For the International traveler Forest Creek Lodge is an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long flight - a mere 130 km to the Kruger National Park, enjoy the treatments in the private Forest Spa, or just enjoy the tranquility of the bush.
There is a private Airstrip 8 km from the farm, we provide transfers from the Airstrip to Forest Creek Lodge.
At Forest Creek you will dine on a four-course d'hôte dinner served in our candle-lit dining room (Table d'hôte is a French phrase that literally means "host's table"), a choice of five-breakfast menus. We have a small menu for lunch. Weather permitting we will cook on the braai. For those who wish to hike lunch packs are available. For those who have special diets, we request that you inform us prior to your arrival.
The water at Forest Creek comes from a spring, and we will be bottling our own Forest Creek spring water. Forest Creek boasts a huge fireplace. Weather permitting, you can enjoy your meals and drinks outside on the verandah overlooking the valley.
We are situated half way down the Steenkampberg Mountain Range at an altitude ideally suited to the rapid growth of Rainbow trout. Our cold, clear perennial stream feeds the trophy dam in where these lovely fish abide in a truly beautiful setting.
The dam is approximately a half hour walk from the lodge or can be reached by 4x4 vehicle, leaving a 5 minute walk.
We practice catch and release of fish hooked.
Should a fish be unable to be returned, the charge is R75 per Kilogram with a rod fee of R100 per day or part thereof.
Bring your own tackle and don’t forget your camera!
One of our unique activities at Forest Creek are the Hiking Trails in the “Cloud Forest”.
The trails are designed for the entire family, and are most suitable for the even not-so-fit person. Under this canopy of trees and at the edge of the Mountain one feels very small, in comparison to the magical views.
The walk to the waterfall is approximately 2 kilometres, winding through the forest and criss-crossing the stream in several places under the canopy of large indigenous trees.
One is likely to hear the baboons barking and spot the odd bush buck or red duiker and see the Cinnamon Doves, Narina Trogon's and Lourie's that frequent the forest.
In the wetter months the ferns, orchids and wild mushrooms offer spectacular opportunities for the more photographic inclined.
A tree platform built in a large fig tree above the forest canopy, is an ideal stop for birders or to just relax and enjoy a picnic!
Scattered in the forest are remnants of old stone structures some of which are supposedly several thousand years old and are under study at present.
The forest is beautiful, friendly and safe.
BUSH BATH - Set in a secluded spot, enjoy a "Bath in the bush", under the Moonlight and stars, with lots of bubbles. Should you wish to order champagne, please do so when booking the Bush bath. R150.00.
FOREST SPA - Indulge yourself in our private Spa overlooking the gorge, go home feeling relaxed and stress free. Click the "Relax" box at the top of the page for price list.
GAZEBO ROMANTIC PRIVATE DINNER - Spoil your loved one, and request this romantic setting for a totally private candle lit dinner under the gazebo. Many a proposal of marriage has been accepted in this lovely setting! Service fee: R250.00, for the lodge guests only. (Self catering guests would also have to pay R250 per person for the four course meal)
HIKERS PICNIC - A picnic packed in a rucksack, get ready to hike to the waterfall! R150.00 per pack.
LAZY PICNIC - A picnic set out for you in a private spot, with champagne, a good one for the romantic at heart. R350.00
WEDDINGS - We cater for small intimate weddings, a maximum of 14 people. These take place outside under the Gazebo. We provide all the food and beverages, accommodation, and decor for the function.
JET SKI - Bring along your own Jet Ski and enjoy a day of fantastic skiing on the Kwena dam. The dam is 12km away and 1200 Hectares in size. Picnic’s available. There is no charge, and parking is available for your trailers and Ski’s.
ELEPHANT RIDES - Enjoy a day’s outing and visit the ‘Elephant Whisperers’ where one can interact with the Elephants. You get to touch and feel the animal, and have a educational talk on the animal after which you can go for a ride on this magnificent beast. I went and it is really Awesome. One tick off my bucket list. Bookings must be made in advance.
HIKING - Marked trails through the forest, along the stream, (where in summer you can see the tiny tree Orchids, ferns and flowers, and fungi). Click HERE for Hiking Trails map. No charge.
TROUT FISHING - An altitude ideally suited to the rapid growth of Rainbow trout. Our cold, clear perennial stream feeds the trophy dam, and we practice catch and release.
Should a fish be unable to be returned, the charge is R75.00 per Kilogram with a rod fee of R100.00 per day, per person.
BIRD WATCHING - We have a prolific variety of uncommon species of Birds that can be seen, including a resident pair of Black Eagles. We have a Forest Creek bird list.
HORSE RIDING - 4km down the hill, book a ride in our scenic valley. R250.00 per person.
MOUNTAIN BIKING - Bring your bikes and enjoy the off road cycling. Great views as you ride. A hard ride!
CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING - An interesting and testing range for the novice and experienced shotists. Use our Winchester 12 and 20 gauge shotguns for serious practice of just for fun. COST R12.00 PER SHOT.
GAME DRIVES - Game drives are available by prior arrangement only, on a neighbouring property 15kms away.
Species to view are: White Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, Kudu, Eland, Zebra, Waterbuck, Bush buck, Nyala, Blue Wildebeest, Reedbuck, Blesbok, Hartebeests, Impala, Warthog, Duiker.
Please note that you must drive yourself to the farm. The ranch manager in a game viewing vehicle will then guide you. Picnic's are available from Forest Creek. R350.00 per couple.
THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
- Elephant Rides
- Quad biking
- Horse Riding
- Scenic Flights (Small Aircraft)
- Jet Skiing
- Bird of Prey centre
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Sudwala Caves
- God's Window
- Burke's Luck Potholes
- Blyde River Canyon
- Echo Caves
- 1 ¾ Hours to the Kruger National Park
- 279km to Maputo
- 3 Hours to Johannesburg
Please ask us for details on any of the above activities available within short drives of Forest Creek Lodge.