge and Spa

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Sedgefield


-33.9907, 22.7366


Lakeside Lodge is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, nature lovers and discerning travellers alike, combining a stunning location with outstanding service and a host of enjoyable activities. Set along the shores of the picturesque Swartvlei Lake, fringed by hills and forests, the lodge offers luxurious accommodation in nine spacious suites, all of which feature undisturbed views of the natural surrounds.

Working from a base of sophisticated white, the rooms are decorated with colourful modern flair and are fitted with furnishings of the highest quality. All are equipped with conveniences such as air conditioning, flat screen satellite televisions, free wireless internet, a digital radio with an iPod dock, and a laptop safe. A minibar and top-of-the-range coffee machine, along with a room service menu and complimentary water that is replenished daily, should keep the energy levels up throughout your stay.

The full en-suite bathrooms are sleek and highly modern, and after guests have freshened up they can slip into a fluffy gown and sink into the embrace of extra length King-size beds. The sounds of the lake lapping against the shore are bound to lull you into a restful sleep.

It is fitting that each room is named after a bird, as birdsong will be the soundtrack you will wake up to. After rubbing the sleep from your eyes, head out onto the patio to breathe in the crisp morning air and admire views of the lake. Comfy indoor armchairs offer the same view, so on rainy days you won’t have to detach yourself from this pretty scene.

Despite being the smallest rooms, the luxury suites are still very spacious and have large freestanding bathtubs and showers. Chandeliers adorn the ceilings of the very classy superior suites, two of which have spa baths instead of freestanding baths, along with spacious showers. Since they are linked via adjoining doors, the suites are an ideal choice for families or groups. 

With a four poster bed, romantic furnishings and a huge bathroom with jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower, special care and attention has gone into making the honeymoon suite a lavish retreat for couples. The suite opens directly onto the lake, providing a dreamy setting to celebrate with a bottle of champagne. Perks of staying here include a Continental and Full English breakfast, and a complimentary wine tasting, while staff are more than willing to assist with arranging any special surprises you may have planned for your better half.

A variety of activities can be enjoyed on the lake, and the lodge has ensured that guests can take advantage of this watery wonderland by making canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, a pontoon boat, speed boat and fishing gear available for use. Good launching facilities and ample parking space also allow guests to make use of their own boats. 

Those who prefer to stay on terra firma can explore the beautiful surrounds with one of the lodge’s provided mountain bikes. If you want some pampering, book an indulgent treatment or massage at the lakeside spa. 

At mealtimes, guests can head to the Benguela Brasserie, where the executive chef can spoil you with a delicious breakfast or a casual light lunch accompanied by a good range of South African wines.

With all the on-site activities on offer, guests need not venture off the property, but a day trip along the Garden Route, with its abundance of attractions, is well worth the effort.

Rates & Summary

4 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite freestanding bath and shower
Patio with lake views

4 Superior Suites

Each sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite freestanding/jacuzzi bath and shower
Patio with lake views
Rooms can be interlinked

Honeymoon Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size four poster bed
En-suite jacuzzi bath and shower
Opens directly onto lake


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Most rates are room only
Continental and English breakfast included for guests in Honeymoon Suite
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on the edge of Swartvlei Lake in the unspoilt Wilderness National Park, Lakeside Lodge & Spa is an ideal destination for travellers looking for an upmarket, tranquil stay on the famous Garden Route. Accommodation at the luxurious lodge offers direct access to a pristine saltwater lake, and the lodge allows guests to make use of canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, a pontoon boat and fishing gear. The tranquil surrounds of the nature reserve and a number of good facilities, including a spa and gourmet restaurant, make for an idyllic stay.


  • Pristine setting on the shore of a saltwater lake
  • Canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, a pontoon boat and fishing gear available for guests to enjoy
  • Tranquil surroundings, a spa and a gourmet restaurant make for an idyllic stay

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Lakeside spa
  • Canoeing
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Mountain bikes available for free use
  • Nearby: beaches, whale watching, scuba diving, sea kayaking, lagoon cruises, horse riding, bungee jumping, sky diving, paragliding, golf courses, hiking, horse riding, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, elephant sanctuary, nature reserves, township tour.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

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


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Garden Route

Western Cape


The Garden Route encompasses a large section of the Southern Cape coast, bookended by Witsand in the west and Nature’s Valley in the east. In-between are the large towns of Mossel Bay and George, and the smaller, more touristy destinations of Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The region is a narrow zone wedged between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains; and is one of great natural beauty. Despite massive development in recent years, it remains the country’s Garden of Eden. There are gloriously long beaches, lush and mysterious forests, rugged coastlines, amber rivers, and tranquil lagoons. All overlooked by hazy mountain peaks.

The region has been a favourite with locals and overseas visitors for decades. The temperate climate makes it idyllic to visit at almost any time of the year. 

Although the beaches are promoted as the main attraction, the forests are equally important. In fact, they are the gardens of the Garden Route. 

With their magnificent giant Outeniqua yellowwoods (podocarpus falcatus), unfathomable gorges and areas of impenetrable trees, vines, and ferns, the forests have long been a passion for those with a love of nature. Much of their depths remain unexplored and, thankfully, unexploited. Perhaps their greatest treasure is that they are home to a handful of Knysna elephants.

Rivers tumbling from the mountain slopes have carved the landscape into deep gorges and twisting valleys, shaded by steep slopes and plunging cliffs. The Keurbooms and Knysna rivers flow into tidal lagoons at Plettenberg Bay and Knysna respectively. Sedgefield Lagoon, which is also open to the sea, is fed by Swartvlei, the biggest body of water in an area known as South Africa’s lake district. This chain of 5 lakes stretches from Sedgefield to Wilderness.

