Welcome to Rainforest Ridge!
From the moment you come through the gate you'll be surrounded by beauty and creativity as far as the eye can see. The vista's from the mountain escarpment right through the gorges to the Indian Ocean are truly unforgettable. Your private Eden awaits...
We also offer the most divine weddings and events
The ridge venue overlooking the gorge is a truly perfect setting for creating special moments/memories. Guests of the lodge are welcome to make use of all the facilities across the property!
The Lodge is set on a cliff overlooking 2 gorges, Mt Formosa and endless untouched wilderness
Hidden below in the gorge is the banana palm rainforest and over 5km of private trails to explore!!
The venue at night is so cosy
It really feels like an alien spaceship touched down. The perfect spot to spend a sunset through till late!
The Ridge Braai with actual 360* views
For the ultimate sundowner braai with that wild feeling, our ridge braai is the spot. As a guest your welcome to use it free of charge from dawn till 10pm.
How about a swim in the olympic size dam?
So much more fun than an infinity pool! The 1 million litre dam is situated just behind the lodge and is perfect for a dip at any time and its the ultimate star-gazing spot late at night.
5* Fresh Cotton Bedding
All our beds are XL and super comfortable
Wanna explore hidden mountain springs?
As a guest our guides can give you free advice on amazing adventures off the beaten track between the Mountains and Ocean
Mt Formosa at 1675m is often snow-capped in Winter!
From the bedrooms in the lodge and cottage there is a beautiful view of the stunning Mt Formosa to be enjoyed. The sunrises right behind it in Winter its breathtaking!
Take in the first rays of sun from your private deck overlooking the gorge, mountains and ocean beyond!
Watching the sun come up from the deck as you slowly awaken in full tranquility is a special feeling that will stay with you for long to come!
With comfortable accommodation for up to 12 people, proper sound equipment and lekker vibes we truly can help you pull off that special 10pp-50pp event in style
Who would you like to enjoy breakfast with overlooking this?
We deliver 5* Eggs Benedict and the like from our local award-winning restaurant Peppermill. Just let us know what time suits you and our friendly staff will deliver your breakfast to wherever you feel like on the property!
Our Private Sub-Tropical Rainforest!
Below the ridge in the gorge you will find our sub-tropical rainforest which is dominated by ferns and thick stands of wild giant strelitzias (wild banana palms)
African Crags is under new ownership and is being revamped & reopened as Rainforest Ridge Lodge & Venue
We are proud to announce that under new ownership we have spent the lockdown period building, renovating, landscaping and designing the ultimate lockdown decompression retreat that we are now ready to welcome you too!
Milly the Rainforest Guide!
Milly the dog is a beautiful Malamute girl who works as our private guide of the rainforest and river. Free of charge she would love to look after you and show you the way to the river safely! She knows our private nature reserve better than anyone and loves nothing more than to show guests her favorite spots. If she does a good job you can tip her with a raw bone!
Once the sun rises above Mt Formosa you will warm up fast in the early morning sun on your deck
Spending time on the deck overlooking such raw nature but with all the creature comforts and luxurious touches at the lodge is definitely a vibe!
Welcome to Rainforest Ridge
The Ridge is a long peninsula of land that sticks out with gorgeous gorges of around 200m depth on 3 sides!. We have the only safe entrance to a stretch of Tsitsikamma river and rainforest only accesible via our 11ha private nature reserve!
Your Braai at sunset with friends awaits!
Guests can make use of all facilities on the property free of charge! If its not booked out for an event guests can make use of our XXL safari style braai on the ridge! Its 150m away from the lodge overlooking the Salt River gorge. The ultimate spot for sundowners with your family/friends truly.
Enjoy the bird sound while the ocean rumbles in the distance. Gaze out as far as they eye can see at nothing but Proteas, Fynbos and Rainforest.
Our head of security Ruby the Saintolian
The ridge and The Crags is one of the safest areas in South Africa. Especially with Ruby doing her night patrols which she is trained for. Shhhhh dont tell anyone she is extremely sweet and cuddly!
There is a few family's of Knysna Loeries living in our gorge!
For bird watching your at the right place! dedicated twitchers/photographers will be kept busy here for days trying to capture the perfect image or chasing distant bird sounds echoing off the gorge!
How about a lazy stroll around our nature reserve picking your own wildflowers!
We have multiple rare wild fynbos plants and even South Africas national flower growing on the property, the king protea!
Spot the snow on the top face of Mt Formosa
When the big winter storms roll in from the Southern Ocean we see snowfall along the whole range. Mt Formosa at 1675m is snowcapped for days sometimes!
Swimming in your private rock pool!
A 15 minute hike down to the bottom of our gorge brings you to the Salt River were you can swim amongst the fairys!
Sunrise gazing from your deck or kingsize bed?
The sunrises here over the untouched gorge are truly breathtaking!
Wine Tasting at the neighbors!
Around The Crags there is 5-6 boutique vineyards including our neighbor the famous Bramon wine estate! Dont want to drink and drive? No worries one of our staff can be your designated driver!
The driveway ringed in by panoramic views and rare succulents is quite the treat
Wherever you look around the main ridge you will see endless views, rare plants and artistic touches to check out.
Child friendly and ideal Instagram photo locations are spread around the grounds for you to explore!
Imagine swinging out over the gorge at sunset with some bubbly in hand!
The bottom of our gorge!
Look closely and you will see our private swimming hole below.
Our friendly dogs would love to take a walk with you.
We have a pack of very beautiful sweet giant breed dogs who would love to meet you and show you around! Dont like dogs? No problem they are locked up if necessary in their own doggy yard!
RECENTLY OPENED IN THE CRAGS, PLETTENBERG BAY
It takes less than an hour to fly from Cape Town to Plett.
Offering stunning views over a private untouched gorge and Formosa Peak as well as sparkly distant glimpses of the Indian Ocean, Rainforest Ridge is the ideal blend of Boho luxury and dramatic nature!
Situated in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay above a tranquil 11ha gorge with private access to the Salt River and Tsitsikamma national park. The property boasts over 3km of private gorge trails, numerous amenities and adventures including our world class function venue perched on a cliff.
Plettenberg Bay with its award winning beaches and restaurants is just down the road and Natures Valley even closer the other direction. At night you can hear the neighbors lions roar and even the Ocean's surf rumbling or the river roaring below in the gorge. Stargazing is a must-do! Hiking through the rainforest to our private river beach for a swim comes highly recommended!
A stay at Rainforest Ridge is much more than just a room for the night. The feeling of staying in such tranquility with a truly unforgettable view and untouched nature surrounding you is a blessing that will stay with you for years to come.
Many of our past guests from all over the world have come back to South Africa purely to experience this one of a kind mind blowing vista. Just imagine waking up in a comfortable King XL bed as you watch the sun slowly illuminate the mountain range and the mist below in the gorge evaporate in whispy ghost trails while the first rays of sun illuminate the valley while the Indian Ocean roars below. Listen closely and the Lions from Tenikwa will roar in return, drowning out the sound of the Howler monkeys from monkey land beyond.
Be warned! It’s very easy to get stuck here a while enjoying the nature from the luxury of your deck or exploring our private nature reserve or the national park beyond!
Not to mention here in The Crags there is 2 big cat sanctuaries, An international monkey sanctuary, A bird sanctuary, An Elephant Sanctuary, countless wineries and gorgeous views wherever you look.
A scenic 15 min drive down to the ocean brings you to Plettenberg Bay which is the jewel in the crown of the Garden Route and world famous for its beauty and peaceful vibes not to mention a string of world class beaches & its assortment of top end restaurants at reasonable prices.
15 mins the other way brings you through the Tsitsikamma forest to the Worlds highest bungee bridge Bloukrans! Or to Nature’s Valley with its pristine beaches. We would love to help you plan unforgettable activities and give you some local advise free of charge as a guest of course. Get in touch with us directly and we hope to see you soon!