Africa Wild Magazine

01-Nov-2008

The Fernery at Forest Ferns is a unique tourist attraction that has developed around the fascinating industry of fern exports to the European flower markets. Revel in the magnificent display of indigenous ferns and running water, and enjoy a delicious lunch in this beautifully tranquil setting, before choosing some plants for your garden from the fern and restio nursery.

The magnificent estate offers a number of luxurious 4-star accommodation options, the first of which is the Fernery Lodge. Imagine sitting above a 30 metre waterfall, with breathtaking views of a river gorge and the wild Indian Ocean. It is so magnificent and unique that it is difficult to decide whether to admire the incredible surroundings from the deck area with the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym, or to enjoy it from the comfort of any one of the six deluxe suites. An excellent four course menu d'hote dinner is served in the Lodge Restaurant with choices such as ostrich steak, springbok carpaccio and traditional melktert. 

Alternatively, stay at the Fernery Chalets and experience the Tsitsikamma as if you were the first to discover it. Secluded and nestled in fynbos along the river bank these 4-star chalets ensure a private paradise experience, with views of river pools, plantation, mountains and ocean. The new twin self-catering chalets sleep two couples in spacious en-suite luxury, and have a fully equipped kitchen and a plunge pool on the deck. The cozy B&B chalets sleep two in king-size luxury, and the self-catering chalets can sleep four, making them ideal for families.

For nature lovers there are walks both on and around  the farm that take you through plantations, wetlands  and fynbos to beautiful viewpoints, with many birding opportunities en route. Four gazebos overlook the river gorge and sea; the perfect spot to have sundowners or a gourmet picnic. The more active can take to the forest roads either on foot or mountain bikes and there is a dam with bass for those that enjoy throwing a line in the water.

Forest Ferns is within easy driving distance of the magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River Village, and the Bloukrans bungee, all of which are well worth a visit. The Fernery is the perfect spot to reacquaint yourself with nature and renew the harmony of your soul.


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