“Absolutely magical experience, perfect in every way. The scenery, staff, cottage… everything… picture perfect and extremely enjoyable.”– Angelique Joseph, Gauteng
Honeymoon & Couples Holidays
Knysna Honeymoon Packages & Romantic Couples Getaways in Stylish Romantic Garden Route Cottages.
Tranquil, private and cozy Knysna Accommodation self catering cottages offer a luxurious, unforgettable hide-away for your honeymoon or couples getaway, with unbeatable privacy and comfort to make memories that last a lifetime.
Privacy & Tranquility
Break away to this authentic luxury hide-away nestling against the indigenous Knysna Forest, offering an unforgettable hide-away for your honeymoon or couples getaway, with unbeatable privacy and comfort to make memories that last a lifetime.
These tranquil and private Knysna fully equipped cottages offer a luxurious, unforgettable honeymoon and couples hide-away haven that consistently exceeds expectations.
Romance happens when the magic of the Knysna forest combines with a cosy woodcutters cabin, equipped with a fireplace, hammock, victorian bath, hot outside shower and many more luxuries that makes for a magical and romantic honeymoon or couples getaway.
Nature provides the tranquil backdrop to beautiful romance under a blanket of stars, or serenaded by twitterpating birds.
Nature & Adventure
Break away to this authentic luxury hide-away nestling against the indigenous Knysna Forest, offering exotic lore, stunning forest walks, secluded cola-coloured rock pools, and gorgeous picnic spots.
Explore the myriad of attractions, bird-watch from your veranda, have sundowners with the fireflies or snuggle up next to your fireplace. You can relax at this off the beaten track gem, confident of excellence offered by well-run, exceptionally well-equipped and superior Garden Route honeymoon cottages, rounded off by heartfelt hospitality.
Luxury & Comfort
Fully equipped with everything one would need for such an important occasion, the Honeymoon Cottages feature a main bedroom, a living room, a lavish victorian bath, secluded outdoor hot-water shower, a living room with fireplace and television with DVD player and fully equipped kitchen, a private patio with a braai and our popular hammocks. DSTV, free wireless internet access and en-suite shower available in luxury cottages.
The picturesque Lily Pond Deck is ideal for a romantic breakfast.
This Virtual Tour Video of the Knysna Honeymoon Accommodation at Forest Edge, a Hidden Gem in the middle of the Garden Route, will give you a very good visual representation of our amazing romantic facilities and our beautiful surrounds.
Make Memories for a Lifetime
WE ACCEPT THE LOVE WE THINK WE DESERVE…
A magical honeymoon experience. Our hosts anticipated our every need. By day, Forest Edge was a perfect base for exploring Knysna and Plett. The forest sounds and starry skies at night were unforgettable. We wish we could stay longer, and will definitely be back. ”– Katharine Kyriacou, Cape Town
Was here on honeymoon – what an amazing experience! The beauty of nature, the amazing breakfasts, the accommodating, friendly & wonderful staff and the romance of a log fire in the evenings – as far as holidays go – the bar has been set extremely high on this our first one together. The wonderful memories we have made here will carry us through the tough times. See you soon!“– Caroline Mocke (nee Erasmus), Mpumalanga
Knysna Forest Mountain Biking
Forest trail maps & pics.
These photos of the Knysna Forest Walks and Trails in this Knysna Forest virtual photo tour are meant to be representative as trees fall, landscapes change and different weather casts different light. One cannot capture it in one photo.
THE HOMTINI CYCLING TRAIL: This 19km circular route starts and ends at Krisjan-se-Nek picnic area in the Millwood Forest. This mountain biking trail includes single-track sections, it is 19km long and starts and ends at Krisjan-se-Nek (about 3km from Forest Edge)there is a tough climb between kilometres 5 and 9, there is shade parking for your car. There is scenic high forest, fynbos and plantations. There is a swimming spot just before a very tough climb that can take up to 40 min to crest. From the top there is a stunning view over the Knysna River gorge, Lilyvlei Forest and the Knysna Heads in the distant background, later on the Millwood Goldfields. It traverses sections of wet forest and a white-water stream. It takes the rider of average fitness about 2 hours, but to enjoy the scenery, aim for 3 hours. The route roughly follows: Millwood road, Pomp-se-Pad, Deurpad, Lawnwood River, Portland heights, Boer-se-Pad, back to Millwood road.
Most of the Forest Edge guests who make use of our Knysna Forest Mountain Biking Package do this trail before any other.
THE HARKERVILLE CYCLING TRAILS & ROUTES: These 12/14/15/24km routes start near the Garden of Eden Permit hut near Harkerville. These mountain biking trails are described as having relatively easy gradients and offer 4 different routes: Yellow Route: 14 km, about 1.25 hours to ride. Follows gravelled surface roads and will be the only open route if others have to be closed due to rain. Blue Route: 12 km, about 1.5 hours to ride. There is a section along the Beukespad forest slip-path through medium-high forest and the return path loops past a glade of coast redwood planted in 1927. Green Route: 15 km, about 2.25 hours to ride. Follows Grooteilandpad, then Waterpad where there is a swimming hole. There is also an alternate southward loop offering breathtaking views of the rugged Harkerville coast. The home-bound leg follows Kleineilandpad, then Perdekoppad through some tall coastal forest with fine Hard Pear. Red Route: 24 km, about 3-5 hours to ride (much tougher route than the others). The most scenically diverse, with long stretches of off-road track along old slip-paths and a section through fynbos near the cliff-line.
Forest Edge guests who make use of our Knysna Forest Mountain Biking Package often tackle these trails after they have done the picturesque must-do Homtini cycling trail.
