Teniqua Treetops Treehouse Hotel, located along the Garden Route in South Africa, is a peaceful and romantic place and the perfect escape from Cape Town.
As a part of our Cape Town trip, Pat and I spent a few days driving from Cape Town to Knysna along the famous South African Garden Route. I have to admit, despite meeting so many South Africans who absolutely raved about the Garden Route, we honestly weren’t that impressed. It’s pretty touristy, and most of the drive itself is actually pretty far from the coast. That’s the last you’ll hear about it here, as I only cover things on A Side of Sweet that we absolutely love.
One absolute gem came out of the drive though, that made the 12 hour round trip drive worth it. That was our stay in an actual treehouse at Teniqua Treetops Resort outside of Sedgefield, South Africa and about 15 minutes from Knysna.
Randomly, we chose it because it was mentioned in the Cape Town & Garden Route Rough Guide Book as an author’s pick. We’re so lucky we did!
Teniqua is quiet and romantic. You really feel like you’re in nature. Without the glow of city lights, the stars are super bright.
Amazingly, not a single tree was chopped down when they made the resort. Water is gravity-fed and the treehouses had both water from the nearby river and purified water for drinking. Bath water was solar heated, which was super cool. The toilets use a dry composting system. It’s incredible.
Despite the eco-friendly approach though, the treehouses are actually very cozy with all sorts of amenities. There was a full kitchen, a really comfortable bed and this amazing huge tub.
For dinner, we ordered delivery from this amazing local catering company, 3 Cooks and a Chef. They delivered an actual feast right to our doorstep. They have a ton of options, but we settled on this Greek platter. Amazeballs. And the view wasn’t bad either!
Also, air plants in the wild!!?! So cool.
One of the most memorable things about Teniqua was doing the several mile loop from our treehouse down to the river that runs through the property. Because of the fynbos (the name for the collection of plants that are common in the western cape in South Africa), the water is actually coffee-colored. It’s this gorgeous dark brown and when it bubbles up over rocks it almost looks like a soda fountain!
There are a few areas in the river that are wide and deep enough for swimming. There isn’t a better way to cool off from those hot South African summers. If you have plans to drive along the Garden Route when you are in South Africa, you have to check out Teniqua Treetops.
– Go There –
Teniqua Treetops Hotel & Treehouses
N2 Karatara/ Ruigtevlei turn-off
Sedgefield, Western Cape, 6573, South Africa
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P.S. – Here are a few more posts from our Cape Town adventure!
The Colorful Bo-Kaap Neighborhood
The Tintswalo Atlantic
Robben Island + Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell
The Twelve Apostles + Bea’s Chopped Salad
Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope
Cape Town Township Tour
Dash Restaurant + Healthy Seed Bread Muffins