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The magical Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma, Protea Hotels' eighth property on the Garden Route, is a family-owned and managed hotel, originally established in 1946. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, the hotel consists of 49 free-standing rooms, village-style, where each cottage is individually decorated and has its own garden matching the specific colonial building style found in the Garden Route.

 The magical Tsitsikamma Village Inn, Protea Hotels' eighth property on the Garden Route, is a family-owned and managed hotel, originally established in 1946. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, the hotel consists of 49 free-standing rooms, village-style, where each cottage is individually decorated and has its own garden matching the specific colonial building style found in the Garden Route.

The main building, which traces its roots back to 1845, has a spacious dining room, incorporating the De Oude Martha Restaurant, the Hunters Inn Pub and GUEST Lounge. Situated just 5kms from Storms River Bridge, Protea Hotels Tsitsikamma Village offers a fun-filled adventure option for the more active GUEST and is popular both with the incentive and conference groups.

Accommodation at Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma

Rooms 

Accommodation at the Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma Village comprises 49 rooms, situated in the garden area, comprising

  1. 17 Double-bedded rooms
  2. 30 Rooms with 2 twin beds

Rustic log homes
Rustic log homes on the other side of the main building provide a different experience with the emphasis on the wood-cutting legacy of the Tsitsikamma. Four of these rooms have self-catering facilities.

Honeymoon Room
A honeymoon hideaway for newly-weds or couples wanting a romantic getaway in a magical forest.

Arniston
Charming Victorian fishermens' cottages.

De Oude Pastorie
A simple Karoo Pastorie (pastor's home), with its deep stoep and sash windows.

The Four Forester's Cottages
Four typical mid-Victorian cottages - Rose, Cherry, Fern and Forget-Me-Not.

The Barn
The Barn situated just off the Village square offers rooms with showers.

iKaya suite
The African experience is captured in the Ikaya suite, decorated in the earthy colours that make the continent so special. Traditional masks complete the picture.

The Drostdy
You can opt for a sojourn in the imposing Cape Dutch style, the Drosdy or the Landdrost's (magistrate's) house.

Hanover
Typical Karoo Georgian-style cottages.

Rooms have an en-suite bathroom, with either a shower or bath, or both. Most rooms have under-floor heating, electric blankets, fans, television, telephone and tea/coffee-making facilities.

More magic has been added to the Garden Route where we have re-constructed a typical Cape Village of the past, and where old traditions of warmth and hospitality thrive side-by-side with all the comforts of the modern day. This major revamp enticed us to re-name the “old” Tsitsikamma Forest Inn, the Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma . This historic South African hotel has served as a stop-over for travellers for more than a century. Visitors can delve into the past and select their home in a typical Cape Village.

This unique village reflects all colonial building styles that can be found in South Africa’s famous garden route. You can opt for a sojourn in the imposing Cape Dutch style, the Drostdy or the Landdrost’s (magistrate’s) house, or you can choose to stay in one of the charming Victorian forester’s cottages, in a quaint fisherman’s cottage or a simple Karoo Pastorie (pastor’s home) with its deep stoep and sash windows, a humble barn, a honeymoon room, or rustic log homes for the more adventurous. Each cottage has its own individual garden that matches the specific style of gardening reminiscent to each individual colonial building style. Each room is tastefully decorated in the appropriate style for the period.

The magical Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma, Protea Hotels' eighth property on the Garden Route, is a family-owned and managed hotel, originally established in 1946. Close to the Tsitsikamma National Park at Storms River Mouth, the hotel consists of 49 free-standing rooms, village-style, where each cottage is individually decorated and has its own garden matching the specific colonial building style found in the Garden Route.

The main building, which traces its roots back to 1845, has a spacious dining room, incorporating the De Oude Martha Restaurant, the Hunters Pub, Cafe Bacchus and Guest Lounge. Situated just 5kms from Storms River Bridge, Protea Hotels Tsitsikamma Village offers a fun-filled adventure option for the more active guest and is popular both with the incentive and conference groups.

The Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma is famous for its good food and old world charm that is complemented by modern technology. It has been a favourite for many a year with tour operators, foreign individual tourists, weekenders, conferences and corporate travelers.

 Whether Knysna's famous George Rex really was the illegitimate son of the abducted Quaker girl Hannah Lightfoot and George III, King of England, will always be a controversial topic. That George Rex was appointed Marshall of the Admiralty Court of the Cape of Good Hope about 1800AD is on record and indisputable. The ceremonial mace he used still exists. History records show that he took residence at Melkhout Kraal with Johanna Rosina , who bore him four children in eight years. George Rex took on a second consort, who was in fact his first wife's daughter from another association. This second woman Carolina Margaretha Ungerer, bore him his fifth and her first child in 1809 when she was only fifteen years old. Between 1809 and 1835 she bore him nine children including Caroline Rex who was born on the 7th August 1813. She met Lt TH Duthie of the highlanders during a shooting trip and they were married on 12th December 1833 in the Barracks military chapel in Cape Town.

Duthie, later of Belvidere, boasted a military bearing and background and loved his sport of shooting. Legend has it that in 1841 he established a shooting box in the Tsitsikamma, the location was specifically chosen because of the prolific wild pig population. The spoils of the hunt were wagoned back to Knysna, where they were pickled in the icy briny waters between Melkhout Kraal and Belvidere. That any present day nocturnal journey in the Tsitsikamma invariably results in a confrontation with an enormous wild pig is proof that Duthie missed a few sows! Testimony to the success of the hunting is the apt name of the principle tributary of the Blouwkrantz River - Varkrivier.

By 1850 the English Settlers on the Grahamstown Frontier were involved in a series of wars with the tribes and the only communication with Cape Town was by sea. A simple tally revealed that the sea journey to and from the Cape was mere dangerous and claimed more lives than the wars themselves. Thus an overland route became essential. The biggest barrier along this route was the deep Storms River Gorge, which started well in the mountains and continued down to the river mouth. The precipitous nature of the cliffs created a virtual toboggan slide, which meant that when the gorge was, negotiated both back wheels of the coach and the wagon had to avoid the draught beasts from being overrun. Negotiating this pass and drift took a full day and as travellers emerged from the valley, they inevitably set up camp on the ground surrounding Duthie's shooting box, the then site of Tzitzikama Forest Inn, presently the Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma Village.

The camping area became known as Storms River and at the end of the 1800's when title to land became more formal, the first title for the site was registered in the name of the Mangold family - the family which later established the Port Elizabeth engineering fame. The family took to task of cutting down indigenous hardwoods. These were transported to the bluff overlooking the Storms River mouth, lowered to river level by means of an aerial cableway, and loaded on the coaster ship Clara, which anchored in the river mouth.

Henry Read was appointed manager of the Mangolds' milling operations in the Tsitsikamma. He moved the mill from its original site, at present known as the Picnic Spot to the bluff and took up residence in Duthie's Shooting Box, which he altered to a residential house. The yellowwood ceilings in the hotel and bar date back to this era. Other changes by Henry Read include the establishing of a trading post, comprising a shop and butcher, which saw the beginning of the Storms River Village, and established him as the towns first entrepreneur.

In 1946 Mangold's township interests were sold to a Mr Herring. The new owner entered into a partnership with one Forster a building contractor from Cape Town, to build a hotel on the site of the sawmill's house previously occupied by Mr Read. The trading post was sold to Baron Behr, who later sold it to FAS Gerber in 1948. Conceived, constructed and operated by Herring and Forster, the Tzitzikama Forest Inn lay immediately alongside the dusty main road, the artery between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, at the entrance to the Storms River. Whether it was nerves, dust or common fatigue has never quite been established, but travellers made the Tzitzikama Forest Inn, one of their main havens along the Garden Route.

