Platbos indigenous forest | Africa´s Southernmost forest | Baviaanspoort Hills, Grootbos Road between Gansbaai and Hermanus

Bush Buck Suite

~ Glamping at its finest beneath the canopy of Platbos Forest ~
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No outside fire wood is permitted at the Reserve!
We have put strict restrictions in place to protect the forest from the Shot Hole Borer Beetle which is currently killing trees and forests in other parts of the country. Wood is for sale at Platbos for your braai needs.

Thank you for helping us to protect this precious forest!


Bush Buck Suite at Platbos

We are happy to introduce you to our eco-friendly, off-grid Bush Buck Suite. Offering private accommodation, this forest venue sleeps 2 guests. The Bush Buck Suite is exclusive in that guests enjoy the privilege of having this unique and beautiful forest venue all to themselves.

Platbos Forest Reserve is a private nature reserve - and although only a two hour drive from Cape Town - offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself into the heart of this wild yet gentle indigenous forest. It is indeed a privilege to overnight in the forest: Platbos is one of the largest remaining fragments of lowland Afromontane forest found between Grootvadersbosch and Table Mountain - less than 0.05% of the Western Cape is home to old growth forest.

The Bush Buck Suite forms part of Platbos Forest Reserve and as such has been designed to cause as little disturbance to the forest environment as possible. Honey bees and rain spiders coexist in the Reserve alongside woodpeckers, owls and bushbuck for example. Having said that, none of our guests have been injured by the wildlife, and the present day owners of the Reserve have lived in the forest since 2005 without any mishaps. However, should the idea of being so close to nature worry you, Platbos may not be the right place for you. If on the other hand, a retreat into a pristine forest that offers pure clean air, star-studded skies and the company of age-old trees fills you with enthusiasm, please do make a booking: As evidenced by our 2019 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Adviser you will not be disappointed!


The Bush Buck Suite ~ What to Expect

Our rustic and comfortable accommodation aims to provide guests with a sense of being at one with the forest environment. The site of the Bush Buck Suite is orientated around a magnificent and ancient white stinkwood tree - by our estimates it is well over 500 years of age. The Bush Buck offers private and secluded accommodation and sleeps 2 guests in a double bed. A mosquito net is supplied for the summer months and the cabin has drop-down canvas blinds along the front fašade, enabling you to feel truly part of the forest if you so wish. The cabin is open-plan with a kitchenette and cozy fire place, making it a wonderful option for winter stays. The ablutions - flush toilet, basin and shower - are separate from the cabin and are semi-enclosed: designed to make your stay at Platbos a true forest experience. Hot water is supplied via the old fashioned 'donkey boiler system'. Please see Bush Buck Facilities below for further information.

The Bush Buck Suite is accessed via a short pathway from the designated parking area and all facilities are for the exclusive use of our Bush Buck Guests. This unit is a short walk from our Honey Bee Suite but they are screened from one another by dense forest. A private pathway from the suite gives guests access to the main forest trail.

For guests booking during week days, please be aware that Platbos is a nature reserve that requires active management and protection. During certain months of the year the Platbos Conservation Trust needs to carry out routine fire-break maintenance as well as alien clearing on our neighbour's property. As far as possible, we try to minimize the noise disturbances for our guests but sadly, the reality is that without this ongoing, costly care, the forest would no longer be here to be enjoyed.

Prospective guests also need to please be aware that occasionally, atmospheric and particular wind conditions combine to amplify noise levels coming from the valley below where there is a wedding venue. Fortunately, this is an infrequent disturbance but guests are hereby alerted to this possibility ahead of time.

We do not have a reception office - we have structured things so that guests can go straight to their respective units. In order to facilitate this and ensure that you have a truly magical, hassle-free stay in the forest, we send important information, a map and directions which need to be read and / or printed out ahead of your stay.

Please explore our website to learn more about some of the forest's fauna and flora as well as our conservation work at the Reserve

Bush Buck Suite Facilities

Open Plan Bedroom, sitting area and kitchen:
• Double bed.
• Indoor fire place.
• All linen, towels and bedding provided.
• The front walls of the suite are canvas blinds that can be rolled up as desired.
• Fully equipped kitchen with pots, pans, cutlery and crockery.
• Gas for cooking (note: no oven, microwave or fridge as the Bush Buck Suite is off-grid). We provide a Cooler Box - stored at the "Freezer Hut" - but you may like to bring along your own as well. Re-freeze your ice bricks and ice trays in the communal freezer.

Outdoor Fireplace:
• Grid is provided.

