It is home to a large variety of wildlife and rare flora, much of which is unique to this region of South Africa.
Accommodation consists of four private thatched en-suite chalets that are both comfortable and private and come with timber decks overlooking the river where you can enjoy wonderful African sunsets or go on game drives, bush walks or simply relax by the pool and watch the day slip away.
You can choose to either stay as self catering or fully catered where you can enjoy bush dinners at the open lapa beside the glowing embers of the bush hearth. Brunch is often served on the swimming pool deck and in true Karoo.
If you choose to self caterer, you can use the large kitchen that has separate facilities for each chalet. Each kitchenette has everything you need for a convenient self catering getaway.
There are also private braai (BBQ) areas for each chalet.
The swimming pool makes a great place to relax and is positioned near the lapa.
At Haaspoort you can go hiking, mountain biking or go on a self drive safari or on 4x4 trails. All of which are marked with maps and interesting information. Bushwalks are popular and your hosts will introduce you to the rare and beautiful flora and fauna of the Karoo and the natural waterhole in a valley on the reserve known as "Zeekoiegat" is the perfect place to cool off after an exhilarating hike.
Game that you can see includes: Kudu, Hartebeest, Klipspringer, Impala, Blesbok, Mountain Reedbuck, Springbok and many other smaller African animals including Caracal, Aardvark, Porcupine which are sometimes seen at sunset or on night drives.
Haaspoort is fantastic for birding as there are over 100 species recorded including a nesting pair of black eagles.
The reserve also has a large variety of rare plants, succulents such as the prehistoric "Elephant's Foot" and cycads.
There are four private thatched en-suite chalets on the reserve. All chalets are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, ceiling fans, heaters and tea/coffee facilities and come with timber decks overlooking the river.
The family and honeymoon suites have full bathrooms and outside showers. Each chalet is individually decorated, with twin or king size beds.
Below is a map showing the location of the private nature reserve as well as other points of interest in the area.
How to get to Haaspoort
Haaspoort Private Nature Reserve is located half-way between Port Elizabeth and Graaff-Reinet on the R75.
Take Springbokvlakte and Blaauwbosch turn-off at village of Kleinpoort. Take Haaspoort turn-off at next major right. Travel for 5km and take the right fork of road. At Haaspoort entrance follow the road until the bushcamp sign on right hand side of the road.
Greater Addo Elephant Park
The Greater Addo Elephant Park stretches from the Sundays River mouth near Port Elizabeth to Darlington Dam near Waterford and covers an area of 160 000 hectares and.
The Darlington Dam section of the park is about 65km from Haaspoort. One of the best areas within Addo to spot game is around the main Addo Camp where you often find Elephant, black rhino, buffalo, hyena and lion. This area is about 100km from Haaspoort. >> For more details take a look at the Safari Holiday Guide to Addo Elephant National Park.
Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area
The Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area covers 180 000 hectares and is the third largest conservation area in South Africa. It is located between the Baviaans and Kouga mountains ranges, south-west of Haaspoort and can be accessed by two routes. The Steytlerville – Willowmore is the longest and takes around 5 hours (255km). The Grootrivierspoort - Elandsberge route is the more scenic route and takes about 5 hours (147km) of leisurely driving from Haaspoort to the entrance of the Baviaans Conservation Area.
The Karroo Hotel at Steytlerville serves lunch and dinner. The owners are retired artists and also offer live dinnertime shows and makes a great place to stop over. Steytlerville is easily accessed from Haaspoort (35km)
Haaspoort Private Game Reserve
Tel: +27 49 8380042
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