Magoebaskloof & Surrounding Accommodation

Haenertsburg Accommodation

Casa Clavella

Self Catering in Haenertsburg

... Casa Clavella provides a wonderful self catering escape in the heart of Magoebaskloof between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen in the Limpopo province. This self catering home sleeps 10 people. Stunning views abound from this three storey Manor House in the heart of Magoebaskloof. The house, of historic value, was built by Italian Prisoners of World War II and has been lovingly restored in keeping with the architecture and style of the period. It is a mere 20 minute drive from Tzaneen and 1 hour from Polokwane. It also provides the ideal stop-over en-route to the Kruger National Park. Guests have private use of the entire house that sleeps 10 people in 3 double and 2 twin rooms. Private use of self-catering kitchen with all amenities as well as a large lounge, dining room, braai facilities, pool table and library. The house is serviced daily and guests are well taken care of by the resident care-taker Paul. All linen and towels are provided. This is the ideal for Mountain Bike enthusiasts as there are numerous MTB trails in the Magoebaskloof area. There are also plenty of outdoor and adventure activities as well as birding in the area. Magoebaskloof is a great place for large friend groups and family breaks. Self catering offers one the flexibility to explore the Magoebaskloof area at your own pace and promises to be the place where great memories are made.
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Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort

Self Catering in Haenertsburg

... Cheerio Trout Fishing Lodge offers a self catering escape in the beautiful Cheerio Valley close to Haenertsburg, in the Magoebaskloof area, between Polokwane and Tzaneen and is an excellent stop over to the Kruger National Park and other game parks. (Sleeps from 28 - 33 guests). There are 8 self catering accommodation options, including 2-sleeper, 4-sleeper and 6-sleeper self catering cottages. Trout fishing is offered in three dams on the property and at an owned property on the Letaba River. Fishing can also be arranged in the waters of the local Trout Fishing Association. Forest, riverside and garden walks can be undertaken from the property and hiking, mountain bike, horse and 4x4 trails are in close proximity. Our property on the Letaba River provides both adventure seekers and nature lovers with a host of outdoor activities. There is quad biking, white water tubing, kloofing (canyoning), abseiling, mountain biking, birding, hiking, fishing and paintball. There is a campsite for those who would like to be on site. In addition to the activities at Cheerio, you may want to try our associate's adventure activities. They offer a spectacular canopy tour over the magnificent waterfalls and gorges of the Letaba River, tubing, abseiling, quad biking, paintball, teambuilding etc in the Magoebaskloof area.
From R700
Per unit, per night
Sleeps 28 in 8 units/rooms

Glenogle Farm, The Stables and The Loft

Self Catering in Haenertsburg

... Glenogle Farm offers 2 self catering cottages in the mountainous area of Magoebaskloof in the Limpopo province. (Sleeps 4 and sleeps 2). Situated between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen, hidden amongst the pine plantations in the beautiful mountainous area of Magoebaskloof this picturesque farm on a privately-owned estate boasts horses, a magnificent dam stocked with trout as well as 2 Luxury self catering units, The Stables and The Loft. The Stables is a luxury, double-storey self catering guest house which is intimately positioned between the horse stables and paddock. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and comfortably sleeps 4 persons. It is not suitable for children under the age of 6. The Stables has a cosy country atmosphere which has been created using a combination of warm textured fabrics and personally collected antiques, some with a history from the area. The Loft is an exclusive romantic hideaway, perfect for honeymooners or those celebrating an anniversary or special occasion. It is a luxuriously appointed suite hidden in the pine forest overlooking the dam. Please note that children cannot be accommodated in this unit. Close by: 65km from Polokwane, 35km from Tzaneen, 8km from Haenertsburg, 2km from Stanford Lake College. To do in the area: The Magoebaskloof canopy tour, Magoebaskloof Adventures offer various adventure activities, Birding at Kurisa Moya, Wegraakbosch organic cheese farm, Ebenezer Dam cruises to mention only a few. Restaurants: The Pot and Plow and The Magoebaskloof Hotel are both less than 2km away. Haenertsburg has a few cosy restaurants and coffee shops on offer. These include, The Iron Crown Pub and Grill, The Red Plate, Lekwaar and Minki's coffee shop.
From R775
Per person, per night sharing

