A lavish celebration of the spirit of Africa

Perched high above the forest floor, amidst the shade of the indigenous forest, Tsala Treetops Lodge gazes out over leafy trees and rolling valleys. This magical hideaway, between the coastal towns of Plettenberg and Knysna offers indulgent luxury, superb service and fine dining. Constructed of stone, wood and glass the lodge has a unique architectural design, and the elegant décor lends an air of ultimate sophistication. Glass walls ensure views can be admired from decks, comfortable lounges and dining spaces. 10 romantic Treetop Suites nestle into the forest canopy, and 6 lavish two-bedroom villas are ideal for families. Each opens out to private decks and pools, where visitors may unwind in the waters of the pool, whilst admiring the tranquillity of the surrounds. From here the Garden Route can be easily explored.

Tsala suite view from forest
Tsala Treetop Lodge Villa Bedroom
Tsala Treetop Lodge Villa Lounge
Tsala Treetop Lodge Outdoor Dining
Tsala Treetop Lodge Entrance


  • Perched high above the forest floor, amidst the shade of the indigenous forest for enchanting vistas
  • 10 treetop suites & 6 two-bedroom villas elegantly decorated for an air of sophistication
  • An elevated lodge with unique architectural design, constructed of stone, wood & glass
  • Magical & romantic forest hideaway, gazing out over leafy trees & rolling valleys
  • Excellent cuisine, a glass-walled dining room & a viewing deck for meals & sundowners

Trips featuring Cape Town

There are thousands of ways our travellers can experience Africa. Our bespoke itineraries are created to ensure your trip is just right for you.

A 9-night journey through history across South Africa's Kwa-Zulu Natal region

Battlefield Bush and Beach

From $3,149 per person sharing

11 nights featuring the best of South Africa and Mozambique

Cape Town, Kruger and Mozambique

12 days from $9,035 per person

15 nights featuring the best of Cape Town and Zimbabwe

Cape Town, Mana Pools, Kariba and Vic Falls

16 days from $16,345 per person

10 nights featuring the best of South Africa

Cape Town, Karoo, Eastern Cape Safari

11 days from $4,229 per person

9 nights featuring the best of Botswana

Duba, Zarafa and Jacks

10 days from $18,965 per person

7 nights featuring the best of Zambia

Livingstone and Lower Zambezi

8 days from $6,299 per person

10 nights featuring the best of Southern Africa

Cape Town Vic Falls and Botswana

11 days from $6,215 per person

12 nights through the beauty of Botswana

Botswana Standalone

13 days from $9,195 per person

8 nights featuring the best of South Africa

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari

9 days from $8,869 per person

13 nights featuring the best of South Africa and Mozambique

Cape Town, Overberg, Kruger and Mozambique

14 days from $12,045 per person

10 nights featuring the best of Namibia

Namibia Self-Drive and Private Guided Safari

11 days from $5,469 per person

6 nights featuring the best of Namibia

Luxury Namibia Fly-in and Private Guided Safari

7 days from $9,109 per person

8 nights featuring the best of Namibia

Namibia’s desert wanderers of the north-west

9 days from $8,445 per person

11 nights featuring the best of Namibia

Exquisite Namibia Fly-in Safari

12 days from $8,809 per person

12 nights featuring the best of Namibia

Namibian Guided Safari for Families

13 days from $7,445 per person (family of 4)

8 nights featuring the best of South Africa

Family Cape Town, Winelands & Safari

9 days from $6,985 per person

12 days off the beaten track

Ultimate South Africa

13 days from $9,900 per person

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The Old Rectory
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AfriCamps at Oakhurst
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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

Joseph, Marsha & Family, USA

On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

William & Constance, USA

Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

Jeffery & Barbara, Canada
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