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Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve and Tented Camp

Middelburg, Mpumalanga

The Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve and Tented Camp is situated in the Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve, a paradise of over 4500 ha of pristine nature tucked away in the Olifants River valley, ready to be explored. Located just under 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria outside Middelburg Mpumalanga in a malaria free area.

Our intimate glamping camp has 9 safari tents all equipped with an en-suite bathroom, 2 comfortable ¾ beds, or 1 king size spacious bed with luxurious linen, electricity, camp chairs and table, carpeted flooring and large windows with gauze netting. A bar fridge and a coffee station stocked with coffee, tea, milk, and rusks. The tents are located approximately 100 meters from the central guest facilities. You can relax at your tent or the swimming pool, lounge and veranda. Your delicious homestyle meals are served at the central guest facilities dining area or in our special boma.

Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve and Tented Camp offers an affordable and authentic glamping safari experience where you will be hosted by our passionate safari guides. Guided activities include game drives in open game viewing vehicles, bush walks, and hiking. Unguided activities include hiking, trail running and mountain biking (please bring your own bikes).

The reserve

Whilst not a Big 5 reserve we have much more to offer. Our wildlife, which includes leopard, hyena, giraffe, eland, sable, oribi, blesbok and many other species, roam freely across extensive river frontages, permanent wetlands and streams, riverine forestation, gorges, savannah plains, rocky outcrops, and majestic cliffs. It is always special to spot the honey badgers and porcupines, notwithstanding over 302 bird species,

The reserve is a proclaimed protected area due to the irreplaceable bio-diversity status partly attributed to the cycad populations, over 100 grass species, red data fauna and flora and rock art.

OUR MISSION IS THE CONTINUED ERADICATION OF ALL ALIEN AND INVASIVE FLORA AND THE CONSERVATION OF THIS IRREPLACEBLE LAND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

General information

  • Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve is not a Big 5 reserve, however leopard do roam the reserve.
  • Bezhoek is within a malaria free area.
  • Approximately 7 kms of the journey to the camp is on gravel roads.
  • Check in is at 14h00, with check out at 11h00.
  • Credit card facilities are available for Visa, Mastercard and AMEX. Including Snapscan.
  • Parking is conveniently available at each of the tents or at the main guest area.
  • There are tea/coffee making facilities in the central guest area and in your tent, a glass of wine or soft drink is served at dinner and a GT sundowner or soft drink with your afternoon game drive.
  • We request that guests bring their own alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the duration of their stay, as we do not have a bar facilities available at the camp.
  • Breakfast 09h00 to 11h00 and lunch at 14h00 to 16h00 are served in the central guest area; dinners 19h00 can alternate between the main guest area and the boma (weather permitting).
  • The morning and afternoon game drive/bush walks departure times vary according to the time of the year and times will be communicated with you upon confirmation of the reservation. Our guests should be ready at their tents 15 minutes prior to departure. Activities are approximately 2h30/3hrs in duration. The departure of morning activities will be confirmed with guests during dinner the previous evening.
  • It is always advisable to bring warm/waterproof clothing and comfortable shoes for the activities. For the winter months definitely bring jackets, scarves, gloves, beanies etc.
  • Please note that Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve conservation fees are not included in the rates and guests will be charged accordingly at the
  • Self-driving within Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve is not permitted (only to and from the camp).
  • NO OPEN FIRES of any sort are permitted on the Reserve other than in marked designated areas.

From 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2023

  • Adults:  R100 per person per night (local and international)
  • Children (3-11 years): R50 per child per night

Facilities

  • Cold water swimming pool
  • TV lounge with board games

Activities

  • Open vehicle safaris (night drives by arrangement)
  • Bush walks/hikes guided and unguided.
  • Trail running and mountain biking (guests to bring their own bikes; and washing facilities available for bikes)

Accommodation

Come and experience the luxurious tented camp just under 2 hours away from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve boasts nine luxury safari tents complete with en-suite bathrooms, natural fibre carpets and comfortable three-quarter beds which can convert to king size on request.

Each tent is equipped with a fan to keep you cool in summer and electric blankets in winter, ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible all year round. A coffee station with a gas kettle, coffee, tea, milk and rusks are provided as well as a fridge. You can sit on your deck and take in the exquisite sunrise and sunset views over the reserve that only Africa can provide.

The tents are located just a short walk from the dining area and swimming pool whilst a leisurely stroll or bike ride to the lookout point offers guests a panoramic view over the Olifants River Valley. This is the ideal spot for a sundowner and a selfie.

The camp is fully -catered and staff will prepare your meals so there is no need to self-cater. The bush boma offers guests an exceptional bush dinner experience hosted by the resident chef.

In Your Tent

  • Bar fridge
  • Electric blanket and extra blanket
  • Linen, bath towels
  • Bathroom towels are not permitted to be used at the swimming Guests can bring their own swimming towels, alternatively, please ask at the main guest area for a towel.
  • Charging points for electronic devices (bring your own travel adapters and charging cables)
  • Gas plate for kettle only, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, rusks, crockery, and glassware
  • Fan
  • Hat and coat rack
  • Deck chairs and table
  • Two umbrellas
  • Guests are required to bring their own toiletries (we only provide handwash and toilet paper)
  • Guests are requested to bring their own torches.

