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The 3-star Mansfield Private Reserve is located in Port Alfred, a little drive out of town.  Plains game, including giraffe and zebra, roam the Eastern Cape bushveld.  It is safe to walk the pretty hiking trails on the reserve.  The indigenous Aloe grows in abundance on the farm.  When in flower, their bright orange blooms are hard to miss!  While you will not need a 4x4 to reach Mansfield, a high clearance vehicle is advised.

There are both indoor and outdoor self-catering accommodation options at Mansfield. 

The original Farmhouse, with fully equipped kitchen, can sleep up to 8 guests.  Farmhouse guests also have access to a private swimming pool and braai. 

The smaller Cottage can sleep up to 4 guests.  The cottage opens onto a stoep with braai, that overlooks the bushveld. 

Eagle’s Nest Cabin offers a completely off the grid experience.  The kitchenette is equipped with a small gas stove and fridge.  Lighting is battery-operated and paraffin powered.  Hot water to the shower is generated by an old-fashioned “donkey”!  Adventure is guaranteed!  Outdoor accommodation includes camping sites and tree-top platforms.  The platforms, with bunk beds, appeal especially to young outdoor enthusiasts.  

Day visitors are also very welcome at Mansfield Private Reserve.  There are designated picnic and braai spots, a kids play area and swimming pool.  Visit Mansfield for a fun day out with family or friends!  Other activities include guided nature walks, unguided game drives, birding, and fishing.

PlatformsThe basic outdoor platforms, with gas geyser, shower and toilet, provide primitive camping-style shelter in the bush.  Platforms, with bunk beds and mattresses, can sleep up to 10 guests.  Generated power is available upon request, at an hourly rate.

Camp sites are situated a mere 50 metres from the Kowie River.  Facilities include communal open-air ablutions with toilets and hot water showers, as well as braai facilities.  Generated power is available upon request, at an hourly rate.



- Canoes are for hire.
- Fishing is allowed-make sure to bring your own fishing gear.
- Picnic site available on the banks of the Kowie river, with a children’s play area with a jungle gym, trampoline and old Landrover for the kids to play on.

Rooms and Units Available:

Sites 50m from Kowie River. Hot water showers, toilets and basins available at communal ablutions.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Eagle`s Nest Cottage
Romantic cabin overlooking river. No electricity. Gas fridge, gas stove and gas heater. Paraffin lamps. Donkey boiler for hot water showers.
Sleeps 2 Adults

The Lodge at Mansfield
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, lounge, swimming pool, braai areas
Sleeps 7 Adults

The Platforms
Unit consists of wooden floor, a roof and is covered on three sides with shade cloth. Very basic camping accommodation.
Sleeps 10 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Parking (off-street - open)
Xhosa / Zulu
Communal Television
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

If a guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, he/she must do so as soon as reasonably possible.  A “no show” will result in a 100% cancellation fee.

No verbal cancellations will be accepted.  All cancellations must be done in writing and no exceptions in this regard will be allowed.
A cancellation fee of 100% of the total booking will be charged if a guest cancels his/her reservation less than 48 hours prior to arrival.
A cancellation fee of 50% of the total booking will be charged if a guest cancels his/her reservation 14 days prior to arrival.
A cancellation fee of 30% of the total booking will be charged if a guest cancels his/her reservation 30 days prior to arrival.
The above cancellation penalties will also apply should there be a reduction in room numbers.

Latest Reviews

We loved our camping stay at Mansfield in December 2021. We had the whole campsite to ourselves. The restaurant was accommodating and friendly. The pool was lovely and refreshing. And there was a great play area for the kids. The Managing couple were helpful and kind. The animals were amazing for the whole family to enjoy. If it had been very hot for the few days we were there then I think we would have struggled a bit with the lack of shade for pitching tents but the cooking areas and eating lapa was lovely and shady and clean.
The only real struggle we found was the booking process. Mansfield wasn't easy to find and the response wasn't very rapid. We would however definitely recommend the establishment to our friends and visit again should we go up that way.

Angela Muller Aug 2022


From Port Alfred, take the R67 towards Bathurst. After 6km turn left onto a gravel road.
There will be sign boards indicating Mansfield Private Reserve.
Follow the gravel road for 3km until you get to the entrance gates at Mansfield.

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Children Policy

0-2 years: Free of charge
3-12 years: Child rates apply
13-17 years: Full adult sharing rate

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  • Accommodation Type: Caravan park, Game Lodge and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM