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  • Easy access to town but also a tranquil and beautiful natural setting
  • Jungle gym for the kids so mom and dad can relax a bit
  • Elegant, comfortable room and a wonderful bushveld atmosphere

Beetleloop Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Mbombela


-25.4994, 30.9904


Beetleloop owners Piet and Rina Van Zyl have a passion for nature, and have allowed the Nelspruit Nature Reserve in one of the town’s quiet suburbs to overflow onto their pretty property, with indigenous trees and a myriad of bird species creating a peaceful setting for guests. The couple warmly welcomes visitors to their comfortable recluse, and have personally decorated the house in a modern African style packed with interesting artefacts and plenty of character. 

Accommodation consists of three executive rooms and three standard rooms, individually decorated to provide homely luxury. A luxurious option for couples, the Treetop executive room is a romantic log cabin secluded amongst the trees. With an expansive King-size bed and deck overlooking the nature reserve, occupants can relax in comfort while enjoying the Lowveld’s distinctive sub-tropical atmosphere. The Brown room, where guests can choose between a King-size or twin beds, provides a view over the lush garden. 

Featuring its own children’s play area and a sleeper couch, families are well accommodated in the Fisherman’s Cabin, with its deck overlooking a trickling stream in the reserve. 

Named after their soothing colours - Blue, Green and Lavender - the standard rooms are slightly smaller and don’t have outdoor areas, but are comfortably equipped. All the rooms have mosquito nets, ceiling fans, minibars, satellite televisions, hairdryers, wireless internet, safes, and coffee/tea stations. As a nice touch, hot water bottles are provided in winter. In keeping with the nature-inspired theme of the guest house, eco-friendly luxury bath products can be found in the spacious bathrooms.

Piet and Rita have ensured that various catering options are available to suit all needs. Well-equipped kitchenettes in the executive rooms and the Lavender standard room allow for self-catering, while those who prefer to eat out at one of the nearby restaurants can choose the room only options.

Bed and breakfast guests can enjoy a hearty morning meal often served outdoors, and delicious dinners in the outdoor boma are on offer for those who choose the DBB option. Interestingly, the guest house utilises fresh produce from a local organic vegetable project called Farm in a Box, whereby veggies are grown in boxes on walls in urban properties.   

As mentioned, Beetleloop is a good venue for families, and kids can have hours of fun on the garden’s jungle gym. Guests of all ages can take one of the provided swimming towels and refresh in the lovely rock swimming pool. Therapeutic treatments can be arranged in the tranquillity of the garden, while the more energetic can make use of a treadmill and bicycle. For honeymooners, romantic extras such as champagne, rose petals and candles will make the stay memorably special.

The guest house is well-situated to explore Nelspruit and the surrounding attractions, and days can be spent visiting the Kruger National Park, Panorama Route or Lowveld National Botanical Garden. Head to the nearby Nelspruit Golf Club for a taste of quality bushveld golf, or visit the fascinating Sudwala Caves for a magical experience in the indigenous forests outside the town. Piet and Rina can provide plenty more recommendations on what to see and do. 

Rates & Summary


Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite shower
Deck with view over nature reserve

Brown Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Verandah overlooking garden

Fisherman’s Cabin

Sleeps 4 in King-size/twin beds and sleeper couch
En-suite bath and shower
Children’s play area
Verandah overlooking nature reserve

3 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen, King or twin beds
En-suite bath or shower
Lavender room has kitchenette


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Room only, self-catering, B&B and DBB options available


Children of all ages are welcome.
There is a large children’s play area in the garden.
A babysitting service is available.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on the fringes of a nature reserve in Nelspruit, the owner-run Beetleloop Guest House accommodates guests in individually decorated, African-style rooms, and is a tranquil venue to unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. In this beautiful natural setting, the guest house offers superb attention to detail and warm, friendly service. Children will be entertained by a jungle gym, while adults will enjoy the sophisticated but homely accommodation.


  • Easy access to town but also a tranquil and beautiful natural setting
  • Jungle gym for the kids so mom and dad can relax a bit
  • Elegant, comfortable room and a wonderful bushveld atmosphere

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Children’s play area
  • Outdoor boma
  • Mini-gym
  • Therapeutic treatments
  • Nearby: golf course, water park, botanical gardens, Kruger National Park, elephant back riding, reptile park, mountain biking, Sudwala Caves and dinosaur park, Panorama Route, historical tours, farm stalls, shopping.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe
  • 24 hour security




Panorama & Lowveld



The Lowveld-Legogote region is the urban hub of Mpumalanga. It is home to the dynamic capital city Mbombela/Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township. It also contains the towns of White River and Hazyview, known for their arts & crafts, their good living and bonhomie.

All roads round here lead to the Kruger National Park (KNP) which is the region’s border and its biggest attraction. Another big attraction is the amazing Sudwala caves - the world’s oldest dolomite caves and the geological highlight of the Lowveld.

To the west of Mbombela/Nelspruit is the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, the third-largest green canyon in the world and highlight of the Panorama Route. This is a scenic route along the escarpment edge, taking in the mountain towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Lydenburg. To the east of Mbombela/Nelspruit lies the region dubbed the Wild Frontier. It is known for its lively gold rush history and mysterious stone ruins left by early indigenous people.

The Lowveld-Legogote region has strong ties with neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland, offering an intriguing mix of culture, language and style. 

The Lowveld is sometimes referred to as the ‘Slowveld’ –and it’s not hard to see why. It’s hot, subtropical, laid-back and friendly. This is a region that has always worked alongside the rhythms of the wild.

The word ‘legogote’ means ‘place of the skins’ and refers to the leather makers who once lived here in the Legogote Mountains. They were known for their skill in crafting leather thongs supplied to early ox-wagon travellers.

The Lowveld has long been a trade route and trading post. Explored by early hunters and pioneers, it developed on the back of the discovery of gold. From old Delagoa Bay (present-day Maputo) to Mbombela/Nelspruit and on to the Panorama Route, you will encounter colourful tales of early adventurers, prospectors, bootleggers, gamblers, traders, chiefs, kings and shysters.

Mbombela/Nelspruit is a big, busy city that includes historic Nelspruit, ever-growing residential developments, and the vibrant, sprawling township of Kanyamazane. Cutting right through the centre of the city is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. Popular among residents and tourists, the garden is set on the banks of the Nels River and is a delight of indigenous greenery. It has a large cycad collection and an African rainforest.

Mbombela/Nelspruit was a host city for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Its beautiful stadium is an icon of the city’s progress - along with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with an innovative design reflecting a modern African spirit. In Mbombela/Nelspruit you’ll find excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to a mix of peoples and cultures, with an Afro-chic flavour. From Mbombela/Nelspruit you can do artists’ routes and township tours, visit casinos, nightclubs, and artistic and historical spots. And yet within a short time you can be right in the middle of the KNP gazing out onto the ancient African wilderness.

Incredible mountain scenery and excellent outdoor action - that’s the spirit of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. From Mbombela/Nelspruit the route heads east through subtropical foothills and farmlands, into the mountains of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. The route takes you along a series of historic mountain passes to the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Graskop, Mashishing/Lydenburg and Orighstad. Scenic highlights include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is also there - home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa.

Pilgrim’s Rest is where gold was first discovered and is a heritage town. Graskop and Sabie are timber centres, and renowned for their adventure activities. There is a wide choice of things to do here, from gorge swinging, rock climbing, abseiling, and hot air ballooning, to river rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing, sailing and 4x4-ing.

Look out for

The Kruger National Park - Flagship of Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park has good infrastructure and services, with routes, game drives, guides, camps, watering holes and other animal viewing spots. Your chances of a lion sighting are the highest in the central Kruger Park, where nutritious grasslands support a diversity of creatures. There are great spots for humans too, from luxury lodges to remote camping hideouts.

Mbombela/Nelspruit - Mpumalanga’s capital city is a friendly and fast-moving mix of cultures. These include Tsonga, Pedi, Swazi, Mozambican, Afrikaans, English, Dutch, German and French. The city is a central place from which to access the Lowveld and Panorama regions. You can take a cultural tour of Kanyamazane township, and visit arts & craft centres, traditional healers and shebeens. You can see an excellent collection of South African art at the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature buildings, or spend a quiet hour or two in the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Sudwala caves - The world’s oldest known cave system, said to be nearly 3 billion years old, the Sudwala Caves are completely surreal. In the heart of the Mankelekele mountains lies this vast subterranean city of passages, tunnels, caverns and chambers. There are timeless dripstone formations and eerie bottomless lakes. The highlight is the Crystal Tour – a five-hour 2km hike into the heart of the caves culminating in a cavern containing incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

Outdoor action - Sabie is the adventure capital of the Lowveld and Panorama, offering just about everything you can think of in an incredible canyon and mountain setting. Experience the adrenalin rush of the world's highest cable gorge swing with a 68m (18-storey) freefall. You’ll go from 0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds! The hiking is exceptional, and there are excellent rock climbing, paragliding, and abseiling opportunities.

The Artists Route - The beautiful setting and laidback lifestyle of the Lowveld has long attracted artists and creative souls. In the White River/Hazyview area you can visit the studios and showrooms of some of the country’s foremost artists. These include potters, weavers, candle makers, glass-blowers, sculptors and even taxidermists. Both these towns are hip and happening, offering charming eating spots and great rural retail therapy. For good shopping head for Casterbridge Centre on the edge of White River, and Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview.

Kaapsehoop village - Explore the misty heights of this historic gold mining village. It is popular for its quaint coffee shops, pubs, bistros and more than a hundred wild horses.

Innibos Cultural Festival - A music and arts festival held in the Nelspruit/White River area in June and July. This is a cultural ‘must-do’. For 14 days the Lowveld rocks. This arts festival is held at over 60 theatre and music spots across the province and features everything from big stage concerts to assorted theatre and cultural activities. There are also more than 400 craft stalls to explore.

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