Embark on an early-morning or late-afternoon game drive with an experienced guide.Find out more
Breathtaking landscapes set the scene, endangered wildlife roam free and the thrill of spotting a lion or cheetah lingers in the atmosphere — this is Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve. Embark on an unforgettable safari experience in the heart of the malaria-free Great Karoo.
A nature conservation and family-friendly safari destination
Enjoy chic comforts whether you choose to stay in one of the family-friendly Manor Houses, rich in history, or a more modern, eco-friendly Pod.
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Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 6280
Services and Facilities
- Wi-Fi In rooms and public areas.
- Swimming pools For private use at each Manor.
- Game Drives Two game drives per day.
- Housekeeping Offered twice daily.
- Welcome refreshment Complimentary beverage on arrival.
- Parking Available on the property.
- Eco Pods Intimate nature experience.
Stargazing at Mount Camdeboo
Explore the wonders of the wild under starlit skies.Find out more
Rock art walk at Mount Camdeboo
Admire ancient KhoiSan rock paintings, following a guided walk and drive.Find out more
Valley of Desolation visit
A breathtaking, picturesque geological phenomenon!Find Out More
Guided historical tour
One of the best ways to explore South Africa’s oldest townsFind out more
The Village of Nieu-Bethesda
Nieu-Bethesda is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberg Mountains, 50 km from Graaff-Reinet.Find out more
Dining at Mount Camdeboo
Indulge in menu items steeped in tradition, reinvented with a light contemporary touch. Dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice.
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Mount Camdeboo is an ideal family destination in a malaria-free setting and children of all ages are welcome. Please note:
- The full adult rate applies for children 12 years or older.
- Children under the age of three are not permitted to go on game drives.
- Families can explore the Melk River Meander, the large fenced area surrounding the lodges, to stretch little legs and spot birds, insects and the region’s flora.
- An extra bed can be placed in rooms at the manor houses to accommodate children. Some rooms can accommodate up to two beds. Please enquire about availability.
- Persons must be 18 years or older to stay at the Pods.
To ensure that you have a comfortable and memorable safari experience, we recommend that you include the following items when packing:
- Light-weight clothing
- Warm clothing, including items such as a jacket, scarf and beanie
- Waterproof jacket
- Insect repellent
- Small flashlight
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need further information.
The Karoo has a rich heritage when it comes to flavourful, traditional cooking. The talented chefs at Mount Camdeboo have been inspired by recipes that date back to a bygone era. Recipes have been reinvented with a light contemporary touch.
These wholesome meals are seasoned with herbs grown on the reserve — their roots deep in ancient soils — while the balance of delicious ingredients is brought in fresh from neighbouring farms and suppliers.
Just like the menu, the evening dining venues are varied. One night, you might dine under the twinkling Karoo stars (an essential part of the African experience), complete with full-course silverware and a dedicated chef cooking right before you. Another night may present you with a dining experience in a secluded courtyard or alongside a roaring dining-room fire. This element of surprise creates a highly enjoyable way of absorbing the splendour and diversity that Mount Camdeboo has to offer.
A number of dietary requirements are catered for, including halaal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan.
Mount Camdeboo falls within a malaria-free area. It is, however, recommended that you contact your local travel clinic for advice on the necessary precautionary measures for visits to the region.
We recommend that you contact your local travel clinic for advice on the necessary precautionary measures that you should take for visits to this region.
We uphold a Safe & Clean Commitment, focused on enhancing cleaning practices, guest interactions and workplace protocols to address the hygiene challenges presented by COVID-19. In addition, 100% of our hotel’s staff members are fully vaccinated. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 information portal.
The Great Karoo is considered a semi-desert region that stretches into the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa. The climate results in a very particular landscape, dotted with xerophytic vegetation. The topography on Mount Camdeboo is however quite different, boasting lush valleys, due to its location at the foot of the Sneeuberg.
The broader region is home to vast plains and picturesque mountains and is well-known for its game-viewing and bird-watching opportunities. If you’re into outdoor activities, the Great Karoo won’t leave you disappointed as there are plenty of options available, like horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking or canoeing, to name a few.
Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve lies just to the east of the town of Graaff-Reinet, approximately 60 km away, in the heart of the malaria-free Great Karoo region.
Daily scheduled flights arrive at Port Elizabeth International Airport from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. From there, a road transfer can be arranged to Mount Camdeboo in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. The duration of the drive is three hours (distance 280 km).
Two private local airstrips are also available should you prefer to charter in. One is located in Graaff-Reinet and the other on a neighbouring farm. Please note that the use of airstrips is subject to availability and only by prior arrangement.
If you’d like to self-drive, the reserve is an easy 280 km drive from Port Elizabeth. Self-drive directions are available on request. Enquiries regarding pre-arranged helicopter charters can be done through Reservations.
Arid air and cloudless skies are typical of this area, as are great heat and frosts. Daytime is typically warm, while nighttime and early mornings can become cool, even in summer months.
- October–April / May
- Hot with occasional thundershowers
- Average daytime temperature: 30°C
- April / May–September
- Cold and sometimes snows on the mountains
- Average daytime temperature: 15°C
What Our Clients Say
Loved it here… Stunning scenery and very mountainous. Great staff, food and very relaxed place.Henrik Larsson
Both the pepper tree stay and the pods are a highly recommend stay that should be made by anyone looking for a special and unique experience.Terence Martin
Fantastic unexpected experience in the Great Karoo. Besides the animal sightings, the landscape is truly unique and hospitality memorable.Christan Boshoff
Agent rates’ application forms
Agents and operators can apply for STO rates through the link below, or download the Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve factsheet/brochure and imagery.