Nature’s Haven @ Lazy Leopard

My best friend and I enjoyed a most relaxing and rejuvenating stay in Nature’s Haven @ Lazy Leopard on the Rheenendal Ramble, Knysna.

Lazy Leopard offers 3 eco-friendly Self-Catering Cottages overlooking the Knysna forest with nothing but the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop. It’s the ideal getaway if seeking solitude and peace in the heart of nature.

We arrived on a Sunday afternoon for our check-in at Starry Forest – it was love at first sight! From the designated parking bay sheltered by an ancient tree followed by a 50 meter walkway down the hill side under treetop canopies delicately decorated with fairy lights (creates the most romantic evening setting) to the cottage itself, this enchanted forest retreat is exactly what we were looking to enjoy!

Starry Forest is nestled between the trees, secluded from the other cottages, offering privacy together with magnificent forest valley & uninterrupted mountain views. It comprises of an open-plan kitchen (fully equipped for self-catering purposes), dining table seating 2, lounge with large sliding doors leading onto the undercover balcony, a bedroom with Queen size bed as well as an indoor fireplace. The en-suite bathroom was our favorite thanks to its gigantic open-air shower overlooking the same views. We also loved the authentic tree stump on which the wooden hand basin balances, extending all the way into the shower. Hand-crafted and local, just the way it should be!

The sunny deck was where we soon commenced our ‘time to laze’, with even a hammock to boast.

Before settling in for the night, we followed the private pathway leading to a communal swimming pool. With it being Winter, it was a tad too cold to take a dip. Instead, we took a moment to enjoy the scenic surrounds…

We made it back to the Cottage just in time to watch the sun set over the horizon, followed by a delicious outdoor BBQ/braai. Appropriately named, Starry Forest truly has a starry view from its vantage point. We could see the milkyway clearly with bright, beautiful stars filling the skyline. Time stood still.

Coming back to our senses, the crackling indoor fireplace lured us nearer, followed by a traditional movie-in-bed-night. Soon the coziness and comfort of the spacious bed put us to sleep. Small add-ons such as electric blankets were appreciated, given the time of year.

The morning sun glistened into our room through the trees allowing for a gentle awakening. After a leisurely cup of coffee and breakfast outside, we commenced packing up and being on our merry way. Needless to say, we didn’t want to leave, however, a new day had dawned and a new adventure awaited!

We’ll always remember our stay in this beautiful treetop cottage and at the special sanctuary known as Lazy Leopard.

Lazy Leopard is a value-for-money Knysna Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation ideal for couples/honeymooners, group of friends travelling together as well as families with children.

If you’re looking to experience as a wonderful stay as we did, enquire with us now: info@hellogardenroute.co.za

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