Gate Times

  • Strictly 06h00 to 18h30
  • Any arrivals required after 18h30 must be timeously communicated to the camp in order to arrange after hour access.

 Child policy

  • Children are welcome, however, children under the age of 3 are not permitted on the game viewing vehicles.
  • Our king size beds can comfortably sleep 2 adults and a child. By prior arrangement

Group Bookings

  • Bezhoek offers a number of indoor and outdoor facilities to accommodate groups or customised events such as corporate clients for executive break-a-ways, team building, small conferences and special occasions.
  • Whether it is a day or a weekend event, Bezhoek will provide you with everything you need to make the experience memorable.

We can cater for different group sizes and will provide you with a detailed quotation once we understand your specific requirements. However, we can only sleep a maximum of 18 guests overnight.

For Your Safety and Communications

  • Take note that when you visit the Bezhoek Tented Camp you are entering a nature reserve and although we are not a Big 5 reserve there are many other dangerous situations you could encounter out in the veld.
  • For your safety and convenience, we would like to suggest that you wear closed shoes when you are out and about at the Bezhoek Tented Camp.
  • Mobile coverage differs from network to network and at times coverage is limited, particularly further away from the camp and in the valleys. WiFi is available at the main lodge area.

Quick facts

Name:  Bezhoek Private Nature Reserve and Tented Camp
Location / Area:  Middelburg. Mpumalanga. Olifants River Valley
Size:  4500 Hectares
Big 5 Reserve:  No (does have leopard)
Malaria Area:  No
Distance from Johannesburg/Pretoria:  Approximately 2hrs travelling.
Swimming pool:  Yes
Wheelchair friendly:  No
Spa:  No
Cell Phone Signal:  Coverage at tents and the central guest area. Very limited and sporadic in the reserve.
Wi-Fi:  Yes – at the central guest area
Card Facilities:  Yes (Visa, Mastercard and AMEX) and SNAPSCAN
Number of tents:  9
Room Type:  Glamping Safari Tents with en-suite bathrooms
Air conditioning:  No (fans only)
Smoking:  Only in designated areas. No smoking in tents, central guest area, game viewing vehicles

Rates:

High Season

Mid-Week – Sunday to Thursday
Weekends – Friday and Saturday

1 February to 30 April 2023 1 September 2023 to 30 April 2024

February 2023 to 30 Apr 2023 1 September to 30 Apr 2023

Exceptions: Excluding: 24th to 26th December 2023 (please contact us for info) Excluding: 26th, 27th, 28th, 31st December 2023 and 1st January 2024.

Exceptions: Including 26, 27, 28, 31 December 2023 and 1 January 2024

All Inclusive (Guided activities included)

Adult Sharing – R1450.00 pp.pn
Adult Single – R1700.00 pp.pn
6 – 11 Yrs – R825.00 pp.pn
3 – 5 Yrs – R605.00 pp.pn
0-2 Yrs – R0.00

Full Board

Adult Sharing – R950.00 pp.pn
Adult Single – R1200.00 pp.pn
6 – 11 Yrs – R605.00 pp.pn
3 – 5 Yrs – R385.00 pp.pn
0-2 Yrs – R0.00

Low Season

Mid-Week – Sunday to Thursday
Weekends – Friday and Saturday

1 May 2023 – 31 August 2023

1 May 2023 – 31 August 2023

All Inclusive (Guided activities included)

Adult Sharing – R1250.00 pp.pn
Adult Single – R1500.00 pp.pn
6 – 11 Yrs – R750.00 pp.pn
3 – 5 Yrs – R550.00 pp.pn
0-2 Yrs – R0.00

Full Board

Adult Sharing – R850.00 pp.pn
Adult Single – R1100.00 pp.pn
6 – 11 Yrs – R550.00 pp.pn
3 – 5 Yrs – R350.00 pp.pn
0-2 Yrs – R0.00

Included:
  • Dinner, bed, breakfast, light lunch
  • Afternoon and morning game drives/bush walks (if booked on an all-inclusive rate)
  • Access to over 100km of hiking / mountain bike trails.
  • Tea/coffee/water in the main guest area and guest tents; a welcome drink; a G&T sundowner of soft drink on the afternoon game drive, if included; a glass of wine or soft drink at dinner; juice at breakfast.
Excluded:
  • R100 per adult and R50 per child (3-11 years) per night for Bezhoek conservation fees (can either be included as part of the invoice or excluded for payment at Camp)
  • All beverages not mentioned above
  • Gratuities
  • Afternoon and morning game drives/bush walks (if booked on the full-board basis – see costs below)
  • Night drives at R200 per person per drive (on request)

If booked on a Full Board basis, activities can be booked at the Camp directly:

  • R350 per adult / R200 per child (3-11 years) per game drive.
  • R250 per adult / R150 per child (3-11 years) per guided bush walk.

Note:

  • Children under the age of 3 are not permitted on the game drive.

Group Bookings:

  • Camp exclusivity will be given to groups of 7 tents/14 paying guests.
  • For 4 or more tents for single occupancy, a minimum 2-night stay will apply over a weekend.
  • The rates provided are for our standard itinerary; any additional requests will be quoted on when required (picnic breakfasts; brunch set up en-route during hikes etc.

Admin Fee:

  • R55.00 admin fee once off per reservation.

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