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Bellevue Forest Reserve: A Nature Lover’s Paradise in South Africa

Introduction to Bellevue Forest Reserve

Bellevue Forest Reserve is a malaria-free 2500ha private game reserve in the Greater Addo area of South Africa, near the mountain-top town of Paterson and a short distance from the Addo Elephant National Park. The scenic reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including giraffe, buffalo, leopard, and elephant. It also features a variety of guided drives and walks, with the giraffe tracking walk experience a highlight. Birdwatching opportunities are excellent with an impressive species list.

The History of Bellevue Forest Reserve

Bellevue Forest Reserve was originally established in 1987 by a group of conservationists who wanted to create a safe haven for South Africa’s wildlife. The rich and incredibly diverse Albany thicket supports an enormous variety of fauna and flora. The reserve was initially home to a small herd of giraffe but has since grown to include a number of other animal species, including buffalo, leopard, elephant, zebra, kudu, meerkat and many more. This family-owned destination prides itself on exceptional, personalised service and attention to detail. At the heart of Bellevue’s operations is the beneficiation and upliftment of neighbouring communities along with continual expansion of wildlife conservation areas.

The wildlife of Bellevue Forest Reserve

The wildlife of Bellevue Forest Reserve is one of its most popular attractions. Visitors can see a variety of animals, including giraffe, buffalo, leopard, elephant, zebra, and many more. The reserve is also home to a variety of bird species, including eagles, owls, and kingfishers.


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