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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%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 34 Reviews


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

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.

Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve Rooms

Reviews for Rockydrift Private Nature Reserve

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Ainsley Hay
08 August 2017

Advertised as a private nature reserve but they have peacocks at the accommodation disturbing the peace. Advertised as pet friendly but a very badly socialized and dog aggressive Rottweiler nearly attacked my dog. Accommodation needs TLC and caretakers willingness to help needs improvement.

Huguette Kishinkwa
20 June 2017

lovely place to stay... but very unpleasant reception of guests. We didn't even get to meet the owners, we got the keys from the worker there. we had no guidance regarding the activities stated on the website. All you get is a flip file with vague information and phone numbers which are not even answered. Improvement is NEEDED on the reception of guests.

Jadine Ventouris
10 April 2017

The only downfall is that you cannot take your trailer to your front door. Judas also complained about us taking wood on the second night saying that it's hard to find and he has to get it with a wheel barrow.

Cathy Kriel, South Africa
12 December 2016

We have been to Rockydrift a number of time and each time we've come back feeling rested. It's such a beautiful and peaceful place. Our kids have a blast there and we get to rest.

Francois Basson, South Africa
16 November 2016

Very beautiful view of the river front and lawn area. Very relaxing atmosphere. The unit itself needs some attention. The chairs are uncomfortable, cushions are ripped, old magazines that is not relevant, wooden cabinet without glass doors, dstv remote not working properly, random decorations, broken blinds, fan in room is not working, loft without a bed, shower head that is not working properly. The kitchen is extremely nice but leaves much to ask for of the remainder of the unit. At the back of the unit, there is a lot excess building material and it almost looks like a junk yard. It would...
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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