Set amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa. Emulating the monumental ruins of an ancient central African civilisation, the impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water features leads into a magnificent foyer supported by polished Blackwood columns. The afro-baroque décor with its earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings draws inspiration from the diverse cultures of Africa, yet remains integrated with the sophistication of the Western world. Whether from the exotically appointed dining room, the intimate glassed-in lounge, or the large open decks high above the forest floor, the views are all breathtakingly beautiful, encompassing lush forests extending across rolling valleys towards distant hills.
The magical allure of Tsala is irresistible to those appreciative of exclusivity and fine fare, and desiring romance and adventure. Plettenberg Bay, the 'Nature~Sport Capital of Africa' and premier seaside destination with its glorious golden beaches lies a mere 10km east of Tsala, while the vibrant town of Knysna, nestled up against the Knysna lagoon, is 20km toward the west.
Tsala achieves the perfect balance between nature and voluptuous luxury. Elevated wooden walkways meander through the trees providing easy access between the main lodge and guest suites. Experience the restful tranquillity of the forest while our discreet staff provides impeccable, personalised service.
The Hunter's Estate offers 3 unique dining options for our guests.
Meals at Tsala are exquisitely presented in the glass walled dining room. For those wanting to enjoy the morning sunshine - our spectacular dining deck, suspended above the forest floor, is the perfect spot.
For casual a la carte, our award winning Zinzi Restaurant is just a stroll from Tsala. Offering an international fare with a Zinzi twist.
Alternatively for a set menu option Sage@Hunter's offers an elegant fare in true country style.
Whether you are a seasoned sailor looking to feel the wind in your hair or a couple looking for the ultimate romantic activity to do, this 3 hour sailing experience is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful sunsets of the Garden Route . The catamaran will take a slow cruise on the Knysna lagoon towards the Knysna Heads and then as you enter the ocean, open her sails and treat you to the ultimate sailing experience whilst sipping on a complimentary glass of Cap Classique. Once back on calm waters you can enjoy a platter of fresh seafood and sushi and take in the scenery around you.
Ocean Blue Adventures
Provides a 3 hour close encounter with marine life from Plett central beach out to Robberg Peninsula to see the seals. Best time to see the whales is during, July to November. On daily excursions you are likely to see dolphins, whales (seasonal) and seals.
Keurbooms River Ferries
Enjoy a guided, houseboat trip with others, up one of the most beautiful Estuary's for about 5km, On reaching the destination, the boat is disembarked at a natural formed river beach where visitors are allowed to explore the area. Or enjoy a motorized boat for two, where you can roam up the gorge on your own while enjoying the peacefulness of the area, swimming and bird watching the entire day.
The world's first multi-species free-roaming primate sanctuary where visitors enjoy an hour guided walking experience and close encounters with the different species. It is a forest experience like no other.
Birds of Eden
The world's largest single free -flight aviary which also incorporates an indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways. An hour guided tour from birds of every corner of the world live here, so enjoy and take your time to admire these beautiful creatures.
Bramon Wine Farm
The wine farm is within the heart of the Craggs and offers al fresco lunches in a tapas style that will invigorate the taste buds. Not only is the food out of this world but their wines are also of the superb quality. This stop is a lovely one for visitors wanting a light snack after all the animal interaction.
Treetop Canopy Tours
The first of its kind in Africa, where you transfer from one platform to another within the treetops with a professional. An adrenalin rush joined with the magnificence of the Tsitsikamma forest. Said to be the ultimate experience and includes a light meal within the treetops.
In Room Facilities:
Tucked into the forest canopy, 10 luxury hide-away suites and 6 luxury Villas, cocooned and private are the epitome of opulent indulgence and romanticism. Constructed of stone, wood and glass these ultimate of abodes, comprise a sumptuous bedroom, an elegant sitting room with fireplace and a spacious bathroom fit for royalty. Extending into the forest is a private deck for dining al fresco and as if in emphasis of your privacy and seclusion each suite has its own infinity pool, seemingly suspended by the very air itself.
The Tsala Villas are suitable for family or friends travelling together as they can individually accommodate 4 guests, each with their own private suite, free standing stone bath, double vanities, double mirrored cupboards, each with built in safes as well as indoor and outdoor showers. All the bedrooms are air conditioned, spacious and offer magnificent views of the indigenous forest. Each villa has a private deck with an infinity pool overlooking the forest below. The spacious lounge area, with a fire place for cosy winters and an overhead ceiling fan for the moderate summer seasons, flows onto a wooden deck perched above the tree top canopies.
The suites and villas are linked by wooden walkways winding through the forest to the main Tsala entrance and both accommodation options have private, secure parking facilities available on the estate and situated close to the suites and the villas.