This was the perfect location for a few nights to discover the nearby towns of Sedgefield, Wilderness and right opposite Buffels bay. Considering it is just off the N2 you don’t even hear any car sounds, it is that peaceful! Blackwaters River Lodge is a 4 Star Bed and Breakfast in Knysna, on the Garden Route.
It is such an amazing place and totally hidden from the outside world, surrounded by indigenous forests and along the Goukamma River. The river water is black in colour from the tannins hence the name Blackwaters River Lodge! I could’ve stayed at the Lodge without venturing out, as it had everything I needed to just relax, read, rejuvenate and unwind. And so many photographic opportunities to enjoy from birds to nature to landscapes, one click away, tick!
On arrival you are offered a choice of infused water or sherry to welcome you, a fruit kebab with tasty chocolate sauce drizzled over plus a warm face cloth to freshen your face. This immediately speaks “we care about you!” Tick.
My room was upstairs with a beautiful river view, peaceful with nothing to disturb my amazing tranquil views. The balcony of each room is separated by a wall making it completely private to sit outside and enjoy the views in your pj’s enjoying the Sherry which is in your room, complimentary, tick! There are 4 upstairs and 4 downstairs rooms with a river view. They have garden units for small families and pool facing rooms, a total of 20 rooms at this hidden gem from Luxury to Classic Rooms. All rooms have their own uniqueness and special touch of décor.
My humble abode had all the fine warm touches that represent comfort. Little inscriptions of the black water river with little notes to welcome you, plus colour therapy provided with bright pencil crayons and colouring paper to add to your relaxation. Homemade biscuits, mineral water, tea, sachets of coffee, coffee granules with a percolator in each room added to the warmth and luxury, all complimentary, tick tick! Fresh milk sachets, double tick!!Peaceful sleep and insect sprays are provided in your wardrobe making your stay comfortable, another double tick! And if it should rain there is an umbrella in your unit to use as you explore the nearby towns, tick. And a generous carafe of Old Brown Sherry to enjoy, should I say more? 🙂
Every afternoon they offer tea/coffee and a sweet treat of the day on the deck area.
I enjoyed my afternoon tea and red velvet cake with cream on our first day of arrival which they delivered to my room to enjoy after our long drive, tick.
Sun loungers laced with swimming towels and cushions at the pool area where I enjoyed a brisk swim in the pool. Nothing is forgotten, another tick to the box. And it has beautiful views of the Goukamma River, surrounded by plenty of trees creating a peaceful environment.
No other guests were expected on my first night, so I made use of a night swim as well. Welcoming me was a black toad which I thought was appropriate to go with the name of Blackwaters Lodge; he was polite and left me alone, triple tick!
As the sun went down so the birds started preparing their sleeping nests and monkeys which do not steal your food start getting ready to sleep. I was fortunate to witness the Knysna Turaco with its bright red chest fluttering in the tree by the pool. The night birds awakened and an owl flew past. Frogs starting to croak and crickets communicated with each other. Reflections were cast in the river as the hills and forest darkened.
Chocolate and a Jeripico shot were delivered as a night cap to my room at turndown, huge tick. I enjoyed the fragrant bath salts in my luxurious bath and large fluffy bath sheet, another tick, and then I finally put my head on the pillow as I allowed the sandman in.
As the sun rose the next morning and shone on the forests and hills to warm the night dew so I sat on my balcony enjoying my coffee and Traditional Ouma rusks. I was excited that I had 2 nights at this heavenly place and did not want to leave!
Breakfast was hearty with a menu choice for the hot breakfast plus a continental buffet with juice, tea or coffee in their Earth and Fire Restaurant. They are part of the https://www.streetsmartsa.org.za/ project. They offer lunch and dinner for in-house guests.
The restaurant is not open to the public which makes the venue even more private and intimate allowing the guests to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Blackwaters Lodge.
That afternoon on arrival from exploring Knysna I enjoyed fresh scones with thick cream and tea served to me at the swimming pool which was pure bliss with my swim, tick. River views while you have a dip.
Some other guests had arrived to play at the 9 hole/18 Tees par 3 Mashie golf Course on the property. Equipment hire is available to guests. Also for in-house guests there are canoes that you can use to do some bird watching on the river or just a leisurely paddle. 30% of Garden Route birds have been identified already on this welcoming property, more ticks here for the twitters!
The lounge is a communal area with Television, board games, reading books, Sherries and a fireplace for winter. More ticks to add to this beautiful place! And as Arnold Schwarzenegger says “I will be back!” A pre warning though, 2 nights is not enough!! Do book and enjoy this hidden gem that ticks all the boxes! You also receive a thank you/goodbye gift on departure.
To book this peaceful gem that has been re-opened after the devastating Knysna fires that took place on the 7th June 2017, contact Elmay at httsp://www.blackwaters.co.za