Phantom Forest

Phantom Forest: Our full report

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For those seeking a hideaway, the Phantom Forest is the answer. Tucked away above Knysna in the natural clearings of the Phantom Forest Nature Reserve, this tiny lodge offers total tranquility. Set within 137 hectares on the Knysna River, ancient trees surround individual chalets where the only noise is birdsong. The lodge is based around and takes inspiration from nature, trying to maintain a harmonious balance through their “eco-restoration" program.

On 7th and 8th June large areas of the Garden Route, and especially the town of Knysna, were severely affected by a wildfire, fanned by gale force winds. Sadly Phantom Forest was hit by this fire and was unfortunately destroyed - as such it is closed until further notice.

There are two different types of accommodation at Phantom Forest:

The Tree Suites are individual suites with luxury coming as standard. The suites are warm and spacious and have glass-fronted bathrooms so you can bathe while looking out into the forest. However the price varies between their Classic Tree Suites and their Upper Tree Suites

The Moroccan Tree Suites are that little bit extra, combining a north African theme, while complimenting the style of the lodge. The rooms all have large lounge areas and double-ended baths, creating a perfect environment for honeymoons.


Location: Knysna | Garden Route, South Africa

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Drinks included: Drinks are extra

Special interests

Honeymoons: Phantom Forest is a tranquil hideaway of elevated and luxurious ‘tree suites’, a perfect retreat for your South Africa honeymoon. The suites are very private, and have double-ended baths with views looking out over the forest. A opulent, romantic and secluded honeymoon idyll.

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Attitude towards children: Phantom Forest isn't suitable for children under 12 years of age

Property’s age restrictions: Children need to be over the age of 12 years


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Dangerous animals: Low Risk


Disabled access: On Request

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