Enjoyed my stay - Enjoyed our stay at Rockydrift Private Nature Reseve from start to finish. Rained a bit on the day we arrived limiting activities we could do. On the second day we got to do some hiking, climbing up the top was calorie burning and so much fun for us as a group. It was 6 of us. There is a volleyball pitch as well as a ball but we didn't get to play much as we didn't have enough time. Did a small barbecue later on in the evening. The webster house kitchen is fully equipped and we found nothing really to complain about. The staff homes are close to the webster house but that didn't worry us, they didn't disturb us one bit. Nice linen, comfortable beds and wonderful antique setting for almost everything. Reserve in an area almost remote. No noise, no pollution, full of fresh air and very peaceful. If there wasn't many other areas i would like to visit i really wouldn't mind staying at this reserve in the future during my holidays. I give it 10/10. My holiday was worthy it.
Faith Nyikadzino, Australia Australia
Stunning beautiful secluded and serene - Lovely venue! Great for kids. Beautiful scenery. Do it!! Rustic and lovely South African venue.
Ildiko Hegyi, South Africa South Africa
Pleasant stay - I would just like to say that m lady and I had such a relaxing time. Definitely a place to get away from the concrete jungle and endure nature at its best. The owl's house was stunning and we Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We will definitely recommend this to our friends and family and we will def be back.
What a let down - I left Rockydrift really disappointed. It ticked so many boxes - 3 hours from Joburg, affordable, pet friendly. And then added boxes of its own - in a private nature reserve with a network of hiking trails. My good impressions continued when we were upgraded from the one-room cottage we'd booked to the mega-better-than-home house. But here the problems began. The accommodation is right (RIGHT) by the caretakers cottage, so there is no privacy. We spent a full day Saturday looking for the hiking trails, and realised that they may have been there when the reserve was proclaimed (in 1967) but have since become overgrown and muddled with cattle tracks. We know the area well so could connect the jeep track that connects Boven Upper to the lower valley - but a network of hiking trails? Definitely not. I have the scratches to prove it. We then struggled to get wood from the caretaker and were charged - which is fine. But then do take the time to mention it in your 41 pages of rules? Then there were no matches. The final clanger for me, was when we were ordered to leave at 10am on Sunday. This i just don't understand. Why have a Joburg weekend getaway when you have to leave quickly? Every place that we've stayed at in this price range and distance from Joburg understands that if we're paying for two nights accommodation, it's really fabulous to have that little extra time on the Sunday to walk, pack, tidy and go.
I'm afraid I left Rockydrift seriously disappointed. It has so much to offer, but fails on service and false promises.
Firstly let me apologise for your experience at Rockydrift. The staff quarters have been in the same position since 1976 and yours is the 2nd complaint we have had regarding their position. We will look into having them relocated in the near future. I have also spoken to the caretaker and he admitted that one of the paths had not been cleared since February and he will have this sorted by end of June. According to the caretaker, wood was given to you for free on the first night as per our policy but thereafter payment is required as we have found some quests abuse free wood. (page 6) Matches are supplied at all times or you can ask the caretaker to start your fire for you as this is part of our service. Vacating the cottage on a Sunday by 10am (as you must have been aware when you made the booking as our arrival and departure times are clearly stated) we only required if the cottage is booked for that Sunday night (it was in your case and we clean from 10am till 1pm for the new guests), otherwise our guests are more than welcome to spend the rest of the day at Rockydrift, OR pack, tidy then walk and depart at your leisure.
Kerryn Krige, South Africa South Africa
Expectations surpassed - Our stay at Rockydrift was fantastic - the hikes next to the stream, the tranquil nights, the fact that there's only two guest houses. Great value!
Nico Prinsloo, South Africa South Africa