BERGRIVIER ECO RETREAT
This retreat is conveniently located in the most scenic parts of the Eastern Cape, only 50 km west of Port Elizabeth, and close to the N2. The very popular beach resort at
Jeffreys Bay, is only 35 km away to the southwest. This retreat is a privately owned conservancy and sanctuary to many endangered fauna and flora, a bird watcher's paradise and a
small piece of heaven for all true nature lovers.
Visitors have a choice in unique and extra-ordinary accommodation: fully equipped chalets, log cabin, cottages, pioneer ox wagons, base camp for hikers and camping sites.
There are 4 fully equipped self-catering chalets with spectacular views over the hills and valleys. Linen and towels are provided. Braai / BBQ facilities. You only bring your own
clothes, food and drinks.
NAGUILTJIE CHALET - (Sleeps 2) This is a rondavel, designed as a cozy couple's chalet with one double bed and en suit facilities. R700 per night.
SWAELTJIE - (Sleeps 4) A cottage with two single beds in the main bedroom (for couples they are put together to serve as a king size bed). There is a bunk bed in the open plan
lounge/kitchen. R900 per unit per night
WIELIEWAAL - (Sleeps 4) A cozy log cabin - has a main bedroom with a double bed and a loft with 2 single beds. R1000 for the unit per night.
KROONAREND - (Sleeps 6) A great family stone chalet. It has a main bedroom with a double bed, and a second separate bedroom with 2 single beds. Two additional beds in the
living room can be used for extra persons/kids. R1300 per unit per night.
THE PIONEER OX WAGONS SITE
THE GEELHOUT & OLIENHOUT OX WAGONS - It sleeps 8 people in total. These two ox wagons each has a double bed, with an adjoining cabin providing sleeping space for 2 more
guests on a bunk beds each. Bring your own linen and towels. Each adjoining cabin has a toilet and hand basin. There is hot and cold water outdoor shower. The pioneer site also
features a "lapa" or sheltered area, where guests can share their stories around a camp fire. A small gas stove and fridge are provided. Here are basic eating and cooking utensils,
as well as a basin for washing dishes. There IS electricity in the lapa and cabins, but it may be helpful to bring a torch as well. R200 per person per night.
KIEPERSOL LUXURY OX WAGON - Sleeps 2. This is our latest addition to Bergrivier and is a converted ox-wagon with a deck, own bathroom with exquisite view and fully equipped
catering and social area. Linen and towels are provided. Highly recommended for a romantic get a way, love birds and honey mooners! R250 per person per night.
BACK PACKERS UNITS & CAMP SITE
This camp site is situated in a picturesque area of the farm close to a mountain stream. The campsite and Back packers units are ideal for larger organized groups. The Back Packers
units are situated at our Camp site.
There are 2 buildings:
The Smithy that sleeps 6 persons at R140 p/p/p/ night and
The Stables with bunk beds for 8 persons at R130 p/p/p/ night
Groups must provide their own bedding and towels and use the camp site ablutions and lapa. There is a small kitchen with an electric outlet, a small fridge and basin. The communal
washroom facilities consist of 4 toilets, basins and showers. There IS electricity, but a "donkey" fire is used for hot water. The old barn (lapa) can be used for gatherings and
activities. There are convenient facilities for a BBQ.
Larger groups can bring their own tents or OFF-ROAD caravans.
NB: Only off road caravans or campers can be used as the road crosses the river at a shallow section which is not accessible to standard/ordinary caravans. Camping sites R100 p/p/p/
night. (Own tents/trailers/caravans).
HIKING TRAILS: There is a whole network of day trails to be enjoyed.
All trails are color coded, well marked and easy to follow.
1) The Nguni trail is an easy to moderate 2km "breakfast" hike for all families.
2) The Waterfall trail is a most enjoyable and very popular walk to the waterfall and back, (3km) Most of the time hikers can enjoy swimming in the big rock pool!
3) The Fynbos trail is an easy 4km and have stunning scenery, it is also very popular for bird watchers and hikers who love to identify our beautiful plants.
4) The Oppi-Koppi trail is a moderate 5km, has a bit more challenges and will reward hikers with awesome panoramic views.
5) Then there is the Two Valleys Trail of 10km for the more experienced and fit hiker. These trails can also be linked and enjoyed by very fit trail runners!
BIRD WATCHING: Bergrivier is blessed with a big number of beautiful bird species. It is a paradise for bird watchers! Knysna Louries are seen very often. Crown Eagles have nested in
our "kloof" close by, Fish Eagles, Jackal Buzzards, African Goshawks are soaring over our hills regularly. You will also see a number of the Cuckoo families, Coucals, Owls, Black
headed Orioles, Bokmakieries, Fly catchers, Sun birds – just to name a few. At night time you will hear the well known call of some night jar species too. So bring your bird lists,
books and binoculars!
4 X 4 TRAILS: Proudly presented, are our new and exciting 4 x 4 trails. Come and test your vehicle and driving skills on our 14,6 km route consisting of a Valley Loop and a Mountain
loop, graded 2 – 3. A more easier and beautiful scenic drive on top of the mountain also takes you through fynbos, indigenous forest and beautiful valleys. Bookings are essential.
(Rates on request)
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS: Bring your own mountain bike and come and enjoy all our dirt roads, follow the 4 x 4 trails over a variety of terrains which will test all levels of enthusiastic
mountain bikers. Ride along water streams, crossing small riverines, up to the mountain top with panoramic views, scenic valleys, through fynbos and indigenous forests. (Free of charge
with booked accommodation).
DAY VISITORS ARE WELCOME - Must book in advance R80 per person.
MORE PLACES OF INTEREST CLOSE BY:
- Jeffreys Bay beaches, pups, golf courses, restaurants.
- More hiking and biking at Jeffreys Bay Bike Park
- St Francis Bay canals, Penguin Sanctuary, Chokka boats/fishing
- Horse riding at Papiesfontein - 20km from Jeffreys Bay.
- The Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve and many more.
BERGRIVIER RETREAT is an ideal "base camp" if you want to come and explore all the beauty and adventures the Eastern Cape has to offer. You will arrive as guests but will leave as