Amidst the treetops of an age-old indigenous forest, Tsala is a lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa.

Like the monumental ruins of an ancient African civilisation, Tsala’s impressive stone-masonry entrance flanked by water leads to a magnificent foyer. The elaborate afro-baroque décor’s earthy colours, rich textures and handcrafted fittings are inspired by the diverse cultures of Africa, with the sophistication of the Western World.

Tsala is, in every sense, a magical place – breathtaking views from everywhere, superb unobtrusive service and dining to match, whether at the renowned Zinzi Restaurant (SA’s Top 100), the Tsala dining room or in the intimacy of your suite.

Staying in your own private elevated hideaway is romantic and adventurous, along with its perfect location in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique Hunter Hotels property is an ideal base for your holiday adventure.

Whether you wish to stay in and relax amidst the ancient enchanting forest, or to head out and explore South Africa’s celebrated Garden Route, experiencing Tsala is pure magic.

Beautiful private suites and villas, breath taking views and forest seclusion, unique architectural design and excellent personal service, irresistible to those who appreciate exclusivity, fine fare, romance and adventure. The 10 magical private suites, tucked into the forest canopy, are the essence of indulgence and romance. Extending into the forest is a private deck and your own infinity pool providing the ultimate privacy.

Built high above the forest floor to complement the style and architecture of Tsala, are six lavish two- bedroomed villas, styled with sophistication and modern touches for pure luxury. A large lounge with a fireplace and dining area, and a forest- facing private deck and infinity pool ensures you have everything you need and more for the perfect family escape.


What should I bring for my stay?

What to Bring

Sunscreen and a cap is a must especially in summer when you head out on activities, go to the beach or laze at the pool. In winter, Tsala can be cool and there is a fireplace to warm you and umbrellas to keep you dry but we do suggest you bring a warm coat and rainwear for when you head out on activities. If you are a keen birder, we recommend bringing binoculars so you can do some bird watching from your balcony or within the grounds and hopefully catch sight of our indigenous Knysna Touraco.

What to Wear

During the summer months, light clothing is advisable with something to cover up in the evening when the sea breeze blows from the ocean through the forest. We suggest bringing comfortable walking shoes for the activities in the area. During winter, warm clothes are needed as early mornings and evening can get quite chilly. For dinners on the Estate, or in the surrounding area, the dress code is normally casual; however there are some restaurants that don’t allow guest to wear shorts.

How's the weather

A comfortably warm summer extends from October right through to April. In mid-summer the days are gloriously long with the sun setting around seven thirty in the evening and sunrise around five thirty am. Winter days are generally very mild but nights and evenings can be refreshingly cool. There is a possibility of a cold spell in winter from time to time, however it is normally only a day or two and the suites and villas at Tsala have under floor heating, fireplaces and heating to keep you warm.