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The Treehouse River Lodge is a nature and animal-friendly haven of tranquility set amid the lush vegetation of South Africa’s Shongweni Valley near Hillcrest, Durban.

Wooden thatch chalets overlooking the Sterkspruit River

Kitchen facilities and bunk beds in select chalets

Secure on-site parking, private security

Dining available in Boma overlooking the pool area*

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot serve food, but guests are welcome to bring their own.

Shongweni Reserve Accommodation

About the treehouse river lodge

An eco-friendly haven for nature lovers

The Treehouse River Lodge is an eco-friendly haven, with an emphasis on blending with, rather than being separate from, nature. One of our many priorities at The Treehouse River Lodge, apart from guest comfort and relaxation, is the preservation and maintenance of our beautiful natural setting.

The Lodge is blessed with the wildlife of Kwa-Zulu Natal, a refuge where guests wake to the cry of the African fish eagle and fall asleep to the sound of the barn and African Grass owl. The abundance of birds is enhanced by the nearby Sterkspruit River, where spotted-necked otters nest seasonally.

As a result of our setting, The Lodge is also home to a range of other animals, from geckos and butterflies to our 3 beautiful, super friendly dogs, who love nothing more than to welcome guests to the Treehouse River Lodge.

For these reasons, The Lodge is not the right choice for those who prefer an urban environment. It is also not an appropriate setting for big parties, although guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink and enjoy their beverage of choice on a private balcony overlooking the valley.

Each chalet has a double bed with ensuite facilities
Each chalet is a standalone unit for privacy
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drink and use the braai and kitchen facilities, which are cleaned daily

Facilities On-Site

The Treehouse River Lodge is a home away from home in the natural surroundings of the Shongweni Valley

Ensuite Bathrooms

Ensuites feature stone-lined rainfall showers

Pool and Dining

The rock-pool sits next to the Boma dining area off the main house

Individual Braai Areas

Select chalets have their own braai stack or kitchen*

*Use of kitchens and braai chalets carries one-time R350 surcharge applicable for entire stay

Regular Specials

We run weekly specials and deals.

Please get in touch to find out more.

+27842775434 or susan(at) for details.

Things to do in and around Shongweni Valley

There are a number of hidden and well-known gems across the beautiful area in which the Treehouse River Lodge is located. Below is a limited selection of things to do during your stay with us, speak with Sue directly for more information.

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park provides riders with a range of trails. It’s ideal for starters and advanced riders and has a wide variety of trials for every type of rider.
There’s a large number of stalls for fresh produce, olives, preserves, delicious fruity jams, sweet cakes, and more at the Farmers Market. While browsing the stalls, there is a soft play area for the kids. 
Located on the 1000 Hills Tourist Route, Heritage Market provides a great morning of entertainment. While you can shop for organic produce at a competitive rates, you can also have a healthy breakfast or lunch.
Situated in Giba Gorge Valley, this horse riding and trail centre has been in operation for more than a decade. All horses are trained for every traveller’s safety.
Known as a rocky crag beyond Botha’s Hill, Monteseel has some magnificent views. Considered as one of the oldest places to climb in Monteseel, it has more than 300 routes for new and advanced climbers.
Midlands Meander is a stunning stretch of KZN with fascinating sights, activities, and sounds, attracting thousands of tourists every year. There are different places to eat, sleep, shop, drink, and play. There are mixes of amazing arts and crafts, too.

Treehouse river lodge

The Treehouse River Lodge is located in Shongweni Valley, near Hillcrest in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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Open Hours

Check-In: 14:00 pm – 19:00 pm
Check-Out: 10:00 am


B17 Shongweni Road, Shongweni Valley, Hillcrest, Durban, South Africa, 3610