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About Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve

Situated 290 km from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven - Nelspruit Road, Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve embraces an enclosed valley of approximately 257 hectares of some of the most beautiful mountain country to be found in the Waterval Boven district. The climate is typical of summer rainfall areas. Winter and summer mean temperatures of between 6c in winter and 34c in summer, can 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 e.g. Bushbuck, Baboon, Klipspringer, Duiker, Steenbok, Vaal Reedbuck, Vervet Monkeys, Leopard, Genet, Rooikat, Rock Pythons etc. Bird life includes, Black Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, various Kites and Falcon.Rich in natural and South African history, the kloof (gorge) and slopes of the valley once housed President Paul Kruger's Commandos during the period of his escape to exile via Lourenco Marques (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.

Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Fridge
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Shower
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Only 2 night stays (Friday - Saturday) for weekends. Bookings made 14 days before arrival - 100% deposit required.
Balance of payment to be made 1 week before date of arrival

Availability and pricing

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  • Reed Cottage Unit 4 Reed Cottage Unit 4 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished open plan cottage with queen bed & private patio on the river. Well-equipped kitchen-fridge/freezer,... see more 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, Single beds, Garden views, Fan, Television, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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      • Mills Cottage Unit 5 Mills Cottage Unit 5 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished open plan cottage with queen bed & private patio on the river. Well-equipped kitchen-fridge/freezer,... see more 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, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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          • Spence Cottage Unit 6 Spence Cottage Unit 6 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished open plan cottage with queen bed & private patio on the river. Well-equipped kitchen-fridge/freezer,... see more 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, Television, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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              • Owl Cottage Unit 3 Owl Cottage Unit 3 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished, open plan single bedroom cottage with queen size bed, loft area with double bed. 1 shared bathroom with... see more Features:  Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views see more Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Upstairs, Self-catering, Garden views, Fan, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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                  • Leopard-1 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Leopard-1 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Garden views, River views, Swimming pool views
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                      • Duiker-2 Caravan OR Tent Site (No Room) Duiker-2 Caravan OR Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Garden views, River views, Swimming pool views
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                          • Loerie-3 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Loerie-3 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Garden views, River views
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                              • Hoopoe-4 Tent Only Site (No Room) Hoopoe-4 Tent Only Site (No Room) Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more Features:  Mountain views, Garden views, River views, Swimming pool views
                                • Adults
                                  • Eagle-5 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Eagle-5 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Garden views, River views
                                    • Adults
                                      • Tortoise-6 Caravan OR Tent Site(No Room) Tortoise-6 Caravan OR Tent Site(No Room) Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more
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                                          • Glamping Safari Tent Glamping Safari Tent Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only
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                                              Reviews for Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve

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                                              Handre van Graan
                                              08 November 2021

                                              Great hiking trails and very friendly people. Will definitely be back

                                              Willem Foord
                                              11 October 2021

                                              Hosts, Warren & Samantha run this great little spot out in the mountains & accommodated of all our needs through their great personalities. The trail hikes are not very difficult and the paths are clearly marked, making it enjoyable for the average hiker. Path to the main waterfall was not accessible (path must be cleaned as it is overgrown)Would recommend this as a very decent establishment and great few days in nature

                                              Megan Mey
                                              25 June 2021

                                              We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rocky Drift. We stayed in the Reed cottage which is a bit isolated from the other cottages which was great. The unit was clean and had everything we needed. The hikings trails stood out, especially the route leading to the waterfall.

                                              Michelle Bartlett
                                              16 June 2021

                                              We enjoyed the location on the river and walking the otter trail. The aloe and succulent rock garden which is a work in progress will definitely add to the ambience of the venue once it is fully established. A very nice touch is the tortoise enclosure and the lanterns in the trees. The hosts were warm and friendly and they made us feel very welcome.

                                              Hester Savage
                                              30 April 2021

                                              Was heerlik om daar te stap en God se skepping te geniet

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                                              Rocky Drift 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