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About The Royal Coach

The Royal Coach is situated in the historic gold mining village of Kaapschehoop and is the original coach that Queen Elizabeth II travelled in on her visit to South Africa in 1947. The Royal Coach is ideal for visitors looking simply to get away and relax and for wanderers seeking new viewpoints. The Coach is very old and quaint and a nostalgic and unique destination, . Due to the need for restoration the rates have been kept as low as possible.

The coach consists of three wood-panelled comfortable bedrooms furnished with double beds. One of the rooms has an en-suite bathroom while the other two rooms share a bathroom; they both have baths. There is a small fridge, a microwave and a kettle. linen, towels, coffee mugs, and teaspoons are supplied. Meals are available at the Salvador Bistro which is open from 07:30. The bistro is famous for wood-fire pizzas and a cosy fireplace in cold weather.

There are a number of alternative village restaurants. All offer good meals at reasonable prices.

Kaapschehoop is a fantastic venue for photographers, birdwatchers and nature lovers, and is the ideal romantic setting as proven by the frequency of weddings in the town chapel. Birdwatching can be done at the Blue Swallow Nature Reserve and guests can book a guided tour to seek out the endangered birds. Various other animals can also be seen including a vast selection of flora and fascinating rock formations. There are a variety of nature walks, a waterfall and mountain bike trails within walking distance, as well as a horse trail facility located 8 km from the village. The town provides a convenient stopover for travellers making their way to the Kruger National Park or Mozambique.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 7 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 29 Reviews


  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

The Royal Coach Rooms

Reviews for The Royal Coach

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Bruce Des Fontaine
05 November 2018

Some chairs and small table in front to sit

Annarina Bezuidenhout
17 September 2018

We like trains - the fact that we had the train for ourselves was nice - as we are private people and like to be alone. that made it ideal for us. Its sad to see there is not maintenance on the outside and the rust will kill it slowly.Establishments response:Hi AnaninaThanks so much for your review. We would just like to put your mind at rest concerning the rust and outside decay of the coach. The coach is going to be moved to a restoration facility in the middle of November where it can be correctly restored to its original condition as it deserves . We have not done any interim maintainable...
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Elbett Bole
20 August 2018

The town is gorgeous and really good places to eat. The Royal Coach is quaint, but in serious need of some maintenance. The general appearance is rather neglected, which is a shame as it could be a really awesome tourist attraction.Establishments response:Hi Elbet thanks so much for your kind review - I just felt I needed to explain the ‘neglect’ of the coach - the coach is literally a museum piece and therefore cannot be repaired in a manner not consisitant with original materials, design etc. For this reason it is only available until the middle of November as it is going to be moved to...
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Carol Booyzen
01 August 2018

There are a small fridge without any shells, door doesn't stay closed. There are 2 kettles on the floor in front of the fridge. Not even a shell to work on. Maintenance does not exist! You need to clean your dishes in the washbasin in one of the bathrooms. Cutlery and plates have old greasy food on them. No chairs or table to sit outside or inside. Self catering unit but no braai, hotplate or anything to make something. Microwave are rusted and I think a health risk.

Trevor van de Ven
30 July 2018

As if Kaapsche Hoop is not a different enough destination in itself, a little detour off of the N4 between Watervall Boven and Nelspruit, I looked for somewhere to stay in order to break up a drive back to Johannesburg from Kruger Park. Having visited the town a few times before I recognised the old train that I had seen sitting under the canopy and decided that it was unusual enough to give my children something to talk about and remember. It was reasonably cheap, the host was responsive, and the booking was facilitated easily. Staying in a train is unusual especially if all you are used to...
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The Royal Coach is 0.7km from the centre of Kaapsehoop , the nearest airport 42.9km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
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