A perfect combination of woodland, water, safari park and attraction park!!
Beekse Bergen is a perfect holiday destination for families with young children. It is a really unique resort, split into 2 parts: the newly named Lake Resort Beekse Bergen, and the luxury Safari Resort. Beekse Bergen is located in beautiful woodland in the Brabant region of southern Holland. What makes it unique is not only its setting in unspoilt nature with a large swimming lake, sandy lake beaches, indoor Etsi pool and the fantastic and extensive toddler friendly “Speelland” play area, but the fact that it is adjoining the biggest safari park in the Netherlands. You can drive or walk around the safari park or go on the boat or bus and see all the animals in their natural surroundings. Here you can really have it all; nature, beaches, safari park and a huge play zone.
In keeping with its safari park setting Lake Resort Beekse Bergen has an Africa theme which can be seen throughout; from its animal print painted accommodations to its newly opened Ganvie Village, inspired by an African fishing village, and housing the Etsi pool, indoor play, restaurant, bar and supermarket. For a real safari experience why not book one of the Savannah Lodges on the Safari Resort part of Beekse Bergen and watch the giraffes from your veranda while you are having your breakfast?! The Safari Resort has its own indoor children’s pool, bar, restaurant and small shop you also have full access to the holiday park facilities if staying on the Safari Resort). The restaurant and adjacent adventure play area have direct views over the African animals.
Beekse Bergen is a large resort with little play areas dotted throughout, plenty of trees to hide behind and lots of sandy areas to play on! Its sandy lake beaches can be used for relaxing or playing or simply watching the boat and taking in the nature! There is also a little shuttle train, the Ostrich Express, which transports you around the park and to and from the central pool and lake area. Riding around on the shuttle is bound to be one of the highlights for toddlers!!
The Etsi pool area has 3 separate areas, for swimming, playing and relaxing, with views over the beautiful Lake Victoria. The children’s play paradise part of the pool is due to be completed by the end of May 2022.
Another perk about staying in a bungalow at Beekse Bergen is you get free unlimited access to not only the safari park and the Speelland play zone but also to several other local attractions including some toddler friendly zoos. Free entrance to the safari park alone is a massive saving compared to if you were just visiting for the day.
** Important Information**
1) Beekse Bergen is host to a number of music events which can be noisy. Dates below to be aware of :
The Best Kept Secret rock festival: 10th-12th June 2022
The Woo Haa hip hop festival: 1st-3rd July 2022
The “Back2School, Decibel” techno music festival: 19th-21st August 2022
The Awakenings music event: 27th-29th July 2022
There is likely to be noise on the Lake Resort in the days running up to these festivals during set up and in pack down afterwards.
2) Expansion of the Safari Resort:
Beekse Bergen is building a new area of the Safari Resort (apartments and a new central building) which will be ready for summer 2023. Building work may affect accommodation numbers 100-107, 202-232, 250-258 and 360-374 during the 2022 season. It mainly affects the area closest to the lions. Full information here.
Lake Resort Beekse Bergen offers a selection of 3 bedroom 1 bathroom Jungalows (bungalows, all jungle themed!) You can choose from giraffe, zebra or leopard themed and they have the stamp of Africa on them inside and out. You can also book a special children’s themed Jungalow which have the added benefits of having an enclosed garden area, a play pen and high chair and free use of a wooden cart to pull your little ones around in all day! Free wifi is provided in all Beekse Bergen bungalows.
Jungalows have ample seating areas and floor space to play inside and as they are detached units they have plenty of outdoor space around them to play too.
If you fancy bringing your own tent or caravan you can also book one of the camping pitches on the Lake Resort.
If you want more of a safari experience then you can choose to stay in one of the luxury lodges on the Safari Resort, located by the actual safari park! (Exclusive to Safari Resort guests is also a fun indoor pool and children’s water playground, a luxury restaurant, bar and children’s activities with the park ranger!) The lodges range from 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom to 4 bedroom 2 bathroom all the way up to the Group Lodges which have 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms! There are also Kids Lodges with carts, games and additional safety features. The Savannah Lodges have direct views of the animals. Safari lodges come with free wifi and free attractions pass.
Eurocamp offers a selection of 2 and 3 bedroom Holiday Homes (sleeping up to 8) and 2 bedroom Safari Tents (sleeping up to 6) which are located in their own area on the Lake Resort. Available here are Eurocamp’s newer range of holiday homes: the Azures. The Eurocamp Holiday Homes have their own wooden veranda and the rooms are all on one level, making it super safe for little ones. Eurocamp guests staying 3 nights or longer receive the free attractions pass.
All accommodation on the Lake Resort is well spread out with plenty of space to play!
” Family fun”
Great place. We have a kiddies jungalow. 3 bedrooms and shower room. Kitchen with hob, dishwasher and a microwave. Lovely safe environment. Free kids entertainment at the Afrika club. Have so far been to the safari park, Speelland (beach type place with water slides, pedalos, bouncy castles etc) kiddie zoo near Eindhoven. All included in the price of the stay. Lovely beaches by Afrika club for kids to splash about in Lake victoriameer. View from our jungalow is amazing.
Chris J Bayley
All of Beekse Bergen’s accommodation is on one level so you don’t have to worry about stairs. If you choose a children’s Jungalow or Safari Lodge you get the added features of games and toys as well as being fenced off outside. The cupboard doors also all have safety catches. Cots and highchairs can be provided in all accommodations (there is a small charge for a highchair unless you book a kids’ jungalow or kids’ lodge).
With Eurocamp you can prebook the following baby and toddler equipment for free: travel cot, high chair, baby bath, potty, bed rail, changing mat.
There are some lovely towns on your doorstep: Tilburg and Hilvarenbeek are both about a 15 minute drive from the park and have a selection of shops and cafes and restaurants.
Explore the Esbeek woods just 5 minutes drive away.
Further afield you can visit the city of Eindhoven which is 30km away (a 30 minute drive) and you are also only a 10 minute drive over into Belgium. The historical city of Antwerp is only a 1 hour drive away from Beekse Bergen.
Staying on Beekse Bergen also entitles you to free access to a number of local attractions including the Dierendijk Zoo, 40 minutes drive away and Zoopark Overloon which is just over an hour away towards the German border.
Probably the other highlight of this region in terms of attractions is the famous fairytale theme park of Efteling which is only a 20 minute drive from Beekse Bergen. This is a world of wonder and magic for young children! You are also just 20 minutes drive from the Loonse en Drunen sand dunes.
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