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Arriving at Tsala Treetop Lodge


Arrivals Hall


Perched in the canopy


Dining terrace


Lounge and canopy deck


Suite with infinity edge plunge pool


Suite sitting room and bedroom


Villa with large deck and infinity edge plunge pool


Villa bathroom


Sitting room and canopy deck


Nearby Knysna Heads

Tsala Treetop Lodge, Garden Route, South Africa

Unique treetop luxury suites and villas, close to both Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

Suites from around £290 per night, including breakfast. Flights and car hire available at an additional charge.

In local tongue Tsala means ‘the elevated resting place’, an apt description of this luxurious lodge which rises high above Tsitsikamma Forest floor. The design of the lodge is dramatic, impressive and unlike any other lodges in the area. The hotel, set between Knysna Lagoon and Plettenberg Bay, is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux collection.


Above the forest floor, the ten luxury private suites of Tsala Treetop Lodge are linked by meandering wooden walkways and share the lofty canopy of Tsitsikamma's primal forest in a symphony of wood, glass and water. Each suite has a private infinity plunge pool, airy wooden decks and lavishly appointed bathrooms as well as outside showers. There are six two bedroomed villas with a large fireplace,

private infinity plunge pool, large furnished decks, and sweeping views of the canopy below.

Activities & Experiences

Located a couple of miles from Plettenberg Bay and about six from Knysna, Tsala is ideally situated for guests to explore the beautiful South African coastline and can be included in a tour along the Garden Route. There's so much to do, see and enjoy here! Options include boat cruises, zip-lining, bungee jumping, canopy tours, kayaking, surfing, horse riding, whale watching (July to November) and visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and the Elephant Sanctuary.

Facilities & Services 

Tsala has a swimming pool, restaurant, dining deck and lounge. There's complimentary wi-fi. 

Weather & Seasons

South Africa's Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. 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 graces the coastline with its massive presence.

Getting Here

The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth with regular flights from both Jo'burg and Cape Town. Tsala is about a 2 hour 30 minute drive from the airport. Alternatively you can drive from Cape Town along the scenic Garden Route in about 6 hours non-stop, but we can recommend lots of fabulous places to stay along the way... 

Nearby Alternatives

The Plettenberg - Plettenberg Bay

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge - for malaria-free Big Five safari lodge

Morukuru Ocean House - 4 bedroom private villa in the De Hoop Nature Reserve

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Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.

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