Welcome to your Home in the Bush
Tomjachu Bush Retreat is an exclusive, family-owned private nature reserve set in over 550 hectares (1300 acres) of mountain bushveld where family, peace and nature embrace one another and special memories are forged forever.
Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, with family, friends, or your loved one, Tomjachu offers something for everyone On our trails, tracks and roads you can hike amongst the abundant plains game and through mountains and valleys, mountain bike through the bush on easy or challenging routes, enjoy a nature drive or guided bushwalk with our experienced ranger, or try your hand at fishing for bass and bream in our dams.
Or you can simply unwind by the pool, listening to the orchestra of over 265 bird species, as the fresh mountain air trickles up from the valley below.
We have accommodation for 14 guests at the Homestead and three delightful cottages, each with their own unique character and romance. We are additionally blessed with spectacular bush locations to enjoy memorable bush dinners under the stars, or picnics at one of our many picnic sites around the property.
Our multi award-winning Valbonne Villa offers the exquisite comfort of a 5-star TGCSA, self-catering Villa suitable for 6 couples or 12 guests sharing – fully serviced. Regional winner and national runner up of the Lilizela Tourism Awards for four consecutive years in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
Whether self-catering or choosing to dine with us in our elegant dining room at the Homestead, good food and great atmosphere are assured. Our relaxed, informal and highly professional team are sure to make your stay an indelible memory.
Forellenhof is a four star Self-Catering Guest Farm set on the foot of the Versamel Mountains six kilometres outside the picturesque village of Wakkerstroom. Be overwhelmed by the tranquil, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere while staying in our luxurious and warmly decorated cottages, each with their own picturesque view. Wake up to the sunrise over the splendid mountains and be enveloped by the breath-taking views and that country feel.....
Whether you want to do nothing and unwind, go for a walk, go mountain biking or go bird watching on your own or with experienced bird-guides to spot those rare bird species, we offer the variety of your choosing. A visit to the Bird Life SA Centre in Wakkerstroom is also an option. Your hosts Johan and Ronelle will make sure that your stay is special and memorable with all the information you may need about Wakkerstroom and surrounds.
|- No traffic – Except for cows and sheep.....|
|- World Renowned Bird Watching|
|- Quaint shops and restaurants|
|- Hiking and Biking trails|
|- Historical buildings|
|- Kind country folk|
Choose your cottage:
Pretty Pig Cottage
Wake up to the chatter of birds and a lovely view over the dam. This two bedroom cottage with en-suite bathrooms sleeps four people and will offer you all the luxuries you may need.
Freckled Frog Cottage
Be overwhelmed by the breath-taking views and the peace and quietness that this cottage offers. Bring your whole family for a break-away and enjoy the warmth that this three bedroom cottage offers. (Sleeps 6 people)
Laughing Duck Stone Cottage
A rustic stone cottage for that special romantic get-away.
Make that booking:
Call: Ronelle van Eeden
Mobile: +27 83 463 7561
+27 82 468 5399
The Wetlands Country House & Sheds is set on six hectares of breathtaking grasslands and wetlands, within 100 metres of Martins Dam which feed the river that forms the boundary to the property.
Wetlands Country House & Sheds... home to a variety of birdlife, magnificent views and sophisticated, luxurious accommodation. Whether summer, autumn, winter or spring, the little town of Wakkerstroom on the Mpumalanga/KwaZulu Natal border offers amazing beauty all year round.
Wakkerstroom is surrounded by magnificent countryside. There are demarcated drives through the countryside, ideal for both birdwatchers and those just wishing to savour the beauty of the area. Wakkerstroom is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for people who want to spend time in an environment that encourages total relaxation with the opportunity to indulge in fun filled activities.
Your hosts, Philip & Rita, will ensure that your stay is a memorable one and have much of the information you will need to take advantage of all that Wakkerstroom has to offer.
In addition to the dining room and the lounge with its fireplace and library, Wetlands country house & Sheds offers en-suite bedrooms at the house or your own private unit at The Sheds.
House: bedrooms en-suite complete with a fireplace and your own private wooden deck overlooking Martin's dam.
The sheds: offer elegantly furnished, spacious suites with queen size beds en-suite bathrooms and open fireplaces. A family unit with queen and single beds can also be booked.
