Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa

From £258 pp
Per nighter Night & Includes Breakfast

Amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a sumptuous celebration of African spirit and culture.

Amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a sumptuous celebration of African spirit and culture. Boasting breathtaking vistas and lavish design, Tsala promises to capture your imagination, steal your heart and enchant your soul with its enthralling mystery and luxurious sophistication.

A sanctuary for those who appreciate exclusivity, romance and adventure, and offering a bird's eye view of an ancient forest canopy, this secluded boutique resort flaunts elaborate afro-baroque décor, earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings. From large lounges with a fireplace, attested dining areas and superb unobtrusive services, to forest-facing private decks, in-room spa therapies and stunning infinity pools, Tsala Treetop Lodge provides guests with everything they need for that perfect dream escape.

Whether you wish to stay in and relax amidst the ancient forests, or to explore South Africa’s celebrated Garden Route, experiencing Tsala is pure magic at its finest.

Fact Sheet


  • 10km From The Beaches, Bars & Boutiques Of Plettenberg Bay.
  • 10 Magical Private Treetop Suites
  • 6 Two-Bedroomed Villas Built Above The Treetop Canopy
  • 4 Stunning Dining Options
  • Wine Cellar
  • Yoga & Pilates Studio
  • State-Of-The-Art Gym
  • In-Room Pamper Treatments

Dining on the Estate

Tsala's cuisine is exceptionally prepared in the glass-walled dining area for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For those who wish to soak up the sun, the unique dining deck, which hangs above the forest floor, is the ideal location to enjoy a cup of coffee, a hearty breakfast or a lazy lunch.

Spa & Wellness:

Why not spoil yourself to a relaxing pamper treatment in the comfort of your suite. Unwind to the gentle sounds of nature allowing a sense of tranquility to cocoon you whether it be a manicure, pedicure, reflexology or massage.

Yoga and Pilates Studio

Begin your day by greeting the rising sun and finding a gentle current to begin. In the nicely appointed easterly facing studio, strengthen your core. The studio is located at Hunter’s Country House next to the main swimming pool.

You are welcome to join the daily group morning yoga classes or you can book a private yoga or Pilates session later in the day.


Hunter’s fully equipped gym offers running, cycling, rowing and stretching machines along with a selection of hand weights allowing for a well-rounded workout.

Chapel in the Forest

The intimate “Chapel in the Forest” is the perfect setting for your special day. Proclaim your vows while being framed by floor to ceiling windows overlooking a valley of indigenous forest. The “Chapel in the Forest” can seat up to 50 guests.

A Little Extra:

A winding staircase leads you to the secret wine cellar, where shelves carefully house a selection of both young and vintage wines you can enjoy during your stay.

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Located along the picturesque Garden Route, Tsala acts as the perfect place to explore South Africa's Western Cape. Sat between the seaside towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay (around 10 km’s away), Tsala quietly nestles within the stunning Hunter’s Estate, surrounding Pear Tree Farm and Harkerville.

Getting There:

Self-Drive or Rentals:

  • 10 kms West of Plettenberg Bay – this is approximately 15 minutes by car
  • 20kms East of Knysna – this is approximately 20 minutes by car
  • 90 kms from George Airport – this is approximately 1¼ hours by car on N2 West
  • 240 kms from Port Elizabeth Airport – this is approximately 2½ hours by car on N2 East
  • 525 kms from Cape Town – this is approximately 5½ hours by car on the N2 East

Road Transfers:

Should you require a road transfer, please advise your flight details and airport you are landing at, if applicable, to enable us to provide you with a quotation.

Fixed Wing:

Private air charter into Plettenberg Bay Airport can be arranged – please contact us for a quotation.


Private helicopter charter direct to Tsala can be arranged – please contact us for a quotation.

10 Magical Private Treetop Suites

Tucked away in the treetops, ten exquisite hideaway apartments exude opulence and romance. These exquisite tree-house suites are fashioned from stone, wood, and glass and include a lavish bedroom, an elegant sitting room with an open fireplace, and a luxury bathroom fit for royalty.

Extending into the forest is a private deck and your own infinity pool providing ultimate seclusion.


