The secluded tree house perched over the Karatara Gorge.
The path leading through the forest to the tree house.
The entrance to the Eyrie.
The tented bedroom.
I took a lot of books because I thought that there will be a lot of time to read. There is no television or radio in the tree houses. You are surrounded by silence, the sound of cicadas and birds. I didn't open a book.
The rustic bathroom without windows. Through the slats of the floor you see the forest floor.
The first night I lay awake listening to the sounds of the night. I heard monkeys jump onto the tented house and look for a way in. The only thieves in this area it seems. Anyhow...when I needed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night I woke DH and asked him to go with me. I don't know what I thought or whether it was the possibility of meeting a creepy crawly or a monkey that spooked me more.
The birthday boy was delighted with the surprise.
On Saturday morning we decided to go on a hike. There is two routes. One the forest walk which takes about 50 minutes and then the River walk that takes up to 3 hours. Here DH is standing at the lookout point with the Karatara river below.
I ♥♥♥ this man..
We decided to do the river walk and this is the little beach at the bottom of the trail. Did I mention that the fall to the river is approximately 180 meters...and most of it is straight down?
Enjoying the beauty of nature.
Then we were off again....and it was jumping from one rock to another in the river bed.
There is nothing as refreshing as being so close to nature...
...and seeing the beauty.
Taking a break before we go UP again.
We came across this beautiful spot filled with huge ferns on our way up.
Then we had a bath "close to nature"....and yes...that cola coloured water can leave you clean and refreshed.
In the late afternoon we braaied (BBQ) on the deck and then pulled a couch onto the deck. There we sat until late into the night. Listening to the crickets sing and watching the stars. Slowly our bodies started to take on the rhythm of our surroundings and we slowed down and enjoyed the quiet and the peace.
Not very good at self portraits.
This is an experience that I will repeat. It is the best thing for you when you are tired and you need peace and quiet. We came home feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.