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Fynbos on Sea

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This eco- paradise awaits…

Situated in the Greater Knysna Area, above the quaint town of Sedgefield, along South Africa’s Garden Route, this eco paradise awaits, offering sweeping views over beaches, mountains, lagoons and a fynbos wonderland.

Our nine room lodge and self-contained cottage are perched high on the dunes overlooking the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a 600 hectare pristine fynbos reserve. The estate abounds with plains game such as eland, zebra, bushbuck and waterbuck so there is plenty to see in all directions.

Immerse yourself in scenery to revive both mind and soul. Sedgefield has a tortoise as its emblem to remind visitors of the joy of ‘slow travel’. So meander along our nature trails, lie and watch the clouds or sit with binoculars. Enjoy a picnic or sundowners overlooking Gerickes Point. When you fancy a change of pace, take a mountain bike and choose from a variety of off-road trails. 

Close to but off our own property, discover lovely fossil dunes and beaches, kayak on the Swartvlei and Sedgefield lagoons, visit the neighbouring protea farm. In summer at low tide, snorkelling in the rockpools can be a treat. More excitement still? This area is a big draw for advanced paragliding. Whilst invigorating sunrises and romantic sunsets will make this an unforgettable stay.

Why we love it


Breath-taking views in a fynbos paradise


Adventure on your doorstep

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Heated Pool with a View


Child friendly holiday


Classic Rooms offer varied views

Three Classic rooms have king beds (or twin) with beautiful views over the Outeniqua Mountains and lagoon, or the fynbos and the Indian Ocean. Each has an en suite bathroom with generous shower, and French doors opening to a small seating area in the garden.



Simbavati Fynbos - Classic suite


Things to see & do

We offer amazing adventure activities that will keep you busy for days. These include a daily choice of more active options and day excursions

Top Reasons to Visit


Spectacular Setting

The setting is unexpected and truly spectacular. The town of Sedgefield lies far below in adjacent to the lake. But Fynbos is up on a headland above the town.

To the north of the lodge are the Outeniqua Mountains with the lakes that the Garden Route is known for shimmering with light below you. To the east and south of the lodge lies the Indian Ocean with a lovely view of the sandy Goukamma Beach and the endless rolling waves. And to the west lies the natural fynbos of this verdant area, which is particularly rewarding in the spring and early summer months. 

Everywhere you look there are views to enjoy.

Adventurous and Memorable Experiences

Enjoy Nature

There is an array of activities and excursions to enjoy from the exhilarating to the leisurely. These take place both on the estate or nearby.

On the estate, enjoy guided or self-guided walking, guided mountain-biking to suit all abilities, fynbos nature drives and visits to the protea farm. And, of course, sundowners at unique locations.

Our activity centre also opens the door to activities on the lakes and rivers with canoeing, kayaking and boating. Finally Fynbos on Sea offers one of the best paragliding settings on the whole of the Garden Route.  


Delicious Food

We’re all about sustainable sourcing and conscious consumption at Simbavati Fynbos on Sea. We focus on making delicious food that is home made, healthy, locally sourced and full of flavour. We gain inspiration from our natural surroundings with all its scents, textures and tastes. Our food is diverse, contemporary and creative to connect guests on an emotional level.


Special Moments

The unique setting of Fynbos on Sea is a natural drawcard for all romantics. Enjoy special moments such as canapes and sundowners overlooking Gericke’s Point. Or a private picnic overlooking the mountains within our Fynbos Reserve. Wake up early to experience the sunrise overlooking the ocean, mountains and lakes.

These are memories that will stay with you forever.

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Getting There

Fynbos Ridge is very easy to get to. (See our downloadable directions below.) It will take approx 5 hours from Cape Town, 45 minutes from George Airport and 3 to 3½ hours from Port Elizabeth.

Directions from George Airport /Cape Town – from the West

From George Airport, you take the road signposted to the N2. Then take the N2 in the direction of Knysna. You pass through the town of Wilderness.

Travel 27.8 km from the airport and turn right at the Sedgelinks signboard onto the Swartvlei Beach Road.

(Please note that if you find yourself travelling across the lake and into the town of Sedgefield, you have gone too far and you need to double back.)

Once on the Swartvlei Beach Road, you immediately turn right into the Sedgelinks parking (i.e. after only 90 metres). The entrance gate into Fynbos on Sea is on the right-hand side of the parking area.

Follow the paved road up the headland for approximately 3km and you arrive at Fynbos on Sea

Directions from Port Elizabeth/from the East

Take the N2 towards George. Once on the N2 highway, drive approximately 293 km passing the towns of Jeffreys Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Sedgefield.

You will pass the Engen One-Stop Garage on your left as you leave the small town of Sedgefield. You drive over the bridge that crosses over the Swartvlei Lake and then turn left at the Sedgelinks/Swartvlei Beach Road.

Drive for only 90 metres and turn right into the Sedgelinks parking area. The entrance gate into Fynbos on Sea is on the right-hand side of the parking area.  Follow the paved road up the headland for approximately 3km and you arrive at Fynbos on Sea

Classic Suite

Our entry level suites have king beds (all convertible to twin with beautiful views over either the Outeniqua Mountains and lagoon, or the fynbos and the Indian Ocean. Each has a seating area in the room, desk and en suite bathroom with generous shower. French doors open to a small sitting out area in the garden to enjoy the views.

Please note that two of the classic suites have space for an extra bed for a child.

Luxury Suite

Three beautiful luxury suites offer superb views over the fynbos and the Indian Ocean. Each has an en suite bathroom with generous shower, and an outside terrace opening onto the garden.

