Essence Villa

The taste of life

Welcome home


We don’t mix groups

Meeting Treemind African Experience approach of personal service and privacy, Essence welcomes guests as if to the home of a close friend, instilling a sense of peace and belonging amid some of the most diverse natural and beautiful landscapes.

Rustic Luxury

Balancing rustic luxury and with respect for local culture and environment. It is the perfect place to relax after a day fulfilled by adventures, the ideal base for exploring the hidden wonders of South Africa and the perfect starting point to discover Mozambique, with a touch of style.

our backyard

Essence's backyard is often filled with unexpected visitors, the location of our National Park means that we ourselves have many welcome guests who pop in daily for food and of course the good company. We truly offer an up-front and personal approach when it comes to local wildlife, enabling you to feel completely at one with nature and the stunning surroundings in our reserve.

Parsons/ Balule Reserve

The Balule nature reserve is situated within a subtropical paradise, with many magnificent eco-zones, boasting over three hundred fascinating species of trees, along with more than two hundred types of charming birds who reside in the area. You really don't need to be a wildlife lover to be able to soak up and appreciate the exceptional surroundings on offer here.


How do we immerse ourselves in new cultures, new places? Food is a good start.

We use fresh, locally produced and grown ingredients, preferably organic, BPA and GMO-free. Our kitchen offers the finest southern African and international dishes carefully adapted to your tastes. Vegan or gluten free diets can be easily accommodated.
Indeed, guests with special diets need only indicate this before arrival so we can create a personalized menu.

We invite you to visit our regional producers and fishermen or pass an afternoon of wine tasting in some of Africa’s best vineyards.

Seeing for yourself the connection between food and the soil, the sea and the people, and then to taste, is to experience something of the essence of this special part of Africa.