Medike Mountain Reserve

5 Guest Reviews
5 Customer Reviews
  • Dzhiawolala is the original Venda name given to the old trading post dating from the late nineteen twenties.

When the present owners purchased the farm, only the walls of Dzhiawolala were standing. During the renovation process the original walls, the old steps in the front and the original cement floors were retained. As a further contribution to the authenticity of the old trading post, Rina and Abrie Juyn donated a stained glass front door. Much to our delight the door fitted perfectly in the original opening! A further contribution came from two of our regular guests, Dawie and Ansie Visser who donated the old metal advertisements in the kitchen. Two guests, Leo van Schaik and Dr Smith, also donated the two paintings in the cottage.

As a result of many weekends spent on Medike during the renovation of Dzhiawolala, a bakoond was created in the nearby anthill more out of curiosity than a need for fresh bread. When we started receiving guests in 1990 some were puzzled by the bakoond. When we explained what it was used for, the immediate response was; “we also want to try it” and the tradition of Medike’s bakoond bread was started. Today all three our cottages have their own bakoonde, the only authentic one is Dzhiawolala’s.
  • Mongedzi Hut is tucked away in the bush completely surrounded by mountains and sleeps only two people. The hut is equipped for self caterers with a gas stove and fridge/freezer and paraffin lamps.
  • Murango Boulder Cottage is build around two huge boulders. It sleeps 8 people and is fully equipped for self caterers. It has both an inside and open air bathroom. Braai facilities outside under the trees.
  • This hiking trail climbs steeply up the western slopes of the Sand River Gorge from where one has beautiful views on the Sand River below. The down route follows a rugged gorge with some of the last big yellowwoods in the Soutpansberg.
  • This is the first view of Medike that guests will see on their way to reception. The dirt road first follow the railway line for about 4 kilometres and then meanders up Eddie's Pass for about 2 kilometres and then descends into the Sand River Gorge and reception. The road is in a reasonably good condition and is navigable by ordinary sedan cars. No 4x4 needed.
  • The Sand River has cut an impressive gorge through the mountains. During the periods of heavy rainfall it happens on occasion that the river comes down in flood and it always remain a special sight to see the dry river bed transformed into a brown mass of water. During dry periods a few remaining pools in the river attracts birds and mammals.
  • The rock art site at Medike is recognised by prominent archaeologists one of the most impressive sites in the Soutpansberg discovered up to date.The abundant imagery of San paintings inside the shelter is a worthy reward after the "on all fours" ascend. Guests visiting the site are issued with a document describing the location and the meaning of the paintings.
  • Masianoke log cottage is build on the slope of the mountain overlooking the east facing cliffs of the gorge. The cottage sleeps four people and is fully equipped for self catering.
  • Masianoke cottage has a wooden deck under thatch overlooking the dramatic cliffs of the Sand River Gorge. It is fully equipped for self caterers and bedding linen and towels will be provided.
  • Description
  • Facilities
Medike is a mountain sanctuary deep in the Soutpansberg. The Sand River or Mongesi with its impressive gorge and quartzite cliffs forms an outstanding feature of this natural Heritage Site.
Here the wildlife enthusiast is rewarded spectacular vistas, star filled nights, beautiful flora, animal and birdlife.
Marked hiking trails meander through rugged gorges, forested kloofs and mountain streams to waterfalls, spectacular rock formations and a mysterious Bushman shelter with ancient rock art.
Guests can stay in Murango cottage; build against two enormous boulders, or in the pioneer cottage, Dzhiawolala, the Venda name given to the old trading post dating from the early nineteen thirties. Masianoke log cottage has a thatched deck with a beautiful 360º view on the surrounding mountains.
Please note there is no electricity and the cottages have gas fridges and stoves and paraffin lamps.

  • Type: Safari Lodge
  • Sleeps: 21
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 5
  • Braai/Barbecue

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa

5 Reviews on Medike Mountain Reserve

We really enjoyed our stay at Medike Mountain Reserve. Although the drive was difficult it was well worth the climb up into the mountain. Our self serve cabin was lovely and had everything we needed including a beautiful star filled sky in the evening. Our host was welcoming and did everything to make sure we had anything we needed. We encourage you to stay at Medike if you are looking for a little slice of heaven.

31 March 2014

Now that is a place i will never forget. It brings one back to earth, it was awesome, the stillness, the views, animals we saw. My husband and I took the Boabab trail and that was a great adventure. Not a place for small children but if you want to get your teenager away from the tv or mixit and spend time with mom and dad now that is the place to do it. Want to rekindle your relationship with your loved ones or bond or fix your marriage Medike is the place to do it. The owners of the place were awesome, I have never seen such a fit man before and that week i saw a man who never let one feel out of place or left you stranded , he made sure we were comfortable and settled in. I will for sure be back to take another week there this year.

11 April 2010

A great place to break away - we could have spend more than a week easily if only we had the time - perfect to relax, ie to get back and deal only with the basics. We just loved it and had a superb time.

19 July 2008

The stay was very pleasant and peaceful. The mountains were beautiful and the hikes were challenging.

29 April 2008

This is one of the most stunning places we have visited, and Hannes and Marietjie are such special people. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back there for a longer stay.

27 August 2007

Room information

Dzhiawolala Pioneer Cottage x 1

Includes: Self-catering

Dzhiawolala Pioneer Cottage (7 beds) - restored old trading post dating from the early nineteen thirties.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities Private bathroom, Bath only, Outdoor shower
Beds Bunk beds, Single beds, Double beds
Other Self-catering
Views Mountain

Masianoke Log Cabin x 1

Includes: Self-catering

Masianoke Log Cabin (4 beds) - nestled in the mountainside with a wooden deck overlooking the cliffs of the Sand River Gorge.

Features available

Beds Single beds

Mongezi Hut x 1

Includes: Self-catering

Mongezi Hut (sleeping 2 people) – tucked away in the bush with a delightful outside shower

Features available

Bathroom Facilities Separate toilet, Outdoor shower
Beds Double beds
Other Self-catering
Views Mountain

Murango Boulder Cottage x 1

Includes: Self-catering

Murango Boulder Cottage (7 beds) - built into gigantic boulders on the banks of the Sand River.

Features available

Bathroom Facilities Private bathroom, Shower only, Separate toilet, Outdoor shower
Beds Bunk beds, Single beds, Double beds
Other Upstairs, Self-catering
Views Mountain, River

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