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Why you should choose an owner-managed resort for your next escape 

Why you should choose an owner-managed resort for your next escape 

With the dream of a return to leisure tourism finally starting to make its way into reality, many nature and adventure seekers will be looking for that ideal destination that offers a completely relaxing, energising recharge. 

We hope that we can convince you to consider why we at Bellevue Forest Reserve, located in the spectacular Eastern Cape mountains, are the ideal choice. 

It’s not just that we have 2500 hectares of virgin forest, home to a great diversity of animals like lion, giraffe, buffalo, kudu and meerkats. And it’s not just about champagne air, mild weather, incredible views, star-studded nights, precious silence and soulful forest bathing. We have all of that, in spades, in close proximity to the Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park and Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha).

More importantly, our reserve and lodges are family-owned and owner-managed. No cookie cutter corporate franchise here – we are the epitome of the passionate, personal touch. Owner Loodt Buchner is totally hands-on, driven to constantly improve and refine the many aspects of one’s vacation experience. It is a role he embraces with an intense love for land, people and God.

A core value here at Bellevue is the complete attention to detail. Delicious, home-cooked meals prepared with love and served with pride. Luxurious elegance in the family-friendly Elephants Lodge, where cleanliness, freshness and comfort are guaranteed in an uncrowded environment with lots of space to find peace and quiet. Personalised adventure activity planning where a plan will always be made!

Personnel training is constant in the lodges to ensure that our staff maintain the highest standards. You will find our management team adaptable, accountable and highly responsive to any requests as we are passionate and personally invested.

And on the subject of staff – the warm gratitude of those employed in our company is palpable. Located as we are in the poorest economic region in South Africa, we feel extremely humbled to be a significant employer that has managed to retain every single staff member throughout the recent turbulent years. Our community spirit is strong and runs through everything we do – we don’t just talk about responsible tourism: we are a living example! With projects extending to beekeeping, wildlife conservation volunteering, market gardens and indigenous tree planting, we constantly seek ways to develop as a holistic destination.

We understand that your holiday break is so much more than a few days away from home. You need full assurance that every need will be taken care of, any issue dealt with immediately and satisfactorily, and that the owner’s vested interests in your enjoyment and pleasure means that no matter is too trivial to be brought to his attention. 

And it certainly should help to also know that while you are having the time of your life, you are also safeguarding both our fragile biodiversity and the welfare of those employed to work within it.

That’s what we consider the greatest reason of all for a visit to Bellevue!

Please allow us the privilege of being your hosts on you next escape.




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