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About Zwakala River Retreat

Zwakala River Retreat is a beautiful place where the simple things in life matter. Situated on the banks of a fresh water stream high up in the magical Magoebaskloof mountains of Limpopo, it is the earthy cottages,the indigenous flowers and herbs, the candlelight, cosy log fires, and long river walks that draw one in to a slower pace of life where you can simply just be and let yourself enjoy. We also have a farm venue perfect for weddings or gatherings. Zwakala Brewery is our newly established craft brewery on the farm - enjoy a tour or a tasting or the breath taking views from our tasting room! Plenty of cycle routes and hikes in the area and we have a 2.5km river stretch for fly-fishing enthusiasts.

Cosy cottages, cabins and a private campsite are all on the banks of the river. Old fashioned candle light and lamps, steaming hot water from donkey boilers and open log fires make for romance and togetherness. We have chosen not to have electricity in the cottages and cabins but they are fully equipped with all the necessary comforts like crisp white linen and down duvets, strategically placed solar lights, gas stove and fridge.

Mina's Art Cafe and Farm VenueThe original old shed and farm house from the early 1900’s has been lovingly renovated into Mina's Art Café and Venue. It has a charming feel with old stone reveals, stick ceilings, a large fireplace and an old fashioned stoep overlooking a terraced garden with grand shady trees and spectacular views over the valley. It has a fully equipped kitchen where delicious menus are prepared from the freshest ingredients. Mina's is an ideal venue for farm style DIY weddings that are meaningful and real. We are also open for group celebrations and gatherings on request. We can accommodate up to 150 guests.

On the Farm we have a swimming in the river, walking, trout fishing, cycling, free range horses and abundant medicinal herbs.

In the area: Hiking trails, well-marked cycling routes , adventure activities, a cheese farm, indigenous forests and grasslands, quaint pubs and eateries, fresh air and beauty everywhere.

Wedding Venues: The farm offers a beautiful old farm venue for functions and weddings of up to 150 people. Ceremonies take place under the enormous old trees in the terraced garden overlooking the valley. Warm, arty feel.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English

Availability and pricing

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  • Legodi Cottage Legodi Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Legodi Cottage is a two bedroomed cottage which sleeps 4 people comfortably. There is also space for 2 children on the... see more Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Fireplace, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, River views
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      • Zwakala Campsite Zwakala Campsite Sleeps 20 Includes: Room Only Our Limpopo camping site is situated next to the Broederstroom River. Experience the quietness and the beauty of the... see more Features:  Private bathroom, Fireplace, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Outdoor shower, River views
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          • The Cob House The Cob House Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering A beautiful eco-friendly two bedroomed cottage built from stone and earth using the Cob sustainable building method.... see more Features:  Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio see more Queen beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Tea and Coffee Facilities, River views
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              • The Barn House Loft Apartment 1 The Barn House Loft Apartment 1 Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Loft Apartment in old Barn House. Bedroom upstairs with double bed and lounge area with fireplace and separate bathroom... see more
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                  • The Barn House Loft Apartment 2 The Barn House Loft Apartment 2 Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Loft Apartment in old Barn House. Bedroom upstairs with double bed and lounge area with fireplace and separate bathroom... see more
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                      • Kholo's Campsite Kholo's Campsite Sleeps 6 Includes: Room Only This is a beautiful private campsite on the banks of the broedestroom river. It has a kitchen, flush toilet and a shower... see more Features:  Private bathroom, Mountain views, Outdoor shower, River views
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                          • The Honey House The Honey House Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering
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                              Reviews for Zwakala River Retreat

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                              Yolanda du Plessis
                              21 June 2021

                              The surrounding area is beautiful however the accommodation leaves some things to be desired...At no point was it clearly stated that the accommodation has no power nor that hot water is provided via a donkey that needs to be fired upOn our arrival we were met with a pitch dark cottage, the overflow pipe of the geyser popped out leaving us with no hot water and needless to say forced us to go to bed without taking a much desired shower. The next day my husband had to endure cold conditions to collect dry wood, fix the geyser and manage the donkey to afford us hot water. I believe these matte...
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                              Oguzhan Sivrikaya
                              19 May 2021

                              Amazing location, completely private and tucked away in nature

                              Elouise Muller
                              05 May 2021

                              We had a lovely stopover, very relaxing and comfortable.Great little cottage with all the amenities we needed.Will definitely stay there again!

                              Nina Maree
                              23 April 2021

                              We always love our stay at Zwakala. This was our third time and it did not disappoint. We absolutely love the Honey House and will come back again and again for our mountain fix.

                              Michelle Corbett
                              30 November 2020

                              Stunning Venue, Amazing Family and Friendly Animals... Fantastic Beer and Food Highly Recommended if your in the area pop in even if just to the Brewery lovely setting - a slice of Africa at its BEST ... Thank You Thank You ALL for an AMAZING Weekend :) MC

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                              Zwakala River Retreat is 5.3km from the centre of Haenertsburg , the nearest airport 52.8km (Polokwane Airport).
                              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling