About The Shire Eco Lodge
As refreshing as it is unique; an extraordinary and truly unique space, captivating with its innovative design and magnificent forest setting.
The luxury chalets rest on the edge of the indigenous Xholora forest in the Amatola Mountains, just a streamís hop from the enchanted home of many rare species of plants, butterflies and birds, including the rare Cape Parrot. From nature-loving adventurous types, to those on business, The Shire promises to soothe, inspire and rejuvenate. We offer either self-catering or B&B accommodation.
Each elegant open-plan chalet contains a stylish en-suite bathroom and fully equipped kitchenette, as well as its own braai / barbeque facilities. Through the striking curved-glass corner window, you can feel a part of the forest. For the more daring kinds, our two river-side chalets have their own open bush showers where you can soak and steam among the trees Keep a look out for the rare samango monkeys curiously watching from the treetops.
The Shire chalets are a perfect honeymoon destination with their romantic shape and private verandahs gazing into the forest. For those who are planning a wedding with a difference, this is the ideal venue.
If you fancy a hot dinner, we will cook you an organic meal, with all available home-grown ingredients. There are also a number of restaurants close by should you wish to dine out.
Shire Wild Bulb Nursery
Our indigenous nursery has a large range of indigenous trees and extensive collection of Eastern Cape bulbs, some of which are endangered species.
Activities and Attractions
If your curiosity entices you beyond the bounds of The Shire, the area offers a variety of leisurely pursuits:
Explore the Fores:
Beautiful hikes to waterfalls, ancient Lemonwood forests and spectacular Anderson Dam; horseback trails; superb bird watching; or visit the wild bulb nursery.
A Spot of Sport:
Aquascape Adventures offering a vairety of water sports and leisure cruises on Wriggleswade dam; canoe hire on Gubu dam; excellent trout and bass fishing; archery; rock-climbing & bouldering; abseiling; mountain bike hire; Motorbike tours; golf; tennis; squash
Visit local artists and galleries; pottery workshops; the remarkable Stationary Engine Museum; trips to Old Thomas River Historical Village, with a rock art museum and tours, or Mqwali Xhosa Cultural Village.