Tsala Treetop Lodge

Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

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

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 magnificent foyer supported by polished Blackwood columns. The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world. Whether from the exotically appointed dining room, the intimate glassed-in lounge, or the large open decks high above the forest floor, the views are all breathtakingly beautiful, encompassing lush forests extending across rolling valleys towards distant hills. Tsala effortlessly achieves the perfect balance between nature and voluptuous luxury - tucked into the forest canopy.

Elevated wooden walkways meander through the trees providing easy access between the main lodge and guest suites. Experience the restful tranquillity of the forest while the discreet staff provides impeccable and personalised service. The main restaurant building along the end of the walkway leads to the voluminous reception area, an inspirational viewpoint on arrival at the lodge, with the forest as the backdrop. The lounge area has become a firm favourite among the guests while enjoying a pre – cocktail drink relaxing with a book from the library or while checking e mails through the Wi-Fi facility located in this area. An outside deck invitingly lures the guests to peek at the cavorting Knysna Loeries, known to be very elusive. Dine al fresco style on the deck overlooking the forest where lunches and group dinners with friends can be served during good weather conditions and if you wish you may choose your own local and international wines from the world renowned underground wine cellar. Tsala has complimentary Wi-Fi in all public areas.

During summer, light clothing with a selection of warmer items for cooler evenings may be required as the forest is cooler than the surrounding Plettenberg Bay area. Winter months are normally colder at nights and warming up during the course of the day, with rainy days a possibility. Warm layered clothing is suggested for comfort while, should it rain, umbrellas are provided at Hunter’s during your stay. Sunscreen application with a high factor during the summer months is advisable, caps and hats should be worn outdoors and especially around the pool area as the days can get hot – but are mostly dry. During the evenings and at dinner time, smart casual is the general accepted attire, while formal evenings will be dependant on the occasion or celebratory tone of the evening. The Summer House is a relaxing area for the entire family and is a more informal venue. Walking shoes for exploration in the surrounding forest is advisable and general sporting equipment can be stored at the hotel by arrangement.

Tsala Treetop Lodge is situated between the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the scenic Garden Route of the Western Cape. Only 10km from Plettenberg Bay and 22km from Knysna along the N2, the signboards are clearly visible at the entrance to the access road, which leads you to the security entrance of the Estate.

By Road: Tsala is approximately an hour from George, two and a half hours from Port Elizabeth, and three hours’ drive from Gorah necessitating either car rental or road transfer, both readily available.

By Air: There are scheduled flights daily to George and Port Elizabeth from all main centres in South Africa.

Alternatively, charter flights to nearby Plettenberg Bay Airport are available.

GPS Co-ordinates
Heli Pad S34 03' 05.0" E023 16' 21.3" Hunter's Security Gate S34 03' 01.6" E023 16' 19.6" Turn Off at the N2 S34 02' 39.5" E023 15' 55.9"

Tucked into the forest canopy, 10 luxury hide-away suites are the epitome of opulent indulgence and romanticism. Constructed of stone, wood and glass these ultimate of abodes comprise a sumptuous bedroom, an elegant sitting room with fireplace and a spacious bathroom fit for royalty. Extending into the forest is a private deck for dining al fresco and as if in emphasis of your privacy and seclusion each suite has its own infinity pool, seemingly suspended by the very air itself.

An exciting new venture was launched to the Hunter hotels portfolio with the addition of 6 contemporary designed, luxury two bedroom villas. Built in high above the forest floor to complement the style and architecture of the widely acclaimed Tsala Treetop Lodge. The Treetop Villas are fully furnished, equipped with a kitchenette facility, expansive lounge area, private deck overlooking the forest, plunge pool with private deck and loungers, air conditioning, TV and DVD with surround sound and also offering serviced mini – bar and daily housekeeping. The double bedrooms are of equal size and appointment, each with luxurious bathroom, separate toilet, indoor and inter – leading outside “moon” shower on a private deck overlooking the pristine indigenous forest.

Tsala’s breakfasts are exquisitely presented in the beautiful glass walled breakfast room - or for those wanting to enjoy the wonderful morning sunshine, the spectacular forest dining decks, literally suspended above the forest floor, is just the place to be.

Relaxed and affordable with distinctive international flavours, Zinzi Restaurant offers abundant and tasty menu options in a beautiful forest setting. Apart from the African inspiration seen in the architecture and manifested in the use of the natural materials in the building, there is a global tribal inspiration drawn from the beautiful carving and metalwork of India and the patterns of the tribal Suzani textiles. Subtle texture forms the canvas on the walls- with subtle contrasts brought in by the combination of the stone masonry, raw scratch plaster, rough neutral Earthcote and waxed plaster that has the feel of old smooth leather. Handmade mud chandeliers preside in the interior– with the clay balls brought to life by the subtle sparkle of crystal. The fabrics- raw textured natural fibres - in combinations of wheat, stone, ebony and slate colours forms the foundation, hand printed Suzani fabrics, worn leather and soft suede, fun lizard print silver fabrics bring a sense of fun and “now” and luscious velvets a sense of opulence, with a shot of silver leather for luxury. The furniture is all custom made - all slightly oversized as comfort is key at Zinzi. Whether sitting around a low table on ottomans and cushions sharing a meze platter or on a wingback chair at an antique table with turned legs and a pewter chandelier - absolute relaxation is guaranteed. The tables provide for ample space, with fabulous dishes beautifully displayed during each course. Uniquely designed cutlery curiously hidden in a cloth bag and beautiful glassware add to the imaginative dining experience. Ideal for sundowners at the bar, or for a relaxed dining experience, Zinzi embraces the spirit of honest cuisine and zesty ingredients with a choice selection of a la carte menu items.

There is something life-affirming about a picnic, it’s all about being outside in the fresh air, bonding with nature and enjoying a scrumptious meal … the flavours and the presentation of the picnics are unique and seductive, and will satisfy your soul. At Tsala they believe that a picnic can be anything you want it to be. They will work with you and explore a host of picnic ideas available, depending upon time of day and how formal or casual you want your picnic to be. From start to finish the staff can assist you with planning your event. Let Tsala use their extensive experience to take care of the details of your event so that you can relax and enjoy your day.

Chorister Robin-chat is usually on hand in and around the Suites and in front of the lodge. Also common in the estate are Lemon (Cinnamon) and Red-eyed Dove, Olive Thrush, Terrestrial Brownbul (Bulbul) and Dusky Flycatchers. In the forested areas, also look out for Knysna Turaco, Emerald Cuckoo, Knysna and Olive Woodpecker, Narina Trogon, Sharp billed Honeyguide, Grey Cuckooshrike, Knysna Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, White-starred Robin, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher and Cape Batis, although some of these species are elusive. The Tsitsikamma Forest also hosts African Crowned Eagle and African Wood Owl, plus some of the accipiters such as African Goshawk and Black Sparrowhawk. In the mountains one should look for Cape Canary , Cape Sugarbird , Orange-breasted Sunbird, Black Saw-wing and Ground Woodpecker. Also present, though difficult to locate are Protea Canary, Victorin’s Warbler, Striped Flufftail and Cape Siskin.

Wind down after a day’s excursion in the surrounding Garden Route area with a sundowner on the deck overlooking the forest at the lodge. Relax in your private deck area by the pool and soak up the warmth of the Eastern Cape sunshine. Amble along deep forests and enjoy the magnificence of the indigenous fauna and flora. Experience an enjoyable bird watching afternoon as you identify one of 260 species of birds while keeping an eye out for the elusive Loerie, the pride of the forest canopy. Tsala will also arrange for family and couple picnics in and around the estate grounds and at the lodge. Forest walks, family fun and activities for all including Boules court, swimming pool and general relaxation in verdant gardens. Aromatherapy, massage and reflexology are available on request in the privacy of your suite.

Tsala can arrange for a classic wedding venue of choice for the discerning couple on the Estate. Your wedding day is unquestionably the most important day of your lives together, knowing this they tailor make all arrangements and take great care to ensure that special attention is paid to every detail making it seamless and memorable. The intimate “Chapel in the Forest” is the perfect setting. Vows are proclaimed while being framed by floor to ceiling windows overlooking the valley of an indigenous forest. The Chapel can accommodate up to 50 guests seated to share this moment with you.

Tsala traditionally caters for smaller executive group incentives, but now with the addition of the 6 Tsala Treetop Villas, they are able to cater for groups of up to 44 delegates, sharing double accommodations. Singles, not sharing, this would be reduced to 22 delegates. If Hunter's Country House was utilized, this number would be 80 or 40 respectively. Activities on the estate and in the vacinity, are numerous and are tailored and itineraries specific to each group's requirements.


Stay 4 Pay 3 Special:

R 9 612 per person sharing for 4 nights
Valid 01 May 2017 to 31 Aug 2017
* Rate includes accommodation and breakfast
* Rate excludes all extras
* Rates valid for South African Residents only.
* Rates subject to change without notice.

Rates from:

Treetop Suite
R 4 572 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Mar 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
R 3 204 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 May 2017 to 31 Aug 2017
R 4 572 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Sep 2017 to 17 Dec 2017
R 5 454 per person per night sharing
Valid 18 Dec 2017 to 28 Feb 2018
R 5 031 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 Mar 2018 to 30 Apr 2018
R 3 528 per person per night sharing
Valid 01 May 2018 to 31 Jul 2018

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* Breakfast

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