About Peace of Eden
If you love nature, wild magical country side, forests, monkeys, baboons, safety and bird song then Peace of Eden Vegan Backpackers Lodge is where you will want to stay!
This is an eco, vegan and vegetarian backpackers lodge and retreat on the edge of the Knysna Forest, in the heart of the Garden Route. A magical place where we hope to inspire you with our holistic eco lifestyle and where we live alongside nature, so guys, this means no meat cooked by guests at our peace loving lodge.
We offer a variety of affordable units, from a converted barn, to stables and retro canvas tents on timber decks in the forest. You can go self cater or try our delicious 5 star vegan meals. For entertainment of the human kind, enjoy our sunset Soiree's and if feeling a bit more introspective enquire about our next international workshop or retreat.
We are close to Knysna’s famous river estuary, lakes, beaches and forests. All the major attractions of the Garden Route are a mere one to one and a half hours drive away, and we are a perfect halfway stop from Cape Town enroute to Addo Elephant National Park and the Wild Coast. We are 6km from Knysna on the west side, and 8.2km from the N2 along a picturesque country road leading to Rheenendal Village and the historical Millwood Forests.
We offer affordable accommodation, where the luxury is the peace, safety and abundant nature! All our units are simply and eclectically furnished with most things for a comfy stay. We have a variety of cottages, rustic barn cabins, safari style forest tents, traveller’s lodge double rooms and eco camp sites. Please note Wi-Fi is only available at reception.
Meander along a pebble pathway through a copse of trees to Marimba & Djembe Woodcutter Cottages which are situated alongside each other. Ideal for two, or a budget stay for three. Each has a double bedroom, bathroom, a kitchen galley, open plan lounge with a day bed, leading onto a timber deck with a rock fire pit on the lawn.
Djembe and Marimba cottages:
Sleeps 2-3. Djembe faces east, with sleepy sunrises and overlooks a small orchard and the forest, and Marimba faces west with stunning sunset views of fields and forest.
Please note you may not park at these Cottages, the parking bay is a little walk away.
THE BARN CABINS
A large rustic timber building draped with winding wisteria and brightly coloured bougainvillea. Converted into two cabins, with spacious lawns.
Sleeps 2 persons - Sunbirds abound in the bottle brush tree’s that surround this little Barn Cabin. A double bedroom en-suite and open plan kitchenette / lounge leading onto a covered veranda. There are views of the forest and our two friendly horses grazing in the paddocks.
Bodhi Barn Cabin:
Sleeps 6-8 persons - This spacious cabin has two small bedrooms, a twin bedroom alcove with a screen plus a double bunk alcove, two bathrooms, large open plan kitchen, dining room, lounge with fireplace. There is a large covered veranda with glorious sunset views over fields and forest, plus a large fire pit allows for great nights under a starry sky.
DOUBLE STOREY COTTAGE
Gwen's Glade Cottage:
Sleeps 2-4 persons - A cosy double storey cottage with an attic, a bedroom upstairs plus a small twin bedroom alcove downstairs, partly screened off, open plan kitchenette / lounge with a fireplace. There is a covered veranda with views of the shaded wild garden and lily pond.
FOREST SAFARI TENTS
Mystic Moon, Morning Star, Firefly and Deep Forest
Sleep in our magical forests surrounded by the sounds of the nature. Our 4 Safari style tents have electric lights and are on timber decks amongst the forest canopy. They sleep two per tent and have double or twin beds, a small table and two chairs and a shelf unit. There are rustic communal ablution facilities, a gas heated bush shower and an Eco ‘long drop’ loo, plus a well equipped kitchen hut with electricity.
Forest, field and garden camp sites:
Natural and Eco, with no electricity at each camp sites. You are welcome to bring solar or gas lights (no generators or radios allowed). The sites are situated on lawned areas in a large field on the edge of the forest. There are rustic communal ablution facilities, a gas heated bush shower and an Eco ‘long drop' loo, plus a well equipped kitchen hut with electricity (by December 2013 we will have four magical tent sites deeper in the forest).
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
At Peace of Eden, you can pick veggies and herbs in our organic garden, book a healing massage, have a therapeutic breath session or do yoga on our forest platform. Explore our indigenous forest walks down to a magical little stream where you will see giant tree ferns, ancient stinkwoods and yellowwood trees and hear the wild sounds of nature. Canoe on a our lily pond, wonder at the amazing variety of birds and butterflies flying around, chat to the friendly horses that stroll in front of your cabins in the fields, or simply relax with a book on your deck and watch the emerald green Knysna Loerie fly by. We offer Vegetarian breakfasts and meals to order.
Within 10 minutes to one hour drive from us there is a myriad of adventure activities like forest mountain bike and hiking trails, horse rides, abseiling, kayaking, paragliding, sky diving, bungi jumping, Lagoon ferry rides plus the Knysna Elephant Park, Wolf Sanctuary, Birds of Eden and Monkeyland and much more ...