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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.

The Ultimate Guesthouse

The Ultimate Guesthouse offers warm and comfortable accommodation with friendly service. We are committed to creating memories for our guests that will bring them back to this splendid setting on top of the Soutpansberg Mountain Range. Description of Bedrooms All our bedrooms are bathroom-en-suite, have TV's with 4 x SABC & 4 x DSTV channels, tea/coffee facilities, fridge, fans and heaters (some have air-conditioners). All rooms are individually decorated with painstaking care given to the smallest detail. Open from 6:30am to 9pm daily our breakfasts and full A la Carte restaurant offers good, tasty and wholesome meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, light meals, etc.). The bar (fully licensed) and crackling fireplaces are sure to warm the coldest traveller. Children are welcome in our establishment and we gladly accommodate families. Children's play park, 9-hole putt-putt course, pool table & darts. Camping cots available for babies on request. Baby sitter can be arranged at a fee or child-minders welcome. We also have a 64KVA generator which supplies the whole guesthouse with power, including our geysers, in case of "load shedding". The Ultimate Guesthouse is not only a warm, homely space but the ideal venue for functions. We can accommodate up to 60 people for conferences (with equipment) / workshops / team building, volley ball, badminton, 9-hole putt-putt course, etc./weddings - beautiful garden for photos., etc. We have 23 hectares of land, 1 x long and1 x short walking trail, ideal for quad bikes (bring your own), mountain bikes (bring your own) 4 x 4's, bird watching, etc and there is a camp site with ablutions and braai facilities for 4x4's, tents, caravans, etc. A sparkling swimming pool and great out door thatched roof area to relax. We are pet friendly. Safe and secure parking with security guard from 6pm to 6am. Join us for a meal and a good nights sleep, or simply relax with a drink on our veranda with our stunning view of the mountains or at the pool and leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated. Trips to Venda - "The Land of Legends" can be arranged. WI-FI Available.

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.

Lokovhela Mountain Cottages

Morning Sun Nature Reserve Experience PURE Nature on a Natural Heritage site in of the HEART of the Soutpansberg Mountains. Lokovhela Mountain Cottages Lokovhela Mountain Cottages is an ideal stop over for young or old travelers to the north. We have one superior family VALLEY VIEW COTTAGE and 4 en-suite chalets as self-catering accommodation for BACKPACKER students under 30 years old at a communal sharing discounted rate. The 4 chalets are also ideal for small groups or families, who want to enjoy the tranquil hiking trails next to the mountain river or just relax at the swimming pool. Lodge Information and facilities Malaria Free Lokovhela Mountain Cottages is a small SELF-CATERING Lodge or Backpacker, remotely located in our Morning Sun Nature Reserve, situated at a high altitude where the malaria carrying mosquito cannot survive. We have had no incidence of malaria and are regarded as a malaria free destination. Hidden in the Mountains which is why we do NOT have a reliable Cellphone or Wi Fi connection and there is NO SHOP Facilities. Solar power, wireless internet and pure drinking water available. We are a small ECO- friendly well ventilated, thatch roof Lodge which is why we do NOT have air conditioners on our premises. There is NO wireless internet and very limited to cell phone reception. We have a boreholes on the property and the water is great for drinking.   Lokovhela Mountain Cottages Facilities Ideal for small groups, families and BACKPACKERS Swimming Pool Outside Braai (barbeque) area NO SHOP Facilities Limited areas with mobile phone reception Mobile phone aerial for better connection Secure SAFE and private location inside our Nature Reserve Shuttle transfer service offered from airports or other nearby lodges at request Excellent value for money Breakfast can be arranged 24 hours in advance with our management Walking trails within our Reserve, guided on request   Lokovhela Accommodation Types: 4x Standard Chalets: With an open plan dining room lounge, communal self-catering kitchen sharing. Option 1: 4x Standard Chalet Booking (No 1, 2, 3, 4): Each Chalet is En-suite with a king size bed or by arrangement for 2 single beds and one extra single bed is available for a third person sharing A total of 3 beds in each room sharing Option 2: 4x Backpacker Dormitory booking (No 1, 2, 3, 4): Each Chalet is En-suite for 2 single beds and one extra single bed is available for a third person sharing A total of 3 beds in each room or sharing as a Backpacker dormitory style. Backpackers under 30 years with proof of a student-card sharing the rooms as a dormitory style will receive a discounted rate which is subject to availability. Option 3: As a Family Unit: 2 x two chalets units each with an en-suite bathroom. Each unit can be made up with a king size bed or 2 single beds, with a further side bed that can be utilised for a child. A total of 6 beds Minimum of 2 adults Rate is required for a Family with discounted children, teenager or pensioner rates (proof of age will be required). Option 4: As a Group Booking: Four chalets units each with an en-suite bathroom. Each unit can be made up with a king size double bed or 2 single beds, with a further side bed/couch that can be utilised. (3 beds each) A total of 12 beds A total of 12 beds can be accommodated for a group booking   Lokovhela 4x Chalet Self-catering Facilities 4 en-suite chalets (which can be interconnected for a family booking) Each room has 3 single beds of which 2 can be made into one King size (double) bed small bush chalets for max. 12 people A Communal kitchen A communal dining room lounge with an indoor fire place Winter: personal hot-water bottle in bed with extra blanket Summer: well ventilated cool thatched roof chalets Coffee/tea tray in each room Swimming pool towels Garden chairs to relax Mobile phone aerial for better connection in Lounge area Safe in reception   1x Superior Valley View cottage A private kitchen dining, lounge and outside veranda braai area. One Main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom which can be made up as a king size bed or 2 single beds. One second bedroom with 4 single beds sharing the main bathroom or an outside shower and toilet. Lounge with a double side bed/couch that can be utilised for two children. A total of 8 beds Minimum of 2 adults and 6 additional children sharing OR 6 adults & 2 children sharing the couch. Lokovhela Superior Valley View Cottage Facilities Ideal for a small family or one group Excellent value for money 3 Star Eco-lodge & amenities 1x en-suite main bedroom 1x room wich has 3 single beds sharing the main bathroom A private kitchen A dining room lounge with a TV, and an indoor fire place with own outside veranda Winter: personal hot-water bottle in bed with extra blanket Summer: well ventilated cool thatched roof chalets Coffee/tea tray in each room  Swimming pool towels Garden chairs to relax Mobile phone aerial for better connection in Lounge area Safe in main bedroom cupboard small bush cottage for max. 7 adults sharing If you book the whole Lokovhela Mountain Cottages with its 4x Standard chalets PLUS one Superior Valley View cottage a discount will be arranged. A total of 20 beds can be accommodated.

