Bellevue Forest

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Bellevue Forest Reserve

Bellevue Forest Reserve is owned by the Buchner family, the realisation of a passion to be part of the ecological restoration of natural wildscapes and original wildlife corridors. This is where nature’s heartbeat is felt, and where healing and restoration happen.  We place special interest in the preservation of endangered flora and fauna, including the flightless dung beetle. Our reserve is a haven for people and animals alike.

Community beneficiation is a key aspect of our responsible tourism model and for this reason we started the Foundation as the philanthropic arm of Bellevue Forest Reserve. The Foundation funds sustainable projects in educational, community and environmental projects in the Eastern Cape, seeking to help improve people’s lives and preserve our natural surroundings. Guests are welcome to participate in our community activities and be part of the upliftment of those less fortunate.

Part of a monumental conservation initiative, Bellevue Forest Reserve is on the brink of incredible partnerships and plans for expansion that will enable the reintroduction of species such as elephant and rhino on lands as far as the eye can see.

Welcome to

Bellevue Forest Reserve

Bellevue Forest Reserve is owned by the Buchner family, the realisation of a passion to be part of the ecological restoration of natural wildscapes and original wildlife corridors. This is where nature’s heartbeat is felt, and where healing and restoration happen.  We place special interest in the preservation of endangered flora and fauna, including the flightless dung beetle. Our reserve is a haven for people and animals alike.

Community beneficiation is a key aspect of our responsible tourism model and for this reason we started the Foundation as the philanthropic arm of Bellevue Forest Reserve. The Foundation funds sustainable projects in educational, community and environmental projects in the Eastern Cape, seeking to help improve people’s lives and preserve our natural surroundings. Guests are welcome to participate in our community activities and be part of the upliftment of those less fortunate.

Part of a monumental conservation initiative, Bellevue Forest Reserve is on the brink of incredible partnerships and plans for expansion that will enable the reintroduction of species such as elephant and rhino on lands as far as the eye can see.

Elephants Lodge
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. 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 sharks in a conservation area stretching from mountains to ocean. 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, massage, 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.
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Stargazing Camp
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 offer 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.
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Elephants Lodge
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. 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 sharks in a conservation area stretching from mountains to ocean. 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, massage, 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.
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Stargazing Camp
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 offer 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.
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Calm tranquillity, healing nature

Bellevue Forest Reserve in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape is a family-owned property comprising 2500 hectares of mountainous virgin forest with free-roaming wildlife within the Greater Addo area. Here, 165 bird species, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, eland, kudu, and other wildlife find refuge among some of the most scenic and wholesome landscapes to be found anywhere. We know you will too.
A short drive from the renowned Addo Elephant National Park, guests are offered two significantly different experiences in the heart of nature – the gracious and elegant 4-star rated Elephant Lodge or the wildly romantic Stargazer Camp.

The remarkably moderate climate and perfect orientation of the lodge ensures that cooling breezes keep the rooms airy, fresh, and comfortable even in the midst of summer. On hot days, a refreshing dip in our earth pool with its mineral-rich waters does wonders for the skin.

Bellevue Forest reserve is more than a destination. We offer an immersive, connected experience – a discovery of the multi-faceted bounty of nature and a soul connection to the world around us.

Our part of the Eastern Cape is water-scarce, and each raindrop is precious. Every care is taken to be as eco-friendly and water-wise as possible without sacrificing comfort, and to treat nature with extreme gentleness and respect. At Bellevue, we embrace ecologically friendly principles and responsible tourism for the benefit of our community, our country, and our future.

We look forward to the opportunity of sharing this with you!

Calm tranquillity, healing nature

Bellevue Forest Reserve in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape is a family-owned property comprising 2500 hectares of mountainous virgin forest with free-roaming wildlife within the Greater Addo area. Here, 165 bird species, buffalo, leopard, giraffe, eland, kudu, and other wildlife find refuge among some of the most scenic and wholesome landscapes to be found anywhere. We know you will too.
A short drive from the renowned Addo Elephant National Park, guests are offered two significantly different experiences in the heart of nature – the gracious and elegant 4-star rated Elephant Lodge or the wildly romantic Stargazer Camp.

The remarkably moderate climate and perfect orientation of the lodge ensures that cooling breezes keep the rooms airy, fresh, and comfortable even in the midst of summer. On hot days, a refreshing dip in our earth pool with its mineral-rich waters does wonders for the skin.

Bellevue Forest reserve is more than a destination. We offer an immersive, connected experience – a discovery of the multi-faceted bounty of nature and a soul connection to the world around us.

Our part of the Eastern Cape is water-scarce, and each raindrop is precious. Every care is taken to be as eco-friendly and water-wise as possible without sacrificing comfort, and to treat nature with extreme gentleness and respect. At Bellevue, we embrace ecologically friendly principles and responsible tourism for the benefit of our community, our country, and our future.

We look forward to the opportunity of sharing this with you!

"Excellent Accommodation & Food We were in awe at the beautiful accommodation and facilities! The food was truly 5 star quality. The service just excellent. The walk with giraffes was an experience of a lifetime! Friendly and accommodating staff ready to cater for your every need."

marlesebez

"Superb Belleview A superb place and way to spend quality time with family and friends. The giraffe are majestic from close up and foot really adds to the experience. Loodt and his team know what first class treatment is and one can really relax with their great hospitality. I will be going back again soon."

kgibbs2018

"A Bush Breakaway Visiting from the Great Karoo we really enjoyed the forest atmosphere of Bellevue. The staff, especially Frieda, were very friendly and went out of their way to make our breakaway as relaxing as possible."

Abigail

"Excellent Accommodation & Food We were in awe at the beautiful accommodation and facilities! The food was truly 5 star quality. The service just excellent. The walk with giraffes was an experience of a lifetime! Friendly and accommodating staff ready to cater for your every need."

marlesebez

"Superb Belleview A superb place and way to spend quality time with family and friends. The giraffe are majestic from close up and foot really adds to the experience. Loodt and his team know what first class treatment is and one can really relax with their great hospitality. I will be going back again soon."

kgibbs2018

"A Bush Breakaway Visiting from the Great Karoo we really enjoyed the forest atmosphere of Bellevue. The staff, especially Frieda, were very friendly and went out of their way to make our breakaway as relaxing as possible."

Abigail

Game Drives

Other mammals include Lion, Hyaena, Cape Buffalo, and Black Rhino, as well as Zebra, Jackal, Warthog, Suricate and numerous species of Antelope. Over 150 bird species have been recorded in Addo and there are around 600 different plant species. Addo is also home to the endangered dung beetle.

Whether you experience the park from the comfort of your own vehicle or on a game drive with an experienced guide, the chances are you will have close encounters with the elephant. To make the most of the park, be sure to bring binoculars, camera, walking shoes and wildlife reference books.

Game Drives

Other mammals include Lion, Hyaena, Cape Buffalo, and Black Rhino, as well as Zebra, Jackal, Warthog, Suricate and numerous species of Antelope. Over 150 bird species have been recorded in Addo and there are around 600 different plant species. Addo is also home to the endangered dung beetle.

Whether you experience the park from the comfort of your own vehicle or on a game drive with an experienced guide, the chances are you will have close encounters with the elephant. To make the most of the park, be sure to bring binoculars, camera, walking shoes and wildlife reference books.

We Create Experiences

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. 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 sharks in a conservation area stretching from mountains to ocean.

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, massage, 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.

We Create Experiences

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. 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 sharks in a conservation area stretching from mountains to ocean.

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, massage, 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.