There is something wonderfully Peter Pan-esque about hovering between tree branches, high above the ground, with only the sound of the branches and leaves fluttering in your midst. The venue and rooms at Tsala are as magical and mystical as they sound, because the entire venue, from the moment you step over the threshold, is between one and five metres above the ground. On the same weekend as our stay, two guests had been brought to tears on seeing — and finally believing — what pictures can do little justice to.
There are 10 two-sleeper rooms and six family suites, all of which are amply spaced with secluded views of the Harkerville forest, private decks and infinity pools, outdoor showers and bathrooms that will make you gasp with delight! The surreal surroundings are matched by service that is refined and exceptional. From management to wait staff, concierge to room service, one and all are both proud and happy to be working here.
The in-house dinner and breakfast service continues to please with menus fashioned to showcase both African flavours and ingredients, plated exceptionally and paired with a wine menu that is distinctly South African. As night falls, fires are lit throughout the lodge itself, as well as in your room as part of the turn-down service. Sweet pieces of fudge and lovely South African offerings such as milk tartlets and port can be found in the corners of your room, alongside welcome notes and other delights, leaving you feeling as though the close to every evening is a special occasion.
Nights are silent and morning sunrises uninterrupted by the outside world. Breakfast is a feast with tables overflowing with ripe fruits, cheeses, cold meats, salmon, croissants and cereals. An entire menu of hot breakfasts follows, in line with a slightly African theme, and you cannot help but indulge.