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  • Situated in a pristine coastal nature reserve
  • Wide variety of outdoor pursuits available in and around the reserve
  • Elegant and spacious accommodation with a relaxing seaside ambiance

Oyster Bay Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

24km from Humansdorp

 

-34.1646, 24.6324

About

Driving along the gravel road leading to Oyster Bay Lodge, guests will for the first time experience the pristine beauty of the coastal reserve which they have the opportunity to explore in a number of ways throughout their stay. The dunes, private beach, rivers and wetlands are a nature lover’s paradise, and offer everything from relaxing picnics to beach horse riding, sandboarding and everything in between.

Nestled under large trees, the lodge itself is a very comfortable place to return to after an exciting day. Charming Cape Dutch architecture mixes with interiors of modern stylishness, flowing onto outdoor relaxation areas a short walk from the beach. 

In the rooms and chalets, colourful contemporary décor is combined with nostalgic features such as beamed ceilings and antique furniture. For optimum comfort, every lodging has a full en-suite bathroom and is appointed with hairdryers, coffee/tea facilities, fridges and safes, while the luxury chalets add fireplaces, underfloor heating and kitchenettes. Connected to the main lodge by wooden walkways, these freestanding chalets offer good privacy and hold King-size beds leading to verandahs with uninterrupted views over the fynbos and ocean. 

Inside the main lodge, several of the guest rooms have King-size beds and verandahs with sea views, while others offer the choice of King-size or twin beds and feature views over the garden and countryside. 

Breakfast is a healthy and extensive a la carte affair, put together with flair and character. Light and fresh gourmet lunches are also available, while the end of the day is greeted by a sumptuous three course dinner, included in the rates for guests who choose the dinner, bed and breakfast option. All meals are served in the wonderful setting of the Seagrass Bar or in the restaurant. The bar faces the ocean, and is lit by a fire and lights from the fishing boats. Casual smart dress is required. The friendly atmosphere is conducive to families, with kids able to select from children’s menu.

In the hours between meals, guests can hike along four trails or mountain bike, explore the river by kayak or spend idyllic days on the beach. Informative guided dune safaris in a customised buggy will be accompanied by sundowners and whale watching (in season).

The guided bird, wetland and fynbos tour is equally fascinating and will reveal more about this unspoilt coastal area. Those with a taste for adrenaline can go sandboarding. The geo-caching experience leads participants on an interesting treasure hunt with a variety of clues, an activity which the little ones will love. There are four beautiful outdoor viewing decks from which to enjoy a delicious picnic baskets delivered by horseback, while the luxurious boma sets a lovely scene for bush braais.

Add to this tours of the neighbouring dairy farm and the Umzamuwethu township, and you have an exceptional, varied experience that delights all the senses. To unwind, guests can simply lounge around the swimming pool or be treated to a massage. With all these activities, there shouldn’t be much cause to leave the reserve, but the rest of the Garden Route can easily be explore from Oyster Bay Lodge.

Rates & Summary


4 Luxury Chalets

Each sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower
Kitchenette
Lounge area with fireplace
Verandah with sea views

8 Seaview Double Guestrooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin bed
En-suite bath and shower
Verandah with sea view

2 Double/Twin Guestrooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin or Queen bed
En-suite bath and shower
Verandah with views of the countryside

Pricing

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

Catering

B&B and DBB options available

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Kids will love the geo-caching experience.
A children’s menu is available at the restaurant.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on a lovely stretch of the Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Knysna, Oyster Bay Lodge is set in a beautiful coastal reserve where guests have the opportunity to partake in a huge number of entertaining outdoor adventures, while enjoying superb facilities and services. This luxurious lodge offers a mix of tranquillity and adventure, and accommodation in two luxury chalets and ten guest rooms.

Summary

  • Situated in a pristine coastal nature reserve
  • Wide variety of outdoor pursuits available in and around the reserve
  • Elegant and spacious accommodation with a relaxing seaside ambiance

Privacy

The luxury chalets are very private freestanding units.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

The gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Beach horse rides
  • Bird, wetland and fynbos tour
  • Dune safaris
  • Dune picnics
  • Sandboarding
  • River kayaking
  • Boma bush braais
  • Township tour
  • Nearby: golf courses, game reserves, scuba diving, ocean life sanctuary, fishing, bungee jumping, arts and culture.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Fireplace
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • 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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