Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve,located in the heart of the Garden Route,nestled in the Afromontane Forest,only seven kilometers from Knysna.

With breathtaking and endless views,shared only with our Fish Eagles, that soar above us, at the The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve,you will experience  elevated luxury tree suites, which are an celebration of African..colour/texture/textiles/ sounds/ scents/tastes ….

“I speak of Africa and golden joys…”
William Shakespeare

Location:   In the heart of the Garden Route

Best time to visit:   South Africa’s climate offers advantages  in  both seasons

Approximate per night rate :   From ZAR 1875 per person includes breakfast.

Hotel/Camp/Resort activities:

The whole garden route is at your disposal ie Beach, Walk, Hike, Golf, Scenery, Culinary, Game Viewing, Marine Wildlife, Ostrich Farms,

JUST ANNOUNCED The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

World Travel Awards ~ Winner ~ 2012 Africa’s Leading Green Hotel

Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Africa’s Leading Green Hotel


Premiers Award for Tourism ~ Winner ~ BEST ECO EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR 2001
Nominated by the Food & Wine Society of SA ~ TOP 100 RESTAURANT

Hot Bubble bath and Sauna

We heard a Fish Eagle cry, a door softly closed, the sound of the wind in the trees…

To be so close to Nature in all her prsitine  glory. The sounds, the scents, the beauty of the local bird, the  Knysna Loerie in full flight,possibly a short sighting of the shy Bushbuck.

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve…Sunrise/Sunsets..Nature


 6 Classic Tree Suites which are a celebration of African textures.

Classic  Tree  Suite

Named after indigenous trees (such as Monkey Plum and Turkey Berry), these Phantom Forest Eco Reserve elevated tree-suites comprise an:

  • An entrance area,
  • A bedroom & sitting room,
  • A beautiful end-glass gable,
  • A open bathroom with glass roof over double-ended bath, with twin basins, and a  separate shower room.
  • A relaxing deck.

Natural fabrics have been used throughout these lodging units at the  Phantom Forest Eco Reserve ,and all these suites enjoy views over the Knysna Lagoon or forest.

Classic  Tree  Suite Bathroom


The 4 Upper Tree Camp Suites at the Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, are a lot more intimate than the Classic  Tree suites. These suites are the perfect honeymoon destination hideaway.

You have  your own  outdoor bath on your private deck, as well as a  indoor daybed .You can bathe in luxury, listening to the birds, or enjoy the  quietness  of the African sky.

Arum, Erica, Strelizia and Watsonia are named after species in the  Fynbos Floral Kingdom.


The  Moroccan Tree Suites   at the Phantom Forest Eco Reserve follow on the  theme of  a Touch and Taste  of Africa.

These  suites are decorated/deigned  based on a North African feel. There is the use of silk and velvet, mosaic and handcrafted lamps. There is a  Moroccan-style dining & leisure space.


Shall I wander thru’ the timeless forest…

…or shall I canoe up the Knysna River ,

…or shall I just lie by the pool

… or settle on a  picnic in a secret place…

…maybe leave to do a Garden route Tourr, discover its secrets, to return at night.


Moroccan Tree Suite

Privately owned, within 137 hectares of nature reserve on the Knysna Rive the Phantom Forest offers a unique bio-diversity of Afromontane forest, Cape coastal fynbos and estuarine wetland.

There are over 150 bird species, bush pig, bushbuck, grysbok, the rare blue duiker (one of Africa’s smallest antelope), and a variety of smaller game.

Emphasis is placed on the use of sustainable methods of construction.

Alien vegetation, gleaned directly from our eco-restoration programme, has been utilised in floors, furniture, roofs and boardwalks.

Drawing inspiration directly from nature, a harmonious balance has been created, from ragged thatch rising into the forest canopy, to wood shingle and a ‘freshwater’ nature pool.


Some interesting facts of Phantom Forest

The Phantom Forest project was started in 1997, with the concept of conservation funded by limited sympathetic development.

Alien vegetation was cleared by hand, and large Australian gum, blackwood and wattle felled, planked and kiln dried to create beautiful flooring, chairs, tables, doors etc. in the lodge. Strong eco-friendly methods were used to construct the “tree-suites”. All small plants were removed from under the decks for later re-planting.





The principle of sustainable development is a constant ongoing process through community involvement, with training throughout the lodge, sending newly acquired skills into the marketplace. The buying of organically grown produce from small growers is another important aspect of empowerment we employ.

Phantom Forest does whisper a special magic, with wonderful staff who hold Phantom close to their hearts, where our guests can expect an experience touching the senses and restoring the spirit in a wonderland of Nature.