belle balance bush hideout

Belle Balance Bush Hideout is set within the harmony of nature inside Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, where gentle peacefulness consumes your soul.

August Winter Special @ R2400 per night includes bed and breakfast. Special is valid from 1 – 31 August. Optional two-course dinner at R250 per person.

Relaxing Bush Spa Specials available as well as discounts on Game Drives and Horseback Safaris.

R2400 1 May – 31 October 2021 | R3400 1 November 2021 – 30 April 2022  per room including breakfast for two.

Optional two-course dinner at R280 per person booked in advance.


Snippet from a review by Colleen Ogilvie

When we visited Belle Balance we loved: The old soul feeling of the property and its sturdy, integrous stone walls that open out to the most magnificent views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Having access to a spa whilst being immersed in nature adds to the owner’s ethos of wellness and harmony. Every room is beautifully styled and furnished in fine fabrics to weave an understated, contemporary safari theme and sheer comfort.

Image of a lady in front of elephants inside the Belle Balance Bush Hideaway home page of the website


During your stay at Belle Balance Bush Hideout wander up to the spa for a sauna or a body scrub and massage. Go for a walk or a horse-back safari or game drive. There are no TV’s in the rooms only at the BOMA if you ‘need’ to watch something. Most importantly, bring a book or something to read and immerse yourself into appreciating the peaceful bush. Meals are simple, elegant and nourishing. 


Book a 2 hour Game Drive at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. From R590 per person for day visitors and R490 per person for guests.

Book a 2 hour Horse Back safari at  Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. From R590 per person for day visitors and R490 per person for guests.

R550 for 1.5 hour full body exfoliation in our bush Turkish bath & full body massage.

Breakfast for two is included in your stay. Meals are prepared by arrangement.


When Katherine and Leon de Kock first visited an old dairy farm on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay in 2005 they knew they had found that special space they had been searching for. The couple envisioned creating a bush sanctuary that would be integrated with and perfectly complement the serene natural setting. Belle Balance, as the name suggests, welcomes one to a space that is restorative, rejuvenating, and removed from the pace and commotion of everyday urban life. The establishment of the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve and reintroduction of animals to this fertile land was the first step in their vision to create a bush hideout in the Garden Route. Over 30 different types of animals have been reintroduced to the game reserve, which now boasts elephants, rhino, and giraffes. The dwelling on the game reserve was once the bush hideaway of Baron van Plettenberg, the governor of the Cape of Good Hope from 1771–1785. The walls of his old homestead still stand today and are an integral part of Belle Balance, adding to the feeling imparted to visitors of having escaped to a bygone era.

The couple’s opportunity to realise their vision for a peaceful, bush getaway with an intimate spa suddenly presented itself when the national lockdown was announced. The next few months witnessed the complete transformation of the old lodge. Care and attention to detail mark every corner of Belle Balance. Each room tells its own story with unique pieces of antique furniture that have been collected over the years. Soft, neutral tones are combined with wooden features and leather effects to create a warm and inviting ambiance. The furnishings are luxurious, yet simple and understated, and accentuate the natural beauty of the environment. The stoep invites one to marvel at uninterrupted views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains or observe the comings and goings of many animals to the watering hole. It is everywhere apparent that Belle Balance is a labour of love in which carefully selected elements unite to create a tranquil space that truly allows one to unwind and replenish the soul.

Image of a map of belle balance and Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve inside the Belle Balance Bush Hideaway home page of the website


R340 to Uplands off N2 for +-8km, turn right into Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. 

At the gate keep left, it will open automatically. Travel for about 3km on dirt road, then turn left at Belle Balance sign for 2km.

If lost please phone 084 444 4408