The Shire Eco Lodge
"Kubusi Forest"
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Luxury chalets resting on the edge of the indigenous Xholora forest in the Amatola Mountains - the perfect getaway for the nature-loving and adventurous!

The Shire Eco Lodge is extraordinary. Inspired by the desire to create a space truly unique, The Shire captivates with its innovative design and magnificent setting.

The luxury chalets rest on the edge of the indigenous Xholora forest in the Amatola Mountains, just a stream’s hop from the enchanted home of many rare species of plants, birds and butterflies.

Situated alongside the forest, the Shire Camp has 16 sites each with its own electricity and water points. The unisex ablution block, is situated in the middle of the sites and has additional dish washing facilities.

The Shire Eco Lodge is the perfect getaway for everyone: nature-loving and adventurous types, business folks or families.

The Shire Wild Bulb Nursery focuses on indigenous bulbs of the Eastern Cape region, but we also grow a number of winter rainfall species from the Western Cape.

The first talk of creating some kind of tourist destination on our property in Stutterheim, started in our cramped little 1 room flat in England. What started off as a wild idea then, quickly became possible when I arrived back home in South Africa. I found that Charles Claasen who I once worked for at a lodge in Knysna, had taken a job in Stutterheim. We got chatting and it wasn’t long before we decided that there should be a backpackers here…

The perfect spot was discovered where the forest created a large cove of grassland and the planning and preparation began. The grass was so high that it hung over our heads, so it had to be burnt to enable us to start the surveying. ‘Ample’ firebreaks were burnt and the fire was lit on a beautiful ‘hot’ autumn day. In minutes the entire 20 acre property was being devoured by flames, and briefly we stood frozen from shock as petrified amateurs do. We started our helpless attack when it became obvious that the fire had intentions of taking out the entire forest and neighboring farms.


I am truly grateful to Francious Sparks and the forest department as well as Richard Pickering, who spotted the smoke and one by one appeared with fire trucks and put it out. It only then became apparent that we had burnt everything but the small piece we had intended to. As tempting as it was, I decided not to ask them if we could quickly re-lite the fire.

Contact Information

Address: Kubusi Forest 4930 Stutterheim, South Africa

Contact:  043 683 2452

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