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Bushveld Bivouac is a stunning, fully serviced, off-the-grid, self-catering bush camp with accommodation on spectacular tented platforms and a beautiful cottage retreat amongst the abundant birdlife and majestic flora, on an easily accessible 300-hectare farm with a wide range of plains game.

Guests will enjoy magnificent views, unspoilt bush and beautiful amenities when booking the accommodation at Bushveld Bivouac.  With every detail lovingly considered, each sites offers 2 large, comfortable, 25m2 tents that have high-speed Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, kitchens, plunge pools and fire pits.  The sleeping tents are furnished with king-size beds made up of glorious pure cotton linens, ceiling fans, dressing areas and gorgeous custom-made gowns, bathroom and swimming towels are provided.  The beautiful bathrooms feature large Italian showers, toilets positioned to benefit from the stunning views and a sliding door for privacy.  The separate tented kitchens are fully equipped with two-plate stoves, full-size fridges and all utensils, crockery and cutlery.

Complimentary fresh coffee, teas, sugar, creamer and rusks are provided and pastries and freshly squeezed juices can be delivered to the site by arrangement for an additional fee.  The sleeping and kitchen tent each have sides that can roll up with insect gauze remaining, so one can be in the bush without the restriction of ‘walls’.

Even though the sites are self-catering, as an extra at an additional cost, food shopping can be done on clients’ behalf and delicious pre-prepared meals can be ordered, as well as a mouth-watering picnic basket for a day excursion.

Guests can relax around their private fire pit or cool down in the inviting swimming pool and enjoy the views.  The sites are approximately 100 m from each other, allowing easy access for groups but still retaining their seclusion.  Access between the sites for parties occupying more than one tent is by demarcated paths which are solar-lit at night.  Fires will be stacked for lighting but not lit unless a guest is on-site in the interest of protecting our bush.

The lovely open-plan Retreat cottage is furnished with a comfortable queen-size bed and comfortable linen.  The en-suite bathroom is fitted with a shower and for convenience, towels are provided.  The cosy kitchen is fully equipped with a 2-plate stove, bar fridge, small freezer and a dining area that doubles as a work or socialising space.

Decorated in a multitude of greens, and interesting art pieces, the cottage offers high-speed Wi-Fi, opening to a delightful exterior where guests can sit and enjoy the views.  The covered stoep offers an inviting swimming pool, a comfortable lounger and guests have use of an outside shower.

In the evenings, guests can relax at the fire pit and enjoy the roaming game.  Wake up to the sound of a black-headed oriel and go to sleep at night to the cry of a fiery-necked night jar after a day of walking our well-indicated trails or cycling our gravel tracks.  Or simply soaking up the bush on a comfortable lounger next to your private plunge pool.

Apart from getting to and from your site, and the movement of service vehicles, driving is not permitted on Bushveld Bivouac.  The farm has an extensive network of walking trails and is ideal for mountain or e-biking and open-game vehicle game drives can be pre-booked.

Area Info:

The reserve is 20 minutes from Hoedspruit, 40 minutes from the Kruger National Park’s Phalaborwa gate and just over an hour from the Orpen gate, and within easy access of a wide range of fascinating tourist activities including the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window to name but a few. Bushveld Bivouac is just 30 minutes from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport and a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg.


* Kruger National Park
* Cruise on Blyde River or visit the Canyon
* Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
* Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
* Jessica the Hippo
* Hoedspruit Reptile Centre
* Micro lighting
* Hot-air ballooning
* Wildlife and local artist galleries
* Horse-riding
* God’s Window
* Bourke’s Potholes
* Three Sisters
* Craft breweries
* Gin tasting
* Spas
* Magoebaskloof
* HERD Elephant Orphanage
* Craft shops
* Restaurants
* Mariepskop (highest peak in the northern Drakensberg)

Rooms and Units Available:

With us, you’ll stay in one (or more) of four spectacular tented platforms, each of which assures the highest luxury standards of bushveld shelter.

Tucked away in the trees and stones, an 'off the grid' private tent surrounded by wilderness awaits, while the communal space offers a wifi, boma, pool and superb sunset. Dinner and breakfast included.
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Deluxe Cottage - Retreat

The Retreat is exquisitely decorated in a multitude of greens, soft encompassing pure cotton linens and interesting art pieces. The Retreat comprises of a queen-size bed, dining area (doubling up as a work or socialising space), a fully equipped kitchen with a two-plate gas stove, fridge & freezer and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The cottage has high-speed WIFI.

A delightful exterior will beckon you to sit and relax on the veranda at the table. Enjoy the charm of the plunge pool in summer, comfortable loungers and open-to-the-call-of-the-wild outside shower, warm your feet by the fire at the braai/fire pit area in winter, and revel in the sound of giraffe, wildebeest, zebra or nyala as they rustle in the surrounding bush in the dark of night to the occasional call of lions from nearby Balule.

Sleeps 2 Adults

Honeymoon Tent - Seringa

So named for the magnificent tree towering over the fire pit, Seringa features three platforms – an entertainment deck, a sleeping deck and a bathroom deck offering a romantic outside bath facing the hills of the GaMashishimale, in the Selati game reserve in the distance. Savour a glass of champagne, to complement the setting sun or by candlelight, while relaxing in warm bubbles as the day gives way to the sounds of the evening bush.

Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Luxury Tent - Dragon Rock

Soak up the views of the majestic Klein Drakensberg escarpment (for which Dragon Rock is named) with its red sandstone cliffs and stunning sunsets from the tented kitchen or the fire boma surrounded by rocks, while on the deck, loungers call for relaxation as the cool waters of the plunge pool beckon. Or go down a level for a different perspective and look east at the rising sun from the carved wooden comfort of an Ashanti stool outside the main tent to the accompaniment of a steaming cup of perfect plunger coffee. You’ll wish you never had to leave.

Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Luxury Tent - Lillie

While all our sites were lovingly picked for their incredible views and natural elements (which have been incorporated as far as possible), the panorama from Lillie’s deck is breathtaking. Take in these unparalleled vistas from the wide expanse of deck, with its own star chestnut and bordered by wonderful rock formations. When it comes to the bathroom, the term “room with a view” takes on a whole new meaning.

Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Luxury Tent - Marula

This suite is named for the beautiful Marula sitting proudly in the deck between the plunge pool and the fire pit.  But apart from its marula tree and luxuriant garden, this suite is surrounded by incredible rock features with soft green overtones – emulated in the tent’s soft furnishings – and incredible sunsets. Luxuriate in peaceful hours by the circular pool enjoying the expanse of bush in front of you as you drink it all in.

Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 children

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed
4x4 Routes
Rock Climbing
Mountain Biking
Horse Trail
Arts and Craft

Cancellation Policy:

-  If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total
-  If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the booking total
-  If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the booking total

Terms and Conditions

  • *Check-in is between 14h00 and 18h00.
  • *Check-in gate closes at 18h00.
  • *Any check-ins after 18h00 will be charged a fee of R500.
  • *Cardholder, ID/Passport is required at check-in.
  • *The credit card used for the online deposit must be present at check-in.
  • *Guests must preferably arrive before nightfall.
  • *Access on the farm is via gravel roads. While compact two-wheel drive cars can access the various units under most conditions, in the event of heavy rain or any doubt we will happily provide a shuttle service to and from guest vehicles parked in our safe carport nearer the gate.
  • *The balance is due 7 days prior to arrival. If a guest opts to pay the deposit via EFT, this should be done within 12 hours of booking. If payment is not made within this time frame, we reserve the right to cancel the booking.
  • *Rates are per night and are subject to change without prior notice.
  • *Cleaning/Servicing will have to be done around our existing cleaning schedule unless by prior request.
  • *Children under 14 years old will be accommodated on camp beds in their parents tents on request at an extra charge. A maximum of two children (under 14 years of age) per tent can be accommodated.
  • *All our tents have unfenced pools and raised decks. Guests and their children use both strictly at their own risk. Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by at least one capable adult at all times.
  • *Regrettably pets cannot be accommodated.
  • *All our units rely 100% on solar power and thus no heating appliances may be used eg microwaves, toasters, coffee machines, hairdryers etc.
  • *Absolutely no smoking inside the accommodation, please.
  • *We live in a bush environment that becomes like a tinder box in the dry season. Please take care of fires, barbecues and cigarettes at all times. Cigarette butts must be appropriately disposed of and fires must never be left attended.
  • *The use of drones is unfortunately not permitted in the interests of the privacy of other guests.
  • *Our guests come here to experience the peace of the bush so please do not play loud music or disturb the peace in any way.
  • *Hunting and shooting are strictly forbidden as is the removal of any plant life or rocks.
  • *Guest are liable for and will be charged for any missing or broken items. Stock take is done before and after your arrival.
  • *Disclaimer. The management and staff and anyone else associated with Bushveld Bivouac (Pty) Ltd will not be held liable for any loss, damage, injury or illness incurred or suffered by any guests or any other person whilst on Bushveld Bivouac premises.


From Polokwane International Airport: - Head southeast on Gateway St and proceed for 1.7 km; - Turn left onto Landdros Mare St/R101 and proceed for 1.2 km; - Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Veldspaat St and proceed for 3.9 km; - Turn left onto Munnik Ave and proceed for 1 km; - Continue onto R81 and proceed for 110 m; - Turn right towards Pretoria/Tzaneen and proceed for 2.4 km; - Turn left onto Grobler St/R71 and continue to follow R71 for 1.3 km; - At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on R71 and proceed for 15 km; - At the second roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on R71 and proceed for 65.4 km; - Turn right onto R36/R71 towards Tzaneen and proceed for 4 km; - Use the left lane to take the R71 ramp to Phalaborwa and proceed for 350 m; - Turn left onto Wolkberg Dr/R71 and continue to follow R71 towards Phalaborwa for 55.7 km; - Continue onto Gravelotte St/R40 towards Mica/Hazyview/White River for 1.5 km; - Continue onto R526 towards White River for 31.1 km; - Turn right onto R40 towards White River and proceed for 1.6 km; - Turn right to reach the Bushveld Bivouac entrance. - From here, guests will be directed to the accommodation. - Access on the farm is via gravel roads. While compact two-wheel drive cars can access the various units under most conditions, in the event of heavy rain or any doubt we will happily provide a shuttle service to and from guest vehicles parked in our safe carport nearer the gate. Please call 30 minutes prior to arrival to ensure someone can meet you at the gate and you are not left waiting.

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Children Policy

At and additional cost a camp bed can be provided for children up to 14 years inside the main tent, to a maximum of 2 children per tent.

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  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge, Guest Farm, Private Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM