Giraffe Walking Safaris

Be part of an exhilarating African experience with our TALL FIVE  Giraffe Walking Safaris. As one of Bellevue Forest Reserve’s specialty excursions on a 2,500-hectare private game reserve in the Greater Addo region, this is an experience like no other.

Filled with breath-taking moments, a maximum of 27 guests have an intimate walk through the heart of the Addo Valley Bushveld accompanied by a highly experienced FGASA trained armed trails guide. This is where beautiful memories are made, as you feel the African sun giving life to this amazing safari experience. Bigger groups can be accommodated with prior arrangement, as well as a mid of day time slot (11H00am).

Commencing right after you have enjoyed your beverages and will last about 45 minutes. Hereafter you will return to the lodge where you and your group will enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at our Eagles Nest Lookout Lounge for the morning trips and sundowners in the bush for the afternoon activities.

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Buffalo Encounters

Experience the African safari like never before with our Buffalo Encounters. A behind the scenes, curtains open excursion that won’t be found around just any corner. Here a maximum of 10 guests get to be part of a 4×4 vehicle drive, facilitated by a Game Ranger and view from up close as Buffalo’s are fed and monitored on a daily basis.

Based on a section of our 2,500-hectare private nature reserve in the Greater Addo region, this is an experience like no other, giving you a glimpse into the natural habitat of these amazing species as you ride through the Buffalo Camp of the nature reserve. The morning breeze makes this trip more amazing, departing our lodge at (07h30) daily after a morning coffee and lasts between 45 – 60 minutes, followed by a scrumptious breakfast at our Eagles Nest Lookout Lounge.

As the day draws to a close, creating picturesque views the afternoon Buffalo Encounters tour leaves camp after Drinks and snacks and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Where after guests are entertained in the bush for sundowner drinks and snacks before ending the day at Elephants Lodge again.

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Tooth & Claw Safari

Guests are treated to close encounters with a large variety of game species, including lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra, rhino, crocodile and many more. The Game Drive is followed by dinner, usually a mix of safari cuisine and traditional South African cooking, which is enjoyed around large open aired lapa and camp fires.

Mix of safari cuisine and traditional South African cooking enjoyed around large open aired lapa and camp fires.

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Wildlife

Exclusive personalized Addo Elephant National Park’s Big 5 Safaris. On these tours you will experience breath-taking wildlife sightings as only our area can provide. Alternatively experience the plains game close-up on a personalized game drive on our very own Private Bellevue Forest Reserve. Drives are done twice daily in morning and afternoon departures. We make use of Converted open air Safari vehicles and luxury closed 4×4 SUV’s.

Close-up on a personalised game drive

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Celestial Stargazing Safaris

Experience the bush at a celestial level. Embark on a personalized guided nature walk with a difference under the African night sky and discover the
some of our night life, the sounds of the bush and stars in the African heavens.  Whilst learning more about our unique constellations in the Southern Hemisphere with an experienced game ranger.

Personalized guided nature walk with a difference under the African night sky

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Walking Safari With The Giants & Cape Buffalo Encounter

Bellevue Forest Reserve situated on the 2500-hectare private game reserve in the Greater Addo region. Be part of an exhilarating African experience for a unique close adventure walk with the reserve’s tallest wildlife members – the Giraffe.

Filled with breath-taking moments, enjoy an intimate walk through the heart of the Addo Valley Bushveld accompanied by a highly experienced FGASA trained trails guide. This is where beautiful memories are made, as you feel the African sun giving life to this amazing safari experience.

Upon arrival at Bellevue Forest Reserve, enjoy a welcome drink before you embark on a mini game drive on the reserve to locate the Tall Five. You will get the opportunity to observe the fauna and flora along the way, the reserve has 3 of the Big 5 (Buffalo, Lion and Leopard). Once the Tall Five (Giraffe) is located, embark on foot to experience the Giraffe from up close and personal. Closest you will get to the giraffe is about 25 meters and no touching is allowed. Your trails guide will point out interesting facts about the giraffes.

After your walking safari, continue your game drive to locate the Cape Buffalo. The Cape Buffalo is one of the Big 5 and may reach up to 6.8 to 11 feet in length and the largest of the sub specie found in South and East Africa. Facilitated by a Game Ranger you can view from up close as Buffalo’s are fed and monitored daily. The duration of your walking safari including your mini game drive will be about 1 ½ hours.

Return to the lodge, enjoy snacks with some sparkling wine and juice, including fresh from the fire, a traditional wood fired mini bread called rooster brood. After your exciting wildlife experience return to the quayside and re-join your ship.

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