|Type:||Self Catering (2 rooms/units)|
|Child Policy:||Children age 12 and over are charged as adults.|
|Check in/out:||2:00 PM (in) 10:00 AM (out)|
|Reviews:||(3 customer reviews)|
Pictures of Forest Cottage (26 pictures)
This cosy rustic wooden cottage is situated in a gorge, next to the indigenous forest and is totally private, and within earshot of the stream, with stunning views of the mountains. The cottage has a fireplace in the lounge/ dining room and is fully equipped. There is a large outside braai area, with a table for a lazy breakfast, lunch or supper.
The cottage comprises 1 queen bedroom en-suite (bath and toilet, with the shower over the bath), another small bedroom with single bed and a double sleeper couch in the lounge.
The cottage is suitable for couples with young children or for that Romantic getaway, as the bathroom is open plan!
We are situated half way down the Steenkampberg Mountain Range at an altitude ideally suited to the rapid growth of Rainbow and Brown trout. Our cold, clear perennial stream feeds the trophy dam in where these lovely fish abide in a truly beautiful setting.
The dam is approximately a half hour walk from the lodge or can be reached by 4x4 vehicle, leaving a 5 minute walk.
We practice catch and release of fish hooked.
One of our unique activities at Forest Creek are the Hiking Trails in the “Cloud Forest”. The trails are designed for the entire family, and are most suitable for the even not so fit person. Under this canopy of trees and at the edge of the Mountain one feels very small, in comparison to the magical views. The walk to the waterfall is approximately 2 kilometers, winding through the forest and crossing the stream in several places under the canopy of large indigenous trees.
One is likely to hear the baboons barking and spot the odd bush buck or red duiker and see the Cinamon Doves, Narina Trogon's and Lourie's that frequent the forest. In the wetter months the ferns, orchids and wild mushrooms offer spectacular opportunities for the more photographic inclined. A tree platform built in a large fig tree above the forest canopy, is an ideal stop for birders or to just relax and enjoy a picnic!
Scattered in the forest are remnants of old stone structures some of which are supposedly several thousand years old and are under study at present.
The forest is beautiful, friendly and safe.
A question often asked is "Where are you?" The only way we can explain this is to say, if you were in Dullstroom and jumped off the mountain, you would land in our gorge (Box Canyon).
Bush Bath - Set in a secluded spot, enjoy a 'Bath' in the bush, with lots of bubbles and champagne under the moonlight and stars.
Forest Spa - Indulge yourself in our private Spa overlooking the gorge, go home feeling relaxed and stress free.
Gazebo Romantic Private Dinner - Spoil your loved one, and request this romantic setting for a totally private candle lit dinner under the gazebo. Many a proposal of marriage has been accepted in this lovely setting!
Hikers Picnic - A picnic packed in a rucksack, get ready to hike to the waterfall!
Lazy Picnic - A picnic set out for you in a private spot, with champagne, a good one for the romantic at heart.
Hiking - Marked trails through the forest, along the stream, (where in summer you can see the tiny tree Orchids, ferns and flowers, and fungi).
Trout Fishing - An altitude ideally suited to the rapid growth of Rainbow and Brown trout. Our cold, clear perennial stream feeds the trophy dam.
Bird Watching - We have a prolific variety of uncommon species of Birds that can be seen, including a resident pair of Black Eagles. We have a Forest Creek bird list.
Horse Riding - 4km down the hill, book a ride in our scenic valley.
Mountain Biking - Bring your bikes and enjoy the off road cycling. Great views as you ride. A hard ride!
Clay Pigeon Shooting - An interesting and testing range for the novice and experienced shotists.
Jet Ski - Bring along your own Jet Ski and enjoy a day of fantastic skiing on the Kwena Dam, the dam is 12 kms from Forest Creek. The dam is 1200 Hectares. Picnic’s available. There is no charge, and parking is available for your trailers and Ski’s.
Elephant Rides - Enjoy a day’s outing and visit the ‘Elephant Whisperers’ where one can interact with the Elephants. You get to touch and feel the animal, and have a educational talk on the animal after which you can go for a ride on this magnificent beast. I went and it is really awesome. One tick off my bucket list. Bookings must be made in advance.
Room info & pricing please note that low season rates are shown in brackets
Farm 14 Badfontein
Latitude: -25°18"27.50' (-25.307640)
Longitude: 30°17"48.08' (30.296688)
|Directions: Directions to Forest Creek - 2 ½ to 3 hours.
From Johannesburg – take the N4 Witbank / Middelburg. Go through Machadodorp Toll Plaza. 3km after the toll on the left take the Schoemanskloof bypass towards Lydenburg/Nelspruit.
Approximately 15km there is a turn off to the left – to Lydenburg, which is the R36. R36 to Lydenburg approximately 18kms you will see Kwena Dam on the right. Start looking for Forest Creek/Rustenburg signs on the left. Take the Rustenburg dirt road to the left, travel 4km, on the left hand side you will see the Forest Creek sign, farm no 14. Two concrete eagles on gate post. Up the hill 4.4 km.
This will take you to the Rustenburg dirt road, turn left, travel 4kms and enter our gate, up the hill another 4ks and you will find “Forest Creek.”
Reviews (see all 3 reviews)
MUST BE ON YOUR BUCKETLIST
Mrs snyman 03 November 2014 The minute we took the turn off I was in another world. A kind of carefree attitude became part of me and lasted until I closed your gate behind me. This was one of the most memorable weekends I have ever had.
My husband and I had a serene moment while sitting at a very big rock on the Duiker route. We did not speak a word to each other for 10 minutes but I felt so connected to him and he to me. The fact that we were in the Forrest Cottage made the weekend even better. Only us, the bush, birds and the feeling that you are dreaming and don't want to wake up to bring the dream to an end.
The mist over the mountains made everything more spectacular. I can write a book about my weekend. Early morning quick splash was better than any session at the psychologist.
We decided that we actually do not want to tell anyone about this piece of paradise, but realized that it is impossible to keep this a secret. We are definitely back next year for our (me and my husband) 50th. Staff are really excellent, well informed, friendly and very professional. Bush Picnic, fantastic. See you in 2015.
Mr Lister 19 May 2014 It was excellent. I had a very nice time there and will be back for another visit. I definitely recommend it to others and will book with Rooms For Africa again.
Attractions & landmarks
|Kruger National Park||130|
|Long Tom Pass||50|
|Blyde River Canyon||120|
- Nature Reserve
- Mountain Views
- Wining & Dining
- Lunch on request
- Lunch Box on request
- Dinner on request
- Restaurant on premises
- Caters for Vegetarian
- Leisure facilities
- Bar on premises
- Bird Watching
- Braai / Barbecue
- Game Viewing
- Horse Riding
- Walking / Hiking
- 4x4 Trails
- Business & conferencing
- General Facilities
- Health Spa
- Cots available
- Family friendly
- Fireplace on premises
- Gay friendly
- Laundry Service
- Pets permitted by agreement
- Parking available
- In all rooms
- Satellite TV
- Bed Linen supplied
- In some rooms
- Bar Fridge
- Tea and Coffee
- Fully Equipped