THE PETRUS-SE-BRAND CYCLING TRAIL: This 24km trail starts at the Diepwalle Forest Station and ends at the Garden of Eden near Harkerville (or vice versa). It is suitable for riders of average fitness, especially downhill starting at Diepwalle. Southbound takes about 1.5 hours and Northbound takes about 2 hours. Families cycling at a more leisurely pace should allow 3 hours. The more commonly used Southbound route starts 533m above sea-level and starts along the Uniondale road, then breaks sharply to the left to follow the contoured bed of the old narrow-guage forest-railway line which used to run from Ysterhoutrug to Knysna. Then turn left at Petrussebrandpad and descend, cross a stream, then wind up the ascent from Petrusbrand Eiland. Ride through medium-moist to dry type forest with several old yellowwoods crowned with ‘old-man’s beard’, then suddenly emerge in the open towards Kleineiland. On a clear day expect a wonderful view of the Tsitsikama mountains and the distant Plettenburg Bay. Re-enter the forest and descend into Kleineiland river valley where the road becomes quite cobbled. Cross a low-water bridge with unusually clear water as the water originates in forest and not in fynbos that gives other streams their characteristic brown colour. This is the lowest point at 180m above sea-level, just before a rather severe climb. This eventually tees into the Fisanthoek public road for a while before turning left into the forest to follow an old timber slip-path offering some exciting single-track riding.
Forest Edge guests who make use of our Knysna Forest Mountain Biking Package often tackle this trail after they have done the picturesque must-do Homtini cycling trail and Harkerville trails.
Note that Knysna Forest cycling trails require a nominal entry fee at the Sanparks entry boom or relevant kiosks. Below follows the official Sanparks Maps; this is the Sanparks flyer scanned in for your convenience – for more information on Sanparks cycling trails, contact Sanparks on 044 – 3025606.
Why not come stay at Forest Edge? Enjoy the comfort of a private, fully equipped, award-winning & affordable Knysna Forest self-catering cottage Garden Route at its most peaceful, from where to enjoy the Knysna Forest attractions and these other gifts of the Knysna Forest: Jubilee Creek picnic site and walking trail; The Drift; even the Beach; Knysna Forest; Post-trail Massages in your cottage
*** The Forest is good for the body, and even better for the soul. If you feel stuck, try a walk in the Knysna Forest – nothing beats walking in the forest! Take a Forest Walk or get serious on a Knysna Forest Trail – it can change one’s perspective on life. The Knysna Forest trails are worth the effort. The Knysna Forest at Forest Edge offers our guests a prime starting position as many of the forest walking trails are on our doorstep.
Forest Edge Communal Areas
The Communal Areas at Forest Edge are open for use by all guests and allow for safe, free roaming in the large open spaces in Nature. There is a useful and popular self-guided eco-historic walk-about on site to help guests learn about the history, fauna, flora, water and waste-management of Forest Edge and the social structure of the area. There are benches scattered about.
More or less in the middle of the property there is a jungle gym, pool area and information board with mammal and bird charts and other nature information. In addition to each cottage’s private braai, there is also a great communal bonfire area popular with large groups or families who want to tell stories around the bonfire. There are benches around the log-stack and also a picnic bench and umbrella for parents to relax, while watching the little ones play. North of the bonfire area there is a wooden walkway leading to our secluded and forest facing meditation corner, complete with meditation spiral, yoga deck, benches and a bamboo fountain where we encourage guests to take a little alone time – it is also a good place from which to spot birds, animals and even fireflies in the evening.
On the Western end of the property are our very own woodcutter graves, from the original woodcutter families that lived on the property up to almost a century ago. We have only been able to identify some of the graves but it remains incredible to think this is where the souls described in Dalene Matthee’s “Circles in the Forest” and “Dreamforest” books have lived. This Western camp is also home to our popular donkeys, Hansel and Gretel and guests are welcome to visit them there to feed them carrots and apples and to brush them. We do ask that you keep the gate closed at all times as they will destroy our gardens if they escape. This is also our maintenance area where we store and treat our water, our tool sheds and do firewood processing.
In terms of water storage, there are 3 ponds, an earth dam for storing irrigation water, a large reservoir and several rainwater storage tanks on the property. The ponds and dam have been stocked with Thilapia fish in 2009 and 2010.
To see these areas in relation to the rest of the property, please see the site map.
*** IMPORTANT: Although these areas are open to all guests, parents remain responsible for their children around the ponds, dams, pool, jungle gym etc and we discourage loud parties due to the nature of our eco-friendly establishment. Forest Edge is an eco-friendly self-catering nature-lovers retreat offering tranquility on the edge of the indigenous forest. This means that we try to live in tune with nature as much as possible and we try to avoid unnecessary noise and anything that can negatively impact on the environment.
Forest Edge is run along eco-friendly principles (we have no choice, as we receive no municipal services being out of town!) Therefore we have to catch, store, treat and pump our rain water for household and guests’ use. There is a biological septic tank for sewerage disposal and in general we try to recycle where possible (e.g. organic waste, wood, glass). We also re-use gray water from baths/sinks to water the garden. We compost our organic waste, we grow our own organic vegetables and we do some earth worm farming. We do not feed or kill wild animals, but try and let them go about their normal business and we remove any snakes we should find on the property from time to time and place them very far from Forest Edge, deep in the forest (so far, we have never found one near a cottage, which we treat against snakes).
This is a visual overview of a typical self catering cottage at Forest Edge. All 5 cottages has exactly the same floor plan and layout. The furniture and finishes are also very similar, but do differ slightly from cottage to cottage. For a detailed explanation of the difference between a Standard and a Luxury Cottage, please visit the Cottage page.
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