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About The Laughing Forest

Nestled amongst coastal dune forest, we have created a personalised home environment for each Log Cabin.The six 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 on the Natal South Coast. The Admiralty Reserve and rail line separate the units from the beach. 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. The Laughing Forest is a family orientated facility, catering for families wanting to build pleasant family holiday memories.Currently 8 self catering Log Cabins are scattered amongst the bush. All Cabins sleep 5 (1 double bed and three single beds).

Beach: The Elysium beach is unspoilt and has been identified by Wildlife as a protected area for the vegetation that exists on the dunes. Walking on this beach comes close to the Wild Coast experience

Wedding Venues: We have various options for the Wedding Ceremony, on a grassed terrace with stunning sea views, in the garden or on the beach. The Reception Hall can cater for up to 150 guests and a buffet menu is available on request.

Conference Venues: Conference facilities are available.

Family friendly: The Laughing Forest will suit people that are looking for a quiet family holiday. Close proximity of the sea lends itself to family time, building sand castles, playing ball games and taking walks on the beach.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 11 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 40
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 11 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Availability and pricing

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  • Log Cabins - Self Catering Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 8 All cabins sleep 5 ( 1 double. 1 single & 1 bunk bed). All cabins include main bedroom, bathroom, lounge/2nd bedroom,... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Sea views, Self-catering, Bunk beds, Single beds see more Double beds, Shower only, Sea views, Self-catering, Bunk beds, Single beds, Fan, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, Garden views
    from R1100 Room rate
    • Rooms Adults

      Reviews for The Laughing Forest

      11 guest reviews Reviews of

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      Sharon Chowthee, South Africa
      12 January 2015

      The accommodation is simple without four poster beds, massage shower heads or a spacious kitchen. However, what is provided is all the equipment necessary for a peaceful, restful holiday. You will definitely re-acquaint yourself with nature, the power of the mighty ocean and eliminate many bad habits(depending on the length of your stay).I shall definitely return for a little piece of heaven at the Laughing Forest.

      04 December 2014

      Its a nice and tidy place, excellent service and most of all reasonable rate of charge. Definitely enjoyed our stay who to re visit again soon.

      Benson Raja, South Africa
      12 May 2014

      A disappointing experience where our family holiday was cut short with 2 families leaving after just one night. Bee stings ( a hive of bees were in the foundation of our cabin), musty rooms, cold showers in our room and bed bugs are just to mention a few of our unpleasant experiences. The photos on the website are somewhat deceptive- the rating of 3 stars on the SafariNow website has to be incorrect and misleading.

      tasneem khan, South Africa
      06 May 2014

      I have truly enjoyed my holiday, it was so tranquil and the beach so beautiful and private, I needed an escape from the city life and people and the laughing forest was just such a blessed place to find ones inner peace, thanks to Douglas for checking up on us and making sure our stay was comfortable. The cabins are just too cozy, a perfect getaway. I am missing the place already but would be back, thanks Debbie and Phil for creating such a treasure of a place, I loved every moment.

      Barry Smith, South Africa
      12 July 2013

      We enjoyed our stay despite the drama of losing our car key and having to arrange for a courier to bring the spare down from JHB. Debbie and Phil are excellent and caring hosts and the log cabin was basic but clean and comfortable.

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      The Laughing Forest is 0.6km from the centre of Elysium , the nearest airport 53.4km (Margate Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling