Frequently asked questions

Are there opportunities to exercise at Bushveld Bivouac?

Definitely! One of our biggest boasts is that guests are able to walk, jog or trail bike on our prepared trails or roads, most of which have a place to sit in the shade if you should want to rest and soak up your surrounds.

What room amenities are available?

Please see ‘Luxury Tented Camp’ for a full list of the amenities available at each tent site.

Even though it is self-catering, are there other food options?

Please ‘click here’ to view catering options. We have a delectable choice of breakfast, snack and braai picnic baskets as well as pre-prepared meals for an added cost. All of these options will need to be booked in advance, because ordering on the day may result in disappointment.

Is there covered parking?

There is no covered parking at the tents but guests are welcome to use the covered parking provided near the entrance to the farm, which is about 2 km from the camp.

The Duty Manager can then drive guests to and from their vehicles.

What cleaning services are offered?

All areas of the tent sites will be cleaned daily according to our schedule of a start time of 9.00am, unless guests have specific requests which we will try to accommodate.

Is there a laundry service?

A laundry service is offered for an extra fee.

What languages do the staff speak?

All staff speak English and Shangaan. French and German are also spoken.

Are there great views?

To die for!! To the south we have the impressive peaks of the northern tip of the great Drakensburg range with undulating folds of virgin bushveld to the north and the hills of GaMashishimale – the home of the only Lillie cycads (Encephalartos Dyerianus) on the planet.

What is the condition of the roads?

The main road from gate to camp is navigable by 2-wheel sedan cars, with sufficient clearance, in the dry season. If there is a personal worry about negotiating the roads there is under cover parking near the gate and the Duty manager will gladly take you up to your site.

What is the distance from the local airport?

Eastgate airport, 15km out of Hoedspruit, is 45km from our gate.

Is there car hire available?

A number of companies offer car hire from the airport or Hoedspruit village.

Is there a shuttle service available?

There are numerous services from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and locally from the airport. We will obtain a quote on request. If time allows, we will gladly collect you from the Hoedspruit airport for a fee of R425 one-way to Bushveld Bivouac (per booking).

Is Bushveld Bivouac in a malaria area?

Yes, we are, but considered a low-risk zone. Mosquito repellent is provided in each bedroom tent and we suggest long sleeves and trousers at dawn and dusk. If you are concerned, please speak to a doctor about a prophylactic prescription.

Is there a safe available?

We do not have safes in the tents.

Is there a town nearby for shopping?

We are approximately 30 kms from Hoedspruit and 45 km from Phalaborwa where there is excellent shopping (as long as it isn’t designer clothing you’re after) and there is a garage across the road with a good range of alcohol and basic groceries.

What about gratuities for the staff?

Gratuities are completely at your own discretion for service you feel warrants them. There is an envelope for this purpose in the leather folder in each unit.

Is there a hospital in Hoedspruit?

There is no hospital in Hoedspruit but one in Tzaneen 90 km away and Nelspruit

170 km away. Hoedspruit however has excellent doctors and an emergency first responder unit who could be called by the Duty Manager.