Makhado-Vivo – Bergplaatz Soutpansberg Forest Sanctuary
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The Bergplaatz Soutpansberg Forest Sanctuary 26 km from Vivo in Limpopo, is an unmatched eco destination and a dream come true for nature lovers who crave the unspoilt beauty of the majestic Soutpansberg mountain range.

This National Heritage Site and historical farm of 500 hectares lies in the forested upper reaches of the western Soutpansberg below Lajuma – the highest peak in the Soutpansberg range between Vivo and Makhado in Limpopo.

Lajuma towers more than a thousand metres above arid savannah that stretches uninterruptedly in all directions as far as the eye can see. (Pre-arrange to climb to its peak). Bergplaatz -- a founder member of the Western Soutpansberg Conservancy, the Soutpansberg Leopard Conservancy and the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Raptor Conservancy -- offers a fascinating eco menu

Accommodation comprises of a large luxury self-catering unit for 8 persons and a garden cottage for a couple or small family, both in beautiful setting with exceptional views.

Bergplaatz has received UNESCO status and, together with Lajuma, has been declared a UNESCO, World Heritage site and Biosphere and is also a Nature Reserve with provincial status
Bergplaatz is a National Heritage Site and nestles below Lajuma – the highest peak in the Soutpansberg
Bergplaatz is a National Heritage Site and nestles below Lajuma – the highest peak in the Soutpansberg
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Activities:

Game Viewing Animal life is prolific with foraging troops of Vervet and Samango monkeys showing little fear of humans. Raucous baboon troops take to their rocky roosts at sunset, and the harsh cries of the thick-tailed bush baby punctuate the nights. The ultimate reward of silent listening at sunset is the grunting of a leopard on the prowl. The western Soutpansberg has the densest leopard population on earth, but these shy creatures are rarely seen, although their spoor and scats are often encountered.

Bird Watching Bergplaatz offers exiting birding and species include the elusive Narina Trogon and the rare Bat Hawk. Both Crowned and Black Eagles are regularly seen on the hunt, skimming the treetops and cliff faces. The melodious arblings of Yellow-spotted Nicator and Natal and Heuglin’s dominate the dawn chorus

Hiking Trails A network of marked trails gives access to all the different vegetation types and to various sites of special ecological, archaeological and scenic interests on the farm. Clear mountain streams and a water fall form deep pools suitable for swimming in an area that is both Billharzia and Malaria free, while the views across the Soutpansberg from various vantage points are truly breathtaking. On request, Jan will offer guiding in any aspect of the natural history of the area.

Other Activities Bergplaatz is a founder member of the Western Soutpansberg Conservancy, the Soutpansberg Leopard Conservancy and the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Raptor Conservancy. The vegetation on Bergplaatz changes dramatically with increasing altitude, with the Bushveld of the foothills making way for scrub forest against the southern slopes, and for closed high forest along the upper reaches of streams and at the base of south-facing cliffs. Of the 550 tree species occurring in the Soutpansberg, more than 200 have been recorded at Bergplaatz. On the plateau, one finds a unique vegetation type consisting of grassveld, fynbos, succulents and the odd forest patch surrounding an old termite mound. Large yellowwoods occur in the riverine forests, while two protea species are found in the upland fynbos. It is also at high altitude where most of the more than 30 Soutpansberg endemics – this is plants that occur nowhere else on earth – are found.
 
Rates:
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Remarks: R450 pp per night – sleeps 8 in 4 en suite bedrooms. Children 12 and younger R225/night
LARGE LUXURY SELF-CATERING UNIT – sleeps 8 persons in 4 en suite bedrooms. A cottage for 2 persons will be available end 2017
DESCRIPTION OF ACCOMMODATION -- LARGE UNIT: Offers 4 en suite bedrooms and a large open-plan lounge/dining area. Solar lights, swimming pool, indoors braai/fireplace, under cover braai area outside at pool. Small conference facility will be available end 2017
The kitchen is fully equipped with gas stove and oven, a large gas fridge and gas chest freezer. All bedding, towels, cutlery and crockery are provided and a “stainless steel donkey” boiler is fired every day. Cleaning service once per day
GARDEN COTTAGE: The garden cottage is close to the main farmstead but very private. It is suitable for a couple (and two small kids) and also fully equipped for self-catering.
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television No
Radio No
Heater No
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner No
Bergplaatz - in beautiful setting with exceptional views (small and large)
Bergplaatz - in beautiful setting with exceptional views (small and large)
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Nearest Town:
Vivo
Distance: 26km
Police: Yes
Hospital: Yes
Bergplaatz can only be reached in vehicles with high clearance, and under wet conditions, only in a 4X4. Upon booking, guests can request to be ferried up and down the mountain at an extra charge of R100 per group for the return trip. Cars can be left safely under large trees at the compound near the entrance. All guests should arrange to be met at the entrance gate on the tar road, which is kept locked. RESERVATIONS: Make a reservation enquiry (only an enquiry) by clicking on the reservation icon at the bottom of this page or contact the Farmstay reservation office hours: 039 313 0608 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at august@farmstay.co.za
Tourist attractions in the area.
Climb the highest peak in the Soutpansberg, Lajuma, per arrangement. Rock climbing at the famous cliff-face at Blouberg. Explore rock art at Makgabeng south of Blouberg and the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route. Visit the Blouberg Nature Reserve.

Agricultural sites of interest in the area.
Learn more about “salt farming” at the salt pan which gives Soutpansberg its name. Mara Research Station where the famous Bonsmara cattle breed was developed is close to Bergplaatz.
Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Bergplaatz - 500 ha
Farming Activities: Ecotourism
Farm History: Salo and Ans Potgieter acquired Bergplaatz 50 years ago and for the past 20 years it has been in the care of their daughter Emmie. Under her stewardship, Bergplaatz was declared a Natural Heritage Site (Site no 115), and great emphasis was placed on its conservation. Thousand of yellowwoods from her indigenous nursery have been planted throughout the Soutpansberg, while on Bergplaatz itself, Emmie has planted several hundred yellowwoods and other indigenous trees. She has a special interest in the conservation and cultivation of indigenous medicinal plants, some of which have been harvested almost to extinction elsewhere in the Soutpansberg. An accomplished painter, ceramic artist and tireless gardener, Emmie’s artistic touch is evident throughout the human footprint on Bergplaatz.

A bit about your hosts:
The farm is managed by Emmie’s partner and professional ecologist, Jan. (See farm history). Bergplaatz is entirely dedicated to the conservation of the Soutpansberg’s exceptional biodiversity and unique flora. Clear mountain streams and a water fall form deep pools suitable for swimming (small) and  lounge with braai-fireplace
Clear mountain streams and a water fall form deep pools suitable for swimming (small) and lounge with braai-fireplace
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made.

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Collage of Bergplaatz farmstead inside (small and large)
Collage of Bergplaatz farmstead inside (small and large)
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   Cosy lounge in the house (small and large)
Cosy lounge in the house (small and large)
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