Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

LodgesSouthern AfricaSouth Africa, Lesotho & SwazilandGarden RouteKnysnaPhantom Forest Eco Reserve
  • Nature Inspired Tree Top Living
    Outstanding accommodation nestled in the treetops and forest all built out of local materials give the lodge a strong eco-friendly feel.
  • The Chutzpah Restaurant
    A very special dining experience is offered at the Chutzpah offering North African / Moroccan-style dining.
  • Forest Retreat
    Set high up in the forest overlooking the Knysna heads, this combination of forest canopy and spectacular views makes for a quite unique setting.
  • Gorgeous Views
    Stunning views combine both the lush natural forest vegetation and the shimmering Knysna Lagoon in the distance.
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General Information

The magical and romantic Phantom Forest Eco Reserve is nestled in an Afromontane Forest, only 7-km from Knysna, in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route.

There are 6 elevated Classic Tree Suites with sensuous bathrooms and relaxing decks overlooking the Knysna Lagoon or Forest. Upper Tree Camp has 4 intimate suites with outdoor jet baths, perfect for romantic getaways. The 4 Moroccan Tree Suites have a North African style and are visual feast of silk, velvet, mosaic and handcrafted lamps. Feasting at Phantom Forest is a delectable African journey with a classical 6-course gourmet feast offered in The Boma. Phantom Forest is a place of peace and tranquillity and this carries through at The Body Boma which offers a range of soothing treatments.

  • Spa
  • Canoeing
  • Forest Walks
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Bird-watching
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Bubble Barrel & Sauna
  • 2 Salt-water Swimming Pools

Phantom Forest Lodge is located 7 kilometers west of Knysna, at the foot of the spectacular Phantom Pass.


Privately owned, within a 137 ha nature reserve, on the Knysna River; the Phantom Forest offers an unique biodiversity of Afromontane Indigenous Forest, Cape Coastal Fynbos, and Estuarine Wetland, 120 bird species, bushbuck, the rare blue duiker; grysbok, bushpig and many smaller game. Additional lodge facilities include a pool and treatment area called the Body Boma.


The original Tree Camp (the first six tree-suites) has a double bath en-suite bathroom, a lounge area plus outdoor living deck area. Upper Tree Camp has four tree-suites with en-suite bathrooms and an outdoor living area with jacuzzi/bath outside. The new luxurious Moroccan tree-suites have an en-suite bathroom with separate double bath, double shower, bidet, lounge area and private deck/living area outside.


Dinner in the Boma at Phantom Forest is a six course gourmet feast. Cuisine style is new age/international with local flavour and influence. Then there’s the Moroccan restaurant called the Chutzpah! Here the style is informal, communal dining around a low long L-shaped table with colourful suede leather beanbags as seating. Cuisine style is North African/Moroccan, six courses are served feasting style.

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