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About Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

Situated 290 km from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven, Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve. This fine establishment embraces an enclosed valley of approximately 257 hectares and some of the most beautiful mountain country to be found in the Waterval Boven district. The climate is typical of summer rainfall areas with winter and summer mean temperatures of between six degrees in winter and 34 degrees in summer to 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 such as bush buck, baboon, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, vaal reed buck, vervet monkeys, leopard, genet, rooikat and rock pythons to name a few. There is also an abundance of bird life, including black eagle, steppe buzzard as well as various kites and falcons.

Rich in natural and South African history, the kloof and slopes of the valley once housed President Paul Kruger's commandos during the period of his escape to exile via Lourenco Marques, now 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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 5 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 29 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Parking on Premises
  • Budget
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Only 2 night stays (Friday - Saturday) for weekends. Bookings made 14 days before arrival - 100% deposit required.

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          Reviews for Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

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          Ursula Hauptfleisch, South Africa
          13 September 2016

          We had a wonderful time. Judas and Leno are so helpful. Witvoed the local dog is such a nice dog. Our dog made friends with him and she (Mandy) and the four of us had a really good rest. We will be back.

          Cathy Kriel, South Africa
          29 August 2016

          Absolutely love this place. So peaceful and relaxing. Always leave feeling rejuvenated!

          charlotte nel, South Africa
          11 March 2016

          rained most of the time, but peaceful and quiet

          wendy koorts, South Africa
          11 May 2015

          We have been here more than once and will come again.  Love the fact that you can have the whole valley to yourself.  It's so peaceful and the walk to the rock pools is fantastic.  My kids love it here, as do my whole family.  A favourite getaway of ours.

          Wendy Ansell, South Africa
          12 January 2015

          The place is stunning, there are a few things that maybe should be reported. The sliding door kept coming off the rails. Please replace the opener it does not work.

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          Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve Map

          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

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