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Teniqua Treetops is a rustic, ecologically sound and small development of 8 unique tree houses, situated 15 minutes from Sedgefield at the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua Mountains in an area of outstanding natural beauty of the Knysna forests in the magical Garden Route.
These luxurious, self-catering, tented tree houses offer a unique opportunity to sleep, eat and shower up in the canopy of the forest, surrounded by butterflies and birdsong. Built on hand-crafted platforms and situated in carefully chosen beauty spots, the tree houses host comfortable tented bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens and luxury bathrooms. The ultimate romantic getaway or family fun in the sun.
Careful attention has been paid to the positioning of the tree houses, each site carefully chosen to limit environmental impact in this private nature reserve. All the self-catering tree houses are set in quiet and private spaces of their own with wonderful views of the forest and gorge that leads down to the Karatara river.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION SEDGEFIELD
Sleeping areas are extremely comfortable with bedding and linen provided. All tents are sealed units that zip closed, include electric blankets and heaters for chilly evenings. All kitchens have hand-made furniture and fittings and are equipped with a gas cooker, microwave and large fridge. An advance shopping service is available by arrangement.
Lourie’s Nest, Moon-over-Milkwood, Greenbeard and Gorge View are the honeymoon tree houses; quiet and pretty, secluded and perfect for couples. Greenbeard has easy wheelchair access and has been approved by 2 occupational therapists who specialise in disabled clientele.
The Eyrie and Tranquility sleeps 4 with 1 bedroom. Designed for families with children under the age of 12 years. Philosopher’s Perch and Forest Elders sleeps 4 with 2 bedrooms. Perfect for families or groups of friends.
Teniqua Treetops offers excellent bird-watching with 128 species of birds identified on the property of which 23 are endemics and near endemics. Some of these are sighted daily, like the Knysna Touraco and the Greater Double Collared Sunbirds.
Each beautifully crafted, fully-equipped treehouse has comfortable seating both indoors and out, a private braai on the deck with breathtaking views.
There is also a family braai area with table and seating, an indoor games room, exercise equipment, table tennis, and a sparking swimming pool to cool off in the summer months or just laze around the deck. To further keep the kids entertained there is a large jungle gym, swing, sandpit and trampoline.
Guests can stroll around the forest or if they are up to the challenge take the river walk. This is quite strenuous hike as you will traverse down into the Karatara gorge discovering beautiful foliage, plant life an array of rock pools, cold, cola-coloured but potable river water. You will also come across plenty of birds, lizards etc. We recommend you pack a picnic and spend some time to just chill out.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Green Cleaning
♡ Responsible Body Products
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Water Wise practices
♡ Eco Architecture
♡ Land Rehabilitation
Teniqua Treetops endorses the vision of a cleaner world for all. We are an eco-friendly resort promoting eco accommodation and tourism. Climate change is a big concern; we actively aim to live and operate in a sustainable way, protecting and supporting the indigenous forest on our farm. We are low density and low impact.
We have practiced the “reduce, reuse, recycle” strategy for many years as can be seen by the various upcycled and repurposed items around the resort. We make comfortable chairs from used tyres, unusable pieces of wood collected from the local mills are worked into furniture used in the construction of our buildings.
The complementary bathroom amenities we provide our guests are 100% biodegradable; phosphorus-free and have not been tested on any animals. We also opt to refill these toiletries thereby further reducing plastic waste.
With the sensitive eco system in mind we only use eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning products at Teniqua Treetops. Our river water has a reaction with fabric softener creating brown stains; so we only use EcoSoft washing powder which has a built in softener (therefore our towels may feel a little harder than those you are used to).
We harvest our rain water which is crystal clear and use it for drinking; for washing and bathing we pump river water which is golden brown from the tannins in the fynbos (Natural South African flora). Both river and rain water have been tested and are potable. The brown colour could be removed from the river water with flocculation (chemicals) and lots of energy and waste (completed flocculent). We felt this would not be environmentally justifiable.
We process all our grey water and black water ourselves. We predominantly use the latest dry toilet systems to safely and efficiently process human waste without threatening the sensitive Karatara catchment area. Septic tanks are used where we don’t do damage to the underlying root bed of the forest floor and are not on a water course. Grey water (washing) goes through a grease trap and then into a swale and gradually filters through the soil.
In order to conserve energy we have solar geysers with gas backup will ensure that you can enjoy hot water on demand; we have also ensured low wattage appliances as well as other gas and solar powered items where possible.
Together with a team of local, trusted workmen, we designed, constructed and equipped each unique tree house using mostly natural materials in an environmentally sympathetic manner, ensuring the preservation of the indigenous forest throughout the building process.
A portion of the magnificent natural environment where Teniqua Treetops is located was once a cattle farm. This has been completely rehabilitated and as custodians of this piece of paradise we are committed to protect and conserve the natural beauty for future generations and use the ever expanding, flourishing forest as our measure of eco success.