4 STAR Bellevue Forest Reserve, a scenic 45 minutes’ drive from Port Elizabeth and 25km from Addo Elephant National Park’s main gate, is home to a growing number of free roaming wildlife within the Malaria free Eastern Cape otherwise known as the Adventure Province.

The big 2,500-ha privately-owned forest reserve, places special interest in wildlife conservation especially the endangered African Flightless Dungbeetle and a wealth of Bird and Tree Species. In the best interest of the animals no animal interaction is allowed at Bellevue. The reserve is a unique gateway to the exclusive floral and bird wealth of the Eastern Cape.

Bellevue accommodates a maximum of 12 guests for overnight stays and a maximum of 60 guests on a day visit divided between morning and afternoon excursions thus 30 x 2. This means that the reserve is a calm and tranquil place to enjoy the clean forest air of Bellevue. Beautiful scenery and vast open spaces are a special part of the Bellevue experience.

Our Rooms:

Lodge Rooms:
The 4-star Lodge (Elephants Lodge) features 5 rooms that can sleep a total of 12 guests. All rooms are in proximity to all facilities. The Lodge rooms are ideal for families. Each room has its own coffee making facilities, equipped with safes, hair dryers and the basic amenities t o make each guest stay as memorable and comfortable as possible. All Lodge rooms are shower en-suite and their own porch to outside.

Star Stargazer Camp:
As the name implies, the S tarGazer Camp is the perf ect place to forget about the world around you and become part of the endless expanse of the heavens. Roof’s and walls are replaced by trees draped with hanging lanterns, romantically enveloping an inviting bed so when the lights go out, your suite is magically illuminated by the stars above.

A more romantic night one could not imagine. The Camp is situated on the Game r eserve, tucked away in an old railway culvert. It consists of two rooms, ideally placed not to see each other. Also separated by a big, communal fire place. Showers,
and toilets are communal and are also privately tucked away and soft on the eye.


Our Activities:

Giraffe Walking Safaris:
Tracking giraffe on foot

Possibly the most distinctive animal of all, the skyscrapers of Africa dominate the treetops of our bushveld. An exhilarating, authentic African experience is to join a giraffe tracking safari on foot in our 2500-hectare private game reserve. Giraffe are quite remarkable creatures and much more so from the perspective of being on the ground looking up!

Buffalo Encounters:
Experience an African safari like no other by joining our buffalo encounters. A behind-the-scenes glimpse at the management of these iconic animals, this extraordinary excursion brings guests right up close to our Cape buffalo as they are fed and monitored daily. Based on a section of our 2500-hectare private nature reserve in the Greater Addo region, this unique experience offers a glimpse into the natural habitat of these amazing animals as you drive through the Buffalo Camp. (No physical interaction is permitted with these wild animals.)

Children’s Programmes:
Shaping futures

The next generation of nature lovers is immensely important to us at Bellevue and we are constantly expanding ways to engage them with the wild.

Many renowned conservationists and wildlife workers can trace the defining moment of their career choices back to a childhood experience. At Bellevue, we hope to enrich the natural awe of young people and show them the beauty, fragility and wonder of their natural surroundings.

Wildlife Experience:
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.

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 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.

Beauty Treatments:
Holistic wellness in nature

Wellness and relaxation are key attractions during a visit to Bellevue Forest Reserve. While we are working on developing our own inhouse Wellness Centre, guests at present can make use of the facilities of the Addo Indlovu Spa, situated in the nearby Addo Elephant National Park.

Forest Bathing:
The call of the wild. Where nature refreshes your soul

Ancient forests and champagne air. One of the purest pockets of virgin forest on the planet. Inhale the energy and soak up the life force. Know that you are home.

The faster life becomes, and the more people are cut off from nature in their daily lives, the more they crave a connection with what is real, pure and wholesome. Eminent biologist and author Edward O. Wilson coined the term ‘Biophilia’ which means ‘an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world’ – or more simply, a love of nature. It’s not a choice – humans are naturally, inexorably, drawn to their roots. And never more so than in the midst of a global health crisis that has rocked our foundations and shown us how tenuous our control over the world really is.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 42 235 1450

Check In / Check Out

Check In: From 13:00
Check Out: At 10:00


Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.373504
Longitude: 25.938499

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 22 24
Longitude: E25 56 18

Latitude: S 33 22.410
Longitude: E 25 56.310