A large swathe of the region is protected within the Garden Route National Park. The park is made up of disjointed patches of land and therefore has no fixed beginning or end.

The Wilderness National Park, the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Knysna National Lakes area are sections within the greater park

Thanks to the habitats of forest, fynbos, coastline and wetlands, there is a plethora of wildlife, birdlife and marine life. Visitors can also enjoy a vast number of activities and attractions (adrenalin, adventure or relaxation). The innumerable accommodation establishments offer everything from 5-star luxury to basic camping facilities. In recent years, the Garden Route has become something of a gourmet route that will satisfy even the most discerning epicure.

Look out for

National Parks – the Wilderness National Park makes up the western section of the recently formed Garden Route National Park. Situated in the vicinity of Wilderness it protects patches of indigenous forest and fynbos, long stretches of unspoilt coastline and pristine beaches, coastal dunes, rivers and estuaries. It has a series of 5 lakes – something unique in South Africa. The park is renowned for its diversity of activities, which include canoeing, mountain biking, abseiling and kloofing.

Hiking includes the 7km-long Half-Collared Kingfisher Trail; the 5km-long Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail; the Cape Dune Molerat Trail between Rondevlei and Swartvlei (3km- or 6km-long routes); and the Pied Kingfisher Trail, the longest at 10km.

Birdwatching is popular, with 230 species to be seen, and part of the park is a designated RAMSAR site. There are 3 bird hides - at Rondevlei, Langvlei, and on the Touw River. Accommodation at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp on the banks of the Touw River takes the form of caravan and camping sites, rondavels and cottages. 

Hiking – the Garden Route is well-known for its large variety of short and multi-day hiking trails. Probably the most popular is the 48km-long 5-day Otter Trail from Storms River Mouth along the coast to Nature’s Valley. The Outeniqua Trail is the longest hike on the Garden Route. It commences at Beervlei hut at an old forestry station just off the Seven Passes Road inland from Sedgefield. From here it traverses 108km of forest and fynbos covering the slopes and foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. It finishes 7 days later at Harkerville between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. 

The Harkerville Hiking Trail is a 24km-long, 2-day circular trail aimed at fit hikers that don’t have a fear of heights. It starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Station. 

Kranshoek Coastal Walk is a spectacular 9km-long circular route covering a section of the Harkerville coastline.

The 61km-long Tsitsikamma Trail starts at the Nature’s Valley Rest camp and heads for the slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains, away from the coast. It finishes at either Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village.

There are also some beautiful slack packing options the 65km-long, 5-day, Garden Route Trail between Wilderness and Knysna; the 48km-long, 5-day Oyster Catcher Trail between Mossel Bay and Gourits River Mouth; and the 17km-long, 2-day Dolphin Trail from Storms River Mouth east along the coast to the Fernery.

Nature Reserves – there are 4 nature reserves in the region. These are the Outeniqua Nature Reserve at George, the Goukamma Nature Reserve between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay, and the Keurbooms Nature Reserve, also at Plettenberg Bay.

All offer good birding and each has a network of hiking trails - except Keurbooms, which has river-based activities instead. 

Forests – these thickly-wooded areas are alive with unique life forms, birdsong, fungi, ferns, frogs and feathered creatures. The towering Outeniqua yellowwoods, some 800 years old, are the pillars of the forests and magnificent in stature. From George through to Nature’s Valley there are several sections of forest where visitors can walk or picnic beneath the canopy. These include the Groeneweide Nature Walk, at Groenkop Farleigh Indigenous Forest near George. 

Around Knysna, there are 3 main forest areas. Goudveld lies north-west of town and is accessed via the rural area of Rheenendal. It is home to the locals’ favourite picnic spot of Jubilee Creek, the worked-out Bendigo gold mine, and the isolated gorge known as Drupkelders. Gouna is north of town and links up with Diepwalle, which lies to the east. The Garden of Eden is a small patch of forest alongside the N2, accessed along boardwalks between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Also here is the Harkerville Forest. In the east of the region, around Nature’s Valley, the forests of the Tsitsikamma National Park virtually spill onto the beaches and rocky headlands.   

Beaches and lagoons – for many the wide, sweeping stretches of beach that glint like a string of pearls along the coastline are what the Garden Route is all about. These are found throughout the region and most are accessible via minor roads off the N2. If the rough and tumble of surf isn’t quite your thing then the more tranquil waters of the Knysna Lagoon, the Keurbooms Lagoon at Plettenberg Bay, and the Sedgefield Lagoon are popular options.

The Maritime Museum – visitors who enjoy a good museum should head to Mossel Bay. Here the maritime history of the area can be explored at the Dias Museum Complex where you can board a replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel. There’s also a collection of ancient maps from those days and a good shipwreck display. Here too stands the 500+-year-old Post Office Tree. The museum complex houses a Shell Museum, said to be the largest in South Africa. There is also an aquarium. The complex is open from 09h00-16h45, Monday to Friday, and from 09h00-15h45 on weekends and public holidays.

Golf – for those who consider golf to be a large part of a holiday, there are premier golf courses along virtually the entire Garden Route. These include the 18-hole championship course at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay; the 3 courses of Fancourt at George; the Knysna Golf Club; Simola Golf & Country Estate (Knysna); Pezula Championship Course (Knysna); Plettenberg Bay Country Club; and Goose Valley Golf Club (Plettenberg Bay).

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