1x King Sized Bed


Forest Views


Maximum of 2 Guests


En-Suite Bathroom with Rainshower & Free Standing Bathtub

Something Unique

Open Fireplace and Private Deck With Infinity Pool.

6 Two-Bedroomed Villas:

Six magnificent two-bedroomed residences, decorated with elegance and modern comforts for pure luxury, soar high above the forest floor.

These Treetop Villas comprise of two en-suite bedrooms that boast sweeping panoramic views of the forest below. Outdoor and indoor showers, a large lounge with a fireplace and dining area ensures you and your family have everything you need and more. The private deck and infinity pool makes this the perfect family escape.


2x King Sized Beds


Forest Views


Maximum of 4 Guests


2x En-Suite Bathroom with Indoor & Outdoor Rainshowers & Free Standing Bathtubs

Something Unique

Open Fireplace and Private Deck With Infinity Pool.


Tsala Restaurant: Each morning, the chefs prepared a menu that caters to every breakfast desire, ensuring that your day begins the way it should. From homemade muffins, fresh croissants, cheeses, cold meats and fresh fruit, to a selection of eggs to order, gourmet omelettes, sweet treats and a glass of bubbly or speciality coffee, Tsala really know how to spoilt you.

Lunches are often a relaxed affair, with a light lunch à la carte menu featuring a crisp glass of chardonnay or sauvignon blanc while taking in the forest canopy vistas.

Dinners in the intimate dining room guarantee a journey of tastes and flavours as you explore our evening a la carte selection. Not forgetting to wonder through the well stock cellar when choosing your wine for the evening.

Dinners in the cozy dining room provide a journey of tastes and flavours as you discover the exquisite a la carte menu. When selecting your wine for the night, you're encouraged to take a wonder through the well-stocked cellar to help with your decision.

A 24 hour room service menu is available for those wishing to relax and dine in the privacy of their suite or villa.

Zinzi Restaurant: Zinzi Restaurant, located in an amazing forest setting, is a vibrant and comfortable restaurant with distinct international influences. Zinzi Restaurant's chefs come from a variety of culinary disciplines, each bringing his or her own enthusiasm and originality to the cuisine. The Zinzi Menu changes seasonally to ensure that you not only get to eat seasonal produce but also enjoy the variety our chefs strive for when creating the dishes.

Ideal for sun-downers at the bar, or for a relaxed dining experience, Zinzi embraces the spirit of hearty cuisine and zesty ingredients with a choice selection of a la carte menu items.

Sage Restaurant at Hunter’s: An exquisite, candlelit dining experience fit for a king that features an Anglo French influences and a la carte menus. Indulging in a bottle of wine from the cellar, which has been stocked from the top wine farms in South Africa, guests can enjoy a selection of wonderful textures and flavours from the world-class bespoke menu.

Perfect for that special occasion or celebration of life- No children under the age of 10 years.

The Conservatory Restaurant at Hunter’s: For either lunch or dinner, relax and indulge in the family friendly Bistro style dinning room. The Hunter's chefs prepare a seasonal, light, and delectable a la carte menu that incorporates Anglo-Italian country cuisine.

Whale & Dolphin Watching

The finest way to appreciate these magnificent sea creatures is by boat with a knowledgeable guide who can educate you about the significance of such animals in nature's balance.

Dolphin Season - In summer you have a very good chance of spotting the rare, gregarious Humpback Dolphins found only in certain areas along the South African coastline. Bottlenose Dolphins and Common Dolphins are also probable sightings. Here, you'll be taken to the Robberg Seal Colony, which is home to approximately 5,000 noisy, fun-loving seals in their natural habitat.

Whale Season - In the winter, there's a good chance you'll see the Southern Right and Humpback whales. Again, the Robberg Seal Colony (home to around 5000 seals) and other sea creatures of the day are included on excursions.

Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden is a world-class free flight bird sanctuary located on the Garden Route. The huge two-hectare dome (the World's largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest, overlooks an abyssal canyon and is sanctuary to a wide range of birds that may be observed up close.

Birds of Eden was created to provide a secure location for the release of a large number of free-flight African birds and tiny monkeys.

