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About Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve

Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve is a 1,200-hectare bushveld farm located less than three hours from Gauteng near the eco-tourism town of Thabazimbi. This fourth generation working family farm welcomes all true lovers of the great African outdoors. Grootfontein is proudly OFF-THE-GRID! We are an eco-reserve and work purely with solar power and gas. The reserve offers rustic accommodation in four bush lodges and two campsites that are all unique from each other and perfect for short or long stays. Guests can enjoy hot showers powered by paraffin, gas fridges, and solar-powered lights. Here, guests will find tranquillity and pristine, untouched bushveld landscape that is home to over 150 species of birds, 160 species of trees, and a wonderful range of animals including zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, Blue wildebeest, nyala, warthog, and leopard. Since the farm does not offer the Big 5, guests are free to explore the area on foot. We are also less than an hour’s drive from the Pilanesburg and Marekele National Parks where the Big 5 can be viewed. In addition, we offer hiking, birding, 4x4 trails, kayaking, mountain biking, as well as themed weekends for mountain bikers, photographers and art lovers. We guarantee that your stay with us will leave you with fond memories that will remain with you for a long time after your stay at Grootfontein and we look forward to meeting you!

Safari: Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve is home to over 150 species of birds, 160 species of trees and a wonderful range of animals including zebra, giraffe, kudu, impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, blue wildebeest, nyala, waterhog and leopard.

Family friendly: Kids love Grootfontein! Get away from cellphones, Facebook...and BOND for a change...you'll thank us by the end of your visit! Sandpit, toys, rock pool...and a whole farm to roam.

Romantic: You have the farm and endless views of pristine bush...just add the candle light (easy, since we are off-the-grid:-)

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Lodge, Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 66
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 16 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.



Stay between 01 Apr 2019 and 30 Nov 2019 and get 20% off. Valid every Mon,Tue,Wed,Thu. .

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Reviews for Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve

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Suzette Buys
28 April 2019

We could not access the property to rough. No one even enquired where we are. We want our money back.Establishment Response: I’m sorry that you felt your car would not get over the gravel road, but we have had all kinds of sedans come in and out of the reserve over the years without problems and my own Citroen C4 is up and down the roads often. It’s definitely a dirt road – we are in a nature reserve - but it is driveable.

Vincent Theunissen
07 April 2019

What a lovely space to rewind and forget about your stresses. Loved it, will be back

Lisa Ackhurst
02 December 2018

Lovely place, open views of the mountains. No electricity, all basic needs covered. With views like that, you dont need more

Rudi Deysel
26 November 2018

WOW WOW WOW! What an amazing hidden gem! We spent the weekend with locals how was just as amazed with the beauty of this place and shocked to not have known of its existence... It truly is an amazing surprise what you walk into. Great experience!

Carol Paetzold
25 September 2018

The facilities are rustic but well catered for a stay in the bush. We loved the paraffin lamps at night and the plunge pool to cool down in the heat of the day. The area is off all main roads so is undisturbed by traffic noise and each lodge if sufficiently far away from each other to make you feel as if you isolated. What a beautiful mix of the bush and the mountains. A truly special place to unwind from the stress of the big city.

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Grootfontein Private Nature Reserve is 15.8km from the centre of Thabazimbi , the nearest airport 75km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling