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“The Forest Elders” 4 of 5 stars
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Teniqua Treetops
3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   Foot hills of the Outenique Mountains | between Knysna and Sedgefield, Sedgefield, Knysna 6573, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
“The Forest Elders”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Cool carvings. Taller people bumped heads on low beam in bathroom and small kitchen door. Bathroom with a view was great. Teen girls a bit wary of moths and spiders. Birdsong and fireflies a highlight,

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Teniqua, Owner at Teniqua Treetops, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Hi, I am pleased you enjoyed it. We have very grand ideas for upgrading this tree house. I hope before December, but it will probably be early next year. We continually try and improve the spaces. Our plan is to make this a double story, so lets see...
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Cape Town
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Teniquatreetops provides the environment for a restful holiday where one has quiet time both for oneself and one's family with the option of conviviality in the shared leisure spaces if desired. I loved the privacy and the sustainability of the lifestyle which the treehouses offer a window on.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Teniqua, Owner at Teniqua Treetops, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thanks, we try to be green. Living in a paradise we have to care for the environment.
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

These treetop houses are absolutely exquisite - beautifully designed in every way, such thought and consideration going into every part of the design. The beds were luxurious, in spacious rooms with absolutely stunning views. The owners are passionate about the environment, and were a pleasure to talk to about the forest and surrounding areas. Will be recommending this unique spot to all my friends!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Teniqua, Owner at Teniqua Treetops, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thank you, I love positive people, I remember once being told "wherever you go you take yourself with you". My experience with guests, is when guests arrive smiling I know they will have a fabulous time.
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Tranquility. We enjoyed being in the forest and still having the comfort of a big warm bath. Well supplied self catering unit. Your not allowed to bring wood for the braai, so remember to bring charcoal. (you can buy it at the reception)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Teniqua, Owner at Teniqua Treetops, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Thanks I am pleased you enjoyed your stay, I love Tranquility hidden in the forest, I personally think it works really well as a family with one child, enough space yet private
Regards
Robyn
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Cape Town, South Africa
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6 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Tucked away in the bushes, your very own fully functional Tree House. Every child's dream realised (even as adults). Really great set up, totally chilled, spacious and comfortable. Great walks and bike rides. If you want to see other people, you can, if you dont want to, that's cool too.

If you like being in the bush but dont like having to rub sticks together for fire or dig a hole to.....you know, this is the place for you.

Room Tip: Ask for family suite, two seperate "suites" ample space.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Teniqua, Owner at Teniqua Treetops, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Hi, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We do try and make them as comfy as possible within the limitations of them being eco-friendly tree houses. So thanks.
Regards
Robyn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My girlfriend and I just finished a two week road trip in South Africa and Teniqua Treetops was our most memorable place along the way! Set 15 km off the highway between Sedgefield and Knysna, up in the surrounding forest with trees over 1000 years old, this is a must see, truly unique experience. Each treehouse was carefully constructed by the owners without damaging a single other tree in the forest. They have full kitchens, king sized beds, bathrooms, and a full bathtub, carefully built with a special "treehouse" feel. The living area and porch opens out onto the forest canopy where birds fly by and you are surrounded by trees. The view extends over a beautiful gorge and if the sky is clear a great place to view stars. The owners have gone to great lengths so that everything is eco-friendly. Water is collected from the stream below and purified, solar energy is used for heat, and the septic system is completely dry, clean, and eco friendly to the forest below. We spent two amazing evenings waking up in our bed to the forest canopy and birds below. A 2 hour hike into the gorge is one of the many hikes that are available. Entering the grounds along a dirt road, horse graze which we stopped and played with. This was truly an amazing experience for us as a couple interested in the outdoors. There are game rooms and other areas geared for families as well. The treetops represent a way of living, and are more a work of art than just a place to stay. We give it our highest recommendation!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Teniqua, Owner at Teniqua Treetops, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Hi, I am pleased you loved it. We aim to provide guests the opportunity to interact with completely unspoilt nature in a safe space. Thanks for the encouraging review.
Regards
Robyn
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Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed here for one night in May (winter, off-season). We arrived later than we had planned and had intended to check in and then go back into town to eat dinner at a restaurant. After travelling far out of town, down paved roads with no street lights, and then down a long single lane gravel path to Teniqua we decided to make peanut sandwiches for dinner that we had been carrying with us for making lunches. It is really in the middle of nowhere! A grill was provided on the deck but it was completely self-catering - bring your own charcoal etc. I do wish that there was an option for the owners to provide a basic dinner of some sort like we had at other cottages/B&Bs on our trip.

The facilities were basic but complete - dishes, cookware, soap, fridge, wine glasses, etc. The "bedroom" was comfortable and the zipped up canvas felt secure at keeping the bugs out. The canvas walls don't provide much sound protection (birds flying overhead and rustles in the bushes kept me awake!) and flapped a lot in the wind. I didn't get much sleep so I was glad we were only staying one night.

The owner was welcoming, although disorganized - he didn't have proper records of our deposit/payment and tried to make us pay more. I don't think he was trying to scam us, but was simply disorganized. He was helpful with advice for the next leg of our journey.

We couldn't see any other cabins from ours - it is certainly secluded. The hike down the gorge to the river was enjoyable.

I'm glad I had read reviews on here first because I was prepared for tea-coloured water to bathe in and the potential for bugs/spiders/snakes. Otherwise I would have been rather surprised! The bath/washing/toilet water comes from the river and is tea coloured, and the drinking water is filtered rain water and was completely palatable. The hot water is heated by a solar heater and we used it all up having a bath in the evening but by mid-morning we had no problem getting hot water again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Teniqua, Owner at Teniqua Treetops, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Hi
I am pleased you could come experience or bit of paradise. I find that for city people, the silence can be overwhelming. I find the longer the guests stay the more they relax into the sounds of nature and the more they enjoy the experience. Its a pristine indigenous forest and the tents allow all the forest sounds through. Sorry if we were disorganized when you came, I know it should not happen, but realistically it does. When we first moved here we were told of the 'Outeniqua Rust' that locals experience, which slows one down and relaxes one. Its no excuse, but its real. No city hustle and bustle to keep one on your toes. Regards Robyn
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Address: Foot hills of the Outenique Mountains | between Knysna and Sedgefield, Sedgefield, Knysna 6573, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna > Sedgefield
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Sedgefield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Teniqua Treetops 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Teniqua Treetops is a beautiful nature lovers' resort. With 8 gorgeous hand-crafted, self-catering, eco-friendly treehouses hidden in the indigenous forest. Enjoy wonderful forest and river walks, fabulous birds - a truly authentic woodland experience, an ideal romantic honeymoon destination. Kids will also enjoy the pool and playground. ... more   less 
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