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About Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

Situated 290 km from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven - Nelspruit Road, Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve embraces an enclosed valley of approximately 257 hectares of some of the most beautiful mountain country to be found in the Waterval Boven district. The climate is typical of summer rainfall areas. Winter and summer mean temperatures of between 6c in winter and 34c in summer, can 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 e.g. Bushbuck, Baboon, Klipspringer, Duiker, Steenbok, Vaal Reedbuck, Vervet Monkeys, Leopard, Genet, Rooikat, Rock Pythons etc. Bird life includes, Black Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, various Kites and Falcon.Rich in natural and South African history, the kloof (gorge) and slopes of the valley once housed President Paul Kruger's Commandos during the period of his escape to exile via Lourenco Marques (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.

Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Cosy
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Fridge
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Shower
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Important Information

Only 2 night stays (Friday - Saturday) for weekends. Bookings made 14 days before arrival - 100% deposit required.
Balance of payment to be made 1 week before date of arrival

Availability and pricing

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  • Mills Cottage Unit 5 Mills Cottage Unit 5 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished open plan single bedroom cottage with queen bed & private patio overlooking the river. Well-equipped... see more Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views see more Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Garden views, Fan, Television, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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      • Reed Cottage Unit 4 Reed Cottage Unit 4 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished open plan single bedroom cottage with queen bed & private patio overlooking the river. Well-equipped... see more Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace see more Queen beds, Local channels, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Sleeper couch, Fan, Television, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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          • Spence Cottage Unit 6 Spence Cottage Unit 6 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished open plan cottage with a queen bed & private patio overlooking the river. Well-equipped kitchen with... see more Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace see more Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Sleeper couch, Garden views, Fan, Radio, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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              • Owl House Unit 3 Owl House Unit 3 Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Fully furnished open plan single bedroom cottage with queen size bed, loft area with double bed & 1 bathroom with shower... see more Features:  Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Fireplace see more Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Shower only, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Upstairs, Self-catering, Fan, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms
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                  • Leopard-1 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Leopard-1 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more
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                      • Duiker-2 Caravan OR Tent Site (No Room) Duiker-2 Caravan OR Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 6 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more
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                          • Loerie-3 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Loerie-3 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more
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                              • Hoopoe-4 Tent Only Site (No Room) Hoopoe-4 Tent Only Site (No Room) Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more
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                                  • Eagle-5 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Eagle-5 Caravan & Tent Site (No Room) Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more
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                                      • Tortoise-6 Caravan OR Tent Site(No Room) Tortoise-6 Caravan OR Tent Site(No Room) Sleeps 6 Includes: Room Only The campsites are well spaced, well shaded, level stands with electricity & water outlets. The ablutions consist of sepa... see more
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                                          Reviews for Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

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                                          Megan Mey
                                          25 June 2021

                                          We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rocky Drift. We stayed in the Reed cottage which is a bit isolated from the other cottages which was great. The unit was clean and had everything we needed. The hikings trails stood out, especially the route leading to the waterfall.

                                          Michelle Bartlett
                                          16 June 2021

                                          We enjoyed the location on the river and walking the otter trail. The aloe and succulent rock garden which is a work in progress will definitely add to the ambience of the venue once it is fully established. A very nice touch is the tortoise enclosure and the lanterns in the trees. The hosts were warm and friendly and they made us feel very welcome.

                                          Hester Savage
                                          30 April 2021

                                          Was heerlik om daar te stap en God se skepping te geniet

                                          Happy Mabena
                                          18 December 2020

                                          The views were breathtaking and our cottage was supper clean. The lady was welcoming and supper friendly although it was last minute she catered to all our needs

                                          Fran Jacobs
                                          04 October 2020

                                          What a wonderful experience for me and my family. I was looking for a place to sleep at night between Machadodorp and Witriver while traveling for business to Witrivier and back. It become an adventurous weekend surrounded with mountains at Rockydrift nature reserve. If you like hiking through the woods and if you appreciate nature this is the place for you. Swimming in the river is a bit slippery a swimming pool would be nice relaxing with a book beneath the mountains. Thankyou we enjoyed our stay see you at the end of the year.

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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).
                                          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling