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Mount Camdeboo

Cupped in the palm of the picturesque Sneeuberg Mountain Range in South Africa’s malaria-free Eastern Cape province, Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve offers a personalised safari in a region that is steeped in history and culture. The reserve accommodates only 28 guests on 14 000 hectares, ensuring sensitive and sustainable utilisation of natural resources as a foundation for eco-tourism and wildlife conservation.

The Sneeuberg mountain range valley is more verdant than the surrounding semi-arid countryside. Once up on the steep slopes of the reserve, sweeping views abound of typical Karoo mountain formations and plains beyond, whilst being in grasslands teeming with game. The reserve is home to white rhino, Cape buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, mountain zebra, a host of antelope, an abundance of birds and unique Cape flora.

Accommodation is in three beautifully restored, gracious gabled manors – one of which is a sole-use villa - each with spacious gardens and swimming pools, or alternatively for those looking for something under canvas, two luxurious and privately located en-suite safari tents provide sweeping views over the reserve.

The reserve offers a host of activities, from game drives and guided bush walks, to cheetah tracking, star gazing, scenic helicopter flights and Anglo Boer War talks at an historic site on the reserve. Situated in a malaria-free area, it is the ideal option for a family getaway and welcomes children of all ages.

Offering warm and attentive service, Mount Camdeboo is the ideal safari destination for the discerning traveller.

Location

Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve lies just to the east of the town of Graaff-Reinet (approx. 60km away), in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape's Great Karoo.

 

 

BY AIR: Daily scheduled flights (excl Mondays) from Plettenberg Bay airport on the Garden Route to Graaff-Reinet’s airstrip are available with Plett Air Safaris. Daily scheduled flights also arrive into Port Elizabeth Airport from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. From there a road transfer can be arranged to Mount Camdeboo (at an additional cost, please refer to the rates sheer) in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. The duration of the drive is 3 hours (distance 280 km).

2 Private local airstrips are also available should guests prefer to charter in. One is based in Graaff-Reinet and one on a neighbouring farm. Please note that the use of airstrips is subject to availability and only by prior arrangement.


BY ROAD: Chauffeured transfers from Port Elizabeth can be arranged. Alternatively for those wishing to self-drive, the reserve is a mere 280 km (approximately 3 hours) travel by road from Port Elizabeth. Self-drive directions are available on request.

Also inquire about pre-arranged Helicopter Charters through Mount Camdeboo Reservations.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in three beautifully restored, gracious gabled manors – one of which is a sole-use villa - each with spacious gardens and swimming pools, or alternatively for those looking for something under canvas, two luxurious and privately located en-suite safari tents provide sweeping views over the reserve:

 

Camdeboo Manor (4 suites)

A fine example of traditional Cape Dutch architecture with wide Oregon pine floorboards, thick walls, beautifully landscaped gardens and a swimming pool. 4 Luxuriously appointed en-suite bedrooms (2x double and 2x twin, 1 of which is smaller and ideal for children) offer guests a private experience in a classic setting. Rooms feature air-conditioning, under-floor heating, mini bar with tea/ coffee making facilities and French doors opening to the garden (Children’s room does not have French doors or a mini bar). Bathrooms with double vanities, a shower, bath and WC. 

 

Peppertree Cottage (1 Suite)

Situated in a secluded part of Camdeboo Manor’s beautiful gardens, Peppertree Cottage offers a romantic setting for honeymooners or couples seeking privacy. The spacious cottage features a king-size bed, fireplace, kitchenette and a private garden. The bathroom features a double vanity, shower, bath and WC. 

 

Courtyard (4 Suites)

Courtyard is a gracious, double gabled intimate homestead wrapped in a deep veranda, overlooking spacious gardens and a swimming pool. Comprising 4 tastefully appointed en-suite bedrooms (3x double and 1x twin), it lends itself to a more relaxed safari approach. Also ideal as an exclusive use villa for groups of family and friends traveling together. Rooms feature air-conditioning, under-floor heating, mini bar with tea/ coffee making facilities and French doors opening to the gardens. Bathrooms feature double vanities, a shower, bath and WC.

 

Hillside (3-bedroom sole-use villa)

With an elevated position against the lower slope of Sneeuberg Mountain, Hillside offers a private setting with sweeping valley views. Available for exclusive-use only, it is an ideal family option offering relaxed and spacious living spaces, three double en-suite bedrooms, a swimming pool and a private safari vehicle with ranger.

