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The Garden Route and the Little Karoo Hotels

Phantom Forest Lodge

  • Fodor's Choice

Pros

  • Spacious and luxurious bathrooms, with under-floor heating
  • Lodge has a secluded feel although it's in the center of Knysna
  • Food and service are excellent

Cons

  • Lodge is up a steep hill so you need to be driven back and forth by jeep
  • Not all the rooms have views of the lagoon as there are trees in the way

Fodor's Review

On a private 450-acre nature reserve, this stunning lodge is built from sustainable natural materials. Accommodations are in luxury tree houses, and the living areas are joined by wooden walkways to protect the undergrowth. Though the original suites have natural tones and wood with coir (coconut fiber used to make doormats, etc.) finishes, newer rooms are decorated in a vibrant North African style. Of the two restaurants, the funky, colorfully decorated Chutzpah ($$$$)

focuses on North African/Moroccan food, with tasty tagines (meat stews) and couscous in a variety of guises. Forest Boma ($$$$) is a more romantic setting and produces contemporary classical cuisine with a local flavor, such as peppered springbok loin with asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes, and berry jus, or roasted butternut-squash tortellini with apple, asparagus, and fennel salad. Desserts might include a fig, passion-fruit, and browned-butter pie with chili and vanilla ice cream. Service is outstanding. Nonguests can book a table at either place for dinner.

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Hotel Information

Phone:

044-386–0046

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 14 suites
  • Some meals

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