L'Orange Guesthouse

Self Catering in Haenertsburg

... L'Orange provides self catering accommodation in Haenertsburg in the Limpopo province. L’Orange one of the oldest houses in Haenertsburg. It was built back in the early 1960s. Karen Boyum (a humanitarian and founder of Thusanang) and two friends, bought the property in 1968. Karen is one of Haenertsburg Village’s valuable, “old stock.” Karen gave us an old photo of L’Orange taken in 1968. The photo shows a rather naked but modest two-bedroom house, situated on a rise, in a field. Over almost 60 years many people have come and gone as owners of this house. Various rooms have been added and some changes with the times have been made. Today L’Orange stands proud in the village with three en-suite bedrooms, an open plan kitchen, scullery, dining room and lounge. The old “servant quarter has been transformed into a cottage and the pool and sauna have also been added. L'Orange's decor is an eclectic mix, ensuring you a self catering stay in Haenertsburg to remember.
From R400
Per person, per night sharing
Sleeps 9 in 4 units/rooms
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Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation

Self Catering in Haenertsburg

... Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation provides chalet accommodation near Haenetsburg in the Limpopo province. Discover a magical place where mountain meets river and the spirit of adventure is born. Magoebaskloof Adventure Chalets' wooden chalets are in the indigenous forest on the edge of the Letaba Gorge with stunning views. Enjoy the adventure activities on site, explore the scenic area or attend a local festival. The wooden chalets are available on a room only basis and each have 2 single beds or a king-size bed. There is a bathroom with a toilet and a shower. The bedroom area leads to a lounge and a covered deck. The room also contains a bar fridge and tea making facilities. Platform 14 Coffee Shop serves breakfast and light meals. On-site activities include Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour which offers adventures in tubing, abseiling, paintball, climbing wall, mountain biking, hiking and trout fishing. Haenetsburg which is approximately 12 kms away offers additional eating-out options.
From R500
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Pavetta Country House

Self Catering in Haenertsburg

... Pavetta Country House provides self catering accommodation in Magoebaskloof in the Limpopo province. This self catering house (6 adults and 2 children) is scenically placed next to the Haenertsburg Trout Association's trophy dam with great views over the dam and indigenous forest. Fly-fishing is permitted with barbless flies; fishing is on a catch and release basis only. The house is fully equipped for self catering; just bring your food, drinks and toiletries. Enough fire wood for the fireplaces is provided as well as charcoal for the braai. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms: The main bedroom is en suite and sleeps 2 adults and 2 young children. The other two bedrooms are downstairs, on the other side of the house and share a bathroom, and they sleep two adults each. A DStv decoder is available - please bring your own card. No smoking permitted in the house. Things to do in the Magoebaskloof area include: Numerous hiking trails in the area, Visit the local cheese farm, Walk through the small mountain village, Haenertsburg or enjoy tea at the Magoebaskloof hotel or Pekoe View with their spectacular views. There is an abundance of birdlife in the indigenous forest of Magoebaskloof. Guided fly fishing trips around the kloof can be booked. What to do if it rains? Lie in front of the fireplace and enjoy it! Play games or read a book. Drive down the mountain to the Big Boabab Tree and Modjadji Cycad Forest. Visit the Agatha Crocodile Farm or have tea and nougat at the Coach House! There is so much to enjoy in the Magoebaskloof area. Plus, the Kruger National Park is only 90 minutes from here!
From R2400
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Zwakala River Retreat

Self Catering in Haenertsburg

... Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a privately owned farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof Mountains, just north of Haenertsburg in the Limpopo Province. Our array of accommodation includes cosy self catering cottages, a guest house and a private camp site located next to a tranquil river in the mountains. We also have a charming old fashioned farm venue ideal for weddings and other creative gatherings. Zwakala River Retreat is a perfect place to chill and get away from the stress of city life. Our self catering accommodation is simply beautiful and in some of the accommodation we have chosen not to have electricity. Instead we believe that the simplicity of candle light and lamps, steaming hot water from a donkey boiler and a 'lekka' fire make for romance, talking, dreaming and togetherness. For those of you who need electricity, our newly renovated Farm House and Barn House are connected. We are very privileged to live on this little piece of Africa and would like to share with you a slower pace of life. Come and meet our three horses, six dogs, flock of sheep, when they are home, our three children and usually some more friends. Things to do on the farm include: Swimming in the river. Horseriding for experienced riders. Hikes. Fly-fishing. Mountain bike trails. Experience small scale sheep farming. Things to do in the Magoebaskloof area: Canopy tours. Adventure activities. Grassland and forest hikes. Mountain bike trails. Garden visits. Visit an organic Cheese farm. Plenty of pubs & eateries and visit the quaint village of Haenertsburg nearby.
From R150
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Haenertsburg

"... the fairest country under the stars". This is how John Buchan, author of many well-known books, described this area.

