- Peaceful property in idyllic surroundings
- Excellent ‘Garden Route’ location
- Variety of accommodation options
- Numerous activities on site and locally
Fynbos Ridge is a tranquil country house set within a private nature reserve in the famed ‘Garden Route’ area of the Western Cape, South Africa. Ideally located for the popular seaside towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, this owner-run property offers stylish bed and breakfast accommodation in five tastefully appointed bedrooms, along with four self-catering units. Named after the vegetation indigenous to the region, Fynbos Ridge boasts a lovely outdoor pool, and acres of private estate ideal for hiking and nature walks, all with stunning views of the nearby Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains.
Communal areas in the Cape Dutch style main house include two elegant lounges with log fireplaces, and an alfresco dining area with glorious mountain views, where breakfast is served. Evening meals may be arranged on request. Within the spacious grounds is a peaceful swimming pool with loungers, tennis courts, and an organic vegetable garden. The hotel is proud of its carbon neutral status, employing water conservation, solar heating, and recycling initiatives.
Activities on the estate include nature walks, tennis, swimming, and bird watching, with over 85 bird species identified to date. Massages and beauty treatments can be arranged in the privacy of your room, and art, cooking, and photography workshops are available on site. Locally, guests can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and golf. A few minutes’ drive away, the wonderful beaches of Plettenberg Bay offer dolphin and whale watching boat excursions, along with surfing, diving, snorkelling and sailing. Nearby Knysna, famed for its Oyster Festival, has boat excursions on its stunning lagoon. Back on dry land, wine buffs can enjoy lunches and tastings at numerous local wine estates, whilst Knysna Elephant Sanctuary and Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary will appeal to animal lovers.
Accommodation within the main house comprises five spacious, well-appointed bedrooms with king or twin beds, and generous ensuite bathrooms. All rooms include a fridge and hot drink facilities, ceiling fans, TV, DVD player, and Wi-Fi. Several of the rooms boast a private balcony or veranda with sunset views.
Three self-catering cottages and one apartment are also available. Each tranquil cottage accommodates five guests in two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a lounge with log fireplace and a private veranda with a barbeque. The one bedroom apartment, sleeping two, is attached to the main house, with its own private entrance and balcony. All self-catering units have a fully equipped kitchen, alternatively, guests are welcome to dine at the main house by arrangement. A meal delivery service is also available.
Children are extremely welcome at Fynbos Ridge. One extra bed can be added to rooms in the main house, subject to arrangement, whilst the self-catering cottages are ideal for families.
- Upmarket hotel on private estate
- Excellent ‘Garden Route’ location
- Pool and extensive grounds
- Beautiful Gardens
- Family Friendly Accommodation
- Central Garden Route Location
- Fab for families.
- Deluxe hotel with panoramic ocean views
- Superb ‘Garden Route’ location
- Two pools, spa, fine dining
- Short walk to beaches and activities
- Across the road from a blue flag beach
- Well presented property
- Excellent choice for visiting Plettenberg Bay
- Located in Plettenberg Bay
- Beach location
- Sea Views
- Chic accommodation
- Smart mid-range guesthouse
- Modern interiors
- Well located for beach
- Excellent family apartment
- Sweeping views of Plettenberg Bay area
- Family-run lodge
- Monkey and bird sanctuaries, hiking, kloofing
- Mountain biking, winery and wine tasting
- High quality forest lodge
- Beautiful forest location
- Swimming Pool
- Base for Garden Route
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 Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019