that is filled with the adventure of mountain biking, the Garden Route is the place to be.
Eager to discover what the region had to offer, we packed our mountain bikes onto the back of our never-say-die Ford Ranger FX4
and set out to explore the best spots on the Garden Route to play.
Tsala Treetop Lodge Nestled among the trees 10km from Plettenberg Bay and 22km from Knysna, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a magical place.
Encapsulated by an age-old indigenous forest, these treehouse hideaways are knitted together
by an extensive network of walkways which guide their way through the lush greenery and extend to views over rolling valleys and distant hills on the horizon.
Mornings had us spoilt for choice.
We would start the day off with coffee on the dining deck, as we indulged in an exquisite selection of croissants,
cheeses and fruits from the continental breakfast bar, before fuelling up for the day from the hot menu with a unique selection of gourmet egg dishes.
Tsala proved to be one of the best locations to base ourselves for the first few days of riding, with a choice of trails in almost any direction.
We were able to ride from the lodge and be on a mountain bike trail within minutes.
The Harkerville Red Route, now reopened after fi res decimated much of this coastline and trail in 2017,
is once again in splendid condition and takes riders through lush forest single-track
and along rocky paths that weave their way along coastal contours and provide spectacular views.
Those lucky enough might spot some humpback whales or even the infamous great white sharks from the safety of the high cliffs.
Not far from here is Cairnbrogie farm which boasts some wonderful coastal single-track and a great coffee stop.
It is well worth incorporating this into a longer ride or talking the family for a fun morning out.
Back at the lodge, after a long day on the saddle, we could think of nothing better
than enjoying a few cold drinks as we retired to our private pool on the deck of our treehouse.
We enjoying gazing at the winter sun, which gave way to some spectacular sunsets,
before the evening chill coaxed us back inside towards the warmth of a cosy fireplace to get ready for dinner.
The twists and turns of Tsala’s boardwalk lead you to Zinzi restaurant for dinner where you can pick
and choose what you want to refuel for the next day’s adventures.
If the architecture and internal design do not blow you away, the vibrancy of both local and international flavours certainly will.
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