Welbedacht Game & Nature ReserveAfrikaans
Breede River Valley
Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve
Just over an hours drive from Cape Town, Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve offers a stunning retreat in the countryside. The Reserve is just below the magnificent Winterhoek Mountains and offers a tranquil environment, nature walks, and an abundance of bird life, fauna and flora and spectacular views of the Tulbagh valley.
The amply equipped, self catering cottages are tucked away between fynbos and pine trees and are all spaced well apart. They have shady verandas with mountain water plunge pools, log fireplaces and braai places as well as fresh linen and towels and a supply of firewood.
Orchard Cottage has two bedrooms, each with a double bed and a bathroom en suite. The large open plan living area has a fire place, kitchen, dining area, sitting area and 2 single pull out beds. Double doors open onto a shady veranda and a neat garden enclosed by low stone walls and offering a view of the entire Tulbagh Valley.
Eagle Cottage has a bedroom with a double bed and a smaller children’s bedroom with 2 single bunk beds. The kitchen and living area are open plan with a fire place and doors leading to a covered veranda. There is a built in fire place outside, a mountain water splash pool on the veranda and low stone walls enclosing a natural garden.
This stone cottage offers an open plan bedroom with a double bed, a lounge and kitchen area and doors opening onto a covered veranda. There is an indoor fire place, an outdoor braai area and a private mountain water splash pool with views over the dam.
Stone cottage offers an open plan bedroom with a double bed, a lounge and kitchen area and doors opening onto a covered veranda. There is a fire place, an outdoor braai area, a mountain water splash pool and stunning valley and mountain views.
THE BLUE BUTTERFLY
The Blue Butterfly is a beautifully restored barn with facilities on the ground floor including a large lounge / studio / workshop area, a sitting room with a fire place, a covered veranda with tables and chairs and the self catering facilities in the form of a thatched, fully equipped, farm-style kitchen that can seat your whole party. The space is surrounded by lush gardens and enclosed by low stone walls. Within the garden is a secluded pergola, a fishpond as well as a fire pit and BBQ / braai area.
The Blue Butterfly has a total of 7 bedrooms with a total of 18 single beds. The configuration is as follows: There are two en suite loft bedrooms upstairs that have separate entrances; each room with its own bathroom / shower and 4 single beds. There are two garden rooms each with their own separate entrance, a little sitting room, 2 single beds and a bathroom / shower en suite and finally, there are three davels (cabins) which each have 2 single beds and a bathroom / shower en suite.
ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS:
Walk the nature trails: There are several marked walking trails which meander through the fynbos, rhenosterveld and wetland areas of the reserve. The trails vary from 15 minutes to 2 hours.
Swim in the dam: There is a large dam for swimming which is within walking distance of all units. The dam is surrounded by lush brush and trees and an abundance of bird life.
Fishing: There is a second, smaller dam which is suitable for Bass fishing.
Go mountain biking: There are many different trails and tracks for mountain bikers and these are maintained and managed by the Tulbagh Mountain Bike Club. Trails on Welbedacht are free to use for our mountain biking guests - additional outside trails are available for which a permit can be obtained.
Explore the labyrinth: This unique labyrinth is beautifully integrated into its environment, a forest of blue gum trees, and is a wonderful space to feel a sense of connection with nature.
View the wild life: A large variety of fauna, such as pole cats, caracal, cape fox and numerous buck species inhabit the Reserve, and it is also home to herds of springbok, zebra and wildebeest which form part of a program for re-introduction of game.
Go birding: Between tall, leafy trees that provide shelter, to the fynbos with its vast variety of plant life and the savannah wetland grasses that provide an abundant food source for dozens of species of raptors and hundreds of other species, Welbedacht is a veritable haven for birds and bird watchers alike.
Go horse riding: Just 5 minutes drive from Welbedacht, on one of our neighbouring farms, you can ride through farmland and orchards, or a little further a field you can explore specially created mountain trails with magnificent views of the mountains and valley. All levels of riders are welcome. Booking details will be referred.
