Philosophers Perch was the first tree house we built.
It flows around the existing trees. In the indigenous forest,
the trees are all protected, so rather than damage them in
any way they are incorporated into the design.
The tree house has 2 separate bedrooms. Up a flight of wavy stairs onto a deck, there is a bathroom off to the right,
up a few more stairs and the second bedroom is on your left.
The tree house sleeps 4.
Then through the kitchen dining area to a large open porch behind which is the main bedroom. It is a curvaceous tree house which blends into the forest.
The kitchen curves around the side of the deck. The loo and shower open into dense forest, however the only creature likely to witness your ablutions will be a Knysna Lourie.
In addition to your own tree house, you'll find that all your basic needs are taken care. It's a real experience staying with us, one that you ought to take time to settle into, just chill out and enjoy doing very little...
To help you into the right frame of mind, each tree house has comfortable seating, indoors and out, braais on the deck and beautiful, unusual bathing or showering facilities, usually with fabulous views. The tree houses are all private and although you can see afar, no-one will disturb your privacy.
On site and close to the homestead, is a family braai area with table and seating, an indoor games room with exercise equipment, table tennis, games etc.
Outside, you'll find a big jungle gym with a swing and a sandpit for the kids. There's also a trampoline to keep them amused.
We have 2 farm dams converted to swimming pools with easy chairs and decks, a great place to sunbathe and cool off.
The smaller dam is a children's pool and it's right in sight of the main pool, so you'll have peace of mind, with kids nearby.
Then there's the river walk. It's quite strenuous as it's down into the Karatara gorge where you'll find a lovely array of rock pools, cold, cola-coloured but potable river water, beautiful foliage and plant life and of course, plenty of birds, lizards etc. Bask on the rocks for awhile and then chill out in the rock pools.
It's fun to take a picnic and spend a few hours. The walk along the river is very special and you won't meet anyone along the way...
For those foolish enough to want to do some work, we have a 16 person conference centre with 2 breakaway rooms and a wireless hotspot. This is a wonderful environment for a meeting, particularly if you want somewhere off the beaten track with ample parking for all attending.
Within the immediate vicinity, you'll find a selection of moderate walks and views difficult to surpass. Beyond the Northern boundary is a private estate, similarly to the south is another farm. Our Western boundary is the Karatara River and gorge and our Eastern boundary stretches just beyond the farm road, into cultivated pine forest, no development.
Our treehouses are situated in a Private Nature Reserve,
a protected area of outstanding natural beauty and of special scientific interest. You may see Southern Cape Bushbuck, other smaller animals and possibly, if you're really quiet and lucky, the elusive leopard.
All our guests are charmed and delighted by the birds that inhabit the forest. Butterflies, insects and lizards abound.
We have identified 128 species of birds on the property of which 23 are endemics and near endemics. Some of these are sighted almost daily, like the Knysna Touraco and the Greater Double Collared Sunbirds. Other often and the others less frequently
Frequently Seen Endemics
Greater Double Collared Sunbird
Less Frequent Endemics
Large Billed Lark
Brown Scrub Robin
Southern Double Collared Sunbird
Cape Rock Thrush
|Location||Teniqua Treetops – Karatara|
|Space offered||Tree house|
|Includes||Entire place to yourselves|
Moderate: 50% refund up until 8 days prior to check-in, except fees.
a) Cancellations made between 0 and 7 full days prior to local check-in time, or no show, guests will be charged 70% of total booking value.
b) Cancellations made between 8 and 29 full days prior to local check-in time, guests will be charged 50% of total booking value.
c) Cancellations made 30 or more full days prior to local check-in time, guests will receive a full refund of their deposit, except fees.
d) In the event of a premature departure or cancellation, the nights not spent 24 hours thereafter are 50% refunded, except fees.