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About Paardeplaats Nature Retreat

Remember the pre-1970 Kruger Park ambiance? No commercial noise, no cash registers. The smell of fresh air, wood smoke, paraffin, and creosote. The singing of birds and the cry of the jackal.The laughter of children at play, while you cook a delicious meal on an open fire, and the friendly, helpful staff to escort you on arrival to your comfortable clean room. Add to this stunning escarpment, views and the freedom, peace, quiet, and safety of unspoiled nature, where the children can take Ouma and Oupa for safe, short, nature walks. This is what we like to call “elegant simplicity” and “family therapy” à la Paardeplaats Nature Retreat, on the spectacular Longtom Pass/Route 37. Along the very tracks of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog Jock, lies Paardeplaats Nature Retreat, some 12 km from Lydenburg/Mashishing en route to Sabie.Set high up in the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, at 2000 m above sea level with an annual rainfall of over 1000 mm per annum, this 770 hectare proclaimed nature reserve is a haven for birders, hikers, and serious nature lovers who enjoy elegant simplicity, so different from the city norms.Built on the ruins of an 1870 miners' settlement is the restored 15-sleeper stone dwelling, set in total privacy overlooking a small trout dam, a beautiful valley, and mountains. Hidden amongst trees and the mining terraces are three restored stone units. Each room has a private view with its own unique character with stained glass windows.We have six rooms available, but they can only be booked together as a whole unit. De Waterbrak, Gurneys, Kiepersol, and Jafrie can each accommodate two guests with either twin beds, a queen, or a king-size bed. Oribi can accommodate four guests in four single beds, and Suikerbossie can accommodate three guests in a king-size and a single bed. Please enquire about the rates for longer stays.All six bedrooms are en-suite, with down or wool duvets on all the beds. Meals are prepared in the communal Miners Canteen with a kitchen so well-equipped that even professional chefs comment on it. Wood and gas stoves, two gas fridges and utensils to cater for up to 20 people, guarantee a farm-style cooking experience with most modern conveniences, except a microwave. When weather permits, the outdoor covered cooking hearth and large verandah is the place to relax and braai, soothed by the sound of running water and birdsong.The fly-fisherman could be tempted to catch a trout, casting almost from the verandah, while the Jafrie Walking and Cycling Ramble is ideal family therapy for those who love nature. The not-so-lazy could pack a picnic basket or a rucksack and embark on one of seven different marked walking or mountain biking trails, totaling 25 km, or just amble down to the nearby waterfall.One to six guests per two night weekend R4000. Seven to 12 guests per two night weekend R6000. Long weekend three-night stay, maximum of 15 guests R9000.

Family friendly: Paardeplaats is essentially a venue for families and or a group of friends.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 3 Reviews


  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Swati (siSwati)

Important Information

On weekdays, price per person, single or sharing.
On weekends or holidays, minimum of four adults required for stays.

Availability and pricing

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  • Queen en suite Queen en suite Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering A double room, named after the sugar bird, has a queen size bed, and en-suite with large bath. Ample supply of hot water... see more
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      • Queen off suite Queen off suite Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering
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          • Lux Fam 3p Lux Fam 3p Sleeps 3 Includes: Self-catering At the miner's stamp mill, a large family room with king size bed, single bed, pull out bed, and en-suite with shower.Pa... see more
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              • Fam 4bed Fam 4bed Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Large family room with magnificient view and private stoep. 4 x Single extra length beds, pull-out kiddies bed, and en-s... see more
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                  Reviews for Paardeplaats Nature Retreat

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                  Steve Calder, South Africa
                  17 June 2014

                  Our stay over the long weekend was a very enjoyable experience. The personal attention from Lucas and the owners made us feel like royalty. Even though the amenities are rustic it was a great experience.

                  Rosemarie Jacobsz, South Africa
                  02 July 2012

                  A kind of place where you already plan your next visit as you are leaving.

                  Marinus Lindhout, South Africa
                  07 September 2011

                  Paardeplaats was exactly what was advertised on the internet. All the guys enjoyed it very much. We will definitively recommend your place to other people.

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                  Paardeplaats Nature Retreat is 11.5km from the centre of Lydenburg , the nearest airport 68.5km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling