With autumn bringing us cold mornings and evenings, the idea of a crackling fireplace, hot chocolate, and spending some extra time in bed is definitely starting to become appealing. So why not take inspiration from the German Waldeinsamkeit (a feeling of longing, peace, and happiness at being lost in the woods) and book a romantic forest stay somewhere in South Africa?

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  1. Thulamela Bed and Breakfast, Mpumalanga

Couples seeking a cosy sanctuary will love Thumlamela Bed and Breakfast. It offers two-sleeper cabins complete with outdoor Jacuzzi’s, braai areas and wooden decks, along with plenty of pampering packages, and basic self-catering facilities. Find out more.

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  1. Forest Edge Nature Lovers Retreat, Knysna

Forest Edge is highly recommended for seclusion and romance, and there are several self-guided walks available on-site. Enjoy the hammock on the porch that can hold two, cook in the self-catering kitchenette, or settle into the cosy bed complete with electric blankets. All units have a Victorian bath, as well as a fireplace in the lounge. Find out more.

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  1. Houtkapperspoort, Western Cape

Set along Constantia Nek, Cape Town, with birch trees rising up around the curves and bends of the mountain, is where you will find Houtkapperspoort. This miniature village on the way to Hout Bay offers well-spaced out cottages with gorgeous blends of Victorian and modern influences nestled within the trees. The rooms are luxurious with cosy beds and soft linens. Find out more.

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  1. Lodge Afrique, KwaZulu-Natal

Lodge Afrique is tucked away within the secluded St Lucia village, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The rooms offer twin or queen-sized beds, unique Afro-Victorian décor , an indoor bath and separate shower, as well as an outdoor shower . Here, you’ll not only get to enjoy the view of indigenous trees, but you could also spot some of the bird species who call this area home. Find out more.

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  1. Silvermist Mountain Lodge, Western Cape

The private Silvermist Mountain Lodge is set on a 50-hectare property on the slopes of Table Mountain National Park, in Cape Town. Serenity and tranquillity are the order of the day, with the option to laze in the sunroom, splash in the sheltered swimming pool, cook up a storm in the unit’s self-catering kitchen, or hike around the property. Find out more.

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  1. Forest Bird Lodge, Limpopo

If a secluded log cabin in the woods is what you’re looking for, then Forest Bird Lodge is a great option. Choose between the log cabin and lodge, both of which will supply towels, kitchen facilities, cosy bedrooms, and gorgeous forest views. Find out more.

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  1. Tsitsikamma Lodge, Tsitsikamma

Those who enjoy socializing will love Tsitsikamma Lodge just as much as those who love seclusion.  With 34 cabins, an on-site spa, fantastic restaurant, and numerous recommended areas for picnics and hikes, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied either alone, or with others. Find out more.

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  1. Ndiza Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal

With gnarled branches and tropical trees surrounding Ndiza Lodge, your self-catering stay will be filled with memories of relaxation, rustic beauty, and romance. All units are air-conditioned, and have kitchens, lounges, and televisions. Find out more.

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  1. Waterbessiebos Cottage, Limpopo

If down-to-earth romance is what you’re after, then the cosy Waterbessiebos Cottage, situated 7km from Tzaneen, will be right up your alley. Set 2 metres above ground, and surrounded by Matumi trees, you’ll have a cosy, private stay. Find out more.

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  1. Forest Valley Cottages, Knysna

Forest Valley Cottages are perfect for those seeking some TLC, with extras available like candles, bubble bath, and champagne, to be enjoyed from the tub with a view of the forest. Curl up in front of a crackling fireplace, slip under the covers of your comfortable bed, or relax on the deck and drink in the view of the surrounding woods. Find out more.

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  1. Magoebaskloof Birders Cottage, Limpopo

Magoebaskloof birders cottage offers a lush, tranquil, self-catering stay with cottages set on a farm specialising in avocado, kiwi, and indigenous plants. Watch the mountain mist descending as you sip your coffee, visit the nearby Woodbush forests and birdwatch, or spend time exploring the various forest walks. Find out more.

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  1. Wildebees Ecolodge, KwaZulu-Natal

Ideal for the budget-conscious, with a lagoon styled swimming pool, lapa, and garden lounge, you can fully enjoy the outdoors at Wildebeest Ecolodge during the temperate autumn weather in KwaZulu-Natal. Eat at the on-site restaurant ,that has nightly bonfires, or relax in your basic thatched accommodation and make use of the self-catering kitchen for a cost-effective stay. Find out more.

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  1. Trogon House & Forest Spa, Western Cape

At Trogon House & Forest Spa you will get the closest in-nature experience possible, as all their rooms are elevated within the trees, and have  glass walls and sky-lit roofs.  Walkways line the lush indigenous forest, and link the two villas available. Pamper yourself at the on-site spa, star gaze at night, or do a lap or two in the swimming pool. Find out more.

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  1. Southview Lodge, Gauteng

When tiring of the hustle and bustle in Johannesburg, SouthView Lodge is just the break you need! Situated on a Koppie surrounded by trees, with gorgeous views of the city, this 4-star lodge provides both luxury catered, and rustic self-catering stays. Find out more.

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  1. Innibos, North West

Set on a working citrus farm, not far from the Magaliesberg lies Innibos, a charming self-catering Guest House in Mooinooi. The house is decorated with wooden frames, wicker chairs, and all guests share the communal kitchen and large braai area. Find out more.

What forest stays have you enjoyed in South Africa?

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