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About Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge

Enjoy the warm embrace of The Shamrock Arms, a 4 Star Guest Lodge offering good value, tranquil surroundings and wholesome food.

The lodge was runner-up in the South African Tourism 2010 Welcome Awards. Lodge category. Finalists are considered to be the cream of the crop of the tourism industry always hospitable, always professional, and always passionate about delivering service excellence.

The lodge is authentically Victorian and comfortably modern and traces its history back to 1894. Superbly situated on the Mpumalanga Highlands Meander Route, a mere two and a half hours from Johannesburg and clasped by the picturesque and historic village of Waterval Boven, gateway to the world-famous Kruger National Park, you are guaranteed a country-village ambience that will soothe your soul.

The Shamrock Arms is unquestionably an ideal stopover for both the business and leisure traveller. It is situated ‘more or less’ half way between Oliver Tambo International Airport, previously known as the Johannesburg International Airport and the Kruger National Park. This will be of particular interest to travellers, who on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport are keen on the idea of getting some mileage behind them on the first day so that the drive to the park the next day is not so daunting. All of the rooms have their own private outside entrance and en-suite bathroom.

The luxury rooms, of which there are six, have air-conditioning hot and cold,optional electric blanket, satellite TV with decoder, minibar, tea and coffee making facility and electronic safe. You have a choice of either a double bed king or queen-size or twin beds. The Duluxe room one, which has twin beds close together, has an overhead fan, heater and tea and coffee facility. The wonderful thing about the Shamrock Arms is that it is the perfect base from which to explore many places of interest and scenic beauty in the Mpumalanga Province. All of the provinces principal tourist attractions are within easy reach of the Shamrock Arms.

In and around Waterval Boven you can do: Trout /bass fishing, rock climbing and abseiling, mountain biking and hiking and horse riding. The Shamrock Arms also offers added value in that Terry, who is an accredited and registered tourist guide, is on hand to help you on any tourist related issues. A sincere and friendly welcome awaits you from your hosts Terry and Cheryl Jansen.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 6 hours
  • Type: Guest House
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Reviews: 25 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge

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Sarah Shield, South Africa
10 July 2016

This is an oasis in a derelict town. We nearly just drove on! Fortunately we decided to check it out first. We were greated by Jaco who is the jewel in the crown. What a delightful person and excellent self taught chef. Terry our host was most welcoming and generous, totally committed to the improvement of the town and shared much of its history with us.Thank you for a wonderfl stay.Don't  miss this opportunity. 

Wicus vd Westhuizen, South Africa
25 July 2015

Dit was 'n heerlike kuier en ons het die mense en die gasvryheid geniet.  Dankie vir die heerlike steak en ontbyt.  Sal julle weer besoek.  Gerieflike kamers.  Dankie Nelis en Rose

Frits Lassche, South Africa
21 April 2015

We had a very enjoyable stay at Shamrock from 17 to 20 April 2016.The meals were of the highest standard and the relaxed atmosphere most enjoyable.I would recommend staying over at Shamrock for anyone going to Waterfal Boven.

ian learmonth, South Africa
20 November 2014

Enchanting lodge with very hospitable staff. The area has an interesting history. Would unreservedly recommend the Shamrock Armsfor your accommodation.

Bronwyn Engelbrecht, South Africa
01 September 2014

Spent a wonderful weekend here with fantastic food, wine and good company. Very comfortable rooms and friendly people. Thanks so much for a great stay - will definitely be back!

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Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge Map

Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge is 0.4km from the centre of Waterval Boven , the nearest airport 90km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Waterval Boven

Rocky Drift Nature Reserve

(5.2 km from Waterval Boven)

1 review

Rocky Drift Nature Reserve lies in the valleys of the Waterval Boven area in Mpumalanga. The spectacular mountain terrain is a popular destination for rock climbing and hiking. There is a fresh water stream which is nourished by the Joubert Spruit...

Elands River Falls

(1.7 km from Waterval Boven)

The Elands River Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Mpumalanga and is situated at one of South Africa's top rock climbing destinations. With a unique split and a plummet of 70 m, Elands River Falls is just as dramatic and scenic as South...

Beauticus Country Spa

(5.4 km from Waterval Boven)

Located at Bergwaters Eco Lodge in the Elands Valley of the Drakensberg mountain range, Beauticus Country Spa offers a world class experience that relaxes, restores and rejuvenates the mind, body and soul. Beauticus Country Spa offers various...

Num Num Hiking Trail

(17.9 km from Waterval Boven)

1 review

The spectacular Num-Num Hiking Trail offers seasoned hikers a self-guided three to five day hiking trail in Mpumalanga. The route takes walkers through a spectacular variety of Highveld Escarpment terrain including indigenous forest, sandstone...