Mashovhela Lodge

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of Mashovhela Lodge in Morning Sun Nature Reserve, tucked away in a steep valley, surrounded by impressive rocky outcrops where Black Eagles nest. This Natural Heritage Site is situated in the scenic, malaria free Soutpansberg Mountains. Be revitalized by the natural beauty and the Venda culture of dance, drums, secret forests and lakes, unique mythology and the magic of the sacred Mashovhela rock pool, "Place where the drums beat". Let our warm and friendly staff pamper you whilst you relax in our cozy Venda style lodge, which is recognized for its eco-friendly principles, sustainable energy usage at an affordable rate. Our 10 intimate en-suite chalets have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly units. The call of bush babies and the hooting of Owls will break the silence of the night whilst you stretch out on our luxurious "king size" or twin beds. From your own private veranda surrounded by "magube" walls you can enjoy a cocktail, whilst watching the Black Eagles returning to their nest. Experience a wide variety of traditional and exciting new flavours in our pan-African cuisine in an ethnic environment Our excellent service and warm atmosphere is culturally inspired and will make the dining experiences a special occasion to remember. The restaurant, terrace, boma and even the bush, as well as the fully licensed bar guarantees not only variations in food, fine South African wines, cocktails or a drink of your choice, but a different setting for various occasions. The memorable dinners start as the sunsets and the drums call you to our African boma to join in a Venda dance to honour the chef for the creative and delicious meal to be served. Be one of the few to enjoy the solitude of 4000 ha (10 000 acres) of untouched bush in this eco-friendly environment. Explore and discover the natural beauty and wonders of this natural heritage site. From the spectacular scenic Soutpansberg Mountains and valleys, streams and rock pools, diverse wildlife and plant species to past cultural mythology. Walk freely through the reserve and study the diversity of plants and trees, variety of antelope and other mammals, and the abundance of birds. Join our resident Venda guide who will share his knowledge of this intricate ecosystem and share stories of his people and their use of nature in a sustainable and responsible manner for medicines and food. According to Venda tradition King Thohoiyanda mysteriously disappeared with his sacred drum. Neither were ever seen again. Legend has it that the drum can sometimes be heard in the echoes of the cliffs surrounding Mashovhela pool. Listen for the beat of King Thohoiyanda's drum at Mashovhela rock pool, the second most sacred place in Venda folklore. Venture into silent mystical indigenous forests and to hidden lakes of Venda not general advertised to tourists with our registered Venda guide. Accreditations Won the SA Tourism Welcome Award: Best Lodge 2009/2010 We won and Imvelo Award: Single Best resource management program: Energy SA Natural Heritage Programme: 1988 Gold leaf : 2009 TGCSA 3 Star grading: From 2009 BirdLife South Africa - Birder Friendly: From 2009 Welcome award: 2010 Imvelo Award for responsible tourism : 2010 BAOBAB - Bush Banquet - Best Waitrons/ Service: 2010 Salt Shaker Finalist of the year: 2011 South African - Hidden Treasure - Experience & Craft 2011 Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTITSA): 2012

Buzzard Mountain Retreat

Discover this wild and spirited retreat, set in thick indigenous bush, with awesome cliffs and incredible views, spectacular sunsets and experience complete solitude, seclusion and peace. There are numerous hiking trails, each offering something different, birding is one of the best with a large variety of raptors and specials to be seen. Botanists, lepidopterists or just the learner will be amazed at the variety of plant, animal and insect life to be seen and found here. Accommodation consists of three stone cottages with separate rooms - a shower and toilet (one has a bath). Open-plan kitchen and lounge (all have fire-places) - plus 4 basic wood cabins (open-plan) with a central ablution (long-drop toilets). Various camp sites are also available. All accommodation is self catering and all are well fitted-out for such. Two stone cottages have their own splash pools and a central rock pool serves the others. Access to the main camp is only by your own 4x4 or transport is provided. One stone cottage is situated on the mountain-slopes and is accessible by ordinary vehicle. You will leave this pristine paradise feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! Facilities: Outdoor Rock Pool