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 R280 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

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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

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Oregon Place Guesthouse
8.2 km

From R375 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

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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

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Del Roza Guest House
8.8 km

From R590* unit


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

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Tudor Manor
8.8 km

From R350 pps

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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

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Setilda's Bed and Breakfast
9.1 km

From R315 pps


Setilda's Bed and Breakfast is situated on the Highveld in Middelburg, Mpumalanga in the quiet neighbourhood of Gholfsig next to the Middelburg golf course. The house is located on a spacious 2000 squ... More Info

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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

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La Rochelle Guest Ranch
9.4 km

From R300 pps

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Elegant country home with 12 en-suite bedrooms, surrounded with lush gardens and the tranquillity you need after a hard day at work. La Rochelle has the perfect venue for that important meeting or... More Info

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Blue Sparrow Guest House
9.8 km

From R650 pps

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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

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Middelburg (MP)
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.
- Thabo Mashegoane

Middelburg (MP)
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.
- maureen kruger

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Ons het Middelburg geniet. Baie Eet plekke en goeie kos asook skoon en netjiese dorp. Mense was gasvry en vriendelik.
- Koos & Marina Erasmus

Middelburg (MP)
Pleasantly clean, considering all the mining going on in that area.
- Tish Smit

Middelburg (MP)
I was exposed to a different area of Middelburg and was pleasantly surprised by how the city has developed over the past years. I was also impressed to see that the roadworks were conducted on a Sunday obviously to avoid traffic problems during the week - very considerate as it does not effect so may people over a weekend.
- Caroline WASCHEFORT