Open Air Bathroom:
• Hot water fuelled by the old-fashioned Donkey Boiler. Wood is supplied for this; however, guests are responsible for making their own fires.
• Washstand and basin.
• Flush Toilet


• Solar lanterns and candles are provided but you may like to bring extra lighting and flash lights.
• Wood is provided for the 'donkey boiler' (one bag for each night of your stay). Rooikrans Braai wood, a by-product from our alien clearing, is available at R50.00 per bag. Please collect this from the "Freezer Hut" in the fire break and leave your money in the honesty box. No outside wood is allowed to be brought onto the Reserve as this may introduce the dreaded "Shot Hole Borer Beetle" which will have dire consequences for the forest trees.
• Please bring along your own fire-lighters for your camp fire. We do however supply fire-lighters for your Donkey Fire.
• The greatest threat to Platbos Forest is fire: our donkey systems are contained and safe to use. However never leave a campfire burning unattended, and please do not make overly large fires.
• Bush Buck Suite is off-grid; this means no electrical plug points or fridge (but as already stated, there is use of the communal freezer).
• While the water at the camp is fine for boiling and using in food preparation, you might like to bring along your own drinking water.
• Please do not use "Doom-type" pesticide sprays, etc, but DO bring along insect repellent during the summer months for mosquitoes.
• Please respect the tranquillity of the forest and keep noise levels down. Loud and excited voices carry far into the forest and disturb the peace for other guests as well as for the forest's wildlife. Strictly no music is allowed.
• Cell phone receptivity varies in the forest and Vodacom receives better reception.
• Platbos is a wilderness area and a legally protected habitat: no collection, removal or relocation of any plant, animal or fallen wood is allowed.
• BABOONS: Platbos is occasionally visited by a troop of baboons when the trees are bearing seed. We are fortunate in that they are still wild and unaccustomed to human food. They are non-aggressive and will run away if they see you. To ensure that the baboons remain this way, there are signs up at the accommodation to remind you to please always pack food away after meals. We also have baboon monitors who occasionally set off "thunder flashes" to chase the baboons away from human habitation.
• Platbos is also home to wild bees that make their nests in the old tree trunks. There are signs up to alert you of a 'bee tree' if it is anywhere nearby the forest trail. Simply walk quickly past the sign.
• Platbos - being a wildlife sanctuary - is unfortunately not pet-friendly and therefore NO dogs are allowed.


Rate per night: See our Online Booking Calendar.

Please note: A 50% deposit is required to reserve your booking.

Single night stays: By arrangement only; an additional R200.00 surcharge is applicable. Not optional over weekends / Public Holidays

In Season (16 Dec - 5 Jan): Minimum of a 3-night stay is required.

Arrival Time: Any time after 2pm | Departure Time: 10am (unless otherwise arranged).

Please note that we do not have a "Reception / Check in Office". Due to travel time, most of our guests arrive after dark. Please print your directions as well as all pertinent information that you will receive once you have finalized your booking: you will require this to find your way to your accommodation. In addition, it contains the necessary codes for the combination locks on our gate and for the Freezer Hut. If you arrive after dark please come prepared with a torch / headlamp so that you can orientate yourself from the parking and around the Bush Buck Suite.

Guests staying at the Bush Buck Suite may walk our Forest Trail free of charge (normal fee: R50.00 per person).

Platbos grows in an exceptionally beautiful valley - once you have explored the forest, discover the Uilkraal Vallei:

Activities beyond the Uilkraal Vallei
(but still in our neck of the woods):

  • Boat-based whale watching with Dyer Island Cruises -
  • Commune with the Southern Right whales from the rocky shoreline of De Kelders
  • Visit the Klipgat caves - home to our collective ancestors over 100,000 years ago
  • Enjoy a beach outing at the family-friendly Stanford's Cove, De Kelders
  • Play putt-putt and have a ride down the super tube at Uilenkraalsmond Resort
  • Visit the Strandveld Museum in Franskraal.
  • Take a drive to Baardskeerdersbos, Wolvengat and Elim, with its historic church and mill.
  • . Enjoy beautiful mountain Fynbos at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

For all accommodation enquiries please call:
during office hours,
Monday to Friday or email

Our Forest Accommodation is perfectly set up for self-isolating. Our secluded accommodation units afford our guests no direct contact with either our staff or other guests. We utilize cleaning and safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organisation, the Department of Health and the Department of Tourism to keep our staff and guests safe. All surfaces in the private ablutions and kitchen areas are sprayed down after departure with NeoLife's CARE which is a non-toxic disinfectant. The active ingredient in CARE is on the list from the World Health Organization known to kill coronavirus strains and is biodegradable. Each unit is left to air for at least 24 hours before new guests arrive.
Platbos is ideally situated for those on business trips in the Overberg, as well as for families looking to buy property in this beautiful region.


Platbos Forest Reserve is off-grid and our accommodation units are serviced with river and dam water. Although our area is not yet receiving stringent water restrictions like those in Cape Town, we encourage our guests to always use natural resources mindfully. Four of our five accommodation units use environmentally-friendly compost- ing toilet systems, and all the water that is used in the accommodation units is recycled back into the forest which is why we supply biodegradable, non-harmful washing up liquid for our guests.

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