 

Safari Tents (2 x double tents)

2 Luxurious and privately located canvas tents raised on wooden decks, overlooking a seasonal stream. Accessible by wooden walkway, each tent sleeps 2 in a queen-size bed, with indoor en-suite bathroom featuring a shower, basin and WC, and outdoor bathroom featuring outdoor shower and bath. A spacious deck offers sweeping views over the Milk River Valley and picturesque Sneeuberg Mountain Range. Children 12 years and older welcome, max 2 guests per tent, available during summer months only.

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Activities

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Included Activities

bullet2 Game drives
bullet2 Guided bush walks as an alternative to a normal game drive (dependent on whole vehicle opting to
walk instead of drive)
bullet2 Cheetah tracking (during a game drive, at the discretion of the ranger)
bullet2 Visit to an historic Anglo Boer War site during a normal game drive, where the pivotal "Battle of Paardefontein" was fought. It is here that the famous Boer Commander Johannes Lötter was finally captured
bullet2 Star gazing. The Great Karoo has some of the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, which offer upglittering treasures of the sky.


Additional Activities

bullet2 Scenic helicopter flights with Fly Karoo to some of the most scenic spots on the reserve’s mountain tops as well as local attractions; prices listed on Rates sheet.
bullet2 Private safari vehicle – R 3 500 per day (day runs from 12h00 on day of arrival to 10h00 on day of departure, subject to availability).


Activities in the Area

bullet2 Enjoy the beautiful architecture, museums and craft shops in the genteel town of Graaff-Reinet (60km)
bullet2 Take a trip to the nearby town of Nieu Bethesda (120km) and visit the famed Owl House where a recluse artist who filled her home and garden with highly unusual cement and glass sculptures once lived.
bullet2 Tours can be pre-arranged to see:
    Historic tour of Graaff-Reinet
    Prehistoric fossil trails and bone collections
    Africa's largest selection of cacti
    The breath-taking Valley of Desolation

 

Why we LOVE it

bullet2 Privately owned and with a passion for conservation.
bullet2 Experience a personalised safari in a region that is steeped in history and culture.
bullet2 Situated in a malaria-free area, it is the ideal option for a family getaway and welcomes children of all ages
bullet2 Recommended for weddings, conferences, reunions or team building.

 

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Mount Camdeboo Overview

Eco & Community

Wildlife & Conservation

For centuries, Khoisan hunter/gatherers and settler farmers etched out a living by grazing their sheep and goats on the lands of the Greater Karoo. This activity took its toll on the land. Which is why, from the very first day that we set foot on the property, we were driven by the desire to protect, manage and rehabilitate the natural resources of the Mount Camdeboo for long term conservation and sustainable utilisation.

These include:

  • The integrated and holistic ecological management of the fauna and flora of the Reserve to ensure natural eco system functioning.
  • The restoration and management of the natural vegetation for the purpose of Karoo Veld conservation.
  • The sensitive and sustainable utilisation of natural resources as a foundation for eco tourism and wildlife conservation.

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Wildlife on the reserve include:

  • Aardvark
  • Aardwolf
  • Bat eared fox
  • Black backed Jackal
  • Black Wildebeest
  • Buffalo
  • Blesbuck
  • Cape Mountain Zebra
  • Cheetah (radio collared)
  • Duiker
  • Eland
  • Gemsbuck / Oryx
  • Giraffe
  • Klipspringer
  • Kudu
  • Mountain Reedbuck
  • Nyala
  • Ostrich
  • Porcupine
  • Red Hartebeest
  • Sable
  • Springbuck
  • Steenbuck
  • White Rhino
  • Warthog

Weddings

Weddings, conferences, reunions or team building. Celebrate the coming together of hearts and minds while being hosted in true Karoo hospitality style. The centre has been built in an open barn style, which can be used as one large open-plan room or closed off to create a series of smaller function rooms.

 

Facilities Include:

24 Guests can be accommodated at Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve while guests of larger parties will be able to find rooms at neighbouring establishments.

  • Maximum 40 pax catered for in-house
  • On site catering for up to 40 pax
  • Up to 120 pax: larger groups will require external party planning and catering services
  • Tables & chairs (for up to 40 pax)
  • Boardroom seats 12
  • Bar facilities
  • Sound system
  • Projectors
  • ADSL Internet access
  • Telephones
  • Video/phone conferencing equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Under floor heating.

 

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Gallery

Camdeboo Manor

 

Peppertree Cottage

 

Courtyard

 

Hillside

 

Safari Tents