South African Tourism brought 4 Irish journalists to South Africa and the Garden Route in November 2019.
They visited Blackwaters River Lodge and the following article was published in the Buzz.ie by journalist Rachel Beresford.
Our final destination on Day 5 was Knysna — a stunning town which roughly marks the midway point, or ‘the heartbeat of’, the Garden Route — but no drive to Knysna can be undertaken without at least three stops along the way.
We had already stopped at Mossel Bay and Wilderness, but our final stop before reaching Knysna was about to be my favourite yet.
Owners Paul Theron and Elmay Bouwer, of Blackwaters River Lodge (www.blackwaters.co.za), boast that their luxury accommodation is “a place of magic” and it is impossible to disagree.
Tucked away in a valley on the banks of the Goukamma River, this hotel is set among perfectly-manicured gardens surrounded by indigenous forest — we even saw wildlife as we enjoyed a picnic on the grounds looking out at what can only be described as paradise.
At Blackwaters River Lodge, there is 20 beautifully-decorated rooms, including 12 luxury suites with private balconies and eight classic suites with private patios.
If you enjoy activities, Blackwaters have you covered — the accommodation is set on a pristine par-3 golf course while you can also stand-up paddleboard along the tranquil waters, which we did, with Tripout (www.tripout.co.za).
After we arrived back on dryland, we enjoyed a glass of bubbles (you become very accustomed to this in South Africa!) and a picnic as we took in our incredible surroundings.
As far as hotel views go, they don’t get better than those on offer at Blackwaters River Lodge.