For my first trip to Knysna – a small town on the West Coast of South Africa, I chose the absolute best accommodation in the area… Cliffhanger Cottages! For my international readers, Knysna is located within the beautiful Garden Route, just one of the many astonishing landscapes you will find in South Africa. Although this amazing place is just outside of Knysna, the setting could not be more perfect. Surrounded by the lush greenery of the Tsitsikamma forest, these cottages are literally perched on the edge of a cliff, with views over the tree tops and surrounding hills. The views are stunning and the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable, especially when the mist rolls in over the tree tops…
I am an Earth sign and completely in my element when surrounded by lush forests, wilderness and the relaxing sounds of nature. This is exactly what you will find at Cliffhanger Cottages, two days of this and my sense of balance and peace was restored. You will find this awesome self-catering accommodation on a quiet country road leading towards the forests. We decide to take the scenic route from Knysna by turning up onto Phantom Pass – a haunted gravel road that winds up the mountain. All of this adds to the enticing atmosphere of the area and gave us the urge to explore more!
You will find three cottages on this property, one, Hedge Cottage has a garden view and the other two, Cliffhanger and Cliffedge are placed on the edge of a cliff that overlooks the forest and the view goes on for miles. We were lucky enough to have booked the titular Cliffhanger Cottage and just loved it. Each room had large windows on the cliff edge side allowing for spectacular views regardless of where you were – living room, bedroom and even the bathroom shower. We visited in autumn and truly appreciated the large indoor fireplace as it can get quite cold after dark – it added to the cozy effect of the surroundings. The cottages had everything that we needed to make our own meals or braai. My favorite part of the cottage was the balcony that had a giant couch with comfortable pillows and a beautiful view and we breakfasted on this couch each morning, savoring the peace and quiet. However, it was hard to choose what part I enjoyed most as each room had its own specific attraction, I could have stayed there much longer than two days.
Although we stayed here quite a while ago, it made such a positive impact that I just had to share… We will be returning to Cliffhanger Cottages very soon!
May 19, 2017 at 8:24 pm
What a beautiful looking place! That last photo of the view from the balcony is gorgeous…
May 20, 2017 at 11:43 am
It really is amazing, I hope you plan to visit South Africa someday…
May 20, 2017 at 3:38 am
Wow! Sounds breathtaking! Thank you for sharing.
May 20, 2017 at 11:44 am
My pleasure! I’m glad you enjoyed!
May 23, 2017 at 8:48 am
Wow awesome…Wish to b there…
May 24, 2017 at 8:29 am
Thanks Nidhi! I suggest a trip to South Africa! 🙂
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May 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm
that place looks amazing though I may lose my mind in all that quiet. So I would have to use that as a base. I think I find my balance definitely being out in that environment but not just sitting around. I need to be interactive. This is perhaps because I am a sensory learner and to be able to touch, see, smell, and just experience all that beauty would elate me to no end!
May 27, 2017 at 10:18 am
Thanks Eric! It works wonderfully well as a comfortable base to explore the area! I completely understand the need to be interactive and truly immerse yourself in your surroundings! We spent most of each day exploring the forests – there is so much to do in this area. I hope you are adding South Africa to your bucket list? 🙂
May 26, 2017 at 4:45 pm
Wow this looks fantastic. I would love to go to South Africa so making a note of this. How many nights did you stay there?
May 27, 2017 at 10:23 am
We stayed there for 2 nights, but it was definitely not long enough to explore the entire area. There is quite a lot to do! I hope you get to visit South Africa soon!!
May 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm
Beautiful views! Seems very peaceful:)
May 27, 2017 at 10:24 am
Thanks Katie, it was definitely one of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have stayed at… very good for the soul! 🙂
May 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm
Such a serene place. I would love to go there and relax. Great pictures!
May 27, 2017 at 10:24 am
Thank you Stacey! It is a perfect spot to relax and recharge…
May 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm
What a beautiful and amazing place. Is surely does seem an area where your nature spirit would soar. I sure did enjoy your write-up.
May 27, 2017 at 10:26 am
Thank you for your kind words Regina! It is a wonderful experience for the nature lover.
May 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm
How beautiful! My sister has been to south africa 3 times! I am like you and most myself when surrounded by calm nature…. love it
May 27, 2017 at 10:28 am
Thank you Shannon! I’m glad to hear you feel at home in nature, it’s what I love the most about South Africa! Did your sister enjoy it here? Do you plan to visit too?
May 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm
That view looks absolutely beautiful! I stayed at a cabin in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee; the cabin life is so calm and pretty, though we weren’t quite on a cliff lol!
May 27, 2017 at 10:29 am
I know, it is very soothing to the soul! That must have been a wonderful experience, I would love to see the Smokey Mountains someday!
May 26, 2017 at 9:21 pm
“I am an Earth sign and completely in my element when surrounded by lush forests, wilderness and the relaxing sounds of nature” I loved this 🙂 Would love to visit sooon. Seems amazing.
May 27, 2017 at 10:30 am
🙂 Thank you for your kind words Ashmeeta! I hope you visit soon!
May 27, 2017 at 8:58 pm
Looks like a great place to stay when in Knysna! Those views and all the green around – amazing!
May 28, 2017 at 10:29 am
It was really wonderful! Have you been to South Africa?
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Jun 13, 2017 at 9:44 am
Thank you! 🙂
Jun 8, 2018 at 2:16 pm
I spent a great deal of time to find something such as this
Jun 18, 2018 at 9:03 am
Glad I could help!
Jun 15, 2018 at 9:01 am
It works quite well for me
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