About Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, on the southern Cape coast of South Africa, in the heart of the magnificent Garden Route whispers a very special magic. Privately owned within 137 hectares of nature reserve on the Knysna River, The Phantom Forest offers a unique bio-diversity of Afromontane forest, Cape coastal fynbos and estuarine wetland.

There are over 150 bird species, bush pig, bushbuck, grysbok, the rare blue duiker (one of Africa’s smallest antelope), and a variety of smaller game. Emphasis is placed on the use of sustainable methods of construction. Alien vegetation, gleaned directly from our eco-restoration programme, has been utilised in floors, furniture, roofs and boardwalks.

Drawing inspiration directly from nature, a harmonious balance has been created, from ragged thatch rising into the forest canopy, to wood shingle and a ‘freshwater’ nature pool. In true eco-terms, man’s intrusion in our wonderful natural environment has been graciously accepted by both flora and fauna.


The tree suites are a magical celebration of African textures, from silky Swazi cotton sheets, to hand-woven coir carpets, from stunning end-glass gables to the sensuous forest bathroom. Bathe in luxury to the symphony of birdsong or the quiet contemplation of the African sky.


We have now opened our new ‘Body Boma’, an exciting stress release centre in perfect synergy with our Phantom Forest Nature Concept, nestling in the forest edge with evocative views over the lagoon and river estuary. Our fully qualified therapist will pamper guests with various relaxing treatments - by appointment.Wander to the “Boma” where dining is no rushed affair. Cuisine is Pan-African with local colour, served in the classic style. End a memorable evening with tales around the fire, sipping delectable African blend coffee and liqueurs.