You are free to explore the aviary at your leisure, and no guide is required, so you may spend as much time watching the birds as you like.


At Monkeyland, visitors get the chance to observe these remarkable creatures that remind us so much of ourselves.

On the guided safaris you can expect to see a variety of primates, ranging from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. The knowledgeable rangers will tell you about these fascinating mammals as you encounter them roaming free in the forest. They also point out, identify and explain the many wonders of life in the forest, from the rich diversity of bird life to the intricate workings of the forest itself.

Swim with the seals

If you looking for a fun ocean adventure, this is for you. This exciting adventure allows you to snorkel with these fun loving creatures, watching them playing and frolicking in the waves.

This tour is a first for Plettenberg Bay. It's an experience that will make you appreciate the ocean's beauty and extraordinary creatures even more.


While dining on an opulent platter and sipping a glass of South African sparkling wine, take in the beauty of the Knysna Heads with a sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht.

Sailing on the magnificent Knysna Lagoon in the Garden Route is an experience you will never forget. Out past the Heads and toward Buffalo Bay, where you will see breathtaking rock formations, caverns, pelagic birds, whales, and dolphins that are unique to this internationally renowned Eden.

Boat Trips & River Stand Up Paddling

The Plett and Knysna lagoons are two of South Africa's most beautiful waterways. Relax and enjoy the area's stunning natural beauty on a relaxing boat trip through the Keurbooms River.

Stand-up paddle board through the deep ravines & indigenous forest on the quiet beauty of the Keurbooms River with the call of the Fish Eagle and the flash of the Knysna Loerie (Turaco) overhead for company.


There are several great, and PGA-endorsed, golf courses in the region for the avid golfer. The opportunity to play these golf courses, which were designed by some of the world's best golfers, including Ernie Els, is well worth the effort.

Horse Riding

Feel the grass and shrubs brush past you, take in the fresh air around you, and listen to the sounds of Africa. Take a ride through the forests and hills of the region or visit a local nature reserve on horseback to see some of Southern Africa's wild animals.

Forest & Fynbos: Duration: 1 or 2 or 3 hour rides

Horseback Safari: Duration: approx. 2 hours


The Garden Route has excellent road cycling terrain, waterfront views, and off-road tracks, allowing you to make your own customised sightseeing trip while getting some exercise.

For people looking for a little off-road adventure, there are several mountain bike trails in the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay regions. Cruising around Plett on two wheels provides a whole new perspective, whether you bring your own or hire once you get there.

Hiking & Robberg Nature Reserve

Hiking the national parks, beaches, and trails is one of the greatest ways to appreciate the natural beauty of Plettenberg Bay. Pack a picnic and go on a day trip to Robberg Nature Reserve or one of the gorgeous trails in Nature's Valley or Kranshoek Coastal Walk. If thats not for you, go for a walk through indigenous woods, along one of Plett's Blue Flag beaches, or head out to Tsitsikamma and take one of their winding beach paths.

The Robberg Nature Reserve, which is located eight kilometers south of Plettenberg Bay, is both a nature reserve and a national monument. The region's rocks date back 120 million years to the formation of Gondwanaland and several caves on the peninsula have revealed evidence of middle and later Stone Age habitation. The 800-hectare reserve extends 1.8 kilometers offshore, providing protection to a variety of threatened fish species. In season, you can anticipate to see beautiful scenery, thrilling dolphin and whale sightings, a wide range of bird species, and the resident Cape Fur seal colony.


Plettenberg Bay is not only one of South Africa's most beautiful bays, but it's also one of the best surfing spots on the Garden Route.

The beaches of South Africa provide some incredible rides for experienced surfers, while those interested in learning have access to some of the best surf instructors in the country. These instructors will give you a well-planned program that will get you riding in no time.

Beach Walks

The Garden Route's stunning beaches include some of the world's most beautiful Blue Flag sites. Plettenberg Bay, in particular, has some of South Africa's finest sandy beaches, boasting over 20 kilometers of charming Indian Ocean shorelines.

Plett’s beaches have been named Africa's finest beach destination for the past five years in a row. There are six Blue Flag-approved beaches in Plett, including Robberg 5, Lookout Beach, Keurboomstrand, The Dunes, The Singing Kettle and Nature's Valley.


