Tsala Treetop Lodge
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Tsala Treetop Lodge was created by the Hunter Family on their family farm close to Plettenberg Bay. The 10 suites and 6 villas offer visitors an experience unlike elsewhere in the area. Set high in the forest canopy, this is a dramatically designed lodge.
At a Glance
Dine al fresco on the deck overlooking the forest
Fantastic service and food
Aromatherapy, massage and reflexology are available in the privacy of your suite
Beautiful treehouse rooms with private plunge pools
The most romantic accommodation in the area
A beautiful, exotic, romantic and utterly unique spot
Exceptional treetop rooms with breathtaking views over the forest
Take a long dip in the infinity pool perched high in the treetops, it's such a surreal feeling!Louisa Ross-Taylor
Use Tsala as a great base from which to explore this area of the Garden ROute. It is quieter than being based in town but is only 10 minutes drive to the beach.Scott Dunn team
Stay in a villa for a more contemporary atmosphere. These rooms really are impressive, a good option for families with older children.Scott Dunn team
Tsala Treetop Lodge rises from the forest floor of the Tsitsikamma Forest to nestle high in the canopy on raised platforms. The design of the lodge is dramatic, impressive and unlike any other lodges in the area. The hotel is a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux collection and the service and quality of cuisine are of the exceptionally high standard to be expected by a member of this organization.
The ten one-bedroom suites, and six two-bedroom villas look out across the forested slopes of the Piesang River Valley. Floor to ceiling views through the glass walls of the rooms create a good sense of connection with the surrounding environment. The unique wood and glass structures of the suites rise to a height exceeding six meters. Each one comprises a sitting room, bedroom, spacious bathroom, observation deck and pool deck, all elevated into the forest canopy on pole supports. The more recently added villas offer two-bedroom options and are great for older families.
The lounge area is a great place for early evening drinks and offers Internet access, although WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The hotel's restaurant Zinzi serves sumptuous international cuisine but dining can also be enjoyed al fresco overlooking the treetops, or why not take a picnic into the forest?
Located close to Plettenberg Bay, Tsala is ideally situated for guests to explore the beautiful South African coastline and can be included in a tour along the Garden Route.
Tsala Treetop Lodge offers ten suites. Each one affords lovely views of the surrounding forest and features a sitting room, bedroom, spacious bathroom, observation deck and pool deck, all elevated into the forest canopy on pole supports. A stay in one of these suites really is a memorable experience. Six Treetop Villas have recently been added. The villas offer a great option for families as are made up of two bedrooms, linked by a large sitting and dining area. Each also enjoys large private decks and infinity pools with views out over the forest canopy.
10 luxury treetop suites are tucked into the forest canopy. All are accessed by a raised wooden walkway in the canopy of the trees running down the side of the hill.
Two bedroomed treetop villas based on the same theme of a treetop hideaway as the suites. All with large lounges, fireplaces and dining areas, indoor and outdoor showers, large private decks and infinity pools.
The Tsala Treetop Lodge is not suitable for children given all suites are elevated into the forest canopy on pole supports.
Facilities at Tsala include a swimming pool, restaurant and lounge with internet access although complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Located close to Plettenberg Bay, Tsala is ideally situated for guests to explore the beautiful South African coastline and can be included in a tour along the Garden Route. Other activities in the area include boat cruises, treetop canopy tours, horse riding, whale watching (July to November) and visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and the Elephant Sanctuary.
Location & Directions
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Tsala Treetop Lodge is situated between the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the scenic Garden Route of the Western Cape.
When to go
Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.