Bingelela Beds is a seven bedroom, three-star establishment situated on a slice of South African heaven, affectionately referred to as ‘Paradise Country’ (or Mpumalanga). So called, because the region harbours unmatched beauty, extraordinary natural phenomena that date back centuries, unspoilt vegetation, as well as an abundance of wild animals and bird life.
Bingelela Beds is a perfect base from which to explore one’s greater surroundings. The three-star establishment lies along the Panorama Route; within easy driving distance of the region’s primary tourist hotspots and treasure troves, including the internationally renowned Kruger National Park, and the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon, which features (among other natural wonders) the Bourke's Luck Pothole and God’s Window.
The Kruger National Park, situated 45 kilometres from Bingelela Beds, is one of the largest and oldest South African Reserves. The 2 million hectare park was consecrated in 1896 by President Paul Kruger as a means to protect the endangered wildlife of the Lowveld. Today it is home to a diverse array of wild animals, including the Big Five, birds and indigenous flora and fauna.
The Blyde River Canyon, stretching 25 kilometres in length, is the second largest canyon in Africa (after the Fish River Canyon) and the largest ‘green’ canyon due to its subtropical foliage. Due to its immense beauty, jagged cliffs and untamed vegetation, it’s been dubbed as one of the ‘great wonders of nature’.
While Mpumalanga is not short of hidden gems and nature sites to visit, God’s Window is by far one of the most scenic vantage points, arguably in the whole of South Africa. Situated in the Blyde River Canyon Reserve, it offers the most beautiful views of the Lowveld, and on a clear day, you’ll be able to see the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on South Africa’s border with Mozambique.
Bourke’s Luck Pothole, a series of natural geological formations, is nearer to art than to nature. It was formed due to centuries of soil erosion.The natural attraction is made up of several interconnected pools, interlaced with sandstone outcrops. Visitors can view these pools or potholes from vantage points in the nearby areas. The views are certainly awe striking as they outline the incredible shapes of the nature-made sculptures, as well as the inter-layered shades of the sandstone (amber, taupe, ochre and brown).
Your stay at the rustic establishment is a comfortable home away from home, with thatched rondavels offering you all the essentials and creature comforts you might need, including a DStv package for nightly entertainment before bed. Panoramic views of the surrounding region are right on your doorstep, so marvel at the magnificent sites while sipping on your morning cup of coffee or evening sundowner.
59 The Rest (Cashew Street)
Contact number: 082 304 8614