Accommodation near Caledon Nature Reserve

"A pleasant surprise," many have said about the diminutive Caledon Nature Reserve. For a small reserve of only 2300 hectares, it packs a disproportionate punch. Lying 15 kilometres outside of the tiny border town of Wepenar (on the Lesotho border) and 120 kilometres from Bloemfontein, it seems a bit off the beaten path and yet it is actually quite a well-known and popular weekend destination for Bloemfontein locals.

The park, unlike the rest of the Free State, which tends toward flat, yellow wheat fields, has a surprising number of rolling hills and sharp ravines, providing a haven for a wide variety of bird and mammal species. Furthermore the abundance of water in the area makes the park much greener than the rest of the province too.

In total there are approximately 200 bird species in the park, among them, majestic fish eagles with their distinctive calls, blue korhaan and Orange River francolin. These bird species tend to cluster around the 2 defining features of the park, the Caledon River and the Welbedacht Dam, which is found in the south of the park.

Mammalian species include zebra, black wildebeest, springbok and blesbok among others and are most likely to be spotted when you are peaceful and in tune with nature, preferably on one of the reserve's hiking trails, walking quietly, listening to the sounds of nature.

One of the major attractions of the reserve is the floating bush camps, which consist of a number of units on floating decks, connected to the mainland where each is equipped with a fireplace and boma as well as an ablution facility. These bush camps are particularly popular with fisherman who can catch mudfish, barbell and more. Canoeing is also a fun activity in the park.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Little Lotta Cottage
0.4 km

From R400 pps

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The ideal breakaway from the busy city life. Situated in the heart of the Overberg - Caledon from which to explore the whole of the surrounding area, or simply to relax. Just 1 hour from Cape Town, Li... More Info

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Cyrilrose B&B Selfcatering
0.5 km

From R1200* unit

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Situated on a cul-de-sac in a leafy suburb and is the perfect location for overnight stays, a midweek break or a romantic weekend away. Relax and enjoy our friendly, efficient service in the modern... More Info

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Grootvlei Cottage
0.6 km


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From R850* unit

Experience Caledon hospitality with overnight accommodation for up to four guests in Grootvlei Cottage. Enjoy the rustic simplicity of life on this working wheat and sheep farm, where guests can take ... More Info

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Leeuwenhof Guesthouse
0.7 km

From R450 pps

Welcome to one of the finest establishments in CALEDON and the best choice for your stay. Experience fine country luxury at this idyllic and beautiful English style house. It's the perfect venue to ... More Info

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Marsh Rose Bed and Breakfast
0.7 km

From R300 pps

Two luxury double rooms set in an elegant 1930's home with original features. Caledon is a central base for exploration of the entire Overberg area. Stay in Caledon and travel the excellent roads in a... More Info

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Athenian Villa
0.8 km

From R1400* unit

Athenian Villa welcomes you to a little piece of the Greek Isles in the Overberg. Set in a side lane, off the main road, one can lose sight of the little town of Caledon (known for its hot springs) an... More Info

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Swartberg Gastehuis
0.9 km

From R380 pps

The Swartberg Guest House is situated in the historical Meul street in Caledon. The Guest house offers 3 en-suite bedrooms with private entrances. Each room has coffee & tea making facilities, bar fr... More Info

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Die Koringhuis
9.1 km

From R250 pps

Nestled away in the heart of the Overberg surrounded by wheat fields and fynbos, lies the beautifully 18th century homestead, the perfect breakaway to a friendly farm environment that offers luxury se... More Info

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Arolela Guest Farm
10.4 km

From R1000* unit

Arolela (meaning 'sharing') is a guest farm in Caledon in the Western Province of South Africa. It co-exists with a working farm, producing wheat, barley, oats and sheep. The setting is typical Overbe... More Info

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Blue Gum Farm Cottage
15.4 km

From R610* unit

When the soul yearns for renewal, there is an answer to it; Blue Gum Farm Cottage. This self-catering cottage is situated on an operational wheat and sheep farm and consists of two bedrooms, bath... More Info

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Caledon Reviews

Not much to do in town itself, except for a couple of museums. However the hot water springs at the Spa, were delightful!
- Kirill Levchenko

- Annalie Van Vuuren

Lovely little town.
- Zurita Neethling

The hot springs were great
- Chris Doyle

Interesting history and had an amazing dinner just around the corner at a bnb/bar.
Fabulous stop over.

- Barbara Williams