Phased reopening for Business Travel in Level 3 Lockdown

South of Africa is excited to announce that the 3-star Elephant Springs Hotel in Bela Bela, and the 3-star Bid Huisie cottage in Prince Albert, will be reopening for business travel and essential workers on Monday 8 June 2020 as per Government regulations for travel in Level 3 of the national lockdown.

Bid Huisie, a single self-catering unit in a tranquil area of Prince Albert, is ideal for business travellers and essential workers who require privacy and isolation while sleeping out for work. Manager Elma Whiley confirmed that while Bid Huisie has always had the highest level of cleanliness, additional measures to ensure guests’ safety has been implemented and the unit will be properly santized before and after guests’ arrival and departure. Guests will also have the option to arrive and check in without any human interaction with special instructions and remote assistance.

At Elephant Springs in Bela Bela, only the Pool Facing Hotel Rooms will be opened for business and essential workers. These rooms all have a private entrance from the hotel’s courtyard, and this will be utilized for guests who are checking in to avoid unnecessary interaction with other guests in the hallways. Guests will be directed to their rooms with minimum interaction of our employees, who will be dressed with protective gear to stop the spread of infection.

Guests staying at Elephant Springs have the option of booking on a “room only” or “bed and breakfast” basis. Guests who opt for breakfast will be served a plated breakfast which will be available at the hotel’s courtyard patio. Social distancing has been introduced and tables will be properly spaced as per regulations and WHO guidelines. Other public areas, such as the restaurant and bar, will remain closed during Level 3 to limit interaction with guests. No other meals will be available from the restaurant.

Check in times will be from 2pm to 8pm. No late check ins will be accommodated and guests are requested to honour the allotted times introduced.

Travellers who wish to book will have the option of booking directly online at Guests for Elephant Springs can also book direct by calling 082 383 7585 during office hours or e-mailing

As part of accepting guests, an official letter confirming that guests are travelling for work is required prior to check in alongside a copy of identification. Guests will not be permitted entry without these official documents. Guests are also required to provide their own sanitizer and must wear face masks at all times when in public areas. These will not be available to guests from the hotel although all guests will be sanitized on arrival.

South of Africa looks forward to welcoming business travellers and essential workers. More information regarding other hotels reopening will be made available in the coming weeks.