Take in the historic town of Tulbagh: 10 minutes drive from Welbedacht is the historic town of Tulbagh. Take a stroll down Church Street which boasts a wealth of Cape Dutch Architecture, several restaurants and stores, a museum and monuments. Olive groves, vineyards and orchards can be found in the surrounding areas, making Tulbagh a delight for fruit and wine lovers.
Just rest & relax: Here, away from the hustle and bustle of living, you may just find that all you long for is a book and a quiet, shady spot. You may wish to find a peaceful nook, let go of all distractions and immerse yourself in the immense beauty of the surrounding nature.
- Payment Methods
- braai / barbecue - onsite
- fishing (less than 3km)
- fishing onsite
- horse riding (less than 5km)
- internet facilities
- kitchen (fully equipped)
- lake (less than 5km)
- lake onsite
- medical facilities (less than 5km)
- microwave in unit
- nature trail (less than 2km)
- nature trail onsite
- outdoor pool
- parking all onsite
- pets allowed by prior arrangement
- private airfield (less than 15km)
- private entrance
- private pool
- restaurant (less than 5km)
- tea / coffee making facilities
- Special Categories
Conference Venue Accommodation
detailsAccommodates how many people?
Capacity : 28
The following apply
Exclusive / preferred service providers on call Restroom accessible Kitchen accessible Audio – visual equipment (request details) Food / beverage facilities for catering purposes Crockery and cutlery available for hire Catering done in-house Designated parking area Sufficient parking space Fully staffed (cleaning, servers etc.) Internet connection Wireless internet connection Air conditioning Good lighting that can be operated independently Liquor license Bar on-site A purpose-built and dedicated back entrance available for equipment loading and offloading Wheelchair friendly A specified area for coaches and buses to stop to allow delegates and guests to embark and disembark safely Dedicated storage space that can safely store event materials and equipment overnight Individual lockable storage available for storage of more valuable items
Interesting Place Accommodation
detailsWhy is your establishment interesting?
Detail description : Welbedacht is a declared (Contract) Nature Reserve under a long-term stewardship agreement with Cape Nature. This means that although Welbedacht is privately owned and managed, it falls under the same classification as provincial nature reserves. The reason for this is that Welbedacht has a very high concentration of red-listed (critically endangered) plant species. There are, for example, quite a few wildflowers found here that exist no-where else on this planet! We persevere to protect the fauna and enhance the small game, bird, reptile and even insect life. We have a variety of game roaming the reserve including Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Duiker, Klipspringer and Grysbok. You may also spot several other species as well; these range from the Dwarf and Giant Mongoose, Polecat-ferret and Porcupine to a range of Tortoises and a spectacular number of bird species. A variety of cats have been spotted from time to time, too; these include the Cape Mountain-leopard, the Caracal, Cerval, Genet and the Wild Cats. Last but not least we have our roaming herd of adopted wild horses; these beauties are harmless, extremely curious of everything going on. With wild life, walking trails, biking trails, a swimming dam, views down the valley and a labyrinth to explore - a visit to Welbedacht is bound to be a memorable adventure!
Pet Friendly Accommodation
detailsThe following apply
Small dogs Big dogs Dogs have to be on lead whilst outside Kennels provided Kennels must be used Other animals on the property Horse stables – bedding provided Horse stables – bedding not provided Horse paddocks Grooms available Arena Parking area for horse box / float
Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodation
detailsThe following apply
Bring your own bicycle Bicycles to hire Bicycle set trails Bicycle - free to explore Bring your own quad bike Quad bikes to hire Quad bike set trails Quad bikes – free to explore Bring your own off-road motorcycle Off-road motorcycles to hire Off-road motorcycle set trails Off-road motorcycle – free to explore 4x4 vehicle set trails 4x4 vehicle – free to explore
Sleeps 10 or More Accommodation
detailsYour establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
Wedding Venue Accommodation
Overnight accommodation for how many people? : 32
Max people allowed at the venue? : 100
The following apply
Reception area Chapel Area for wedding ceremony Undercover area for signing the register Fully catered Couple must provide own catering In house events coordinator (compulsory) In house events coordinator (not compulsory) Liquor license Fully stocked bar Cutlery and crockery rental Cleaning / serving staff Bridal suite Honeymoon suite