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Cuckoo's Nest Guest House

The Cuckoo's Nest Guest House (CNGH) is so called because of the beautiful cuckoo birds that frequent the area. There are seven which are endemic to the area (not all seen) especially the Red Chested Cuckoo, (Piet my Vrou) which can be heard calling at all hours in the summer months. The cuckoo never builds its own nest, but lays its eggs in other birds' nests, so that the nest owner can look after the fledgling. Come stay with us, we will look after you. CNGH is conveniently situated two km from Louis Trichardt on the Thohoyandou road. (R524). It is nearby to shops and three restaurants in town. It is set on an eight-hectare plot of which two hectares is beautiful tropical garden, the balance of which consists of a bush camp which is home to six nyala. A section of the large grounds contains an orchard of macadamia nut trees, which give off a wonderful aroma, when flowering from August to September. The house has six, spacious en suite bedrooms, which each having panoramic views of the beautiful Soutpansberg mountains. Enjoy a walk in the tranquil gardens and view the feeding of the Nyala at sunset, or spot any of the numerous birds which frequent the many trees of the region. The guest house is closely situated to the Kruger National Park - 130km from the Punda Maria gate or 185km from the Pafuri Gate. Other nearby attractions include the many local wildlife and nature reserves, Mapungubwe National Park, which is a world heritage site and the Ben Lavin just south of Louis Trichardt. The Blouberg Nature reserve has one of the largest breeding colonies of the Cape Vulture and is situated 90 km from Louis Trichardt, past Vivo. CNGH Facilities include:  A large braai area with both a gas and a wood/coal "braai". A large dining table and comfortable sitting room chairs.  Large sitting room with DSTV with selected channels  Free Wi-Fi  Swimming pool at own risk which has a cover if children are present.  Large veranda, where guests can relax at the numerous tables set out  Breakfasts are served on the veranda which traverses the entire length of the North facing front of the house, weather permitting.   Rooms Piet my Vrou (Luxury Family room): Consists of one queen and double size bed. Being on the first floor the room opens onto the north facing balcony through wooden double doors which are secured with trelli doors. The room is equipped with flat screen TV with select DSTV channels and tea and coffee facilities and a mini fridge. The en suit spacious bathroom, has a shower and two hand basins and opens onto the rear balcony through two double wooden doors. There are eight spacious built in cupboards which will be suitable for the longer-term guests. Free Wi-Fi. Jacobin (Luxury Double room): This room, on the first floor opens onto the north facing balcony through wooden double doors which are secured with trelli doors. It has a queen size bed, flat screen TV with select DSTV channels and tea and coffee facilities and a mini fridge. The bathroom has a shower / bath combination. The outside doors are secured with trelli-doors. This room has four spacious built in cupboards and a small work station suitable for the working guests. Free Wi-Fi Levalliant's (Double room): This room, a somewhat smaller room, on the first floor opens onto the north facing balcony through wooden double doors which are secured with trelli doors. It has a queen bed, flat screen TV with select DSTV channels and tea and coffee facilities and a mini fridge. It has an antique kiaat cupboard. The bathroom has a shower and hand basin. The room has a beautiful wooden floor. Free Wi-Fi Great Spotted (Luxury Double room): This room, on the first floor opens onto the north facing balcony through wooden double doors which are secured with trelli doors. It has a queen size bed, flat screen TV with select DSTV channels and tea and coffee facilities and a mini fridge. The bathroom has a shower bath combination. There is a work station suitable for the working traveller. Free Wi-Fi Diderik's (Luxury Family room): This room is situated on the second floor and is accessed on the southern facing side of the house off the large balcony on the first floor. The room is equipped with two double size beds, small kitchenette, flat screen TV with select DSTV channels and tea and coffee facilities and a mini fridge, small work station, built in cup boards and a large bathroom with a shower. This room has an air-conditioner. Free Wi-Fi Klaas's (Luxury Double room): Klaas's is detached from main house, on a first floor with a large room with queen bed, built in cupboards, work station and en suite bathroom with a shower. The room has air-conditioning, flat screen TV with select DSTV channels and tea and coffee facilities, small work station and a mini fridge. Free Wi-Fi Functions The nest lends itself to small to medium sized functions due to the large “braai” area (entertainment area) , pool and sitting room area with a large bar and pool table. Ideal for birthday parties, weddings or any other celebrations. Small conferences can be pre-arranged with a projector and screen available. Outdoor activities Having a large garden area, guests are welcome to explore the paths amongst the numerous trees and study the small Macadamia orcahard. The nest has access to a large area in the Soutpansberg mountains where guided walking or hiking trails can be arranged. These can be either "easy" or "vigorous" long walks. Or for the less active a sundowner outing can be arranged on a spot with a magnificent view of the mountains looking north to the Zimbabwe border. The guest house is suitable for overnighting of cyclists, especially for the popular Kremetart cycle challenge. With a large secure parking area guests be can rest assured that their equipment will be safe. There is a marked mountain biking trail in the forestry area on the southern slopes of the Soutpansberg mountains six km from the nest.

