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About Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve

Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve is a 1,200-hectare bushveld farm located less than three hours from Gauteng near the eco-tourism town of Thabazimbi. This fourth generation working family farm welcomes all true lovers of the great African outdoors. Grootfontein is proudly OFF-THE-GRID! We are an eco-reserve and work purely with solar power and gas. The reserve offers rustic accommodation in four bush lodges and two campsites that are all unique from each other and perfect for short or long stays. Guests can enjoy hot showers powered by paraffin, gas fridges, and solar-powered lights. Here, guests will find tranquillity and pristine, untouched bushveld landscape that is home to over 150 species of birds, 160 species of trees, and a wonderful range of animals including zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, Blue wildebeest, nyala, warthog, and leopard. Since the farm does not offer the Big 5, guests are free to explore the area on foot. We are also less than an hour’s drive from the Pilanesburg and Marekele National Parks where the Big 5 can be viewed. In addition, we offer hiking, birding, 4x4 trails, kayaking, mountain biking, as well as themed weekends for mountain bikers, photographers and art lovers. We guarantee that your stay with us will leave you with fond memories that will remain with you for a long time after your stay at Grootfontein!

Safari: Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve is home to over 150 species of birds, 160 species of trees and a wonderful range of animals including zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, blue wildebeest, nyala, waterhog and leopard.

Wedding Venues: A rustic weekend wedding! 20 people sleeping in lodges, plenty of camping spots! Self-catered or we can assist. Perfect for nature lovers and a friends and family-orientated wedding. No neighbours so no noise restrictions. A marquee can be organised.

Family friendly: Kids love Grootfontein! Get away from cellphones, Facebook...and BOND for a change...you'll thank us by the end of your visit! Sandpit, toys, rock pool...and a whole farm to roam.

Romantic: You have the farm and endless views of pristine bush...just add the candle light (easy, since we are off-the-grid:-)

Covid Safety Approved: Lodges are deep cleaned - disinfected daily. Staff live in and are screened daily. Completely private - ask that your lodge is not serviced so you won't come into contact with anyone - just you, mother nature, roaring fires...the perfect breakaway!

Self-drive Safari Package: Well-marked routes and an abundance of game - what more do you need for a self-drive safari? Stop along the way for sundowners with a view!

Family Safaris: Self-drive or hike - we have trails for everything! Bring your family (furry and not) along for a unique adventure in the African bushveld!

Romantic Safaris: Take a self-drive safari up into the mountains and have a romantic pic-nic or sundowners with beautiful views and complete privacy!

Camping Safaris: Beautiful campsites with unending views of mountains and plains! Braai pits, splash pools and viewing platforms in the midst of the African bush!


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Bathroom
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen
  • House Keeping
  • Patio
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve Rooms

Reviews for Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve

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Johnel Van Staden
22 November 2021

Terribly dissapointing. NO ANIMALS NOT EVEN FOOTPRINTS OR DUNG!! Feel this is false representation of the facity to advertise as a "private game reserve" Would NOT recommend to anyone.

Angela Vermeulen
24 October 2021

Sarangeti is peaceful recomended for brake away for 2 people. Or a group of people. All is clean. (Maybe a flush toilet 🙂) We had a grate time

Derek Greaves
10 October 2021

Very good bush destination. We had some issues with the accomodation caused by unseasonal high winds. Management sorted it out straight away

Hannes Enslin
03 September 2021

Just birds and animal sounds. A koppie wich is a moderate climb awaits you. The bushveld fireplace is really special and ads to the atmosphere.

Erwee Lourens
11 August 2021

Excellent all basics covered.

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Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve is 15.8km from the centre of Thabazimbi , the nearest airport 75km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling