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About Schoemanshof

At the historic farm Nooitgedacht, on the banks of the Vaal River 20 km from Potchefstroom in the well-known Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, you can wake up to the call of the Fish eagle and really find peace away from the city rush to enjoy the beautiful African nature.

GP and Hesmé Schoeman are the proud owners of this beautiful family farm that has belonged to the Schoeman family since 1856. Some of the original buildings survived the test of time and the war of 1899 to 1902, when nearly every building in the old Transvaal and Free State was burned down. Evidence of the war can be seen in the cellar, where shrapnel damaged the ceiling and roof. The foundations of the old house that was burned down by the British troops can also be seen. The old waenhuis is one of the oldest buildings, if not the oldest, in the region and dates from the early pioneer time, and the original klipkraal, landmuur and cemetery can also be seen.

There are ruins of Iron Age kraals as well as the Amazon mine, where gold was mined from 1886. The farm is well-known for superb yellow-fish waters. To catch this indigenous fish on a fly is an experience every enthusiast must enjoy. There are also hiking routes on the farm, as well as ideal routes for jogging and mountain biking. Other activities nearby include game-viewing and river rafting.

Covid Safety Approved: We pledge to implement a high standard of hygiene and cleaning protocols to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests. We adhere to the industry safety protocols set out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).


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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

- no music policy
- no smoking in units
- fishing - strictly catch and release
- no pets
- no motorcycles or quad bikes

Availability and pricing

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      • Kruisbessie Kruisbessie Sleeps 14 Includes: Self-catering 5 bedroom house next to the Vaal River. Each bedroom sleeps 2 people, with an extra 4 single beds(not private) on the... see more Features:  DStv, Television
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          • Doppruim Doppruim Sleeps 8 Includes: Self-catering 2 bedroom house next to the Vaal River. Each bedroom sleeps 2 people (double beds), with an extra 4 single beds in a... see more Features:  Double beds, DStv, En-suite, Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Balcony/patio see more Double beds, DStv, En-suite, Shared bathroom, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Upstairs, Self-catering, Single beds, Television, No Smoking in Rooms
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              • TokkelosBos Camp Site TokkelosBos Camp Site Sleeps 20 Includes: Room Only This is a hidden gem under shady trees next to the Vaal River. Two family bathrooms, each with a shower, basin and toile... see more
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                  Reviews for Schoemanshof

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                  Elmarie Bos
                  17 October 2021

                  The men were fishing and canoeing the whole time and enjoyed every second. The evenings in the Boma around the fire were magical. The lovely patio with river views and the time spent with family in beautiful Vredefort Dome. A really relaxing weekend.

                  Hannes Botha
                  02 August 2021

                  The place is a gem. Nothing more to be said!One warning, however...come with a 4x4 or a car with enough clearance from the ground. Otherwise I highly recommend you ask Hesmé the alternate route to Kruisbessie. The speed bumbs are HUGE and you'll most likely scratch your car.

                  Tania Botha
                  20 September 2020

                  Kruisbessie at Schoemanshof is an absolute must if you have a large family and children. We were a party of 9 and the gorgeous house was more than big enough for us all to be comfortable. We had a very relaxing weekend away from the stress of the city. Hesme is always on hand to answer any questions.

                  Michael Dick
                  13 May 2019

                  Lots to love. Quiet, great facilities, beautiful setting.

                  Melanie Olivier
                  05 March 2018

                  We were a group of 11 friends visiting Schoemanshof over the weekend. Kruisbessie is a beautiful wooden house with ample sleeping space for everyone. The kitchen is very well equipped. The only thing that Kruisbessie didn't have was a coffee plunger (but we always take one with.... just in case).Stunning views of the Vaal and surrounding hills from the deck. We also saw and heard many birds during our weekend away.I would highly recommend a visit to Schoemanshof.

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                  Schoemanshof is 31.2km from the centre of Potchefstroom , the nearest airport 139.2km (Lanseria International Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling