- Smart, contemporary lodge on private estate
- Swimming pool, jacuzzi, spa
- Great for Plettenberg Bay and Knysna
- Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating
Lily Pond Country Lodge is a stylish property in a stunning, secluded location within the Garden Route area of South Africa’s Western Cape. This chic, contemporary lodge sits close to Nature’s Valley in a beautiful 12-hectare private nature reserve on the edge of Tsitsikamma National Park. With ten elegant rooms and suites, a lovely pool, Jacuzzi and spa, the lodge offers tranquility and privacy in an idyllic verdant setting.
Communal areas include a sleek open-plan lounge and dining area featuring a cosy wood burner for cooler evenings. Floor to ceiling sliding doors open onto lovely views of the three lily ponds after which the lodge is named. Outside is a pleasant alfresco dining area where breakfast is usually served, and a large decked terrace laid out across several levels. The inviting swimming pool is flanked by loungers and shaded by trees. There’s an onsite spa offering beauty treatments, reflexology and massages, subject to arrangement, and a quiet island within the estate houses a secluded outdoor Jacuzzi with lovely views, for which booking is essential.
Activities include peaceful walks along the reserve’s extensive nature trails, bird watching, or indulgent treatments at the lodge’s spa. The nearby forests, rivers, and farmland of Tsitsikamma National Park offer super hiking, mountain biking, fishing and boating opportunities. A short drive away are the popular resorts of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, where one can find a great range of eateries, shops, and markets, along with various excursions including seasonal whale and dolphin watching. The elephant sanctuary at Knysna is a popular visitor destination and within easy reach.
The accommodation comprises ten well-appointed, contemporary rooms and suites, spaced out within the property to enhance privacy. Each unit features a stylish, open-plan design and includes a sleeping area with king or twin beds, and a smart ensuite bathroom with twin basins, WC and either bath with overhead shower, or bath and separate rainfall shower. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and fans, plus heating for colder days, and have a fridge, hot drink facilities, an honesty bar, satellite TV, IPod docks, and Wi-Fi. Sliding doors lead outside to a private patio with seating and lovely views over the estate and the lily ponds. Larger in size, the suites come with underfloor heating and offer extensive living space including a spacious lounge area with comfy seating, a roomy modern bathroom, and a private enclosed courtyard or garden.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019