Zvakanaka Farm

Igababa Cabin and Madala's Cottage, are located on Zvakanaka farm. This cool spot in the Soutpansberg mountains is perfectly situated, both for people wanting an easily accessible destination for a tranquil escape, and for those who need a base from which to explore the richly diverse surroundings. Being placed close to the N1 and just 11kms north of Louis Trichardt (Makhado) it is also ideally situated for businesspeople who are tired of hotel and bed & breakfast stays. Igababa Cabin: Although Igababa Cabin is particularly popular for romantic getaways, it is also popular for birders and nature lovers. Viewing raptors soaring above the cliffs from your bed is hard to beat and some of the guests have found birding from the outdoor double bath a very pleasant and unique experience! Our guests really enjoy the fact that, even when you are indoors, because of the large expanse of glass, you feel as if you are out there - at one with nature. The setting of Igababa is very private and not a single building or light is visible from the front of the cabin. Please note the cabin only sleeps two in a double bed. The cabin consists of a large bedroom/living area with a separate kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom has a toilet, basin and shower. Under the trees, outside the bathroom, with a stunning view of the mountains, is a luxurious oval double bath - delightful even when the mist comes down! The cabin sleeps 2 in a double bed. It is electrified and fully equipped for self-catering: all the cooking utensils you need; a four-plate gas stove; a microwave oven; kettle; toaster, etc. A free standing fireplace ensures cosy times when the weather is cold. There is also a heater for those who prefer. There is a large timber deck off the front of the cabin and a braai area adjacent to the kitchen, under a thorn tree with a braai stand and ground fireplace. There is a black 2m x 3m wallow pool off the veranda. The cabin is a no-smoking zone, smokers are kindly asked to smoke outside. We regret no pets allowed. There is a radio/CD/cassette player and a TV. Madala's Cottage: Madala's cottage is ideal for a small family, and in fact we built it because of the demand for accommodation for children - but it is equally delightful for couples! The cottage has a large main bedroom with a double bed, with its own en-suite toilet and separate shower. Leading from the shower, through sliding glass doors, is an outdoor shower and double bath in a delightful enclosed garden. This garden has large doors which can be opened to give wonderful views of the trees and mountain and guests are totally private. If a cozier feel is preferred then the doors can remain closed. The second bedroom is small with two single beds. This bedroom has access to its own shower and toilet. Both bedrooms have wall panel heaters. The living room is open plan with the kitchen and dining room and there is a fireplace. It is fully equipped for self-catering and all you need bring is your food and drink. All the cooking utensils you need are provided; there is a 4 plate gas stove, a microwave, fridge with small freezer kettle; toaster, etc. a braai stand outside and a fireplace on the ground. A generous amount of firewood is provided. Madala's Cottage has a small swimming pool. The outside social area is adjacent to a beautiful orchard of large pecan nut trees which give wonderful shade in summer and dappled shade in winter, there are also stunning views of the mountain from here. There is a radio/CD player and a TV. Although not as secluded as Igababa, Madala's is very private. General: There are numerous trails cut on the farm and, depending on how much energy you want to exert, you can either take gentle strolls or more serious walks to the very top of the mountain where there are stunning views in all directions. All you need to bring is your food and drink. Tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper are provided as are tin foil and clingfilm for the microwave. For those who would prefer not to self-cater there is an hotel, with an a la carte menu, within 5 minutes drive from the farm and the town of Louis Trichardt is only a 15 minutes drive. Both cottages have a generous amount of firewood provided, together with firelighters, candles and matches. If you need harder wood for coals or charcoal you will need to bring that yourself. To ensure your privacy, the cottages are not serviced. Servicing on weekdays can be arranged for a small charge. Linen and towels (bath and swimming) are provided. Both cottages have TV's with full bouquet DSTV. Vodacom and CellC reception is good, MTN reception is poor. The two cottages are set far from each other and cannot be seen by each other; guests have their own locked entrance and can come and go as they wish as they have the combination to the lock.