Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

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Situated 290 km from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven, Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve. This fine establishment embraces an enclosed valley of approximately 257 hectares and some of the most beautiful mountain country to be found in the Waterval Boven district. The climate is typical of summer rainfall areas with winter and summer mean temperatures of between six degrees in winter and 34 degrees in summer to 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 such as bush buck, baboon, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, vaal reed buck, vervet monkeys, leopard, genet, rooikat and rock pythons to name a few. There is also an abundance of bird life, including black eagle, steppe buzzard as well as various kites and falcons.

Rich in natural and South African history, the kloof and slopes of the valley once housed President Paul Kruger's commandos during the period of his escape to exile via Lourenco Marques, now 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.

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Only 2 night stays (Friday - Saturday) for weekends. Bookings made 14 days before arrival - 100% deposit required.

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          Reviews for Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

          25 guest reviews Reviews of
          12 January 2015

          The place is stunning, there are a few things that maybe should be reported. The sliding door kept coming off the rails. Please replace the opener it does not work.

          25 September 2014

          My husband and I stayed at Rockydrift from 19 to 24 September 2014, and thoroughly enjoyed out time there. Lovely chalet in a beautiful mountainous setting with a river nearby. We went on an amazing four-hour hike up the mountain, and took many shorter walks along the river on other days. It was so peaceful and relaxing; a great get-away from city life. Judas the caretaker kindly provided firewood and all the information we needed. The chalet was spotlessly clean, and the kitchen was fully equipped. The nice large fridge, microwave, Dstv, fireplace and braai area were just some of the creature comforts which enhanced our stay. Best of all, we were allowed to bring our dog Oscar, who had a great time playing with the resident dog Whisky. We highly recommend Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve!

          18 June 2014

          The area is very quiet and private. The walks along the river bank are great.

          10 January 2014

          Lovely place and lovely staff even Whiskey the dog was an awesome welcoming committee for our beloved pet. Would recommend... thank you!

          19 December 2013

          We only stayed overnight but loved the accommodation. The scenery was breath taking. would love to visit here again with family.

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          Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve is 5.4km from the centre of Waterval Boven , the nearest airport 85.7km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).

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