Two of these could be combined to make a two bedroom family suite as you enter from a private foyer which can be closed off for these two rooms. One of these luxury suites has a small lounge area that could easily accommodate an extra bed for a child. However all the luxury suites have enough space for an extra bed for a child.

Superior Suite

Two air-conditioned superior suites offer unparalleled views over the Indian Ocean, lagoon and Outeniqua mountains. They both enjoy unbelievable sunrises, if you manage to stir from the comfort of your bed. In summer air-conditioning ensures a good nights’ sleep.

Each has an en suite bathroom with double vanity, indoor and outdoor shower, and a private terrace opening onto the garden and with superb views.

2-Bedroom Superior Suite

This upstairs Suite is perfect for those looking for the best accommodation and views. It has an expansive main bedroom with a sitting area. Outside your private deck offers a truly majestic wide-angle view over mountains, lakes, ocean and fynbos. Air-conditioning ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. The bathroom offers a double vanity, bath, shower and separate enclosed toilet.

This suite can easily be enjoyed by a couple. But it is also perfect for families with a smaller second air-conditioned bedroom with twin beds (which can be converted into a King). This has its own en suite shower room.

Note: The second bedroom is off the main bedroom, and smaller. So it is suitable for children, teenagers or young adults in a family but not two couples travelling together.

In- room Facilities

  • Private seating area inside and outside
  • King-sized beds (convertible to twin on request)
  • Air-conditioning – Superior Suites & Two-bedroom Superior Suite only
  • Underfloor heating in Classic and Luxury Suites
  • Portable fan – available on request
  • Minibar with drinks
  • Coffee and tea-making facilities
  • En suite bathrooms with shower, except for the Two-bedroom Superior Suite which has a bath as well. Superior Suites also have outdoor showers.
  • Complimentary eco-friendly amenities
  • Bath robes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Electric blankets for winter
  • Mini-safe for storing valuables
  • Laundry service – laundry bag in room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (available in main lodge area only)

Lodge Facilities & Good to Know

  • Main lodge with sitting room, bar, library area and restaurant
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (available in main lodge area only)
  • Convivial bar at the nearby Bistro
  • Restaurant with wall of glass overlooking the mountains, ocean and lagoon
  • Alfresco dining on the deck
  • Sitting room with fireplace, books, board games
  • Generous 15m solar-heated lap-pool and pool terrace within indigenous garden
  • Wide range of activities and excursions on offer
  • Various walking and mountain bike trails on the farm ( Bikes available to hire)
  • Small curio shop

Fynbos Cottage

This charming self-catering cottage has a lovely secluded setting away from the main lodge. But it’s within easy walking distance if you wish to enjoy any of your meals at the lodge or at the Bistro. It enjoys spectacular views of both the Ocean and the lakes behind.

It comprises two en suite bedrooms with king-beds (convertible into twin if you prefer) and a loft area with two extra single beds. Each bedroom has en suite bathroom with shower. Wildlife can often be seen whilst lying in bed enjoying your early morning coffee or cup of tea.

The cottage has a stylish double volume open- plan sitting, dining and kitchen area. French doors lead out to a wraparound covered deck area with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean as well as mountain, lake and fynbos views.

It’s furnished with sun-loungers, a hand-carved lovers’ bench, alfresco dining area and comfortable wooden furniture for enjoying the spectacular views.

Finally, to ensure a truly enjoyable stay, there’s a private heated splash pool overlooking the Indian Ocean.

It is serviced every morning with a general clean-up and washing up. But it comes equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.


Valid until 30 Sep 2024

2024 Rates

Per Person Sharing01 May 2024 -30 Sep 2024
Bed and Breakfast (BB)R1,580
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R2,720
Bed and Breakfast (BB)R1,780
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R2,920
Bed and Breakfast (BB)R2,000
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R3,140
Bed and Breakfast (BB)R2,380
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R3,520
Self-catering (for up to 4 persons)R3,000
Per extra childR300

Singles – 33% supplement on the Per Person Sharing rate shown above
BB – Bed & Breakfast, FBA – Full Board & Activities (see below for more info)



Booking Policy

General Information


We happily accept children from 6 years old. Children under 12 sharing with parents pay 50% of the per adult sharing rate.

Fynbos on Sea and the surrounding farm are the perfect environment for older kids.

The reserve offers the perfect location to discover and immerse your child into a wilderness wonderland.

Walking, cycling beach walks, kayaking amongst many others are the perfect activities to engage with the amazing surrounds.

At the Lodge

  • Range of board games
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Kids menu on request
Child Accommodation

The following rooms can take extra children:

The Two-bedroom Superior Suite sleeps two adults and two extra family members in a 2nd bedroom. These can be children, teenagers or young adults. However we recommend children over 6 years as it is upstairs with a hard stone staircase.

Two of the Luxury Suites can be combined for families or friends travelling together, as they share an indoor foyer. They can accommodate an extra bed for a child in each room.

Some of the other Classic and Luxury suites can accommodate an extra bed, but it is subject to availability.

  • Children under 12 pay 50% of the per adult sharing rate if sharing with parents
  • Children in their own room pay adult rates
  • Children in the 2nd bedroom of the two-bedroom Superior Suite pay the 3rd/4th person rates for that suite.


The Garden Route is not a malarial area. Given the sea breezes, mosquitos are not usually an issue but we do offer anti-insect repellent in the rooms (just in case). There are no other health issues here. The sun can be strong in summer so use a hat and sunscreen.


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Get in Contact

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Lodge telephone number: To be Advised

Reservations: +27 87 151 4520