Privately owned and with a passion for conservation, Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve is home to numerous endangered species that have been successfully rehabilitated and reintroduced into South Africa’s malaria-free Great Karoo. Experience a personalised safari in a region that is steeped in history and culture.
Accommodation forms either three historic and beautifully restored Cape Dutch houses or two luxurious safari tents that lie cupped in the palm of the majestic Sneeuberg Mountain range. Daily flights from Plettenberg Bay (with Plett Air Safaris) to Graaff-Reinet makes access quick and easy.
Nestled in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Graaff-Reinet is the country’s fourth oldest magisterial district. It is home to over 220 heritage sites, including various houses, buildings and farms, which reveal the town’s journey through time. The town is situated within the Great Karoo and is thus surrounded by natural beauty, rich in fauna and flora.
Graaff-Reinet experiences little rainfall as the Great Karoo is considered a semi-desert region. 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. This climate results in a very particular landscape, dotted with xerophytic vegetation.
Mount Camdeboo offers the discerning yet adventure-seeking traveller a variety of accommodation options. From intimate lodges to a sole-use safari villa, and two luxurious safari tents for those wanting to fully immerse themselves in the bush setting.
Camdeboo Manor has four luxuriously appointed double bedroom suites which offer guests a truly private experience. And should the call of nature tug at their soul – they can simply slip out of their private patio doors onto a secluded courtyard and into the lush established garden that stands like an oasis in the desert heat. The fourth suite, referred to as the honeymoon suite, is situated in Camdeboo Manor’s beautiful gardens, in what was originally the Gate House to the Manor.
Resting slightly higher on the Sneeuberg Mountain slopes than its counterparts, Hillside Manor offers magnificent sweeping valley views. Slightly more “modern” than the other manors on the Reserve, this mountain retreat dates back to the early 1900s. Tastefully renovated, Hillside Manor is used to accommodate overflow from Camdeboo Manor when required. It is an ideal family option for group bookings with modern living spaces and three double en suite bedrooms. Given that the Hillside Manor property is unwalled, it is not uncommon to entertain surprise guests courtesy of Mother Nature.
Dating back to the late 1700s, Courtyard Manor is a gracious, double gabled homestead wrapped in a deep veranda. Comprising four tastefully appointed en-suite bedroom suites, the manor honours its original name of Ou Werf (a bustling village square) as it is well suited to accommodating a private party where sociability and smiles feel right at home.
Two privately located canvas tents raised on wooden decks, situated overlooking a seasonal stream. Accessible by a wooden walkway, each tent comfortably sleeps two in a Queen-size bed, with en-suite bathroom featuring a shower and WC. The spacious deck with outdoor furniture offers sweeping views over the Milk River Valley and picturesque Sneeuberg Mountain Range, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the bush setting. The tents can accommodate a maximum of 2 people. Children 12 years and older welcome, max 2 guests per tent.
The Karoo has a strong heritage of flavour-rich, traditional cooking. The talented chefs at Mount Camdeboo have been inspired by recipes that date back to the early Cape settlers, reinvented with a light contemporary touch. These wholesome meals are seasoned with herbs grown on the Reserve while the balance of delicious ingredients are brought in fresh from neighbouring farms and suppliers.
Our meals are friendly for wide spectrum of dietary types including halaal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan.
Abundant in history and nature, the town of Graaff-Reinet provides a peaceful getaway from the bustle of everyday life. A mere 45 minute drive away from Mount Camdeboo, Graaff-Reinet boasts many interesting and unique activities.
± 2.5 hours
Take a guided walk through the architectural Gem of the Karoo. Visit landmarks & monuments including Reinet House, the Drostdy, the Dutch Reformed Church & the Graaff-Reinet Club where bullet holes in the bar-counter reveal a fascinating past.
Half or full day
An adventure into the remote and rugged mountains of the little visited 11 000 ha eastern sector of the Park. Explore a world f rocky ravines with breathtaking views over the plains of Camdeboo. Track down the rare Cape Mountain Zebra and experience a true Karoo mountain wilderness. Other wildlife often seen includes Chacma Baboon, Kudu and Klipspringer. Optional hiking trail in Fonteinkloof. Optional picnic lunch.
± 2.5 hours
Depart after sunset, once it is dark enough for the powerful spotlights to become effective. An exciting opportunity to see the more elusive nocturnal creatures such as Aardwolf, Genet, Bat-eared Fox, Caracal, Aardvark and Cape Eagle Owl, as well as some of the larger mammals like Buffalo. Experience the sights and sounds of the Karoo at night with the southern stars above you.
± 2.5 hours
Take a walk on the wild side on old antelope trails through the ancient Karoo landscape. Learn about medicinal plants, unique flora and ancient geology. See the spoor of Cape Mountain Zebra, Kudu and other antelope. Touch, taste & experience the Karoo like never before.
Take a drive over the Sneeuberg to this 28 000 ha park. From the extensive grassland plateau one is afforded panoramic mountain vistas where large numbers of Zebra, Blesbok, Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Eland and Red Hartebeest abound. The reintroduction of Cape Buffalo, Black Rhino, Cheetah and Lion make this park well worth a visit. Optional picnic or main camp lunch. All tours above can be booked through Mount Camdeboo Reservations and are offered by Karoo Connections.
± 2.5 hours
Experience incredible open landscapes in this 19 000 ha park. Game to be seen includes Kudu, Black Wildebeest, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Cape Mountain Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Springbok, Eland, Vervet Monkeys and Meerkats. Birdlife abounds and Blue Crane and Denham’s Bustard can often be seen.
± 2.5 hours
Experience this hauntingly beautiful geological formation with spectacular 120m high columns of ancient eroded volcanic rock that stand sentinel over the endless, parched Plains of Camdeboo. Panoramic views over Graaff-Reinet are also afforded. Wildlife commonly seen on this tour includes Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Mountain Reedbuck and the majestic Verreaux’s Eagle with their 2m wingspan.
± 2.5 hours
Relive the experience of the town under martial law and visit the monuments and museums including the Military History Museum, the Anglo Boer War Memorial, the historical Graaff-Reinet Jail, a historical fire-arms collection and the Graaff-Reinet Club which has a close association with the Coldstream Guards.
± 2.5 hours
Experience this vibrant and friendly community and learn about Ubuntu and the Xhosa language & culture. Take a guided walk through the township streets, visit a local project and/or a school and see the historical Royal Block. On a Sunday, one can attend a church service and hear a traditional or gospel choir.
Half or full day
In the Sneeuberg is a sheltered, well-watered oasis; hidden high up on the inhospitable plateau where man has lived, hunted, & survived for thousands of years. Take a walk to the nearby rock-paintings, see hundreds of Bushman artefacts, learn about their vanished culture & take a fascinating guided tour of the extensive fossil museum where the Karoo palaeontol¬ogy is explained. Optional lunch.
Half or full day
Visit the hidden valley where the Boer Cmdt Lotter laagered up with 130 men on the wet, cold night of 4 September 1901. Lt-Col Scobell’s column consisting of the 9th Lancers, the Cape Mounted Rifles & the Imperial Yeomanry; hunting Loiter with untiring energy, finally tracked him down to his hide-out and made a surprise dawn raid capturing virtually the entire commando. Relive the story of this Commando’s fateful last hours and visit the graves of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Optional picnic brunch/lunch.
Half or full day with Rock Art tour
Take a scenic drive to this picturesque & secluded village in the Sneeuberg little changed by time. Visit the Owl House; the eccentric Helen Martins’ fantasy world of glass & concrete and take a walk through the quaint dusty streets. Relax at a craft brewery or a coffee shop, take in an art gallery or two and see the talents of emerging township artists at the Bethesda Arts Centre. Optional lunch at local restaurant.
Have you always wanted to work with wildlife, learn how to be a field guide, work with underprivileged children, manage a game reserve, or just spend some time in Africa? You can do all of that with MCCVE and more! MCCVE will provide you with not only incredible experiences and memories, but also the satisfaction that you’ve picked up new skills and made an invaluable contribution to conservation and community. And all while soaking up the beauty and adventure in a malaria-free game reserve in the South African bush!
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Discover the breathtaking Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve
Mount Camdeboo, Petersburg Road,
P.O. Box 515
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 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 3 hours (distance 280 km).
Two private local airstrips are also available should guests 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.
For those wishing to self-drive, the reserve is an easy 280 km drive (approximately 3 hours) from Port Elizabeth. Self-drive directions are available on request. Enquiries regarding re-arranged helicopter charters can be done through Reservations.