The Retreat

  • 2 guests
  • 1 bed
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bathroom
  • 1 toilet

This open plan, fully serviced, off-the-grid cottage is built amongst abundant birdlife and majestic flora, on an easily accessible 300-hectare farm with a wide range of plains game. The Retreat has the added advantage of being just a few minutes from the main gate and therefore within easy access of the R40 arterial road for early morning excursions to any of the world-renowned local tourist attractions.

Check-in: 14h00 | Check-out: 10h00 

Minimum Stay: 1 Nights


If you’re more of a “four brick walls" kind of person, looking for a bolthole to write your next book or simply keen to experience a weekend getaway or longer stay in a cute cottage surrounded by pristine bush, then the Bushveld Bivouac Cottage Retreat is for you.


Queen-size bed with en-suite shower 


The lovely open-plan cottage features a fully equipped kitchen with a 2-plate stove, bar fridge and a dining area (doubling up as a work or socialising space). The cottage has high-speed WIFI. The Retreat is exquisitely decorated in a multitude of greens, soft encompassing pure cotton linens and interesting art pieces.

A delightful exterior will beckon you to sit and relax on the veranda at the table. Enjoy the charm of the plunge pool in summer with its “afdak”, comfortable lounger and open-to-the-call-of-the-wild outside shower, warm your feet by the fire at the braai/fire pit area in winter, and revel in the sound of giraffe, wildebeest, zebra or nyala as they rustle in the surrounding bush in the dark of night to the occasional call of lions from nearby Balule.

Even though the cottage is self-catering, at an additional cost, food shopping can be done on your behalf and delicious pre-prepared meals can be ordered, as well as a mouth-watering picnic basket for a day excursion.


Located halfway between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, the farm lies just 40 minutes from the world famous Kruger Park’s Phalaborwa gate to the north, a bit over an hour’s drive from Orpen Gate to the south; and close to numerous other extraordinary destinations. While you’re on our farm, however, it’s all about walking, mountain biking, or simply soaking up the incredible views from each site’s decks, surrounded by pristine bush and incredible birdlife — with the odd curious antelope venturing past.


Coffee station with complimentary filter and instant coffee, an assortment of teas, sugar, creamer and rusks.

Small range of pre-cooked meals and baskets are available to order.

Bushveld Bivouac is approximately 30 kms from Hoedspruit and 45 km from Phalaborwa where there is excellent shopping (as long as it isn’t designer clothing you’re after) and there is a garage across the road with a good range of alcohol and basic groceries.

All linen and swimming towels are included.

Solar electricity (please no hairdryers, hair straighteners, shavers or power tools!).

Serviced daily. 

Game drives and guided bush walks can be arranged at an additional cost.


On the reserve

Trails for walking & running

Bike rental

Guided game viewing (additional cost)

Spa Treatments



Outside of the reserve

Kruger National Park

Blyde River Canyon

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Hot Air Balloon Expeditions

Hoedspruit Reptile Centre


100% payment to secure your booking

If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.

If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the booking total.

If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the booking total.

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An off-grid yet luxurious and fully equipped cottage close to the Kruger National Park. Revel in the sound of giraffe, wildebeest, zebra or nyala as they rustle in the surrounding bush in the dark of night to the occasional call of lions from nearby Balule.


  • WiFi
  • Loadshedding Proof
  • Fire Pit
  • Braai
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Dedicated Work Space
  • Plunge Pool
  • Serviced
  • Secure Parking


  • Stays for Couples
  • Loadshedding Proof Stays


07 Aug 2023 - 08 Jan 2025
R2,800.00 Per Unit Per Night

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