The Laughing Forest is a resort on the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) south coast which offers self catering accommodation, a wedding venue, and several other facilities to make your time with us as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.
Nestled amongst coastal dune forest, we have created a personalised home environment for each log cabin. The 6 acre property is home to mpete buck, a variety of birds, monkeys and other wild life and is situated in Elysium, which is halfway between Durban and Margate.
Elysium beach is private (very private), and clean. Tidal pools are situated east and west of our location within easy walking distance and also at low tide in front of our beach entrance.
The Laughing Forest is close to most sporting and regular tourist activities, but far from clubs and malls. We pride ourselves as a family orientated resort, catering for families wanting to build pleasant holiday memories.
Currently 8 self catering log cabins are scattered amongst the bush. All cabins sleep 2 in the main bedroom on a double bed and three in the lounge area on three single beds. All cabins are fully equipped, including toilet, shower, kitchen and patio area.
The cabins are built to fit into the coastal dune forest, and as a result often described as rustic. They are 50m² in size and blend well into the landscape. These cabins were designed fit for purpose, are comfortable, and would most likely qualify as an upper 3 star grade. If guests are looking for brick and mortar quality they will not find it here. Don't be misled though, these cabins form part of an outstanding setting.
We're most excited to introduce our latest project...Blue Skye Golf & Fishing Tours.
If the idea of a golf (and optional fishing) tour peaks your interest, please consider watching the introductory video/read through the FAQ below to gain some insight into this project and how you and your family/friends/colleagues can get involved. Hope to hear from you soon.
Blue Skye Tours is an extended business venture of The Laughing Forest Venue, which has been in existence since 2007.
The business is self-managed and owned by Debbie and Philip van Achterbergh, who, together with their local passionate staff, take pride in offering and planning, a non-corporate very personalised tour experience.
The accommodation and central point to the tour is located at the Laughing Forest venue in Elysium.
This little tourist town and retirement village is extremely well located slap in the middle of our targeted courses.
The venue is separated from the beach by the admiralty reserve which is a one minute walk that gives direct access onto a very private and quiet beach.
Geographically, for those not familiar with the mid-south coast, Elysium is between Scottburgh and Port Shepstone, 55 min from Durban and an hour from the Wild Coast.
Blue Skye Tours offers golf tours with a fishing component linked to the golf tour activities.
In the morning between 6-8am, a local fishing guide will assist golfers that are interested in the art of catching fish with light tackle and an assortment of artificial baits and lures, enfranchising them with information that will assist them in catching their targeted species.
For those not keen on fishing there are long uninterrupted beach walks or a session of chip and putt on our purpose built golf green.
Breakfast is served between 8 & 9am, after which golfers depart for their designated golf destination.
The core focus of Blue Syke Tours is to offer an all inclusive package that takes care of all tour activities giving golfers a reminder of what good old fashioned family owned business hospitality is all about.
Our local courses are:
We will play 4 of these courses.
The duration of the tour is 5 nights, arriving Sunday and leaving Friday morning.
The courses played will be based on availability and time of year.
Golfers arrive on Sunday afternoon, familiarise themselves with their surroundings, including and introductory chat from the fishing guide and a winner take all chip and putt competition.
Meal options are numerous and will be sent to the tour operator for consideration and selection.
Typically though the Sunday night meal could be a potjie or a braai to kick things off.
Dinner, bed, breakfast, beers and cold drinks are included in the tour price, with a restriction of 8 beers/cold drinks per person per day (at the resort).
The bar is open should any other refreshments be required.
In the morning, after fishing and breakfast, golfers will depart for one of the 4 courses they have chosen to play.
All playing and cart fees are covered in the tour cost (excepting lunch and drinks at the course and driver buddies if you need someone to drive your vehicle home).
In the evening upon golfers returning there will be a prize giving function after which dinner will be served.
The Laughing Forest will donate two prizes for each evening. The tour price is based on per person sharing accommodation.
We have 7 Bed and Breakfast units (with en-suite bathrooms). And a further 5 cabins which are able to sleep 3 people per cabin. Adjacent accommodation has a further 10 sleeper available.
The requirement is for fishermen to bring a light tackle stick with a reel and braid.
Most fishing shops will be able to provide some spoons, paddle tails and lures applicable to rock and surf but we will also have the most successful baits available here at the resort.
You will need a fishing license and torch in case we decide to do a little late afternoon excursions.
The fishing guide will advise on target species that are most likely to react along with specifics on baits, retrieving speed and rod control.
Although we encourage catch and release, our chef is on standby to cook the occasional catch.
Elysium is an ideal off road cycle area with Macadamia and sugar plantations for miles.
The rural area is safe in that we have never had a bad or nasty incident of any kind reported, the locals are very friendly and pleasant in their curiosity of the tourists.
The beach area from Ifafa to Mtwalume is 7km long, The Laughing Forest in Elysium is situated midway.
There is seldom more than 10 people on the entire stretch which makes for pleasant walks and sundowners.
The resort has a golf green recently built, planted with the dwarf variety of Paspalum grass, similar to the paspalum variety you will find on most of the south coast courses.
Short lobs, chipping and putting can be practised here.
The cost of the 5 night tour with 4 courses played will not exceed R10 000.00.
Unfortunately the weekend Wedding business activities at the resort restricts our Golf tour time to between Sunday afternoon and Friday morning.
Within this time frame the tour is flexible to whatever requirements are made.
The Laughing Forest has a date night specialised activity, which may interest some of our golfing couples.
Ask Debbie about the three course meal on Date night and the bedroom fun we hope to encourage through our bedroom décor and ambience.
Contact Phil on 083 235 0645 or Debbie on 072 135 2362 to have a chat and ask the questions unanswered in the text above or send an email to Debbie@laughingforest.co.za for a quote.
Alternatively send an enquiry through our website.
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It's your special date, or just time out with your partner...
...why not try our 'Date Night at the Forest'.
On arrival at the Laughing Forest venue you will be welcomed by our staff and allocated your accommodation for the evening.
At around 6pm you will be served with some welcome drinks and your three course meal options.
The waitress will then commence with a dedicated service of food and drinks to your romantic, candle lit serving area, which depending on the weather could be in a wide variety of stunning places on this well maintained 6 acre property.
Wine, chocolates and a few interesting goodies will be put in your room, where you can relax and enjoy your evening after the evening meal.
The Laughing Forest is situated in Elysium, a small holiday village and retirement town situated 55 min from Durban on the N2 South.
The resort is right on the beach, divided by the Admiralty reserve, making an early morning beach walk very appealing, we also have a beautiful 6 acre garden to stroll through and a golf green where a little bit of chip and putt can happen.
Bring your bikes for a late afternoon or early morning ride through the macadamia and sugar farms.
In the morning you will be treated to a full English breakfast (served from 8.30am).
Booking out time is by 10am.
Cost of the date night is R2 100 (incl. VAT) per couple, which includes:
At your discretion a tip may be left for the waitress.
To treat that special person in your life, send an enquiry through to firstname.lastname@example.org