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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: 11 hours
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 31 Reviews


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

Languages Spoken

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


25% OFF Midweek Stay

Stay between 22 Jan 2017 and 30 Nov 2017 and get 25% off. Valid every Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu. .Includes extras to the value of R125 for free..

  • Valid for 2 guests or more
  • 2 night min stay (check-in between 22 Jan 2017 and 30 Nov 2017)
  • A minimum booking amount of R550 is required.

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

          31 guest reviews Reviews of

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          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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          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

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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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