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Teniqua Treetops


10 bedroom Self-Catering Cottage in Sedgefield from R500 per person sharing
Eco-Friendly Treehouses Fun for the Whole Family

Teniqua Treetops is a tented tree house resort offering a truly unique experience. Think eco-friendly, self-catering accommodation high on the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountain range, central to both Sedgefield and Knysna, with magnificent views from all vantage points.

This privately owned and managed property is set in acres of pristine indigenous forest, the cola-coloured water of the remote and unspoiled Karatara River flowing in the gorge below.

Every tree house provides absolute privacy and seclusion, a haven for nature lovers and avid bird watchers. Sleep, eat and shower up in the canopy of the forest…the ultimate romantic holiday or family stay in nature’s haven, an experience both memorable and authentic.


  • Unique experience
  • Family-friendly


All 8 individually crafted tree houses are self-catering, built on hand crafted platforms and situated in carefully chosen beauty spots, with an emphasis on environmental preservation and the maximum use of natural products and materials in construction and functionality.

Every unit consists of comfortable tented bedroom(s), fully equipped kitchens, leafy luxury bathrooms, comfortable seating both indoors and outdoors, private balconies with BBQ facilities and breathtaking views. Electric blankets & heaters are provided to keep you warm at night!

Teniqua has Child-Friendly and Wheel-Chair Friendly Tree Houses.

Honeymoon Houses: Four (4) in total. Each one unique with stunning views, large romantic baths, cosy tented bedrooms and handcrafted & antique furniture.

Louries Nest – Nestled in the trees and protected by a huge yellowwood. Antique and rustic blackwood furniture with flowering netting creates an enchanting bedroom. Large glass-enclosed sunken bath with lots of privacy.

Moon Over Milkwood – Far from the main lodge with splendid views. Bedroom with a Blackwood headboard mosquito net inset with roses and bead work and an antique wardrobe. A deck with sunken bath plus side glassed in sun room overlooking the gorge.

Greenbeard – Romantic & private, set deep in the gorge surrounded by indigenous trees. A bay window in the bedroom allows for more an additional viewing deck. Large bath on the front deck, separate from the shower.

Gorge View – Deep in the indigenous forest gorge. This tree house has a large antique king size bed and a spacious enclosed lounge with 3.6m glass sliding doors overlooking the gorge. A romantic sunken bath glassed in boasting the same stunning view. Extended decks.

Wheel-Chair Friendly House: One (1). 

Greenbeard – Access via an easy ramp onto the back of the tree house and into the kitchen. Large doorways and easy roll-on access throughout. The gorge drops away in front of the tree house. A large bath for 2 with a separate shower, wheelchair accessible so you can roll in. Seats all around with the shower tray under the deck.

Family Houses: Four (4) in total. 2x 1 Bedroom Houses with Toddler Friendly Railings; 2x 2 Bedroom Houses not ideal for young children as there are gaps in the railings (for improved views).

The Eyrie – This unit stretches through the canopy exposing a high view of the forested Karatara gorge far below. A huge tent with Queen sized bed and double bunk, sleeping max 4. A fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area all sheltered under verandahs. The back of the unit is 1m off the ground, while the front is above the tree line, towering 8m off the steeply plunging slope below. Toddler Friendly Railings.

Tranquility – A spacious, light-filled treehouse surrounded by indigenous forest. Bedroom with glass windows plus an enclosed glassed and carpeted lounge, great for all seasons. Sleeps max 4. Large deck with fantastic views. Bathroom with shower. Toddler Friendly Railings.

Philosophers Perch – First tree house built, it flows around the existing trees. 2 separate bedrooms sleeping max 4.  Open-plan kitchen & dining area leading onto the open porch.  Open-air bathroom with shower.

The Forest Elders – The largest treehouse, situated among huge trees far from the main lodge.  A multi-level tree house with 2 separate bedrooms, sleeping up to 2 adults and 3 kids (2nd bedroom with twin beds + sleeper couch). Built on a steep slope with the main bedroom being very high, boasting its own private deck. The kitchen looks over the front deck which has forest views that stretch on forever. Bathroom underneath the main bedroom with glassed shower and a great loo, both with views.


(At the Main Lodge)

Games Room – With exercise equipment, mini pool table, table tennis, board & other games.

TV Room – With fireplace and a selection of DVD’s.

Outdoors – A family BBQ area with table and seating, big jungle gym with swing, sandpit, trampoline

Pool DeckWith sunloungers and 2 swimming pools (one smaller for young children)

Business Centre – A 16 person Conference Centre with 2 breakaway rooms and a wireless hotspot.


Situated in a Private Nature Reserve, on-site activities include, amongst others:

  • Swimming in the crystal-clear river & picnic on its beautiful banks
  • Explore the deep forested gorge
  • BBQ on your private deck with forest and mountain views enfolding you
  • Take in a good book whilst a myriad of wild birds song fill the background
  • Bird watching (128+ species of birds identified on the property of which 23 are endemics and near endemics ~ some are sighted almost daily, including the Knysna Touraco and the Greater Double Collared Sunbird)
  • Laze on the wooden deck of the communal swimming pool or make use of the various other offerings of the main lodge, something for both young and old
  • Say hello to the horses roaming freely on the estate


2x Swimming Pools, Games Room, TV Room, Family BBQ Area, Jungle gym with swing, Sandpit, Trampoline. Conference facilities, Wifi. Ample parking.


Undercover parking at your unit, also ample parking at the main lodge.


If you have a phobias about trees, plants, birds, wild animals, insects, snakes, butterflies, moths, tame animals etc. Teniqua Treetops may not be the place for you. Occasional rain spiders (large but HARMLESS) may say hello, and although there has never been a sighting of a snake in the units themselves, you are in nature and may encounter these along a walk etc. Most snakes will run from you ~ they’re more scared of you than you are of them!

Also take into consideration their luxurious yet open-to-the-forest baths and showers. Only the birds and surrounding nature will see you but if that’s against your religious beliefs, you won’t be happy here.

NB! Must supply your own your charcoal and firelighters for BBQ.




15.5km inland from the N2, between Sedgefield and Knysna.

Beach – 25 minute drive

Restaurants – 20 min drive

Shops – 20 min drive

Sedgefield – 20 min drive

Knysna – 30 min drive


Teniqua Treetops, Sedgefield, Self-Catering Cottage. 

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