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About Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve

Just over an hours drive from Cape Town, Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve offers a stunning retreat in the countryside. The Reserve is just below the magnificent Winterhoek Mountains and offers a tranquil environment, nature walks, and an abundance of bird life, fauna and flora and spectacular views of the Tulbagh valley.

The amply equipped, self-catering cottages are tucked away between fynbos and pine trees and are all spaced well apart. They have shady verandas with mountain water plunge pools, log fireplaces and braai places as well as fresh linen and towels and a supply of firewood.


Walk the nature trails: There are several marked walking trails which meander through the fynbos, rhenosterveld and wetland areas of the reserve. The trails vary from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Swim in the dam: There is a large dam for swimming which is within walking distance of all units. The dam is surrounded by lush brush and trees and an abundance of bird life.

Fishing: There is a second, smaller dam which is suitable for Bass fishing.

Go mountain biking: There are many different trails and tracks for mountain bikers and these are maintained and managed by the Tulbagh Mountain Bike Club. Trails on Welbedacht are free to use for our mountain biking guests - additional outside trails are available for which a permit can be obtained.

Explore the labyrinth: This unique labyrinth is beautifully integrated into its environment, a forest of blue gum trees, and is a wonderful space to feel a sense of connection with nature.

View the wild life: A large variety of fauna, such as pole cats, caracal, cape fox and numerous buck species inhabit the Reserve, and it is also home to herds of springbok, zebra and wildebeest which form part of a program for re-introduction of the game.

Go birding: Between tall, leafy trees that provide shelter, to the fynbos with its vast variety of plant life and the savannah wetland grasses that provide an abundant food source for dozens of species of raptors and hundreds of other species, Welbedacht is a veritable haven for birds and bird watchers alike.

Go horse riding: Just 5 minutes drive from Welbedacht, on one of our neighbouring farms, you can ride through farmland and orchards, or a little further a field you can explore specially created mountain trails with magnificent views of the mountains and valley. All levels of riders are welcome. Booking details will be referred.

Take in the historic town of Tulbagh: 10 minutes drive from Welbedacht is the historic town of Tulbagh. Take a stroll down
Church Street
which boasts a wealth of Cape Dutch Architecture, several restaurants, and stores, a museum and monuments. Olive groves, vineyards, and orchards can be found in the surrounding areas, making Tulbagh a delight for fruit and wine lovers.

Just rest & relax: Here, away from the hustle and bustle of living, you may just find that all you long for is a book and a quiet, shady spot. You may wish to find a peaceful nook, let go of all distractions and immerse yourself in the immense beauty of the surrounding nature.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 7 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 32
  • Check-in: 03:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 22 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Afrikaans

Important Information

Pet Policy

1. Pets are allowed at the discretion of the owners and management of Welbedacht;
2. Maximum qty of pets may not exceed 1 medium or 2 small sized per cottage;
3. Pets are not allowed to roam and must be under direct supervision at all times;
4. Aggressive and / or barking dogs will not be tolerated;
5. When...
Pet Policy

1. Pets are allowed at the discretion of the owners and management of Welbedacht;
2. Maximum qty of pets may not exceed 1 medium or 2 small sized per cottage;
3. Pets are not allowed to roam and must be under direct supervision at all times;
4. Aggressive and / or barking dogs will not be tolerated;
5. When guests go for walks a leash must be kept at hand and when other guests are in the vicinity, dogs must be kept on a leash;
6. Guests must be considerate to our fauna - dogs that roam during walks will disturb wildlife.
7. Pet-owners are requested to clean-up behind their pets and check the area around the cottage to ensure no mess is left behind;
8. Pets are not allowed on the beds or beddings; replacement of hairy or pet-soiled bedding may be charged to guests.
9. Guests are fully responsible for their pets and their pets' behaviour and actions. Non-compliance with these rules or if the pets become a nuisance (i.e. roaming / barking) will result in management asking guests to leave the Reserve - without the option of reimbursement.
10. Pets are not allowed in or around:
a. The Blue Butterfly Retreat or Homestead / Office areas.
b. The Game camp.

Payment of rental indemnifies the Blue Butterfly Trust, dba Welbedacht Nature Reserve, its management, trustees, representatives or employees of any liability for injury, losses and damages incurred by the guest(s) and his / her company occupying , visiting or entering Welbedacht.
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Reviews for Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve

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Bayne Slabbert, South Africa
09 April 2016

We enjoyed our stay.  Pity we could not stay longer.  Only problem we encountered was the path/driveway to the cottage where the car must be parked, very uneven and rocky.  In our case we have a very low BMW that catches anything protruding.  It is ok if you have a higher car or 4x4.. otherwise it was a good venue to getaway into the quietness of nature.  The cottage had all the necessary equipment but not serviced.  Overall highly recommendable for a quiet getaway! 

Sean Gibson, South Africa
26 October 2015

I'm hesitant to write too glowing a review as we wish to try and keep this place to ourselves but that wouldn't be fair. Our stay couldn't have been any better, the Stone Cottage was absolutely perfect for a couple. Private, clean, beautiful view, indoor fireplace if needed, great braai area, all necessary amenities. It was the perfect place to base for a weekend exploring Tulbagh and surrounds. It was amazing to come home every afternoon, have a dip in the pool overlooking the valley then go for an evening walk around the reserve. We will definitely be back. Thank you. 

Letticia de Nysschen, South Africa
20 October 2014

The setting is magnificent and you can truly rest and relax there. Beautiful little cottages! We had a wonderful time.

Helen White, South Africa
25 May 2014

What a wonderful place. We only wish that we had more time to enjoy the peace and tranquility. The view from the stoep was spectacular and the birdlife was very entertaining as they visited the 'dunking pool' constantly for a quick bath!! Walking the labyrinth was a very special experience. We hope to return one day.

Gail Rauch, South Africa
08 April 2014

My husband and I had a fantastic break in wonderfully peaceful surroundings. The sound of the birds and the walks amongst nature is so relaxing for the soul; the night sky filled with stars and beautiful mountains brings peace and harmony... we have been before and will be back again... highly recommended!

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Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve Map

Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve is 8.7km from the centre of Tulbagh , the nearest airport 103.3km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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