Herring later sold his share to his partner Forster who kept the hotel for about 27 years up to 1972. His auditors Green and Seales bought it from him that run the Inn with a series of managers. The last manager a Mr Ron Wilson bought it in 1974, which at his turn sold it to Jan du Rand on the 1st January 1981 who still owns it up to this day and date.

The du Rand family upgraded it first from an eighteen bedroom one star hotel to two stars. During the mid eighties a dormitory called the Barn was changed to seven en suite rooms. In 1988 du Rands sold their liquor store interest and built on 16 Swiss style wooden Chalets. By 1994 when tried to upgrade the first ten old wooden rooms it was discovered that they were rotten. A well-known architect Martin Rattray was called in to help solve the problem. He suggested designing the rooms as period colonial houses around a Village Square. His proposal was accepted and all the old rooms were replaced and new ones added incorporating the Barn. 33 Bedrooms were built around the Village Square and the hotel was renamed as The Old Village Inn. The name was later changed to Tsitsikamma Village Inn. Now it settled at Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma. We are now the proud owners of a 49-bedroomed upmarket three star hotel..

ATTRACTIONS - THINGS TO DO

Nearby facilities...

  • Distance (minutes) to airport: 90
  • Golf: 35
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Liquor Store
  • Nature Reserve: 15

Attractions 

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Garden Route, with the following activities in the area

  1. Adventure company (blackwater tubing, tree top canopy tours, hiking, boat cruises, etc).
  2. Fernery
  3. Tsitsikamma National Park
  4. The Big Tree
  5. Monkeyland - Rehabilitating traumatised Primates
  6. Wolf Sanctuary - Rehabilitation of traumatised wolves
  7. Bloukrans - Officially the world's highest bungy jump at 216 metres

Places of interest include

  1. Cadillac Shack - Collectors call the '58, '59 and '60 the "Big Three" - with the biggest fins of all the Cadillacs ever built. This private museum is possibly the only place in the world where you are likely to see all three of them in one collection.
  2. Village Trading Post - curios, antiques, bric-a-brac, arts and crafts, preserves and more for sale
SERVICES & FACILITIES

More magic has been added to the Garden Route where we have re-constructed a typical Cape Village of the past, and where old traditions of warmth and hospitality thrive side-by-side with all the comforts of the modern day. This major revamp enticed us to re-name the “old” Tsitsikamma Forest Inn, the Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma . This historic South African hotel has served as a stop-over for travellers for more than a century. Visitors can delve into the past and select their home in a typical Cape Village.

This unique village reflects all colonial building styles that can be found in South Africa’s famous garden route. You can opt for a sojourn in the imposing Cape Dutch style, the Drostdy or the Landdrost’s (magistrate’s) house, or you can choose to stay in one of the charming Victorian forester’s cottages, in a quaint fisherman’s cottage or a simple Karoo Pastorie (pastor’s home) with its deep stoep and sash windows, a humble barn, a honeymoon room, or rustic log homes for the more adventurous. Each cottage has its own individual garden that matches the specific style of gardening reminiscent to each individual colonial building style. Each room is tastefully decorated in the appropriate style for the period.

Accommodation

Hanover

Karoo Georgian cottages.

The Drostdy
You can opt for a sojourn in the imposing Cape Dutch style, the Drosdy or the Landdrost's (magistrate's)house.

 iKaya

 

The African experience is captured in the Ikaya suite, which is decorated in the earthy colours that make the continent so special. Traditional masks help complete the picture

The Barn


The Barn situated just off the Village square offers rooms with showers.

The Four Forester's Cottages

Typical mid-Victorian cottages

Rose Cottage

Cherry Cottage

Fern Cottage

Forget Me Not Cottage

De Oude Pastorie

A simple Karoo Pastorie (pastor's home) with its deep stoep and sash windows,

Arniston
A quaint fisherman's cottage.

