Bernhard and Urte, the owners of Bekaru, have realized a dream. A guesthouse in South Africa.
Why South Africa?
Bernhard’s first contact with South Africa came in 1985 when he was auditing in Johannesburg for nine month for his employer, a well-known global company. Urte, a software marketing manager in the same company, based in germany, with a history as gardener and landscape designer, took the chance to join Bernhard during her holidays. Ever since they have both learned to love and understand the country.
They returned year after year dedicating all their holidays to exploring the beauty of South Africa. The warm-hearted and friendly people, the wildlife and a fascinating landscape always offered a touch of adventure. Particularly Plettenberg Bay and its hinterland have captured their hearts due to its broad variety of nature and lifestyle. Visit this area once and you will know why they decided to build a guesthouse here.
Decision and building programme.
In 1995 they decided to invest and acquired 10 hectares of land near the breathtaking Plettenberg Bay in the heart of the Garden Route.
In 2004 they resolved to build a guesthouse according to their own plans and design ideas. The construction phase was marked by tremendous ups and downs. This period could fill books and they are sure that one a day the book will be published. Finally we had luck and a “happy end”.
The project "BEKARU" was completed in 2006 and the Lodge opened in November. Since 01. April 2015 Bekaru Lodge is closed for Tourism purposes, is rented out and continues now as a Rehabilitation Center.
Bekaru stands for the initials Bernhard Karl Ruehm.
Urkoru stands for the initials Urte Kornelia Ruehm.
Their values and responsibility
- Aesthetic is important - a combination of old and new styles sets new standards for innovative design.
- They respect and love the nature and actively practice environmental protection.
- Respect, sympathy and amicable adjustment to provide guests and the Bekaru team a place of harmony and confidence.
On this basis they have created their own small world.
Bernhard, Urte and the Bekaru team including the 3 dogs Dori (Labrador), Nemo (Mixture) and Inuk (Husky) were pleased to share this little world with you as a guest. We will keep this wonderful time always in our heart and in our memories as a footprint on the African Continent.