Known as "the capital of the land of the Silver Mists", the picturesque village of Haenertsburg is situated on the slopes of the mighty Wolkberg and Drakensberg mountains. This enchanting corner of the Northern Province forms a natural gateway both to and from the Kruger National Park. The village is conveniently situated on the R71 between Pietersburg and Tzaneen and is only three-and-a-half hours from Gauteng. About 350 families live in the town and a further 2 500 people live on the mountain as this region is referred to by the inhabitants.

Established in 1887 as a gold rush community, the village was named after Carl Ferdinand Haenert who was born in Germany and came to South Africa in 1857 to seek his fortune. With the discovery of gold at Eersteling, Haenert began prospecting and he criss-crossed the province in his search for the precious metal. In 1880 he made his discoveries in the Wolkberg and Woodbush area, which led to a small gold rush, proclamations and the eventual founding of the village.

Today income in the region is mainly derived from forestry. There are several large mills employing vast numbers of workers in both their plantations and sawmills. The rain and misty conditions are not really suitable for agriculture, however, avocados and kiwis do reasonably well.

Haenertsburg lies in the northernmost section of the Drakensberg which also encorporates the Wolkberg massive and the Iron Crown Mountain that forms a spectacular backdrop for the village and Ebenezer dam. The mountains are truly majestic and the Wolkberg Wilderness Area, in excess of 20 000 hectares, is the largest left in the Northern Province. The Houtboschberge (the Woodbush) in the area is the largest indigenous forest in the Limpopo Province.

The mountains of Haenertsburg, Magoebaskloof and Agatha are linked via the spectacular Georges Valley that comprises indigenous forests, cascading waterfalls, placid lakes and craggy kloofs. Visitors delight in the stunning scenery, which has a special magic as the early morning mists give way to sparkling sunshine.

"The mountain" has much more to offer than meets the eye. Flora enthusiasts will be overwhelmed by the diversity of plant life. Some of South Africa's most beautiful indigenous forests and grasslands occur here and yellow-woods, stinkwoods and cabbage trees abound. An exotic tree, a blue gum tree (Eucalyptus saligna) growing here is the tallest man-planted tree in the world. When last measured in 1999 it was over 100 metres high.

The forests and grasslands are home to an incredible variety of plants and ferns. Over 200 orchids have been identified. A variety of different coloured arum lilies occur naturally. Aloes can be found on the mountain slopes and cliffs - the rare Aloe thompsoniae, which is only found here, was discovered in the Wolkberg.

Birdlife in the area is also prolific, with Knysna and Purple Crested Loeries, several species of eagles and the very rare black fronted bush shrike. Over 187 birds species have been identified on the mountain.

The history of the "Land of the Silver Mist" is well chronicled. John Buchan and Rider Haggard both found inspiration here for their famous books. Echoes of the past remind of the times when prospectors made and lost their fortunes.

The old Zeederberg Coach stopped here to enable their passengers to fortify themselves with brandy before beginning the tortuous descent to Agatha.

One of the most legendary characters was King Mamphoku Makgoba, who defied the Boer government and was slain by a Swazi impi employed by the Boer Republic in 1895. In order to prove to Commandant General Joubert that they had killed him, the Swazis cut off his head. The Makgoba people buried their king's body and the site remains a secret until the head of Makgoba is returned. The whereabouts of the head remains a mystery to this day.

John Buchan was the author of several books on the region, the best known of which is Prestor John. He came to South Africa after the Boer War as part of Lord Milner's scheme for rebuilding the land. Buchan was mainly responsible for the re-establishment of Boer families on the land. He was fascinated by the beauty and wealth of the region.

Agatha, home to the famous Coach House Hotel, was named after Agatha Joubert, wife of the Mining Commissioner at the time of the gold rush. Old Agatha was a rough and ready wayside inn used as a staging point by the Zeederberg Coach Company between Pietersburg and Leydsdorp, a former "gold rush town". However, this was "fever country" and malaria took its grim toll. The inn moved to the adjoining farm of New Agatha. The new owner was a formidable woman with the nickname "Maselepe" meaning "Mother of Pick Axes"!

