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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.)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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 2:01 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 37 Reviews


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

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

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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Reviews for Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

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Hlamalani Mapholi
04 December 2017

The hospitality, the unspoiled forest, the food, massages and most importantly the infectious friendliness of Badge. Improvement can be made on the hiking trail markings, more especially after the big rocks.

Jessica Mnisi
23 September 2017

The cottage was private and right in the bush it was very peaceful I wish I could have stayed longer The staff was friendly and helpful. Anita the owner is a very lovely ladyNot forgetting Mash she was pleasant I loved her cute dogsI would definitely go againImprovement to get wifi signal in our rooms

Rui Martins
13 September 2017

We absolutely loved the food and how the staff handled every one of our needs with a smile, it was by far the best experience we've ever had while on a holiday. Can't wait to return someday. The ultimate destination to go to if one wants to relax and unwind.

Adele Nadauld
10 September 2017

Everything is excellent!! Wonderful venue and amazing staff!! Distance reminders on the trails towards the waterfall would have been nice.

Jarmal van Heyde
13 August 2017

Pet Friendly,Fantastic passionate and sincere Hospitality,Secure and comfortable accmodation, Private, Excellent food, Awesome views,breath taking forest and surrounds steeped in History as well as wildlife and birds.Appreciatered the effort to accommodate my pescetarian meals.

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Forest Creek Lodge & Spa Map

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

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