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Reflections Eco Reserve

Top Pick: Eco Accommodation, Wilderness



Set against the beautiful Rondvlei Dam, right next to the Garden Route Nature Reserve, Reflections is a private nature reserve and bird-watcher’s paradise.


Fish Eagles breed and nest here, while over 140 types of birds dart and plunge across the dam. Situated on 26 hectares of what was once an alien pine plantation, the four chalets are lovingly built from this reclaimed wood.

Wooden chalet, Reflections Eco Reserve

Reflections Eco Reserve Quick Facts

Accommodation type: Self-catering wooden chalets

Where: Several kilometres of dirt road off the main N2 from Knysna to George

GPS Coordinates: S 33 58 59 E 022 41 40

Sleeps: Couples or families (up to six)

Rates: Chalets from R850 (for two) to R1200 (for four)

Secure Parking: Yes

Green in Africa Eco-rating: 5/5

Contact:

+27 (0)71 683 4133

reflection@mweb.co.za

www.reflectionsreserve.com

We arrived at Reflections Eco Reserve to the exuberant greeting of Olive, owner Tim and Angelique Carr's very friendly dog, who was completely unperturbed by our scooters.

Scooters parked at wooden chalet, Reflections Eco Reserve

While Tim and Angelique were not there to show us around, their full-time employee Reggie, who lives with his wife on the property, gave us a mini-tour of the property.

Totally off-the-grid, using solar and wind power for their energy needs, the luxurious wooden chalets can accommodate a whole family, with three bedrooms, inside and outdoor showers, two bathrooms and large wraparound decks, allowing you to make the most of the incredible views.

Wraparound deck, Reflections Eco Reserve

 

Each chalet can accommodate 4 adults and up to 3 children in two bedrooms with an upstairs loft for single guests or children. The main bedroom has a queen-sized bed, dressed in spotlessly clean white linen while the second bedroom has two single beds.

Loft bedroom, Reflections Eco Reserve

There’s two bathrooms, one with bath, shower and toilet, as well as a separate toilet. Best of all, there's an outdoor shower for those balmy summer nights.

The kitchen is fully-equipped with all the self-caterer could possibly need, while the gas oven and fridge allow for long and contented culinary endeavours - more so with an offer to pick fresh organic veggies from the garden. Naturally, guests are encouraged to recycle and compost.

We were welcomed with a hearty fire (burning surplus alien wood), and took a (solar-warmed) shower using guest toiletries that were completely biodegradable. This means that all the shower and kitchen water can go directly back into the earth without the need for any filtration.

Solar and Wind power, Reflections Eco Reserve

 

Passionate about his surroundings, Tim has planted over 1000 indigenous trees, and will buy and plant trees for guests who wish to offset their carbon footprint. You’ll even get Google Earth GPS coordinates so you can visit your tree and watch it grow.

Tim certainly knows his stuff - not only will he calculate your carbon footprint for you, he’ll provide the stats: “1 tree fixes 2500kg carbon dioxide from 18 million cubic metres of air and supplies 1 person with clean air for 20 years, this is an easy way for everyone to help. Each tree in its lifetime will also provide shade, food and a habitat for countless smaller creatures”.

Fynbos surrounding the chalet, Reflections Eco Reserve

But apart from its stellar eco credentials, what makes Reflections Eco Reserve special is the profound sense of solitude and peace that envelops you while staying there.

Reflections Eco Reserve

 

Relaxing on the deck, Reflections Eco Reserve

The simple joys of waking up to the call of a fisheagle, taking a walk to watch the abundant birdlife frolicking over the dam, trying to spot some of the resident wildlife at sunset (including the Cape Clawless Otter, Water Mongoose, Caracal, Bushpig, Grey Duiker and Grysbok) or just relaxing on the deck.

Fisheages in tree, Reflections Eco Reserve

The multi-talented Tim is also a guide who offers tours for birdwatchers, plant and insect lovers, history and archaeology buffs, photographers and everything in between.

I particularly enjoyed the large sliding doors allowing uninterrupted views over the deck, even while inside on a cold winter’s day snuggled up by the fireplace.

Fireplace and lounge, Reflections Eco Reserve

Reflections Eco Reserve is one of the Garden Route's most beautiful and tranquil destinations, giving you the space to reflect and reconnect with nature.

View over Rondvlei Dam, Reflections Eco Reserve

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