The self-catering cottage is spacious country cottage with 2 bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. The Cottage also boasts a fire place lounge, sun room and a fully equipped kitchen.
Philip & Rita Schoeman
Physical address: 83 Van Riebeeck Street, Wakkerstroom
Tel: +27 (0)17 730 0101
Fax: +27 (0)17 730 0124
The Malaga Hotel is situated on the banks of the Elands river, in the foothills of the Drakensberg close to the historic towns of Waterval Onder and Waterval Boven. The tranquil country hotel is ideally located to offer visitors an unforgettable Lowveld experience.
The Malaga Hotel's comfortably furnished rooms have all the necessary amenities as well as private balconies with stunning views of the beautiful gardens surrounding the hotel. Room facilities include a king size bed (split possible), plush linen, air-conditioning, television with DSTV and tea and coffee-making facilities.
The restaurant offers menus featuring delicious country fare and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Light meals and room service are also available. Guests can enjoy delightful dining near the pool area or in the cosy restaurant. The bar or lounge area with its fireplace is ideal for a nightcap. The pool and patio area is the definitely the focal point of the hotel, surrounded by lush garden and perfect for a sundowner.
The natural beauty of the Elands Valley makes the Malaga Hotel the perfect destination for relaxing getaways and a comfortable stopover on route to the Kruger National Park or Mozambique. Nearby places to visit include the Elands River Falls close to Waterval Boven and the rustic settlement of Kaapsehoop renowned for its wild horses. The Panorama Route featuring the Blyderiver Canyon, God's Window, Burk's Luck Pot Holes, a multitude of waterfalls and many other world famous sites is easily accessible from the hotel. The area is also renowned for Adventure Sport and has some of the world's best rock climbing and abseiling, mountain biking, hiking, trail running and horseback riding.
Over 300 bird species have been recorded in the area surrounding Malaga Hotel. These include Brimstone Canary, Purple-crested Turaco, Narina Trogon, Olive Woodpecker, Ashy & African Dusky Flycatchers, Red-faced Cisticola, African Fish-Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, African Goshawk, Little Sparrowhawk, Grey-rumped Swallow, Black Saw-wing, Wire-tailed Swallow, African Pied & Mountain Wagtails, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove and Sombre Greenbul.
Entertainment and activities
Address: Malaga Hotel, N4, Sycamore, Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga.
Tel: +27 (0)13 257 5300
Fax: +27 (0)13 257 5315
Saragossa Game Reserve is located on the banks of the Elands River in the scenic Elands Valley, approximately 20 km east of the old railway village Waterval Boven (Emgwenya). This exclusive nature and wildlife retreat covers a variety of ecosystems, from riverine forest to savannah to bushveld. With an aura of calmness and beautiful nature, it is the ideal place to start or end your journey in South Africa.
Giraffe, hippo, zebra, blue wildebeest and eland are just a few of the indigenous species that roam freely throughout the 1400-hectare reserve. Caracal, hyena, porcupines and many more can be discovered.
We offer two different kinds safari accommodation, giving only the highest standards of quality and comfort.The original homestead, built in the 1920s, was restored to preserve its old world atmosphere and original charm. In keeping with the grand colonial style of the lodge, all suites and rooms are decorated with the same understated elegance of bygone years.Up to 18 guests can be accommodated in the main lodge and the villa. The lodge comprises four garden suites, two lodge rooms and a honeymoon suite. The separate villa has two double bedrooms.
Twinthorn is easy reachable and situated at the south western boundary of Saragossa Game Reserve, surrounded by beautiful gardens and the neighbouring farm land. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated in the main farm house and the cottage. Twin Thorns Guesthouse comprises three standard rooms and three spacious suites. The cottage can be booked self-catering for a maximum of 4 adults plus 2 children.
There are no self-catering facilities at the lodge and as we do have a fully licenced bar and kitchen. Most of our meats, fruits and vegetables are produced on our land. Saragossa is also a working farm, with a commitment to organic, eco-friendly and sustainable agriculture.
Address: Saragossa Game Reserve, N4 / Sycamore, Emgwenya, Waterval Boven
Phone: +27 (0)13 110 03 10
Cell: +27 (0)78 394 64 95
Fax: +27 (0)86 662 58 52