The Garden Route – South Africa

With nothing but blue skies above and an undulating landscape of mountain passes, and open fields ahead, the greener part of South Africa begins here.

The magic of Knysna

From the moment you approach Knysna, driving alongside the massive lagoon, it’s all too obvious why this town is the unofficial capital of the Garden Route. Try not to swerve off the road when you first notice the impressive Knysna Heads – the two large sandstone cliffs that stand guard on either side of the estuary mouth.

As the Oyster capital of South Africa, Knysna is a place where one should stop to slurp them off the shells. The culmination of the town’s oyster obsession is the annual Knysna Oyster festival, which takes place from late June to early July.

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Set amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa.

Emulating the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilisation, the impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water features leads into a foyer supported by polished Blackwood columns.

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Designed by Blue Forest Architects, Tsala Tree Lodge is a jungle hideaway that combines wood, glass and stone in a structure that is an architectural beauty.

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African inspiration is seen through out the lodge with each piece of furniture and decor bringing out the ancient craftsmanship to life; along with a contemporary spin to sum up an ultimate nature retreat.

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Elevated wooden walkways will guide you through the trees to 10 exclusive and very private suites tucked into the forest canopy.

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An adult treehouse that gets you all excited with amenities that is fit for a royal..

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A room with a wood burning fireplace, local wine and sherry in your bar and a patio looking into the tranquil greenery of the forest PLUS a private pool at a your disposal.

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The romantic bathroom was as big as my NYC living room with brass fixtures, an oval stone tub, a vanity area, double sinks, an outdoor shower and floor to ceiling glass in your toilet. Ha~ Soaking in the wild at every corner of the villa.

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Zinzi, the restaurant itself is another attraction in all of Knysna.

The interiors carry a global tribal inspiration drawn from the beautiful carving, metalwork of India and the patterns of the tribal Suzani textiles.

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With authentic flavors and international concoctions, its a taste that lingers in my mouth even now.

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Meat Stew and sesame cracker

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Fresh mussels from Plett bay

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Injera with Cape Chicken

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Beef with Rice hit the spot for me

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Whether sitting around a low table on ottomans and cushions with a cocktail or on a wingback chair at an antique table – absolute relaxation is guaranteed.

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A new day begins, which is much slower than the previous, starting off with walks in the garden, watching the baboons play or the ducks following their mum in a row…

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Chilling like there is no agenda, you dont have to be anywhere, its you and the birds that are chirping non-stop.

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Pack a breakfast picnic or sit by the gardens, the choice is yours..

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We were so relaxed that we didn’t feel the urge to get out of Tsala Tree, a peaceful jungle that puts a halt on your never-ending quest to keep moving.

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End of one journey, end of a perfect hide away, end of a time that will be remembered forever, end of an adventure that was experienced for the first time!

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