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About Forest Cottage

Forest Creek nestles within a gorge of the Steinkampburg Mountains. It is only when one gets to the gate of Forest Creek Lodge that the rock-strewn grassland is left behind, one climbs up, and up, and enter this little enchanted world. A question often asked is where are you. Our reply is if one were in Dullstroom and jumped off the mountain, you would land in our gorge, (Dullstroom surrounds.) This cosy, rustic wooden cottage is situated 500 mts away from the main lodge area next to the indigenous forest and is totally private, within earshot of the stream, and with stunning views of the mountains. The cottage features a fireplace in the lounge (we supply firewood) and is fully equipped for self-catering. The cottage comprises one queen-size bedroom with an en-suite bath and toilet, a second smaller bedroom with a single bed, and a double sleeper couch in the lounge. The unit is suitable for couples with small children, or a romantic hideaway, as the bathroom is open-plan, with candles and bubbles. There is also a large outside braai area with a table for a lazy breakfast, lunch or supper. If you take the self-catering option you are welcome to book meals and activities at the lodge, dinner is a four-course meal and there are seven breakfast menu’s to choose from.The bird-watching at Forest Cottage is amazing and there are many rare species here. We have built a tree house in the ravine forest for bird-watching and picnics, set high up in the canopy of the large trees and offering superb views of the forest canopy and gorge. Some of the more exotic species of interest to birdwatchers include the Knysna loerie, Cinnamon dove, Grey cuckoo shrike, Blue mantled flycatcher, Black eagle and the ultimate tick, the Narina trogon. This inter-zonal malaria-free habitat also allows tree enthusiasts the opportunity of identifying many uncommon species of trees, shrubs, orchids and ferns.Other activities include: a bush bath, set in a secluded spot in the bush, with lots of bubbles; hiking marked trails through the forest, ending at the waterfall (and you can get a hiker’s picnic, packed in a rucksack, from us so that you can feast when you reach the waterfall); a lazy picnic, set out for you in a private spot, with champagne (a great choice for those romantics); horse-riding through the scenic valley; and clay pigeon shooting, an interesting and testing range for the novice and experienced shooters.For the international traveller Forest Creek Lodge is an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long flight, a mere 130 km from the Kruger National Park. Please note that the last 4 kilometres of dirt road require a high clearance vehicle; however, we can collect you at the bottom of the hill and leave your vehicle in a safe place. The Forest cottage does not fall under our 4 star grading as it is a rustic little cottage 500 mts from the loage and is totally private. One is welcome to join us at the lodge for any activity and or meal.

Spa: Forest spa - indulge yourself in our private spa overlooking the gorge, go home feeling relaxed and stress free.

Romantic: Gazebo romantic private dinner - spoil your loved one for a totally private candle lit dinner under the gazebo. Many a proposal of marriage has been accepted in this lovely setting!

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 28 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
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Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

All prices are quoted in South African Rands.VAT is included. For a one-night stay, there is a 20% levy on the daily rates. Self-catering units are serviced daily. A baby camp cot is available, if required. Transfer costs per trip - R75.00 per vehicle.



Stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2 nights between 25 May 2019 and 30 Nov 2019. Valid every Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu. .

  • 3 night min stay (check-in between 25 May 2019 and 30 Nov 2019)

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  • Forest cottage Self catering Forest cottage Self catering Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering The cottage comprises of 1 queen bedroom en-suite (bath and toilet, with the shower over the bath), another small bedroo... see more
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      Reviews for Forest Cottage

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      Donnalea Hodgkinson
      09 June 2019

      We loved our stay at Forest Cottage. Our dogs were two very happy little girls walking in the forest and swimming in those ice cold rock pools. The cottage was cosy and we loved the fireplace. We will definitely be back. PS: if you take your dogs with you, adhere to their advice re Bravecta. There are plenty of tiny little ticks around.

      Jacobus Johannes Harris
      20 July 2018

      forest walks, cosy evenings in front of the fireplace, privacy, absolute peace and quiet.

      Brenda Van Schalkwyk
      05 July 2018

      Love the Friendly staff and cozy cottage . Maybe a welcome drink would be nice in the cold weather. A wonderful relaxing time. Will came again.

      Odette van der Merwe
      30 January 2018

      This place is just amazing. The staff are all super friendly, the food is good. Anita and Paulos go out of their way to assist with anything you might need. Wonderful, relaxing atmosphere. No signal is absolute blissful. The hike to the waterfall almost killed me but it was worth it as I got engaged there. Access to the lodge is somewhat daunting and because of that we opted to stay at the lodge the whole weekend and not visit Dullstroom during our visit. It resulted in my fiancé's plans being changed in proposing at the Birds of Prey Rehab centre to proposino at the waterfall. When we left...
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      Anna Lourens
      17 April 2017

      We were looking to get away from the city and people and touch base with silence and nature for a bit, and that is exactly what we got. The piece of nature and privacy one encounters there is invaluable, it seems a little piece of paradise that is still untouched and edged in time. Good clearance on vehicle needed, but for peeps going, its the first thing Anita from the lodge asked us, and it was what vehicle we had and alternative arrangements can be made and they can meet you part of the way. The Forest Cottage is as one would imagine early forest cabins would be, except much more luxuriou...
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      Forest Cottage is 24.5km from the centre of Dullstroom , the nearest airport 88.9km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling