“Let’s wander where the wifi is weak.” (anonymous)
If a full relaxation in nature, away from city life that you are looking for, I would recommend Teniqua Treetops .
Teniqua Treetops is an eco-friendly, “glamping” (glamorous canopy camping) experience nestled in an authentic indigenous forest in the Garden Route between Sedgefiled and Kysna.
There are three types of accommodations in Teniqua. The honeymoon tree houses, although I haven’t seen these houses personally, from the pics it looks like stunning suites! The single bedroom family tree houses consists of a room with a queen bed and a bunk bed. Then two bed room tree houses, which the one we stayed, was a comfortable 2 bedrooms, the master room is featuring a queen bed, the second room featuring two single beds. Sleeper couches are available in both rooms (plus a couch in the main room and a dining table in the second room). Our tree house has got a big balcony with braai facility too.
All the tree houses are built from wood, tent and glass structures. It’s a unique design with lots of African characteristic. I was pleased that despite it’s a nature accommodation, the house is well equipped and very comfortable. The towels were all provided, the bedding was a quality per cale, the are extra blankets, fans, heaters, coffee, tea, milk, mosquito repellent… and electric blankets!
We came there in December summer holiday, however the weather was nice and cool. So lovely that we actually slept with the electric blanket…. ahh mesmerizing of lovely winter nights 🙂
The bathroom has got stunning view of the indigenous forest. Although the window is uncovered, it’s right by the cliff therefore no one is going to pass your window when you take shower 🙂 I know it is an eco-friendly place, but my kids and I were a bit “scared” at night while it’s dark to go to the bathroom and kitchen as the window is not covered! haha… I guess my childhood monster story is still haunting me!
Anyway, Teniqua harvests rain water for drinking and cooking and pumps river water up for bathing and washing. Therefore in the bathroom and kitchen, there are two pipes intended for respectively drinking/cooking/brushing teeth and washing. The river water is brown but it is potable (for washing).
Please also note that most of the tree houses use dry compost toilet system which basically means no water flushing 🙂 Therefore if you are uncomfortable with that, please inquiry which tree houses has got normal water flushing. The two bedroom tree house we stayed has got water flushing! 🙂
I was impressed with the cleanest of the tree house despite of the location in the middle of a forest, no dust and the bbq set was very clean.
The tree houses are wheel chair friendly as the parking is right close to the tree houses and a ramp instead of steps are leading to the tree houses.
My kids had fun in the facility area. They went swimming in the big pool with noodles provide dand in the solar heated jacuzi. Although for me the jacuzi wasn’t warm enough 🙂 Then they played in the jungle gym. The play room and TV room are provided in this area close to the reception. There is no TV in the tree house which was great so my kids spent the night playing monopoly. No wifi also means that I was off the screen too (although my 3G still works). The result is a pure nature relaxation.
On their walk to the pool area the kids petted the friendly horses whose roles to keep the grass short 🙂 There are 2 dogs around in the reception area and cats.
A tips, bring all food that you would to cook/braai or warm up as once you are there, you hardly want to leave, because it’s so nice there and it’s a bit distance to the nearest shops in Sedgefield and Kysna.
We loved our relaxing, back to nature stay in Teniqua Treetops, we wish to stay longer than one night here. But….. we will back…! 🙂
PS:I would appreciate if you would mention my blog www.halaalife.com as referral when booking with the accommodations I reviewed on the blog 🙂