The Honeymoon Rooms

 

Then there are honeymoon rooms for newly-weds or couples wanting a romantic getaway in a magical forest.

Rustic log homes

Rustic log homes on the other side of the main building provide a different experience with the emphasis on the wood-cutting legacy of the Tsitsikamma.

This unusual "Village Square" was the concept of the well-known Martin Ratray and has added a new dimension to the air of tranquillity and peaceful atmosphere for which this family-owned hotel is so well known internationally.

All guests are welcome to savour the comfort and atmosphere of the main building, which traces its roots back to 1845. In the building you’ll find a spacious dining room, incorporating the De Oude Martha Restaurant, the Hunter’s Pub, Cafe Bacchus and Guest Lounge.

Relax in the comfortable old-world atmosphere of the lounge. The adventure companies in the village often combine with the hotel to provide a really memorable holiday or conference and team-building experience.

Features 

Facilities at Protea Hotels Tsitsikamma Village include

Cafe Bacchus

A Victorian Tea Garden where visitors can enjoy food and drinks at a leisurely pace. Here, GUESTS can escape from the rat race, stress and mechanical mindedness of the times in the leisurely atmostphere of the hotel and gardens.

Cafe Bacchus specializes in a variety of mouth-watering cakes, including freshly baked cheese, carrot or chocolate cakes. It is not unusual to find travellers that turn off from the N2 into Storms River Village to enjoy our delicious light lunches. Visitors are spoiled with a choice of sandwiches, snacks, salad rolls or traditional South African home cooked meals. All this in a beautiful garden setting with a magical fountain in the middle, complimented by an enchanting statue of the delightful Bacchus himself.

De Oude Martha Restaurant

Martha was a child of the Tsitsikamma. She was born on the 6th of February 1942 on the farm Doriskraal. As a child she learned the secret of cooking good, traditional South African Food from her mother, Mary-Jane, who herself was a natural cook. Today, the Inn still remains loyal to the legacy Martha Makwela left and continues in the tradition of good, home cooked food.

Hunter's Inn Pub

The preferred watering hole for most locals in the Tsitsikamma area, the warmth of an antique fireplace is only matched by the equally warm smile of the Head Barman, John Matroos, that will make you feel at home almost immediately.

Tsitsikamma Conference Centre

Imagine a conference breakaway where old traditions of warmth and hospitality thrive side-by side with all the wonders of modern technology. Our conference centre has it all, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.

Hotel Facilities

General facilities
  Family Rooms
  Child Friendly
  Wheelchair access
  Children's Play Park
  Duck Pond
  Baby Sitting on prior arrangement
  Tourism Information
  Laundry Service
  Room Service
  Back-up power generator
  Vehicle Hire can be arranged
  Secure Guest Parking
  Security 24 hours Cameras
  Safety deposit box
  Luggage Storage
  Halaal Facilities
  Salaah Facilities

Facilities

Hotel facilities...

  • Number of Rooms: 49
  • Bar: 1
  • Restaurant: 1
  • Conference Facilities seating: 84
  • Colour Television
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool: 1
  • Cafeteria / Takeaway
  • Cell Range
  • Convenience Shop
  • Volleyball
  • No Pets

 

Room Facilities
  TV
  Hairdryers
  Ensuite Bathrooms
  Tea and Coffee
  Radio
  Telephone
  Air-conditioned
  Under floor heating
  Cots available

Leisure facilities
  Hunter's Pub with fireplace in winter
  Café Bacchus Meals Early to Late
  Outdoor Swimming Pool
  Oude Martha a la Carte Restaurant
  Cater for Vegetarian

We also have the following exciting services and facilities:

  Halaal facility available
  Salaah facility available
  Internet
  Wireless Hot Spot
  Playground for kids
  Pensioner Discount
  Security Cameras
RATES
We work on a "best available rate" - can fluctuate daily - high in peak, low in off-peak. Currenty ranging from R320 per person up to R600 per person per night, bed & breakfast

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