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About Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary

Sheltered by enclosing hills, in a natural basin, lies the wonderful bushveld of Thabaphaswa Mountain Retreat. Home within a landscape that is reminiscent of the Matopo Hills, one can spends their days exploring the network of hiking, mountain biking and 4x4 trails. Offering the ideal opportunity for nature lovers to discover the variety of game-, bird- and plant life of the area. Rockclimbing and abseiling also become favoute activities.

We offer a variety of unique bush camps, shaded campsites, a self-contained Cot-house and a self-contained cottage for honeymoon or romantic couples. All equipped with ablution facilities, braai areas, pots, pans, solar lamps and other odds and ends.

Fun is the name of our game; cool off in one of our clear water farm dams, jump from a boulder into refreshing, clear mountain spring water or be your old adventurous self and plough into the water from our true South African 'foefie' slide.

Safari: We have 4x4 routes in to the mountains to experience the lovely "bushveld in the mountains" Wild animals can be observed.

Family friendly: Children spend time in nature with out television and cell phones. We have 7 dams to swim in and 2 foefieslaaids.. Fishing. We are an operational Nguni cattle farm. Children can learn about the cattle and help herding them.

Romantic: The Pump House is a very romantic self-contained cottage.

Facilities

  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa)
  • Tsonga (Xitsonga)
  • Tswana (Setswana)
  • Shona
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Please note:

• Visitors must provide their own firewood. Limited amounts are available for sale at the homestead;
• The camps have no electricity and lighting is provided by paraffin lamps, so bring your torch. The homestead runs on a generator and batteries;
• There is no cell phone reception at the camps;
• Bird, tree and...
Please note:

• Visitors must provide their own firewood. Limited amounts are available for sale at the homestead;
• The camps have no electricity and lighting is provided by paraffin lamps, so bring your torch. The homestead runs on a generator and batteries;
• There is no cell phone reception at the camps;
• Bird, tree and other species lists are available at the homestead;
• Hiking from Domerock to Kanniedood: A minimum of 6 people per back packing group, please. If groups are smaller, the accommodation at Kanniedood can not be used and hikers will be accommodated in Dome Rock, Bergvy or at the tent sites.
• The area is malaria free but we strongly advsie that you bring insecct repellant as mosquitoes and ticks can be a problem.
• Dual plate gas stoves with a gas lamp are provided at Dome Rock, Kanniedood and Bergvy Camps.
• Only Dome Rock Camp has a communal fridge.
• Campers must be fully self-sufficient.
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Availability and pricing

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  • Campsites Sleeps 20 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 21 We have been experiencing an increasingly strong demand for our campsites. People clearly want to enjoy the sounds of... see more
    from $29 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults
      • Fig Tree Camp Sleeps 16 Includes: Self-catering Fig Tree Camp accommodation caters for groups of up to 16 people on eight bunk beds with thick mattresses. It consists... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Self-catering, Bunk beds, Garden views
        from $33 For 2 guests
        • Adults
          • Dome Rock Camp Sleeps 7 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 4 The unique Dome Rock Camp is situated next to a non-perennial dam and has glass-walled units that blend into the surroun... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views
            from $45 For 2 guests
            • Rooms Adults
              • Kanniedood Camp Sleeps 16 Includes: Self-catering The Kanniedood Camp caters for the more agile and adventurous nature lover. The camp is a triple-storey, reed-enclosed... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Bunk beds, Single beds see more Shared bathroom, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Bunk beds, Single beds, Swimming pool views, Garden views
                from $45 For 2 guests
                • Adults
                  • The Cot House Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering A fully self-contained cottage that sleeps 6 guests. Four guests can sleep in the main Cot-House and two in an outside... see more Features:  Double beds, Single beds
                    from $55 For 2 guests
                    • Adults

                      Reviews for Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary

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                      Ruth Schmidt
                      22 November 2020

                      We stayed at Dome Rock camp and it was incredible! Halfway between camping and staying in a cabin. You need to bring your own bedding and cutlery and crockery, but mattresses are provided as well as pots and pans and a 2 burner gas stove. There is plenty of great hiking in the area, and a cement dam to swim in. You need a car with a bit of a higher ground clearance, even if you don't do the 4X4 roads. My Suzuki Alto managed it okay going slowly.

                      Trudi Lovegrove
                      12 August 2019

                      Complete privacy "off the grid" - fantastic break away from the City Lights. 4 x 4 trails are a great challenge and there are plenty. Walking trails are pleasant. Pet friendly is a bonus. Staff are very friendly and non-intrusive. Outdoor ablutions in the bush are fun. Thank you!******************************************************Establishment response:Dear TrudiThank you for a very positive review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us.It is great to receive such positive guests such as you.Kind regardsDeon0823896631
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                      Frank Simon
                      21 May 2019

                      Although we arrived late we were very friendly and got a very nice camp site!

                      Kerryn Haselau
                      14 August 2017

                      Loved the campsite - one of the best we've been to. Loved the walks and all the unusual accommodation (Kannidood was incredible)! Super special time!!! Would have been good if staff had remembered to restock toilet paper in bathroom and also remembered to give us the info file on arrival, but they were all SO friendly that all is forgiven!

                      Arrie Wybenga, South Africa
                      28 November 2016

                      If you need a good rest, mind clearing experience, away from it all, without any bells and whistles, visit Thabaphaswa

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                      Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary is 13.6km from the centre of Mokopane (Potgietersrus) , the nearest airport 51.5km (Polokwane Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling