Somabula Nature Reserve is
located in Gauteng province around an hour and a half’s drive from Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Pretoria. The closest towns are Rayton or Cullinan.
Somabula offers self-catering chalets, a spacious camping ground and even accommodation in restored ox wagons. Day visitors can also arrange to make use of the hiking trails and Lapa with its braai area.
The campground consists of 7 campsites; Egret and Hadida are the most private and feature their own rustic bathrooms and small sculleries. Egret is the larger of the two and has a solar water heater. None of the sites at Somabula have electricity. Hadida is the most private site but is suited for smaller caravans or trailers.
All the stands have a boma with firepit, water tap and bin.
Loerie and Barbet are also fairly private, are medium sites and share an ablution. The bathrooms are separated though. Loerie will accommodate small caravans or trailers and Barbet is reserved
Bulbul, Hornbill and Kingfisher share an ablution with two toilets, open-air hot-water showers and a small scullery. Bulbul and Hornbill are adjacent so ideal for larger groups when booked together. They will both accommodate larger caravans.Kingfisher is off to one side and will accommodate smaller caravans or trailers.
Activities in the reserve include game drives, birding, mountain biking and hiking. Most of the 400-hectare reserve is accessible with high-clearance vehicles however there is also a 4×4-only
section. The road to the campsites is mostly paved with some gravel sections.
Somabula is a hidden gem in that it’s so close to Johannesburg and Pretoria yet placed in such a peaceful setting. It is a beautiful valley, small but teaming with birdlife, shady trees and
Bookings can be made through email or telephone;
There is occasional road noise at night