Accommodation near Botshabelo Nature Reserve

The Botshabelo Nature Reserve is a protected area in the Highveld part of Mpumalanga. It is situated 8 kilometres outside of the town of Middelburg, itself accessed via the N4 from Pretoria or Nelspruit. The reserve provides a great family-outing destination with many nature-centric activities to dabble in.

The history of Botshabelo, which means 'Sanctuary' or 'Place of Shelter', begins in the 1860's when Alexander Merenskey and Heinrich Grütner bought a farm in the Olifants River valley and established a missionary station there. As is often the case, a small town soon developed around the missionary station. In 1972 though the settlement and the surrounding land was looking a little neglected and so the Middleburg Municipality bought the land and restored it. This land became the Botshabelo Nature Reserve.

The 23 000 hectare reserve consists of a red, rocky landscape dotted with endemic cycads and various other plant species. There are also plenty of birds to be spotted, which 'twitchers' will be happy about. In addition there are plenty of plains game like blesbuck, springbuck, black wildebeest and eland. There are also vervet monkeys and baboons.

As far as activities go, there are 3 hiking trails between 12 and 6 kilometres long as well as a number of downhill mountain biking tracks. For a more leisurely way to spend your time, there is also horse-riding and some lovely shaded picnic areas next to the river.

Botshabelo Nature Reserve is a small but pretty reserve which deserves a visit, so if you happen to find yourself in the Middleburg region, pay it a visit.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Lobelia Guesthouse
7.4 km

From R320 pps

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We invite you to make yourself at home in a beautiful cottage style house in a tranquil suburb in the country side of Middelburg Mpumalanga, South-Africa. Lobelia Guesthouse is 1˝ h drive from OR Tamb... More Info

5 Duiker Guest House
7.6 km


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From R325 pps

5 Duiker Guest house The guest house offers a tranquil stay ideal for business travellers and couples. 5 Duiker Guest House is situated in Kanonkop, Middelburg, a quiet and neat neighbourhood idea... More Info

Lamor Guesthouse
8 km

From R425 pps

The 4 STAR graded Lamor Guest House is situated half way between Gauteng and the Lowveld in the tranquil town of Middelburg. Lamor is the ideal stop over for all visitors to the well known National ... More Info

Oregon Place Guesthouse
8.2 km

From R400 pps

Welcome to Oregon Place Guest House Oregon Place is situated in Middelburg, Mpumalanga on the N4, providing perfect overnight accommodation en-route to Mozambique, Swaziland, the magnificent Mpumalang... More Info

Middelburg Country Club
8.7 km

From R730* unit

At Middelburg Country Club we offer a 18 Hole Golf Course, 6 Tennis & 3 Squash Courts, 2 Bowling Greens & Swimming Pools Our Clubhouse have a Welcoming bar with Pool & Snooker Tables, Dart boards, L... More Info

Del Roza Guest House
8.8 km

From R495 pps

Middelburg is situated halfway between Johannesburg and the Lowveld. Del Roza Guest house is the ideal halfway stopover for tourists to and from the Kruger National Park, Mozambique and Swaziland. Del... More Info

Tudor Manor
8.8 km

From R400 pps

Tudor Manor is ideally situated, close to the Middelburg CBD and 1˝ hour's drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria and 2 hours drive from Nelspruit and Kruger National Park Accommodation comprises of 9 ... More Info

Mural Guest House
9.1 km

From R585 pps

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This guesthouse situated in Middelburg Mpumalanga is halfway from Johannesburg/Pretoria to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Secured Bed & Breakfast guesthouse, which consists of 4 rooms.... More Info

Blue Sparrow Guest House
9.8 km

From R750* unit

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Blue Sparrow Guest House, established more than 10 years ago, is situated in a quiet and conveniently close to town area called Groenkol, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. Recently upgraded, we offer beautif... More Info

The Plantation Guesthouse
9.8 km

From R850* unit

The Plantation is a luxury guest house offering 9 en-suite rooms with a full English and Continental breakfast as well as dinner on request. All our rooms have private entrance and are equipped with ... More Info

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With all the mining activities taking place in the area, Middleburg's landscape is green and a breeze to visit. The people are friendly and hospitable.
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Ons het altyd net deur Middelburg gery maar nooit geweet daar is so n oulike plek nie.Die rivier wat daar deurloop en die koppies rondom is pragtig.
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