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  • Unique stone and wood chalets set right in the canopy of the indigenous forest
  • Each suite has a private deck and infinity pool from which to enjoy the views
  • Explore the Garden Route in first class luxury

Tsala Treetop Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

11km from Plettenberg Bay

 

-34.052, 23.2705

About

The magnificently designed Tsala Treetop Lodge allows guests to enjoy refined African-style luxury while being treated to a magical adventure in the canopy of an established forest. Inspired by ancient stone villages and organic building methods, the lodge is a polished masterpiece of rock, wood and glass, elevated above the forest and resting safely in the trunks of huge indigenous trees. Emphasising elegance and sophistication, décor draws inspiration from a mix of ancient and modern Africa, combining earthy colours with unique artefacts and furniture.

Each part of the lodge is connected by wooden walkways winding their way through the treetops, and from every vantage point guests can enjoy views of the forest, stretching across valleys and hills. Secluded in their own little forest paradise, each of the treetop suites and villas are lavishly furnished and give the impression of staying in an ultra-luxurious African treehouse. Guests will sleep peacefully in air-conditioned bedrooms with extra length King-size beds, and can relax in stylish living areas kept comfortable by in winter by a fireplace. The bathrooms have massive oval bathtubs and equally spacious showers, while outdoor showers allow a refreshing connection with the forest.

On the private decks extending over the trees, guests can enjoy private alfresco dining or dive into their own personal infinity pool, appreciating the scenery while sipping on a glass of complimentary port. Amenities such as wireless internet, safe, minibar, tea/coffee facilities, underfloor heating, bathrobes and slippers should satisfy the most discerning of travellers. The treetop suites are romantic retreats for couples, while families and travelling friends can share the fairytale experience by staying in the villas, which each have two full en-suite bathrooms and larger living areas.

At the stylish main lodge, the views are especially pretty and can be enjoyed from the comfort of the glass-walled lounge or outdoor seating areas. A breakfast of appetising continental treats, followed by eggs and omelettes made to order, is served in the spectacular setting of the dining deck above the forest. While you eat, numerous bird species, including a few specials, can be seen flitting between the trees. 

Tsala’s main dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and guests can make use of 24-hour room service if they want to dine in privacy. For dinner, guests may also choose to savour delicious international flavours in the twinkling African-style Zinzi Restaurant, or enjoy the cuisine at Sage at Hunter’s Country House. The wine cellar stocks a varied range of carefully-selected South African wines to complement your meal. During the day, you may wish to lounge around at the lodge and perhaps indulge in a massage treatment. Being so to Plettenburg Bay, more energetic guests can easily explore the best of the Garden Route’s many attractions.

Encompassing beaches, forests, mountains, thriving coastal towns and spectacular golf courses, the area has something to suite every taste, and the lodge staff can help you plan your day. Adults who want a day out alone can leave their kids with a babysitter. Before you leave Tsala, have a browse around the curio shop to find something that will remind you of your time at this one-of-a-kind lodge.

Rates & Summary


10 Treetop Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Lounge with fireplace
Private deck with infinity pool
Forest views

6 Treetop Villas

Each sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms with King-size/twin beds
Both bedrooms have en-suite bath, shower and outdoor shower
Lounge with fireplace
Dining area
Private deck with infinity pool
Forest views

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Lunches and dinners available

Kids

Children 10 and older are welcome.
Babysitting is available.

Why Stay Here?

Built amidst the canopy of an ancient indigenous forest outside Plettenberg Bay, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a lavishly creative celebration of Africa, and offers full board accommodation in romantic treetop suites and villas. Guests will be delighted by the novelty of staying in luxurious suites suspended over the indigenous forest floor, and can enjoy gorgeous views from their own private infinity pools. The lodge’s spectacular architectural design, gourmet food and first-class service contribute to a highly memorable stay.

Summary

  • Unique stone and wood chalets set right in the canopy of the indigenous forest
  • Each suite has a private deck and infinity pool from which to enjoy the views
  • Explore the Garden Route in first class luxury

Privacy

Tucked away in the forest, all the units are exceptionally private.

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 short gravel approach road is in good condition and suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Private infinity pool for each unit
  • Curio and retail shop
  • Beauty treatments
  • Nearby: beaches, whale watching, scuba diving, sea kayaking, sundowner cruises, fishing charters, sailing, bungee jumping, golf courses, hiking, horse riding, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, elephant sanctuary.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Library

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Babysitting available
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Garden Route

Western Cape

About

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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