Long Tom guns were important in the Anglo Boer War. It was in the Haenertsburg area that two of these guns met their end. It is still possible to visit the exact site where one was blown up to save it from falling into enemy hands.

Haenertsburg is home to the world-renowned Spring Cherry and Azalea Blossom Festival, Craft Fair and Orchid Exhibition, which takes place each September when the entire mountain, and in particular the Cheerio Valley, transforms into banks of colour.

The annual Autumn Music, Art and Cultural Festival is held in April/May. Many forms of music, from the classics, to rock, jazz and mbaqanga can be heard. Choirs and dance groups from different cultures represent the diversity of Limpopo Province.

Activities in the area are plentiful. It is a hikers dream, with amongst others, the Wolkberg Wilderness and the Magoebaskloof "Big Five"-trail network. There are several annual events ranging from cycle races, trout fishing, canoe races and eco challenges.

For the more relaxed one can simply enjoy the views. Pristine rivers and dams offer excellent fly-fishing. There are wonderful tea gardens to call on, nurseries and local cheese to sample and rafts to cruise the waters of Ebenezer dam.

There are a number of options when it comes to accommodation, ranging from tranquil but elegant country lodges, a superb three-star family hotel, a large self-catering resort, cosy bed-and-breakfast cottages, up-market self-catering units and rustic candle-lit hideaways.


Activities and Attractions:

Arboretum
Over 400 species of trees find a home in this international arboretum situated in the Market Square. Laid out in five rings, symbolic of the Olympic logo, these circles were planted out with the trees and shrubs from the five continents. Anyone wishing to sponsor a tree at R35-00.

Dap Naude Dam
A scenic drive off the R71 leads to a lovely picnic spot within an oak forest below the dam wall. The Woodbush offers scenic drives and pleasant strolls.

Ebenezer Dam
A magnificent setting with sparkling waters back-dropped by the imposing Iron Crown Mountain. Scenic drives, pleasant strolls and fishing.

Iron Crown Mountain and Serala
The Iron Crown Mountain (so-called because of the ring of ironstone around its peak) is reachable by vehicle. Serala forms the largest wilderness area in the province. Accommodation available.

John Buchan Memorial
The famous Scottish writer, later Lord Tweedsmuir, once resided in this area and wrote his novel Prestor John. A memorial plaque on the Georges Valley Road, overlooks Ebenezer dam.

Magoebaskloof (R71)
The wooded pass between Haenertsburg and Tzaneen was named after King Makgoba, leader of the Tlou tribe predominant here in the latter part of the 19th Century. The pass offers panoramic views through mountains and forest.

Mountain biking, horse- and 4x4 trails
Bikes can be hired in the village and different horse- and 4x4 trails are on offer.

O'Connor Memorial
A memorial to the former District Officer for the Woodbush, Alexander O'Connor, at the end of an avenue of enormous gum trees planted by himself.

Rooikat Trail
Situated in the New Agatha plantations, some 18 km from Tzaneen. The trail follows a circular route of 11 km and takes about 5 hours to complete. Visitors can leave their cars at the forester's office that is the start and finishing point.

Safcol "Big 5" Magoebaskloof Trail Network The Magoebaskloof Trail, Safcol's mystical trail, leads through the beautiful indigenous forest of Magoebaskloof following mountain streams and rock pools.

Tallest tree
The tallest man-planted tree in the world is situated in the Woodbush, now part of Safcol. It is a blue gum (Eucalyptus sp) and is estimated to be 100 m high.

Tank Trap MOTH Shellhole
After the Anglo Boer War, wood and iron buildings that had been used as British Army Messes were sold to the public. One of them was renovated. This unique building served the community for many years as a clinic for the elderly as well as a Shellhole for the Moths of the district. Meetings are held every second Sunday of every month at 11:00 and all ex service men and women are welcome.

Trout fishing
A vast selection of lodges with private waters and guided fishing trails is available.

War Memorial
The Haenertsburg War Memorial was erected in memory of local residents who died in the Makgoba War, the Anglo Boer War and the Border War. It is a unique monument because of its dedication to those from all sides who died in the various wars and conflicts. It also houses fragments of one of the Long Toms blown up to save it from falling into enemy hands.

Wegraakbosch Dairy
During tours and tastings visitors can watch cheese being made in the age-old traditional Swiss manner.

Wolkberg Wilderness Area
The largest proclaimed wilderness area in the Northern Province. Hiking trail and camping.

For more information: Limpopo Tourism


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