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About Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

Forest Creek nestles in a gorge of the Steenkampsburg Mountains, set in a private nature reserve of the Mpumalanga escarpment. The gorge is softened only by a blanket of shrubs and trees which have grown in this malaria-free zone over millennia. 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? Our reply is, if one was in Dullstroom and "jumped off the mountain", you would land in our gorge.) Dullstroom surrounds. For the international traveller, 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 tranquillity of the bush. At Forest Creek, guests will dine on a four-course d'hôte dinner served in our candle-lit dining room, as well as a choice of seven breakfast menus. We also have a small menu for lunch and weather permitting, we will cook on the braai. For those who wish to hike, lunch packs are available, and for those who have special diets, we request that you inform us prior to your arrival. The water at Forest Creek comes from a spring, and we bottle our own Forest Creek spring water. Forest Creek boasts a huge fireplace and weather permitting, guests can enjoy meals and drinks outside on the veranda overlooking the valley. One of our unique activities at Forest Creek is 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 km, winding through the forest and criss-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 Cinnamon doves, Narina Trogon's and Loeries 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 simply 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. On this magnificent piece of land we hope we have catered for everyone, from luxury guest suites at the Main Lodge (The suites are not attached to the lodge they are free standing units) to the Forest Cottage, Beach cottage, Sunbird and Bee Eater self-catering options. Forest Creek Lodge is also a haven for honeymooners, celebrating your first, fifth or fiftieth, you will be inspired by the romance of this incredibly exclusive, private place. If you take the self-catering option you are welcome to book meals and activities at the lodge, we supply firewood. For Self- catering guest’s meals can be booked at the lodge, Dinner is a 4 course meal and seven breakfast menu's to choose from. Dinner and Breakfast is included if you are staying in one of the lodge suites. All the units and suites are serviced daily, and Turn down service is done at night in the lodge suites.Activities include; Bush bath - set in a secluded spot, enjoy a 'bath' in the bush, with lots of bubbles. 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 for a totally private candle lit dinner under the gazebo. Many a proposal of marriage has been accepted in this lovely setting! Hiker’s 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 on the way to the waterfall. Bird watching; we have a prolific variety of uncommon species of birds that can be seen, including a resident pair of black eagles. Horse riding, 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 shooters.

Spa: The Forest Spa is a little stone-built spa overlooking the mountains and valley, where guests can enjoy being pampered by our two trained therapists.

  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 2:01 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 58 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
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Important Information

Note that any one-night stay is subject to a 20% levy. Please note that the last 4km of dirt road require a high clearance vehicle, should you wish we can collect you and leave your vehicle in a safe place. Transfer charges are R75.00 per trip.

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  • King sized bed double room Carmine suite King sized bed double room Carmine suite Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Named after the Carmine Bee Eater.This spacious suite supports a fireplace, DSTV, his and her outdoor stone shower, vera... see more
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      • Queen bed double room Narina suite Queen bed double room Narina suite Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Named after the Narina Trogon.Set in a secluded spot in the bush away from the main lodge and is totally private. This... see more
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          • Queen sized bed double room Cinnamon Queen sized bed double room Cinnamon Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Named after the Cinnamon Dove.Set in a secluded spot in the bush away from the main lodge and is totally private. This... see more
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              • Queen sized double room Swainson suite Queen sized double room Swainson suite Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Named after the Swainson Francolin (Spur fowl).This suite has a big corner bath with shower, and full DSTV, can be a... see more
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                  • Queen sized double room Tambourine Queen sized double room Tambourine Sleeps 2 Includes: D B & B Named after the Tambourine dove -1 Queen bedroom with ensuite bathroom with shower, outdoor stone shower with views of... see more
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                      • Sunbird Self Catering unit Sunbird Self Catering unit Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering This self catering unit has two bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms, and out door stone shower, 1 queen bed and the... see more
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                          • Bee Eater Self-catering unit Bee Eater Self-catering unit Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering This spacouis Self-catering unit supports a Braai, Fridge, Microwave oven, gas 2 plate stove, and is fully equipped,... see more
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                              • The Beach cottage The Beach cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering This self-catering cottage has stunning views of the Mountains. We decided to do something different, and bring the Beac... see more
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                                  Reviews for Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

                                  58 guest reviews Reviews of

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                                  Jean Roux
                                  12 January 2020

                                  Very clean. Enjoyed the stay. Beautiful scenery.

                                  Shirley Mills
                                  04 October 2019

                                  There is nothing more you could ask for. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed at. Thank you Anita.

                                  Paula Velosa
                                  27 August 2018

                                  What a memorable weekend we had.A little piece of heaven.The Bee Eater cottage so exceeded our expectations.So tastefully furnished and clean.The staff were so friendly and helpful.The bush bath overlooking the mountain and the outside showers really made one feel so close to nature.Thank you for a most memorable and romantic weekend.

                                  Kotie Neethling
                                  22 April 2018

                                  We loved our cottage and the whole setup .We love the outdoor shower .The food was delicious.I am a coffee lover please try improve your coffee.The hiking was lovely but the path to the waterfall very slippery.

                                  Richard Ramsden
                                  03 April 2018

                                  Service was great, beautiful hike, very good food and of course a stunning location. Only thing missing was fishing, otherwise a lovely long weekend.

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                                  Forest Creek Lodge & Spa is 24.4km from the centre of Dullstroom , the nearest airport 89.1km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
                                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling