Escape the ordinary and find paradise at Belle Balance Bush Hideout

Belle Balance Bush Hideout

Imagine waking to the gentle snort of a white rhino, the sunlight dappling through your window, and the fresh scent of fynbos filling your lungs. This isn’t a fantasy; it’s a reality at Belle Balance Bush Hideout, a luxurious oasis nestled within the heart of Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve.

Here, amidst the untamed beauty of the South African wilderness, lies an experience that transcends a mere vacation – it’s a soul-stirring encounter with nature’s grandeur. The guarantee of a malaria-free zone ensures peace of mind, especially for families with young children, allowing you to fully embrace the experience without worry.

Whether you’re a couple seeking romance, a family yearning for adventure, or a solo traveller on a quest for self-discovery, Belle Balance caters to your every need.

Belle Balance Bush Hideaway

Accommodation at Belle Balance Bush Hideout

Belle Balance Bush Hideout isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a haven of tranquillity. Each of their 10 unique rooms boasts breath-taking views, some overlooking the majestic Tsitsikamma Mountains, others framing the serene dam and watering hole.

Picture plush furnishings that invite you to sink in after a day of adventure. Expansive living spaces create a sense of freedom, while shady verandas become your private theatre for the captivating wildlife drama that unfolds before your eyes.

Rooms 1-5 offer a cosy stay attached to the main lodge, featuring king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms with fireplaces, and private stoeps with scenic views. Room 2 boasts a spacious lounge with a fireplace, while Room 3 provides a similar setup with a vanity table.

For families or friends traveling together, Rooms 5A and 5B offer ideal solutions.  Room 5A features a king-size bed with an en-suite bathroom, a unique secret herb garden, and a veranda with a single bed. Room 5B boasts two three-quarter beds, an open bath with a separate shower, and stunning view of the gardens

Couples seeking romance can find solace in the Honeymoon Suite (Room 7), featuring a queen-size bed, both indoor and outdoor showers and baths, a vanity table, a fireplace lounge, and uninterrupted nature views.

Families or friend groups can opt for Rooms 8 and 9, a two-room cottage with individual bathrooms, outdoor bath and shower and a shared wooden balcony overlooking the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Finally, the ultimate in luxury and privacy awaits in the New Honeymoon Suite (Room 10), a standalone unit with a balcony, fireplace, separate lounge and dining area, spacious bedroom, and indoor and outdoor bathroom options.

Make an online booking HERE.

Facilities at Belle Balance Bush Hideout

Luxury extends beyond the confines of your room at Belle Balance, which is also a beautiful venue for weddings. Dive into the refreshing plunge pool, a welcome respite after a day of exploration. Curl up with a captivating book in one of the elegant lounges, warmed by the gentle crackle of a fireplace.

Savour delectable meals in the beautiful farmhouse dining room or patio, where every bite is infused with the spirit of South African hospitality. The chefs at Belle Balance create culinary masterpieces using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The farmhouse setting adds a touch of rustic charm, creating an atmosphere that is both elegant and inviting.

For those seeking complete rejuvenation, the secluded Bush Spa beckons with its pampering massages. Imagine stepping into a haven of tranquillity, where skilled therapists use their expertise to melt away stress and tension.

The brand new wedding venue, The Belle, surrounded by fynbos, is overlooking the majestic Tsitsikamma forest. This unique venue has been built in 2023 and is a breath-taking oasis where comfort meets the untamed Africa wilderness.

Plettenberg Bay activities

At Belle Balance Bush Hideout, the adventure doesn’t stop at your doorstep. Embrace the untamed spirit of Africa with a plethora of activities offered at the lodge and within the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. Here’s where your true South African experience begins.

Embark on daily thrilling guided game drives with Belle Balance new Safari vehicle that can 9 people at a time. Or book a bush picnic to celebrate life.

For a more intimate experience, Belle Balance offers forest walk in an enclosed forest.. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the symphony of birdsong, and marvel at the diverse plant life.

Imagine feeling the soft earth beneath your feet, the vibrant greens and browns of the forest surrounding you, and the possibility of spotting a colourful Knysna Loerie flitting through the trees.

Reviews from previous Belle Balance Bush Hideout guests

“A hidden gem in the South Coast, close to Plettenberg Bay on the Plettenberg Bay Nature Reserve. The establishment has high end decor, yet very rustic with lots of outside seating to appreciate the views. A beautiful large swimming pool for the hot days and scrumptious breakfasts and dinners. We had an awesome spa treatment too. Our cottage has two bedrooms with stunning views over the wooded valley below. The other rooms are all spacious with king beds and en suite bathrooms. A must visit for newlyweds or families with young adults or just per person who wants to get away from city life. The manager, Annalize is attentive to all guests’ needs,” wrote _danville fourie on their TripAdvisor page.

At Belle Balance Bush Hideout, it’s not just a vacation; it’s a transformation. It’s a chance to reconnect with yourself, with nature, and with the simple joys of life. Book your stay today and begin your unforgettable South African adventure.

Belle Balance Bush Hideout is located Inside Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve Uplands Road (R340) Wittedrift, Plettenberg Bay. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 84 444 4408 or email, visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.


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Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

Home Food and Travel advice on finding the right accommodation

So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

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We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

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