Tsala Treetop Lodge
- Style Modern Africa
- Setting Up in the forest canopy
With its handsome huts-on-stilts peeking over the forest canopy, Tsala Treetop Lodge hotel on South Africa's Garden Route gives a bird’s eye view of the lush jungle. Treehouse living goes glamorous amid infinity pools, wraparound verandahs, and technological trimmings like flatscreen TVs. All of this wilderness wonder is just 10km from the shops, bars and peaceful beaches of Plettenberg Bay.
Need to know
- Rooms 16: 10 suites and 6 two-bedroom villas.
- Rates Double rooms from $492.66 (ZAR5,088), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Gardens, library of books and DVDs, boules court, sundeck, free WiFi, valet parking. In rooms, open fires, infinity plunge pools, sundecks, flatscreen TVs, DVD/CD player, under-floor heating, exclusive Charlotte Rhys toiletries.
- Poolside Every suite and villa has its own private infinity pool cantilevered out from the decking over the treetops, with comfortable sunloungers to sink onto.
- Check–out 11am (flexible by prior arrangement, subject to availability). Check-in, from 2pm.
Children Kids aged 10 and over are welcome; children sharing parents’ rooms are charged from SAR490–SAR640, depending on season.
- Eco‐friendly The restaurant uses ingredients from Tsala's kitchen gardens, and the resort works closely with local communities and charities to ensure the future of the reserve's biodiversity. Tsala is also working towards becoming totally carbon neutral.
- Also Massages, reflexology, Shiatsu and beauty treatments are available on request.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The 10 suites are secluded and cosseting, with private decks looking out over the treetops and infinity plunge pools. Glass walls provide surround-scene forest views and bathrooms have deep, free-standing stone tubs, twin sinks and al fresco showers. In addition, the two-bedroom Villas have kitchenettes, dining rooms, fully stocked minibars, satellite TV, private pools and a decked outdoor dining area.
- Packing tips Hats and beachwear for summer; cosy shrugs for cooler evenings; walking boots for exploring the forest; binoculars for bird-watching; leopardprint loin cloth for playing Tarzan and Jane.
- Also Treetop Villa prices are adjusted according to occupancy.
Food and drink at Tsala Treetop Lodge
- Hotel restaurant Tsala serves up modern Euro-African fusion fare, cooked using herbs and vegetables from their own gardens. Other local organic ingredients are sourced from within a 500km radius of the resort.
- Dress code I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Into Here! (Smart casual.)
- Top table Pull up an African-baroque leopardprint-upholstered chair at a table by the open fire, or dine by candlelight on the deck outside.
- Last orders Breakfast, 7.30–9.30am; lunch, 12–2.30pm; dinner, 7–10.30pm.
- Room service A light menu of simple in-room dishes is available 24 hours a day, but restaurant meals may also be taken in-suite by prior arrangement. Alternatively, book a gourmet picnic basket for two and take it into the forest with you…
- Hotel bar There’s no bar as such, but you can drink sundowners on the restaurant deck (or your own private deck), and Tsala has a fantastic wine cellar: wine-tastings can be arranged on request and the restaurant occasionally holds gourmet wine evenings in winter.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details