Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Dating back to the early 1800s, Cambedoo Manor is a fine example of Cape Dutch architecture. Wide Oregon pine floorboards gleam from generations of wear, while thick walls keep the untamed Karoo elements firmly at bay. A generous dining room with oversized fireplace plays host to nights filled with camaraderie and cheer.
Camdeboo Manor has four luxuriously appointed double bedroom suites which offer guests a truly private experience. And should the call of nature tug at their soul – they can simply slip out of their private patio doors onto a secluded courtyard and into the lush established garden that stands like an oasis in the desert heat. The fourth suite, referred to as the honeymoon suite, is situated in Camdeboo Manor’s beautiful gardens, in what was originally the Gate House to the Manor.
As part of your stay at Mount Camdeboo you will have the opportunity to book up to 2 game drives per day (averaging at about 3 hours each - fees apply) at optimal wildlife viewing times, namely: pre-dawn and sunset.
Given that the Camdeboo Manors are nestled in a valley, the game drives typically start with a breathtaking climb up the mountain slopes and on to the plateau above where the animals graze and the world unfolds at your feet.
Our highly knowledgeable and experienced game rangers will try their best to make sure you see our “Camdeboo Big Five”, namely the breeding cheetah pair, the rare white rhinos, giraffe and almost extinct mountain zebra.
Not to mention a bevy of birds and smaller lesser-spotted game.
Single Family Home with 1 level
5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 4800 square feet
King, Full, Full, Twin, and Twin
10 guests maximum
Port Elizabeth Airport
3 hours by car
The Pains of Camdeboo
Additional FeesAs part of your stay at Mount Camdeboo you will have the opportunity to book up to 2 game drives per day (averaging at about 3 hours each - fees apply) at optimal wildlife viewing times, namely: pre-dawn and sunset.
Activities of Interest
- Pre-historic fossil trails and bone collections
- Historic tour of Graaff Reinet
- Mount Camdeboo Small Cat Project
- Cheetah Tracking
- Guided Bush Walks
- Game Drives
Places of Interest
- Mount Camdeboo Game Reserve
- Valley of Desolation
- Nieu Bethesda
- Owl House
- Historic Anglo Boer War site
Spectacular - a hidden gem of the Karoo!
This property was even more beautiful than expected! The house and the rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated - every little detail has been thought through. The kitchen really is equipped for a chef... it's rare I find a kitchen that has everything I need and with plenty of countertop space and two fridges providing enough space for all the food and drinks for a week. The views from the top of the escarpment when you go on game drive, are absolutely spectacular - literally 360 views... a photographers dream with some of the most interesting and dramatic sunsets I've seen in a while. In addition to the Game Drives, we also went on a game walk with the ranger, which is a great option for the more adventurous. The staff were also a treat - expertly servicing the manor every day, and laying the table for meals, and even setting up the Boma or outdoor dining area when weather permitted. Don't miss out on a visit to the Valley of Desolation and the quaint, beautifully preserved historic town of Graaff Reinet. Dinner or lunch at the Drostdy Hotel is also recommended.”
One of those experiences that will stay with us for ever ....
We had the most wonderful stay at Mount Camdeboo - it is one of those experiences that will stay with us for ever ... the setting, the views, the stargazing, the staff and the most amazing animal encounters both on the game drives and right outside our door with baboons, warthogs, ostrich and nyala coming to say hello on a more or less daily basis. The manor house is large and luxurious with excellent indoor and outdoor space so that we could come together or find our own quiet place ... essential with four boys ranging from 9 to 17! We have been on safari before but to spend a week at Camdeboo with the time to get to know the place and the mix of animals was a different and a more meaningful experience. Dane our ranger took us out everyday - sometimes twice a day - and there was always something new to see. The rhino and cheetah encounters were very special. We opted for Camdeboo to cater for us - which is essential given that the nearest small supermarket is an hours drive away and, although expensive especially by South African standards, this added to our experience : the food was excellent, the staff professional - friendly and non at all intrusive and one of our group who was coeliac was very well looked after. Thank you to everyone at Camdeboo - we just loved our stay ....”
Cambedoo Manor - Trip of a Lifetime
We just returned from Mount Camdeboo, and my family unanimously agrees that this was the best trip we have ever taken. This is a bucket list trip for sure! Everything was first rate. The accommodations were incredible, an old farmhouse restored to perfection with a keen attention to detail. The pictures on the 3rd Home's website don't do it justice. The meals were delicious and the staff couldn't have been more attentive. What will be most memorable are the animals and the massive reserve. Over 35,000 acres, further than the eye can see, of varying terrains. The safari truck had no problem going up and down the mountains, some of which were over 4,000 ft high. Our guide Dane couldn't have been more knowledgable and informative, making each drive an adventure for us. Two game drives each day, early morning and late afternoon into evening (yes, you can see the animals at night). If you are into photography, you will be in for a treat. While we were able to get very close to some animals, I strongly suggest you bring a powerful telephoto lens. You should also splurge for a good pair of binoculars. Ian, the proprietor, was very gracious both prior and during our visit. It's apparent he has big plans to make Mount Camdeboo even bigger and better in years to come. I couldn't recommend a place any stronger. Alan Roth, New Jersey”
- 40"+ TV
- Air Conditioning
- Chef's Kitchen
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- Espresso Machine
- High Speed Internet
- Laundry Service
- Multiple TVs
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Pool
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Staffed Guard Gate
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- Workout Facility
- iPod Dock Stereo