Assendelft Lodge and Bush Camp

The upmarket Desert Eco Enterprises luxury lodge or safari style accommodation in the Great Karoo near Beaufort West, Leeu-Gamka, Laingsburg and Prince Albert. Come and experience one of the world's most unique arid zones and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Karoo - rest, relax, refresh and recharge your batteries.

Desert Eco Enterprises is the ideal overnight stop for long distance travellers. It offers four elegantly decorated double, air-conditioned bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each room has its own private entrance with an outside patio where you can sit and enjoy a drink while you take in the surroundings of the Karoo or do some star watching at night. You can snuggle up in front of the fire in the cosy lounge during winter evenings or enjoy a meal in front of the fireplace in the dining room.

If you enjoy being close to nature our tented chalets at the Bush Camp are for you. Each chalet has its own braai area and for larger groups, a communal braai area is available where you can sit around the campfire, under the stars at night. Wood is available from the lodge for making a fire or enjoys a braai. Lights in the chalets are solar powered and hot water is generated by a traditional hot water donkey, there is no other electricity available.

Each tented chalet accommodates one to four guests in single beds or double beds and has an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Linen and towels are provided. Coffee and tea are also provided in the chalets with a small gas stove. The communal kitchen is well equipped with cooking and braai utensils as well as a gas fridge, freezer and oven.

Both the Lodge and Bush Camp are fully licensed.

Some nearby attractions include relaxing and enjoying the Karoo, wander around the farm, visit the lonely grave of a British soldier, Pte. W Calver of the 16th Lancers, who died on Sep. 10, 1901. Go on the fossil trail and see for yourself where the therocephalians ("beast-heads") diictodons and Pristerognathu lived 265 million years ago. Therocephalians are an extinct suborder of carnivorous eutheriodont therapsids that lived from the middle and late Permian into the Triassic 265.0245.0 Ma, existing for approximately 20 million years a guided tour can be arranged or go for a braai with your partner at one of the picnic spots next to the Vlakkraal river.

Desert Eco Enterprises is also the ideal place from where to explore the quaint little town of Prince Albert; 45 km away where you can visit the smallest wine estate in Africa, fig and olive farms and various other attractions. Take a drive over the majestic Swartberg Mountain Pass; 48 km away and visit the isolated wilderness area, known as "Die Hel" (Gamkaskloof), a 59 km away or Meirings Poort, with its breathtaking scenery - an hour's drive from the lodge and the world-renowned Kango Caves only 98 km away. The Karoo National Park, also only an hour's drive away or start exploring the Karoo Highlands route which covers small Karoo towns such as Matjiesfontein, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Williston, Carnarvon, Loxton, Victoria West and Beaufort West.

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Reviews

  • "Wonderful accommodation in the heart of the Karoo."

    08 January 2016

    "Wonderful accommodation in the heart of the Karoo. The Bush Camp is a great experience and is situated in beautiful surroundings. We were received by the owner with great hospitality and welcomed by a beautiful sunset. Although I will not suggest this as an overnight spot unless you are familiar with Karoo animal sounds, the wind hustling through the tent and the noise of the water system. We therefore didn't get a great night's rest needed for the long drive ahead but certainly had a great new experience to add to our memory banks."

    Mia Botha, South Africa
  • "Best stop over spot!"

    30 December 2015

    "I have driven to Cape Town and back from Johannesburg many many times in my life and stayed at many different places throughout the Karoo. I can easily say that every place I've stayed at has just been a place to rest my head and never been a pleasant memorable experience.<div><br /></div><div>At Asserndelft lodge however this was a surprisingly great change! Perfectly clean and well decorated rooms with great staff. The owner is very friendly and accommodating. The staff are very friendly. The breakfast was perfect and the price makes it all so much more suprising! From now on I will only stay there for my stop overs I have no need to explore different Accomodations in the Karoo any further</div>"

    Michael Rodokanakis, South Africa
  • "Great stay"

    23 December 2015

    "had a wonderful two days stay at the Bush Camp. Accommodation very comfortable even though the weather was very hot. Thanks so much"

    Carol Yeoman, South Africa
  • "Best value for money!"

    19 October 2015

    "<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: #1f497d;"></span>We received a warm welcome from our host andJeannette. We were very impressed by the quality of the service.The accommodation is spacious, comfortable and very clean. Our host wasvery hospitable and attentive. This accommodation provided all that weneeded and was great value for money. The stunning view of the Swartberge is amazing. Close to the N1, but a great feeling of being in the Karoo!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p>"

    Alexis Etsebeth, South Africa
  • "Excellent/ Uitstekend"

    04 May 2015

    "Bush Camp: Secluded in the open Karoo. Clean facilities everything needed, sun powered and self reliant. Lekker hiking trail to experience the openness of the Karoo.Definitely value for money and worth visiting again passing through or for a few days."

    Thys van der Merwe, South Africa
  • "Fantasties!"

    29 March 2015

    "<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 107%; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Fantasties! Baie netjies enskoon. Die beste boskamp waar ons nog oorgebly het. Gaan definitiefweer!</span><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 107%;">Fantastic! Very neat andclean. The best bush camp weve stayed.</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 107%;"></span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 107%;">We will definitely stay again!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p>"

    Ronl Groenewald, South Africa
  • "Very nice"

    17 December 2014

    "Very nice and friendly people. I would recommend Assendelft Lodge to anyone."

    Pieter Everson, South Africa
  • "Karoo magic!"

    01 June 2014

    "Lovely accommodation. An oasis in the dry Karoo."

    Jeremy O'Connor, South Africa
  • "Brilliant Hidden Jewel"

    12 May 2014

    "We only booked for one night, but am very disappointed we couldn't stay longer. The lady that opened the lodge just for my wife, me and the two kids were super friendly. The rooms were perfect for what we needed and the kids enjoyed the "farm" environment immensely. We will certainly be back."

    Johann de Bruyn, South Africa
  • "Great stay!"

    29 April 2014

    "Great stay at the bush camp! The neatest and cleanest place a have seen in a very long time. I will highly recommend it. They made special arrangements to accommodate our kids with us in a chalet."

    Mia Johnsen, South Africa
  • "A Truly Karoo Experience"

    08 April 2014

    "A truly Karoo experience, in the beautiful nature, under countless stars, combined with great hospitality! We had an awesome stay in the bush camp! I can recommend it to anyone who loves relaxing in the Karoo nature!"

    renate van gorp, South Africa
  • "Lovely and peaceful"

    25 December 2013

    "Lovely, peaceful bush camp. Nothing to complain about. I would recommend it to all nature lovers."

    Esmari Wium, South Africa
  • "Fantastic experience"

    17 December 2013

    "What a fantastic gem in the middle of nowhere. We really enjoyed our stay, and everything was green (solar power, gas etc.) - made for an interesting evening. Would recommend to anyone wanting to experience nature and get away from hustle and bustle of city life."

    Nazeem Abrahams, South Africa
  • "Great stay!"

    12 December 2013

    "Beautiful place! Great hosts.Loved it!"

    mignon , South Africa
  • "Assendelft"

    08 July 2013

    "Awesome venue - comfortable and well-equipped. Will be back!"

    Karin Taylor, South Africa
  • "Overnight stay"

    11 April 2013

    "What a fantastic sleepover."

    Johan Jacobs, South Africa
  • "Spartan"

    10 January 2013

    "Quiet, peaceful, but spartan. Mozzie problem."

    Robin Scott, South Africa
  • "Beautiful place in the heart of the Karoo!"

    30 September 2012

    "Very friendly and accommodating hosts!"

    Elzana Kempen, South Africa
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