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About Gnu Ranch

Gnu Ranch is a 2000ha private game reserve situated where the majestic Waterberg meets the mistic Bushveld, near the famous Mokolo dam. Eighteen species plains game roam on our reserve, and when the sun sets over the waterberg predators like cheatah, leopard,crocodile and brown-hiena leave only their tracks on the pathways.Rock lodge has two separate thatched cottages built on a hill with spectacular views. The cottages is built hundred meters apart and designed with privacy in mind. Each cottage has three bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, a private braai area and fully equipped kitchen opening on a thatched deck/dining area. The communal area has a swimming pool, pool table and DStv.Tree Top Tent, the luxury air-conditioned tent is a true Bushveld experience, built on a hill overlooking the Waterberg mountains.The chalet type tent has an outside spa bath, en-suite bathroom, equipped kitchen and cosy braai area. The deck has spectacular views and is equipped with a gas braai and outside shower.Valley Camp, the big farmhouse is ideal for big groups and young children. It has seven bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen/dining area with an inside braai and TV. End the day around a bushveld-fire in the big boma built under a massive Marula tree. The camp can accommodate twenty guests and is booked exclusively for one group at a time.Tree top cabin, the unique wooden cabin is built high in the branches of a huge Tamboti tree.The ultra private cabin has two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, braai area, swimming pool and a deck on the roof overlooking a bird rich wetland.The Bush Cottage is our first green unit powered by solar energy. This unique cottage is built in the shade of massive Tambotie trees. It has a relaxed atmosphere and has a lovely view of the surrounding luscious bush and a watering-hole fifty meters away.

Safari: Game drives can be arranged on a open game-viewer, or drive around in your own vehicle on the more than 80km dirtroad on-site. Seventeen species of plainsgame can be viewed in abbundance,and the wetlands are a birdwatcher's dream.

  • Response Rate: 94%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 23 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 49
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 15 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Gnu Ranch Rooms

Reviews for Gnu Ranch

15 guest reviews Reviews of

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Nina Strydom
05 March 2018

This place is a gem but need some maintenance. Owners changed. With a few patches and some sealer, new plain linen, a few rocks stacked again (and some extra towels when it rains), it can still revive. We sincerely hope that it won't go to waste when the place is converted to accommodate overseas hunters.

Anne Bezuidenhout
04 February 2018

Just loved you get one with nature again and no one for kilometres. The Luxury tent camp was fantastic with its own spa bath. the camp can do with some fixing up like the canvas of the tent, varnish on the deck, secure the decking, maybe some white new bed linen and a solar light for electricity saving at the braai/kitchen area to see where to walk going to the tent. But, with this all it was top 5 weekends in my life. Was thinking to contact owner and find out about investment possibility.

Hugo Van Oostrum
17 January 2018

Clearly Gnu Ranch just changed ownership. There are many things that need to be improved. I am sure the new management is aware of it and working on it.

Renee Coetzee
30 December 2017

Signage for Gnu Ranch is very bad, we were told to look for a green sign and yellow thatch but none was visible. Was clean and tidy, would like to have left tent flap open at night and close just the inner shade cloth but the zipper was broken. Tent canvas needs upgrading and some wooden boards need replacing. On the whole the stay was super and we would definitely go back

Kim indermaur
03 May 2017

We stayed in the luxury tent for 4 nights, the ranch is beautiful. A few hiccups regarding heating in the room, all heaters were not working and the team did not have any extra's luckily the cold was bearable and I packed an extra heated blanket! Plug points in the kitchen are a bit temperamental in all honest all that's needed is a new plug point and all will be sorted. On our last night we had no water but the team sorted this out quickly and it was restored later that night. All in all the camp is really nice, views of the bush are spectacular and the Jacuzzi bath is a real treat... Besides...
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Gnu Ranch Map

Gnu Ranch is 37.1km from the centre of Lephalale (Ellisras) , the nearest airport 156.5km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Lephalale (Ellisras)

Grootwater 4x4 Trail

(27.5 km from Lephalale (Ellisras))

Grootwater 4x4 Trail comprises a variety of short routes totalling 23 km. The trail is located on the banks of the Poer-se-Loop River in the Waterberg. If you tackle all the trails, you should complete them in about 4 hours. The various trails...

Mogol Country Club

(2.8 km from Lephalale (Ellisras))

Well known for being an excellent winter course, Mogol Golf Course offers golfers a demanding 72 par 18-hole course. Featuring lovely big Marula trees sometimes called sky bunkers, the magnificent 6077 meter course demands precision and...

D'Nyala Nature Reserve

(11.1 km from Lephalale (Ellisras))

Home to the handsome nyala antelope, D’Nyala Nature Reserve protects an impressive number of mammal species. Predators on the prowl including leopard, brown hyena, jackal and smaller cats can also be seen. 60 mammals can be ticked off here...

Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve

(34.3 km from Lephalale (Ellisras))

Popular with water sports enthusiasts, anglers, families, birders and photographers alike, the Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve’s major attraction is boating. Almost a quarter of the picturesque malaria-free 4 600-hectare reserve is taken up by water...