The Fernery Lodge & Chalets, Tsitsikamma 

The Fernery Lodge & Chalets, Tsitsikamma

In my mind, a slide show of elephants and woodcutters, giant trees and colourful birdlife, cascading waterfalls and wild seas plays out the history and beauty of the area.  It was this special something that I was in search of when I took time out to visit The Fernery Lodge, close to the base of the awe inspiring Tsitsikamma Mountains.  

Approaching from Port Elizabeth, the Blueliliesbush turn-off shortly after the sign to Eerste Rivier, heralded my approach to the Fernery. I soon became enveloped by the refreshing scent of the pine trees lining the gravel road. Directional arrows led me easily to the impressive entrance where a successful fern export business runs side by side with the Lodge.

Reception dealt courteously and efficiently with the booking-in procedure and I soon found myself cocooned in a delightful wooden chalet, aptly named Galjoen, after the National fish of South Africa. Tucked away in my private little eerie, with a view of the ocean and the myriad birds in the surrounding vegetation I sat awhile and took in my surroundings.  Tastefully decorated and very well equipped the chalet offered comfort of a very high standard.    

As evening crept across the sky, I strolled up the walkway, across the manicured lawns and under giant sprawling trees to the Main Lodge.  Originally a private home, perched on the edge of the gorge, looking straight out to sea, I was welcomed with a roaring fire (yes it can get chilly in these parts!) and a charming hostess, Geraldine.   Dinner would be served in half an hour.   A culinary feast it certainly was with my menu selection being a duo of button & black mushroom veloute soup, followed by ginger flavoured fishcakes with coconut prawn curry sauce as a main course.  A chilled strawberry soup brought this exceptional meal to an unusual and refreshing close.  

Back in the chalet, sleep came easily and as dawn broke, the day presented plenty of new experiences.  After a hearty breakfast, I could a walk around the Fern Nursery and the export packing shed, or head out for a gentle hike along one of the many trails on the farm.  If I felt more energetic, I could go for a mountain bike ride through the forests beyond and share a picnic lunch under the shade of the spreading canopies.

If peace and tranquility is something you seek – you’d go a long way to find something as good as The Fernery – and here you have great cuisine and ample comfort thrown in too.   As an alternative to the chalets, there are 5 beautifully appointed suites in the main Lodge – so the choice of accommodation is yours. 


For those wishing a bit more adventure and enjoy hiking, The Fernery has partnered with the Tsitsikamma National Park and the Misty Mountain Reserve in the development of the luxury Dolphin Trail.  The two-day, 3-night trail starts off from the Park Camp at Storms River covering a distance of 17kms along the coastal belt. The first night is spent at the Tsitsikamma Camp, the second at Misty Mountain and the final night at The Fernery.  Hikers of all ages can experience the unrivalled beauty of the wilderness area on foot, whilst their baggage is portered to the overnight destinations.  More details of this trail will be furnished upon request.

For the period 1st August 2013 - 31 October 2014 the cost is R4990 pp sharing or R5940.00 single which includes:

  • All meals from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the day of departure
  • Attendance of trained guides
  • 4x4 drive through the old Storms River Pass
  • Transportation of luggage between overnight stops
  • This trail is closed from mid December until early January each year


01 May 2013 - 30 September 2013

The Fernery B&B Chalets (sleeps 2)

B&B Chalet p.p.sharing R770.00
B&B Chalet single R770.00
Extra mattress/cot (including breakfast) R220.00

Self-Catering Chalets (sleeps 4) 

Family Chalet - (2 bedrooms - 1 bathroom) R1760.00
Extra mattress/cot (excluding breakfast) R130.00
Twin Chalet (2 bedrooms en suite) R3170.00
Extra pull out bed/sleeper couch: 1st bed no charge

The Fernery Luxury Lodge Suites (Sleeps 2) 

Honeymoon Suite p.p.sharing R1140.00
Honeymoon Suite single R1140.00

Luxury Suite p.p.sharing R1020.00
Luxury Suite single R1020.00

Garden Suite p.p.sharing R830.00
Garden Suite single R830.00

01 October 2013 - 30 April 2014

The Fernery (sleeps 2) B & B Chalet

B & B Chalet pp sharing R900.00
B & B Chalet pp single R900.00
Extra mattress/cot (including breakfast) R240.00 

Self-Catering Chalets (sleeps 4)

Family Chalet - (2 bedrooms - 1 bathroom) R2120.00
Extra mattress/cot (excluding breakfast) R160.00
Twin Chalet - (2 bedrooms en suite) R3800.00
Extra pull out bed/sleeper couch: 1st bed no charge 

The Fernery Luxury Lodge Suites (sleeps 2)

Honeymoon Suite pp sharing R1300.00
Honeymoon Suite single R1300.00

Luxury Suite pp sharing R1200.00
Luxury Suite single R1200.00

Garden Suite pp sharing R900.00
Garden Suite single R900.00 

01 May 2014 - 30 September 2014

The Fernery B &B Chalets (sleeps 2)

B & B Chalet pp sharing R810.00
B & B Chalet pp single R810.00
Extra mattress/cot (including breakfast) R240.00

Self Catering Chalets (sleeps 4) 

Family Chalet - (2 bedrooms - 1 bathroom) R1900.00
Extra mattress/cot (excluding breakfast) R140.00
Twin Chalet -  (2 bedrooms en suite) R3420.00
Extra puyll out bed/sleeper couch: 1st bed no charge

The Fernery Luxury Lodge Suites (sleeps 2) 

Honeymoon Suite pp sharing R1170.00
Honeymoon Suite single R1170.00

Luxury Suite pp sharing R1080.00
Luxury Suite single R1080.00

Garden Suite pp sharing R810.00
Garden Suite single R810.00 

Children of all ages are welcome to stay in the chalets, but no children under the age of 12 may stay at The Lodge.

The Fernery has an awarding winning restaurant where a 4 course dinner can be booked in the evenings and a range of meals are on offer during the day.