Escape from the everyday into a world of big skies, untamed bush and a warm African welcome on a safari adventure at Bellevue Forest Reserve in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Bellevue is an ideal getaway for honeymooners, families with young children, the young and the young-at-heart. Relish the luxury comfort of our Elephant Lodge or a romantic retreat under the stars in the Stargazer Camp.
Meditation, wild natural beauty, adrenalin-pumping adventure, safari cuisine and campfire tales – all await in our 2 500-hectare reserve of nature conservation with a heart for people, adjacent to the famed Addo Elephant National Park.
Our lodges, all in a beautiful and natural setting inside Bellevue Forest Reserve, guarantees guests breath-taking views of the rolling hills, landscapes and most majestic sunrises and sunsets. For nature lovers the lodges feature the opportunities to see wild animals from very close and or from our viewing decks.
Backed by luxury accommodation – where comfort, service, food, and wine are equally well-considered – this is a safari in style, an African original. That being said, each Bellevue Forest lodge has its own special appeal. The one for you will depend entirely on who you are, and what you are looking for. Let us help guide you in choosing the right one for your stay…
Gracious luxury, refined elegance, and authentic Eastern Cape charm
On the ancient paths once trodden by elephants, the five-roomed thatched Lodge offers large, beautifully appointed rooms, with a maximum total of 12 people accommodated. Perfect for families, the focus is on comfort, convenience, and pampering.
Each unit has a King size bed (or twin ¾ beds), en-suite shower and toilet with glass walls inviting the views and sunlight inside. Sliding doors lead off each room onto a wide patio and indigenous gardens, offering sweeping views over dense misty forests. Private seating throughout the garden areas encourages commune with nature in this awe-inspiring landscape.
Rooms are well-equipped with amenities such as personal safes, cooling fans, hair dryers and tea/ coffee stations.
Public areas include a well-stocked bar, indoor and outdoor lounges and dining areas and a wide sundowner deck overlooking the forest. Excellent high-speed Wi-Fi is freely available throughout the lodge. However, the absence of television encourages guests to connect and engage fully with their surroundings.
Rooms are available on either a Bed-and-Breakfast or fully catered basis. All-inclusive packages include two activities daily, or these can be added individually.
Become part of the endless expanse of the heavens
An alternate accommodation option at Elephants Lodge is our luxury en-suite tents, furnished in the finest glamping style and situated high on the mountainside with private decks overlooking the beautiful surroundings.
Shielded by the enveloping forest deep in the game reserve, spend a night or two under the open sky in a cocoon of luxuriously soft bedding. Walls and roofs are replaced by trees strung with twinkling lights and the only barrier between you and nature is the gauzy film of draped netting – but mosquitoes won’t be bothering you here. The whisper of the trees will hush you to sleep, the magical illumination of a billion stars offers a skylight view like no other. Count shooting stars as they cross the mighty Milky Way arching above. A more romantic setting would be hard to come by and the sheer adventure of the experience is unbeatable.
Stargazer is properly off the grid and runs on green principles. With only three ‘suites’ spaced far enough apart for total privacy and separated by a central, cosy fire pit; guests feel alone in the vast universe. Winding sand paths, outdoor showers and toilets form part of the experience.
Stargazer Camp is exclusively for adult guests, and includes delicious African cuisine served under the boughs of majestic trees along with chef and butler service. A genuine five-star guest adventure!
Boardroom & Conference facilities accommodating up to 10 delegates -priced from R350 per person.
Walk with giraffe, experience the Big 5 up close and personal, see the wild differently on a stargazing safari, explore colonial history and a forgotten railway village, ride the waves with whales and dolphins in a conservation area stretching from mountains to ocean
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