Forest Creek Lodge & Spa
nestles in a gorge of the Steenkampsburg Mountains, set in a Private Nature Reserve of the Mpumalanga escarpment.
It is only when one gets to the gate of Forest Creek Lodge that the rock-strewn grassland is left behind, one climbs up, and up, and enter this little enchanted world.
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).
On this magnificent piece of land we hope we have catered for everyone, from Luxury guest suites at the main lodge or the self-catering options. There are hiking trails along the stream under the canopy of trees in our "Cloud forest". Treat yourself to an hour or two of relaxation in our Forest Spa. It is a haven for honeymooners.
One of our unique activities at Forest Creek are the Hiking Trails in the “Cloud Forest”. 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 kilometres, winding through the forest and criss-crossing the stream in several places under the canopy of large indigenous trees.
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.
For the International traveler Forest Creek Lodge is an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long flight - a mere 130 km to the Kruger National Park, enjoy the treatments in the private Forest Spa, or just enjoy the tranquility of the bush.
At Forest Creek you will dine on a four-course d hôte dinner served in our candle lit dining room (Table d`hôte is a French phrase that literally means "host`s table".), a choice of five-breakfast menus.
Forest Creek boasts a huge fireplace in the lodge lounge and a cozy bar.
Accommodation at Forest Creek Lodge & Spa:
Carmine Luxury Suite
Named after the Carmine Bee Eater. This spacious suite supports a fireplace, DSTV, his and her outdoor stone shower, veranda, huge bath tub for two with lots of romantic candles, King sized extra length bed.
Mini Bar fridge, gowns, bubble bath, soap and other amenities, slippers, shower cap, towels, tea & coffee facilities, DSTV, veranda.
Narina & Cinnamon Suites
Named after the Narina Trogon and the Cinnamon Dove. These suites have their own verandas, outdoor stone shower, Ball and claw bath tub set in the bay window looking into the bush. Televison, totally private. Queen sized 4-poster beds.
Tambourine Luxury Suite
Named after the Tambourine dove - This suite has an en suite bathroom, with a big corner bath with shower, outdoor stone shower with views of our mountains, in the main bedroom a Queen size bed and another bedroom off the main bedroom, which can be utilised for 2 single beds or a King sized bed for another couple. DSTV, veranda, Fan, Electric blanket and heater, snuggle under our percale cotton duvets and linen.
This romantic suite has a big corner bath with shower, and DSTV, King size bed Or 2 singles. This room serves as a family suite with additional bunk beds available. Fan, Electric blanket and heater, snuggle under our percale
cotton duvets and linen.
Bee Eater Self Catering Unit
This Self-catering unit is the ultimate in luxury and out-door living; it supports a Braai, Fridge, Microwave oven, gas 2 plate stove, and is fully equipped, has a fireplace, Full DSTV, his and her outdoor stone shower, veranda, it`s own private garden, huge bath tub for two with lots of romantic candles, King sized extra length bed, Fan, Electric blanket Bar fridge and heater, snuggle under our percale cotton duvets and linen. We supply Fire wood, should you wish to Braai on Charcoal, then please bring your own.
Clay pigeon shooting, Spa treatments, the `Bush bath` can all be booked during your stay. You are welcome to book any activity and or meal at the lodge.
This cosy rustic wooden cottage is situated 1/2 km away from the main lodge area 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 not 4-star graded.
Sunbird Self catering unit
This self catering unit has two bedrooms; 1 bedroom with a queen sized bed en-suite bathroom, the other bedroom has a queen bed and 2 bunk beds for children, it also has an en-suite bathroom, so this unit can sleep 4 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 4 children. Fully equipped kitchen with a gas Braai and Webber braai for outdoor cooking. Fan, electric blanket and heater; snuggle under our percale cotton duvets and linen. (Note: if you are allergic to down feathers, we can supply fiber duvets and pillows). We supply Fire wood and charcoal.
The Beach Cottage
This self-catering cottage has stunning views of the Mountains. We decided to do something different, and bring the Beach to the Bush, It comprises of a queen sized bedroom, with an en-suite bathroom. A huge deck for outdoor entertainment. Fully equipped kitchen with outside braai area, Gas braai for cooking on the deck. DSTV
Fan, electric blanket and heater, snuggle under our percale cotton duvets and linen. (Note: If you are allergic to down feathers, we can supply fibre duvets and pillows) We supply wood. The unit is serviced daily.
You are welcome to join us at the lodge for a meal and or drink and partake in any of the activities and the Forest Spa.
Forest Creek Lodge & Spa Activities: Bush Bath
- Set in a secluded spot, enjoy a 'Bath' in the bush, with lots of bubbles and champagne under the moonlight and stars.
- Indulge yourself in our private Spa overlooking the gorge, go home feeling relaxed and stress free.
Star Gazing platform - Look up at the night sky, and enjoy the beauty of the twinkling stars, in the clear night sky.
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!
- A picnic packed in a rucksack, get ready to hike to the waterfall!
- A picnic set out for you in a private spot, with champagne, a good one for the romantic at heart.
- Marked trails through the forest, along the stream, (where in summer you can see the tiny tree Orchids, ferns and flowers, and fungi).
- 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.
- 4 km down the hill, book a ride in our scenic valley.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
- An interesting and testing range for the novice and experienced shotists.
Also note that while we have not had the Forest Cottage graded - and thus it does not fall under our 4 star grading - you can still expect the same welcoming Forest Creek atmosphere.
Note that the last 4 kms of dirt road require a high clearance vehicle, however we can collect you at the bottom of the hill and leave your vehicle in a safe place. Most vehicles come up the hill, but please don't bring a new BMW or Mercedes!
Transfer costs per trip - R75.00 per vehicle.
- Sudwala Caves
- God's Window
- Burkes luck Potholes
- Blyde River Canyon
- Echo Caves
- 1¾ Hours to the Kruger National Park
Forest Creek Lodge & Spa Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Bring your hiking boots!
Health & Climate:
This is a malaria-free zone, with lots of fresh air!
We had a lovely time in beautiful surroundings. The cottage was well appointed. The massage was terrific.
Great experience and we will definitely be back in the future. Majestic views and great food!
A big thank you to Anita and her staff. The beautiful rooms and attention to detail made my stay really special. The perfect place to relax and to get away from it all.
Wonderful two night stay at Forest Creek. Food, facilities, staff, accommodation are all excellent. Would most definitely revisit for the solitude and peace. Very good spot to 'reconnect' which my hubby and I did very well. Walk to the falls was strenuous but well worth it. Anita is a treasure - different and refreshing. Thank you Forest Creek Lodge for a wonderful break.