The Bush Camp

A rustic, outdoor retreat venue, sprawling along the riverside in the heart of the valley, comprising of interconnected areas, linked by winding paths that take you from one beautiful space to another.
The venue created in the valley, the Bush Camp has evolved over the years, growing and improving, while maintaining its charm. The aim when designing and building the independent structures that make up the camp was to create a sprawling village of separate utility areas that each offer a different view of the surrounding environment, allowing the nature to encroach between the areas, blending the camp in seamlessly with the setting. The camp consists of 5 areas closely linked by stone pathways: kitchen & dining, fireplace boma, bathrooms, cabins, treehouses and the forest deck.
The covered kitchen and dining area is perched on a raised embankment that overlooks a natural pool in the river with reeds and birds galore. The fire boma is at the top of the camp, with an open sky for starry nights and large bon-fires. The cabins and treehouses are nestled down along the edge of the forest that runs along the river, and the deck is buried in the forest beneath the canopy. The bathrooms are close to the cabins and the paths are lit-up at night for easy meandering between the areas. From the camp it is a short 15-minute walk to the rock pool.

The 4 treehouses are wood-clad bedrooms, mounted high-up on stilts, in amongst the trees.


The 4 cabins are cozy bedrooms, with large glass windows looking out into the valley.

Forest Deck

The wooden deck is 10x8m, with a small stage and a cantilevered roof. The three open sides look out into the forest.


  • Large open plan kitchen with scullery and pantry
  • Large covered dining area
  • Gas fridge, stoves and geysers
  • General kitchen, braaing & eating equipment
  • Open-air lounge joining dining area
  • Boma with chairs & bon-fire pit
  • Wood fired hot-tub
  • Two bathrooms with showers & toilets
  • 4 adjoined cabins (sleep 2 persons each)
  • 4 treehouses with daybeds & ensuite bathrooms
  • Covered wooden deck with stage
  • Lookout tower
  • Space to pitch tents
  • Solar powered LED lighting & invereter for charging
  • Capacity:

    The Bush Camp can only be booked by one group at a time and we require a minimum of 10 people for a booking. The camp can accommodate groups of up to 16 people sharing rooms. The Bush Camp is a retreat venue (ie. no loud parties).

    There are 16 beds - with bedding and bath towels provided based on number of people. There are 8 bedrooms (4 cabins & 4 treehouses) that can comfortably sleep 2 people per room (sharing). A wooden deck that is an ideal space for hosting meditation, yoga, dance and drama workshops. The 2 bathrooms are freestanding, located in a small structure close to the cabins. For overflow there is shaded camping space where tents can be pitched at a separate rate.

    Standard Rates:

    Self catering rate R600pppn (bedding & towels provided)

    Minimum group size of 10 people & minimum 2 night stay

    Firewood @ R350 for whole stay

    Please Note:
    • Midweek bookings are not required to meet the minimum 10 people requirement (Mon-Thur, excl. public holidays & December).
    • Children under 12 not allowed.
    • Deposit of R6000 to secure booking.
    • Rates based on a two-night booking.
    • Above prices are for 2022.
    • 2024 rates will be subject to increase.
    • Viewings can usually be arranged on available weekdays.


    If required Bush Camp bookings can include vegetarian catering for groups of 10 people or more. We will design a menu and budget per person (about R550pp/day) for the chosen culinary layout. Snacks, tea, coffee and juices will be provided. We source the organic ingredients from farms in the area and the meals are prepared by chefs. Catering does not include staff to clean dishes and kitchen.

    Self-catering does not include staff to clean dishes and the kitchen.

    Massages & hot stone treatments can be arranged on request. We have partnered with a local business that brought together a group of spa therapists who lost their jobs during the pandemic, creating a mobile spa.

    Fire-wood is available for purchase and can be delivered to the your venue.

    Cell reception peaks at 4G in some spots, but can be unreliable. Uncapped internet (Wi-Fi) is available at the reception/house at the entrance to the valley - a 5 minute drive from the Cave House.

    Contact Us

    Please check the calendar shown here to see if the date you want is booked or available. Colour-bars show the booked dates.

    When contacting us please indicate the venue (bush camp, sky terrace, cave house or kama cabin) you are interested in, the dates you would like, the size of the group (refer to minimum numbers for each venue) and catering requirements (if any).


    Our Location

    Our Surroundings

    The Sima Kade valley has a few good walks, or short hikes, along with a rock pool and mini-waterfall. The beauty of the valley lies in its secluded habitat of plants, animals and trees, enclosed by cliffs and a sloping valley that leads to the bubbling natural stream.

    Magaliesburg has a variety of activities and adventures, from hikes, cycling/running trails, game drives, balloon rides, historical sites, markets, restaurants and breweries.

    There is a decently stocked Super Spar (grocery store) in Magaliesburg town - 10 minutes away.

    Lanseria Airport: 30mins

    OR Tambo: 1hr 30mins