New Year’s Resolutions in the Bush After a thrilling, action-packed 2023, the Bellevue Forest Reserve team is ending the year with a high! A definite highlight for us has been the introduction of a small group of elephants into the reserve. Translocated from the nearby Addo Elephant National Park in August, they settled in beautifully […]
It’s the festive season, the silly season, the crazy days of summer holidays and end-of-year panic to tie up loose ends, attend a dozen functions, make plans, shop, spend, rush around, fight the traffic, cook, feed the family, beat the heat, fight the crowds …. whew, are you FRAZZLED yet? Calm down and take a […]
History was made on the 22nd of August 2023, as the first ever family group of elephants was successfully captured and moved from the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Two adult females, each with two female calves, along with three young bulls, were translocated to the privately owned Bellevue Forest […]
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.
Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, an unforgettable family vacation, or an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and wildlife up close and personal, Elephant Lodge offers a unique escape. Enjoy the beauty of the African bushveld with knowledgeable guides and experiences that let you witness the majestic creatures that roam this diverse land. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this enchanting place — from bird watching to game drives amidst South Africa’s renowned Big 5. No matter what brings you here, Elephant Lodge promises an unforgettable stay!
Which of us adults don’t have a fond memory or fantasy about living in a magical ‘fort’ or treehouse at some point during our childhood?
Here at our mountain forest paradise of Bellevue Forest Reserve, we are just buzzing with excitement at the advent of spring. While we love ALL seasons, there is something so fresh and wonderful about the change from winter – like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, our landscape starts to show the brilliant early buds and leaves that herald a complete makeover.
Wouldn’t you love to experience a one-of-a-kind dining South African extravaganza, fully immersed in the raw and rugged beauty of our back country?
The most popular and sought after activity at our Eastern Cape destination – Bellevue Forest Reserve and the luxury Elephants Lodge – is the opportunity to walk among giants. Our majestic giraffe are familiar with small groups approaching them on foot, offering a truly incredible experience. Nothing compares to the authenticity of being in the animal’s realm, engaging every sense, under the safe protection of a highly experienced guide. This is undoubtedly the number one memory-maker for a trip to our spectacular Eastern Cape region. After a spellbinding day on foot in the bush, let us pamper you in elegant comfort as you relive the day’s excitement around an evening bonfire under the star-studded African night.
Every season offers its blessings in the wilds of South Africa, but for many bush lovers, winter is the best of all. (Just ask a local).