Located on the banks of the tidal Touw River, Moontide Guest Lodge has been heralded as ‘Best Hideaway in the Western Cape’ three times in a row, and is the perfect base from which to explore the area.
An intricate tapestry of habitats — rivers, lakes, forests, fynbos, estuaries and beaches — Garden Route National Park supports an abundance of birdlife; one keen birder spotted an incredible 91 species on the property in just four days. Sun decks overlook or jut into the distinctive tea-coloured waters of the Touw River: warm and shallow, and the perfect distance to swim or wade to the beach.
Guests can grab one of the lodge’s canoes to paddle upstream, or get picked up for a sundowner river cruise that takes you deep into the tangled forest of the Park. Wilderness Beach is a ﬁve-minute stroll away, and several easy hikes thread through the forests, the best of which rewards with a dip in a pool into which the Touw tumbles.
A thatched homestead shaded by 400-year-old milkwood trees, Moontide Guest Lodge comprises eight cottages or rooms, each with a private garden entrance and outside seating area, and individually furnished with eclectic ﬂair. Weather permitting, breakfasts are served on the deck overlooking the tranquil river. This is when plans for the day are discussed, and dinner choices made, before bookings are made on guests’ behalf. Guests can watch the sun set at the beachfront Selina’s (a ﬁve-minute stroll from the lodge), tuck into a tender ﬁllet at the best steakhouse on the Garden Route, or enjoy a picnic on the deck overlooking the river. On the opposite bank is Serendipity, recently voted ‘Best Fine Dining in South Africa’ at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards.
Bustling Knysna is 40 minutes away and can be visited in a circular loop through farmlands and over historic stone bridges before returning along the N2, the ribbon that runs between the sea and wilderness’s interconnected lakes. Or head west for shark-cage diving in Mossel Bay, or north to Oudtshoorn’s caves and ostrich farms. Alternatively, just spend the day on the sun deck, gazing at the river, looking for a new species of bird to add to the in-room checklist.
After a walk along the sandstone cliffs leading to Gericke’s Point, take a dip in one of the crystal-clear tidal pools
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• Eight en suite rooms
• Sun decks
• River cruises
• Beach walks
• Forest hikes
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