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About Moontide Riverside Lodge

Located on the banks of the tidal Touw River within the coastal town of Wilderness, Moontide River Lodge is a peaceful retreat and an ideal gateway to explore the Garden Route. Built in the 1920s, Moontide was one of the first residences to be built in Wilderness. It fell into disuse in the 1980s but was lovingly restored in 1984 by Maureen Mansfield, who used it as her private home. In 1994 she opened the guest lodge, with just four rooms. The guest house has expanded but the atmosphere is still very much that of a warm and welcoming home. This stylish thatched lodge, secluded at the end of a private road, features breathtaking lagoon views and a tranquil ambience. Each of the eight luxury en-suite bedrooms, including a romantic honeymoon Treetop room, has private garden entrances and plunge pools shaded by 400-year-old milkwood trees. Original art graces the lodge, enhancing its unique character. Moontide Riverside Lodge offers a harmonious blend of comfort and nature. Shaded wooden decks, a floating deck on the protected river, and several private sun decks offer picturesque spots to unwind. The property is just a two-minute stroll from the pristine Wilderness Beach, restaurants, and scenic trails.

Moontide River Lodge Setting

Moontide River Lodge is strategically positioned at the heart of the Garden Route in the Western Cape, offering easy access to diverse habitats such as rivers, lakes, forests, fynbos, estuaries, and beaches within the Garden Route National Park. Surrounded by the allure of the Touw River, indigenous forests are a mere 10-minute drive away. The area offers a variety of highlights, making it the perfect spot for birdwatching. Visitors can enjoy activities such as canoeing, swimming, and paragliding. The area also boasts forest trails, golfing, and horse riding for those who seek adventure and exploration. Discover the beauty of Wilderness and beyond, with Moontide River Lodge as your serene and luxurious base.

What's included

  • Daily breakfast, served on the patio overlooking the lagoon.
  • Guests enjoy complimentary use of Moontide canoes and the SUP board.

Frequently asked questions

  • Is the lodge close to the beach?

  • What time is check-in?

  • Is there WIFI?

  • Is the lodge pet-friendly?


  • Peaceful Hideout

    We just spent two days at this tranquil and beautiful accommodation. Thank you to all the staff who made this stay so special! We will be back.

    Conservio.com review

    C. Hughes

  • Peaceful retreat

    Beautiful accommodation! I didn’t want to leave! Breakfast overlooking the river was delicious.

    Conservio.com review

    K. Jones

Moontide Riverside Lodge impact highlights

Moontide River Lodge is not just a haven for guests seeking serenity; it's also making a positive impact on the local community and environment. Demonstrating a strong commitment to community welfare, 90% of their dedicated staff are drawn from the local community, encouraging sustainable economic growth. Embracing environmental responsibility, Moontide actively participates in recycling initiatives and contributes financially to local projects dedicated to preserving the wild in the Wilderness, particularly through invasive species clearing. Moontide Riverside Lodge's dedication to sustainability extends to the heart of their guest experience, as the room amenities feature refillable larger bottles, minimizing single-use plastic waste. Furthermore, Moontide's architectural philosophy showcases a deep respect for nature, with the buildings and cottages thoughtfully crafted around trees, some of which stand as venerable sentinels for over 400 years. This harmonious blend of community engagement, environmental stewardship, and architectural mindfulness underscores Moontide River Lodge's commitment to leaving a positive and lasting legacy in the heart of the Garden Route.

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