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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: 89%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 4 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 24 Reviews


  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

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  • Self-catering Coach Sleeps 6 Includes: Room Only This lovely old coach offers three bedrooms furnished double beds. One room has an en-suite bathroom and the other two... see more Features:  Queen beds, Bath only, En-suite, Shared bathroom, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Garden views
    from R560 For 2 guests
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      Reviews for The Royal Coach

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      Angie Butkovic
      08 April 2018

      What an awesome experience to stay in the royal coach that was used by the King and his family during their RSA Tour of 1947 from CT to Salisbury return. We slept in "Princess Elizabeth's room" now the Queen Mum (2018). The bee nest in the one room was a bit of a concern, the kitchenette a bit better stocked for self-catering and the floors of the bathroom needed a good scrub, but otherwise awesome people to meet and places to eat out in this quaint little village up in the misty hills of Kaapschehoop.

      Tim Ronaldson
      01 November 2017

      We enjoyed having the whole coach to ourselves. The coach is in great condition. The coffee and fridge facilities great. Wonderful experience, as well as at Salvador pub. Great barman and staff.

      Jeanine Jooste
      25 September 2017

      This was our second visit to the Royal Coach. Good value for money in the perfect location. Some improvements have been made since our last visit (new geyser, improved kitchenette arrangement, old bathroom curtains removed). The bed is super comfortable, and we had no neighbors during our stay so total privacy. I would highly recommend it for a unique, cosy getaway. In bad weather, the lack of an inside lounge might be frustrating, so just keep that in mind, but Kaapsehoop to me is all about hiking then having a bite to eat somewhere and early to bed!

      Nicolien Guest
      14 July 2017

      We loved the silence and view from the steps. Improvements needed: new carpets, furnishings like the curtains and toilet rugs etc need to be replaced. Toilet seat in main room must be replaced, keeps on falling.. Hand showers can be re-installed in baths. All-over Royal cleaning from top to bottom. Dust gathered in all corners. Coffee-station area can be improved. A small table and chair/s in the rooms will be a bonus. Overall very nice. Thank you.

      Marina Viljoen
      05 June 2017

      The silents and the tranquility

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      The Royal Coach Map

      The Royal Coach is 0.7km from the centre of Kaapsehoop , the nearest airport 42.9km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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