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About Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

Situated 290 km from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven, Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve. This fine establishment embraces an enclosed valley of approximately 257 hectares and some of the most beautiful mountain country to be found in the Waterval Boven district. The climate is typical of summer rainfall areas with winter and summer mean temperatures of between six degrees in winter and 34 degrees in summer to be expected.

Nourished by the Joubert spruit tributary of the Elands river, the natural water supply is fountain fed from the mountain tops and of the highest quality. At no stage during the past 60 years has the stream ever dried up. The Nature Reserve is ecologically contained and home to many species of fauna such as bush buck, baboon, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, vaal reed buck, vervet monkeys, leopard, genet, rooikat and rock pythons to name a few. There is also an abundance of bird life, including black eagle, steppe buzzard as well as various kites and falcons.

Rich in natural and South African history, the kloof and slopes of the valley once housed President Paul Kruger's commandos during the period of his escape to exile via Lourenco Marques, now Maputo. Circular rock encampments with old Martini Henry rifle shells and enamel mugs used by the Boer soldiers and Scouts are sometimes unearthed on the property.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 42 Reviews

Facilities

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Hiking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Check in from 10:00
  • Fridge
  • Full board
  • Kitchen
  • Maid service
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Shower
  • Single rooms
  • Total number of rooms 1 - 50
  • Year of construction after 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
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Important Information

Only 2 night stays (Friday - Saturday) for weekends. Bookings made 14 days before arrival - 100% deposit required.

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  • Webster House Webster House Sleeps 7 Includes: Self-catering The cottage can sleep 7 people and consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with queen beds in 2 rooms and has a set of singl... see more Features:  Queen beds, Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering see more Queen beds, Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Single beds, Garden views, Fan, Television, Radio, DVD player, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, Hair Dryer, River views
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      • Mills Cottage Mills Cottage Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Single Bedroom with double bed, bathroom, Open plan lounge, kitchen. Sleeper couch in lounge for 3rd person. Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views see more Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Garden views, Fan, Television, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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          • Reed Cottage Reed Cottage Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering Single Bedroom with queen bed, bathroom, Open plan lounge, kitchen. Sleeper couch in the lounge for 3rd person. Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace see more Queen beds, Local channels, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Sleeper couch, Fan, Television, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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              • Spence Cottage Spence Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Open plan cottage with queen-size bed and a bathroom. Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace see more Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Garden views, Fan, Radio, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
                • Adults
                  • Owl House Owl House Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering The cottage consists of 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom with a queen bed. The loft room has a set of bunk beds for children only.... see more
                    • Adults

                      Reviews for Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

                      42 guest reviews Reviews of

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                      Anina Marais
                      19 August 2019

                      We had a great time. Was so quiet and tranquil. Will definitely go back again. Loved the peacocks and how child friendly the it was.

                      Charles Badenhorst
                      20 April 2019

                      My wife and I enjoyed our stay vey much. Hans the owner was very friendly and a great person. The chalets were clean and comfy. We are planning to go back again very soon. As someone wrote there is a very aggressive Rotweiler dog on the property, I was a bit hesitant to take my Jack Russell along. But it turned out, my jack Russell couldn't have been safer. That "aggressive" dog turned out to be a one year old puppy and as gentle as you will not believe. Nice clean and safe place to spend a " getaway" from city life. Would recommend it to everybody.

                      Ainsley Hay
                      08 August 2017

                      Advertised as a private nature reserve but they have peacocks at the accommodation disturbing the peace. Advertised as pet friendly but a very badly socialized and dog aggressive Rottweiler nearly attacked my dog. Accommodation needs TLC and caretakers willingness to help needs improvement.

                      Huguette Kishinkwa
                      20 June 2017

                      lovely place to stay... but very unpleasant reception of guests. We didn't even get to meet the owners, we got the keys from the worker there. we had no guidance regarding the activities stated on the website. All you get is a flip file with vague information and phone numbers which are not even answered. Improvement is NEEDED on the reception of guests.

                      Jadine Ventouris
                      10 April 2017

                      The only downfall is that you cannot take your trailer to your front door. Judas also complained about us taking wood on the second night saying that it's hard to find and he has to get it with a wheel barrow.

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                      Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve is 5.4km from the centre of Waterval Boven , the nearest airport 85.7km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling