The Village Lodge
A true piece of heaven on earth.
This property started life in the late 1800s as a Hunting Lodge (known as Die Jaghuis – the Hunting lodge) for the gentry, who arrived on horseback from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth for the purposes of hunting wild pig, antelope and leopard in the nearby Tsitsikamma Forest. The original cottage is part of today’s complex and is presently used as Managers’ accommodation.
The Old Cape Road, used in olden days by horses and Cape Carts, ran from Cape Town through the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth – and is still the main road through Storms River Village. The design of the Lodge buildings blends in with the forest atmosphere, with a strong reliance on timber from the local area. Spacious and beautiful gardens offer a peaceful and tranquil place to relax in and enjoy the surrounding majestic mountain views.
With the Tsitsikamma mountains towering on the one side, the Indian Ocean crashing its waves against the unspoilt rocky shoreline on the other side – you have found it, a true piece of heaven on earth.
Tsitsikamma is the Khoi San word meaning “place of many waters”. The Tsitsikamma region stretches from the Bloukrans Bridge in the West, to Eersterivier in the East.
You can enjoy walking through the protected indigenous forest, cool your feet in a riverine or even swim in the dark waters (tanin causes the water in the rivers to display a unique dark colour). Appreciate the flora – yellow wood, hard pear and stink wood trees are a few of the “old men” of the forest, giant sword ferns and tree ferns, fynbos and oh, all the colourful watsonias!