How many times have you stayed at a delightful establishment, and written in the guestbook “We’ll be back!” … only to go away and never return?
I know I have. And for most of those places, I’m not really upset when I realise I won’t be able to stop in again.
Forest creek is different. My heart yearns to go back! I spend many hours trying to keep the images and memory in my mind’s eye, while planning and scheming to arrange another visit.
I "met" Forest Creek's amiable hosts Mush and Anita through mutual friends some years ago (we chatted via email), and had been told how magical Forest Creek is. Sadly, it was always just a bit far to travel.
My husband and I like to celebrate our anniversary every year with a weekend away. We finally made plans to do "the great trek" so that we could visit Forest Creek … and realised that we should have gone ages ago. We both want to go back.
Forest Creek is definitely a couple’s retreat. All that peace and quiet and wide open sky just draws you together. Oh, and the forest hike … we felt like Adam and Eve in the Garden, surrounded by all that deep green solitude! There’s a mysterious history about the place which – I’m quite sure – carried us backward in time by several thousand years.
Forest creek is miles from everywhere. Dullstroom is probably the closest town on the map, and how else could one describe its location? So there’s no passing traffic in the distance to break the night-time quiet. No city lights to dull the uncountable stars.
Getting to Forest Creek is a challenge – don’t try it unless you’re in a vehicle with decent ground clearance. The drive up to the Lodge seems so much longer than the drive back to civilisation … probably because by the time you leave, you’ve slowed down and relaxed so much that you hardly notice the road!
Forest Creek is a wee bit expensive for most, but that’s quite understandable considering the effort and planning that must go into getting supplies to the Lodge. We loved the home-style meals and totally relaxed environment.
Having said that, there is a self-catering Forest Cottage which is great for small families – and quite affordable.
Mush and Anita’s staff did them proud. There was always a friendly face when we needed help or directions, but we certainly didn’t have staff “under our feet” all the time as we’ve experienced in some places.
Forest Creek is probably not the larniest place you’ll ever stay at. If you’re looking for polished marbled corridors, this is not your place. Our room was more than comfortable and superbly clean. However, remember that you’re in the bush … expect to see little visitors!
While these things may discourage some potential guests, if you’re looking for the perfect hideaway and a place to restore your soul, they will only make Forest Creek that much more special to you.
Do make the effort to get here if you want a quiet place to refresh yourself, away from all distractions.
Do come if you’re a couple – starting out together, or trying to rekindle your flame.
Do come if you’re into nature, or archaeological history.
But please – if you’re the grumpy sort who wouldn’t even be happy with a free night at the Burj … do us all a favour and stay away.
To Mush and Anita … thank you again for sharing your sanctuary with us. We WILL be back :-)
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