Participate in a kayaking tour of Plettenberg Bay and enjoy the sea while gazing up at the regions stunning mountain scenery and dramatic coastlines.

Kayaking with an experienced guide from Central Beach to Robberg Nature Reserve your guide will introduce you to Robberg Nature Reserve and it’s wonderful marine life in the bay. During whale season you may encounter these majestic mammals on your tour.

An alternative unguided option is to river kayak on the Keurbooms River venturing up the gorge to Whiskey Creek. Perhaps take a picnic with to make a full day of it.

Bungy Jumping

For those looking for extreme excitement – Bloukrans Bungy Jump is it! Bloukrans is the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump at an incredible 216m.

For those in search of a thrilling experience, Bloukrans Bungy Jump is the place to go! Bloukrans is the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump, which boasts a height of 216 meters.

Ziplining & Canopy Tours

On the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, you'll be suspended 30 meters above the ground on ten platforms, tree to tree, as you explore the breathtaking and distinctive wilderness of the regions largest indigenous forest.

Sky Diving

Free-fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world.

A leisurely, scenic plane flight of 20-minutes to 10,000 feet, over the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline. Before long, you'll jump head first out of the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200KPH.

Essential Information


Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry, and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board. If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials are obliged to put you onto a flight back to your home country.

If you are a passport holder of the following countries/areas you do not need a visa for stays of LESS than 90 days:

  • African Union / Unity Laissez Passes, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela, United States of America, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica

If you are not a passport holder of the above countries, you may not need a visa for stays of LESS than 30 days. Please visit this link for more: information: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa

Visa costs - The visa fee is different for every nationality, so please check this with your agent or closest embassy.

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Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, the safety and wellbeing of all of our travellers, leaders, suppliers and staff remains our top priority. Not only have we updated our booking policies so you can flexibly amend booking arrangements before departure and get the most out of your holidays while away, we have also introduced new measures and safety guidelines so you can travel with GoKo Travels safely and securely.

What does this new booking policy mean for me?:

Fully Flexible bookings for peace of mind - We understand that sometimes plans change. That’s why GoKo Travels have updated our booking policies, so you now have full flexibility to change your travel plans if needed.

Our flexible booking policy includes:

(a) Free date changes up to 45days prior to departure - with no interest or added fees

(b) Full refund giving if you have to cancel the trip due to any COVID-19 related issues or international restrictions.

(c) You can now lock in your trip with a small refundable deposit and then pay the rest in instalments whenever you like, with no interest or fees.

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As part of our commitment to preserving planet earth, we donate 3% of our profits to GoKo Travel's registered non-for-profit, "The GoKo Earth Preservation".

The GoKo Earth Preservation has been set up to protect and preserve the natural habitats of our planet and to conserve and enhance the biodiversity of threatened environments and endangered species around the globe. This is achieved through rewilding, reforestation and marine conservation projects, alongside local community support.

Rainforest canopy viewed from above with river in the centre

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Support the purchase of our very own GoKo Rainforest reserve - preserving biodiversity and protecting endangered species in the world's most important habitat.

Giant sea turtle swimming under water

Assisting Marine Conservation

With your help, we can buy boats to support marine conservation; securing the future for our fragile oceans and the wonderful beings that inhabit them.

Jaguar big cat looking at the camera

Creating New National Parks

By helping with the creation of new parks, we can support local economies, empower native communities and put healthy landscapes into permanent protection.

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Although all of our GoKo holidays promise to warm your hearts, we don’t want it to contribute to warming the planet.

Upon request, we can help you go Carbon Neutral. Thanks for our contacts, we can support a 3-step carbon offset scheme to calculate and neutralise your holiday footprint, allowing you to travel conscious free. This covers every step of the journey where you travel with us, from international flights to hotel heating, transport, food and more.

If requested, the GoKo Carbon Offsetting scheme does not focus on just planting trees, but rather the purchasing, persevering and protecting standing forests from deforestation and degradation - helping revive forests back to full health and avoiding the release of stored carbon. This also enables the regeneration of degraded habitats, which gradually re-absorb atmospheric CO2.

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