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Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Privately owned, within 137 hectares of nature reserve on the Knysna River the Phantom Forest offers a unique bio-diversity of Afromontane forest, Cape coastal fynbos and estuarine wetland.

There are over 150 bird species, bush pig, bushbuck, grysbok, the rare blue duiker (one of Africa’s smallest antelope), and a variety of smaller game.


 Phantom Forest Eco Reserve Lodge is discretely tucked into the forest canopy, and has stunning views over Knysna’s liquid landscape. This 137ha private nature reserve uniquely offers three biospheres, namely, Afromontane Forest, Cape Coastal Fynbos and Estuarine Wetland. 


Phantom Forest Eco Reserve offers 14 elevated tree suites constructed according to green building principles and adapted to the ‘design’ of the forest. Not a single mature tree was removed to make way for these suites. The luxuriously appointed interiors are decorated with African inspired flair, with some suites representing a twist on Xhosa culture, while others depict North African chic.


  1. The Body Boma wellness centre provides a range of Nature treatments:
  2. The Forest Boma serves cuisine for the most discerning palate
  3. The Chutzpah is a Moroccan-styled fantasy with the ambiance of an of exotic North African baroque
  4. The Business Boma has seating for 14 and offers the latest technology
  5. Outdoor activities include canoeing up the river (with perhaps a delicious picnic) or exploring the forest and fynbos trails spotting some of the 160 bird species, flora and fauna
  6. Golf, sailing, and whale watching are all within easy reach


Click here to view rates for Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Why we LOVE it

  1. Winner  of Africa’s Leading Green Hotel 2010, 2011 and 2012
  2. Phantom Forest has a soul stirring walking trail that winds fluidly through a verdant tract of indigenous forest. The united vertical ascent of stately tree specimens makes a commanding statement on the landscape and this forest kingdom will without doubt leave an indelible mark on the spirit
  3. Phantom Forest places emphasis on the use of sustainable methods of construction


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In the heart of the forest, experience a timeless place of peace and tranquility. The Body Boma wellness centre provides a range of Nature treatments.

Become lost to the world as therapists work hand in hand with Mother Nature to bring you treasures from the ancient still waters of the Dead Sea to the wild coast of the African Atlantic, from the bounty of the Fynbos Kingdom to the primordial Basalt Stones of the Namib.

Click here for a list of treatments available.

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