Tsala Treetop Lodge
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
per person for 4 nights, based on 2 people sharing a suite on a bed and breakfast basis, including transfers.
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
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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.
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.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
We absolutely loved Tsala Treetops we drove up their beautifully manicured drive which felt like a country house hotel in deepest England, and were greeted with a tree house lodge set deep into evergreen trees and really nestled into the surrounding environment. With open fires everywhere, we got the impression this was a place to really relax and kick back the views are not impressive, being mainly forest, but its a great spot to cocoon yourself from the outside world and enjoy a spa treatment or two. The rooms are brilliant each has a plunge pool which overlooks the forest, and is warm and welcoming gigantic floor to ceiling windows let in huge amounts of light, and there are velvety touches here and there, giving a feeling of richness and warmth. For families, the two bedroom villas are perfect, and have a much larger deck and a little kitchen to prepare simple snacks. Its quite different from anything else in this area, and would make a perfect couple of nights stop en route to the game parks of the eastern cape.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
This was my second visit to Tsala, the last was about 10 years ago when I visited for dinner during a family vacation to Plettenberg Bay. The impact of the setting on arrival was as dramatic as I remembered. Perched high in the forest, Tsala is a unique type of accommodation in this area of South Africa's Garden Route.
Tsala is not suitable for families with young children as all walkways and decks have drop offs down to the forest floor below. However, for families with slightly older children, couples and groups of friends, Tsala would be a memorable place to stay. 10 minutes out of Plettenberg Bay towards Knysna, the lodge is ideally located to make the most of the activities in the surrounding area, whilst being tucked away from it all, avoiding the madness that can take over during peak season in town.
The villas were added 3 years ago and offer much more contemporary accommodation than the suites. The 2 bedroom set up offers great flexibility and the private decks with their infinity plunge pools enjoy great views over the forested valley.
Although it was quiet when we ate there, it was the middle of winter, we had a delicious dinner at Zinzi: tasty fresh fish cooked with Moroccan spices. The waiter paired a delicious bottle of wine with our meal.
Camilla Whitworth (Guest)
Tsala treetop lodge - wonderful staff, wonderful setting, wonderful location, wonderful hotel, wonderful restaurant, wonderful experience. Zinzi restaurant at Tsala - absolutely fantastic.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Plettenburg Bay makes a great stop on the Garden Route, about 6hrs drive from Cape Town. The town has two vast arcing beaches and is a popular surf spot and there is plenty of fun to be had on dry land too: cycling, bungy jumping, river trips, Monkey Land, ostrich farms and Robberg Nature Reserve.
If you want to stay out of the town itself the Tsala is a great choice. Nestled in the forest canopy, the stilted rooms are entered from the rear and appear to hang over the forest that drops away below. Rooms are cosy and have a wood burner separating the bedroom and living area, where we enjoyed late-night cocoa and toasted marshmallows that were left for us after dinner. Theres also an egg-shaped bath and your private deck has an infinity edged plunge pool that seems almost suspended above the forest below.
The food was very impressive; I ate springbok for the first time, which was absolutely delicious.
This is a beautifully designed and very luxurious property that is also very much at one with nature.
Fynbos Flower Safari
The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Staggeringly this recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site holds three times the diversity of species than the Amazon rainforest.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
Horse Riding in the Cape
Enjoy exploring the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on horseback, an experience to be included on any visit.
Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Center
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Center at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.
Location & directions
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, 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.
How to get there
Guests are advised to fly to Port Elizabeth and proceed to Tsala Treetop Lodge by road. A flight from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth takes about one hour forty minutes. From the airport it is a two and a half hour drive to the Lodge.