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Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve

C O N10 And Alicedale Turnoff Bellevue Forest Reserve, Paterson, Sundays River Valley 6130 South Africa
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Calm tranquility, 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!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Infinity pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Golf course
Kids stay free
Car park
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Horseback riding
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Massage chair
Neck massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
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Tile / marble floor
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Refrigerator
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C O N10 And Alicedale Turnoff Bellevue Forest Reserve, Paterson, Sundays River Valley 6130 South Africa
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Tine A wrote a review Jan 2024
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There's much to say about this place, but let me start with what I believe is crucial information one should know before staying here. If you consider yourself an animal lover, take a moment to read my review. Bellevue Forest Reserve presents itself as a haven for animals and nature, emphasizing the preservation of endangered flora and fauna. However, it's noteworthy that the owner, Loodt Buchner, is also involved in hunting the same wildlife through Tootabi hunting safaris. This dual involvement raises ethical concerns, especially when requesting a conservation levy for one company while engaging in hunting with another. For those less concerned about hunting, there are additional issues related to the stay itself. The reception was cold, lacking warmth or attention to our child. The check-in process was brief, emphasizing identity document scanning, and we were swiftly taken to our room. Upon entering, we noticed significant cracks everywhere, unsettling us with a three-year-old in tow. Expressing our safety concerns to the staff yielded no response, and despite other safety-related issues later surfacing, no action was taken. The door lock was faulty, allowing it to be easily pushed open even if locked with a key. The shower water was scalding, making it impossible to use, and safety concerns extended to a large window in the shower where outsiders could see despite a partially covered sticker. Despite general cleanliness, there was substantial dust and dirt under the bed. Numerous issues were raised during and after our stay, but no resolutions were offered. This place does not align with its online portrayal at all, and the photos are misleading. A beautiful website, professional images, and communication during booking led us here, but the reality was quite different. A strange atmosphere was evident upon arrival, and if not for our young daughter and the lack of nearby alternatives during the holidays, we would have left immediately after seeing the room. The only positive aspect was the kind and helpful ladies in the kitchen and dining area who showed great care for our daughter. Regrettably, our stay leaves us with significant disappointment, knowing our money indirectly supports someone with a pro-hunting stance.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Duncan H wrote a review Apr 2023
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We had a fantastic time. Such a beautiful lodge with stunning views, The rooms are very luxurious, and the food was so lovely! Staff were very helpful, and The Giraffe Walk is amazing. What an experience we had with our Guides Alex, and Stephen. They were very knowledgeable, and the whole experience was amazing. They went above, and beyond to make it special. Id recommend this to anyone.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Joachim_Devisch wrote a review Jan 2024
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A very poor price/quality ratio in every aspect. Comfort is severely limited, and the photos do not accurately represent reality. There are significant cracks in the walls that compromise guest safety. There is insufficient water for showering (water from the shower is boiling hot and can’t be lowered) and toilets. Most importantly, the hotel charges a fee for animal welfare preservation, while the hotel owners, through another company, offer the opportunity to shoot the same kind of animals for avid hunters. This is a clear ripoff on every level where profit takes precedence. Avoid at all costs!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Annahee1403 wrote a review Jan 2024
Cologne, Germany7 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an amazing stay at Bellevue. We were welcomed so nicely and it was the best stay out of our Garden Route. Everyone was super nice, the interior was cool and the food and wine were very delicious.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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michirosenfeld wrote a review Nov 2023
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We had a very pleasant stay at Bellevue starting with a warm welcome from Brian. The atmosphere was really something special and the food was just excellent. We’ll always remember the Giraffe Walking Tour and the guide was great. Although we only spent 2 nights at Bellevue it was definitely a stay during our trip through SA remember.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 24 Nov 2023
Dear Michirosenfeld We are so please to hear that your stay at Bellevue was a memorable one and that you enjoyed your Giraffe Walking Safari. Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience, we do appreciate it tremendoulsly. Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe travel home. Kind regards Lin-Mare & the Bellevue Team
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Maico P wrote a review Nov 2023
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The people are nice and friendly and the giraffe walk is beautiful but the images on the booking page are highly deceptive. I did not receive the room I had booked and paid for; instead, I was provided with a room that had a tiny, outdated bathroom without a door, which was quite unpleasant (!!!). The bathroom was also leaking water and the floor was wet. Despite my request for the room I had paid for, the manager did not take any action to accommodate our request.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sschipmolder wrote a review Oct 2023
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i had an amazin stay, the 3 course menu for dinner was delicious and had amazing service. the rooms were incredible with good beds, and an amazing shower. But the best part was the giraffe tracking we did straight from the lodge. seeing these 6 meter tall girafes only 1 meter away from you is breathtaking. definitly would recomend!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jean-Paul wrote a review Oct 2023
Poortugaal, The Netherlands11 contributions5 helpful votes
This is the place to stay near Addo, we entered Addo national park from the south and exited on the north side so we had a full day, and then it only took us 25 min to drive to Bellevue. We also arrived here a day earlier with the fantastic help from Tanya!! We did the giraffe walk which is amazing , and at the resort itself they pay so much attention to detail it’s great. Definitely stay here and enjoy te ambience
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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cprott471737 wrote a review Oct 2023
Lyon, France1 contribution
Cozy resort with attentioned people dedicated to the service and proposals for safaris activities. We discovered very beautiful gardens at the reserve and we shared very good meals with the other travelers staying at the resort in a pleasant atmosphere.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 22 Oct 2023
Dear CPROTT471737 Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Bellevue Forest Reserve. We appreciate your feedback to guide other travelers visiting the Addo area in the Eastern Cape. With only 5 rooms, we may be small, but we have a very big heart dedicated to providing service excellent. Kind regards Lin BELLEVUE FOREST RESERVE
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FrankGozo wrote a review Oct 2023
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We did the giraffe walk, which was a special experience. Being so close to these beautiful and curious creatures was an amazing event. Our guide Stephen knows a lot about the animals and he also is an excellent spotter. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear Frank Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of your Giraffe Walking Safari experience. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed this amazing experience. Kind regards Lin BELLEVUE FOREST RESERVE
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,039 - R 4,567 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Olifantskop Lodge
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeGreater AddoSundays River ValleyPaterson
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve
What are some of the property amenities at Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a refrigerator, and an additional bathroom.
What food & drink options are available at Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to an infinity pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve have airport transportation?
Yes, Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Is Elephants Lodge Bellevue Forest Reserve accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.