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About Schoemanskloof Retreat

The Schoemanskloof Retreat comprises two self-catering guest cottages on Falls Fish Farm (we do goldfish and koi) in the beautiful indigenous valley of Schoemanskloof - The Mountain Pondokkie near the top and Khaya Mandevu at the bottom of the mountain. The Mountain Pondokkie is an old stone cottage, originating from around 1900. It is accessed by vehicles with high clearance only (4x4 in wet weather), but we are happy to shuttle guests up to the cottage from the main gate (about 2km) upon request. Khaya Mandevu near the river below is an old farmhouse, overlooking a dam with a stunning view of the mountain. It is more easily accessed than the Pondokkie but also needs a vehicle with fairly high clearance.
Both cottages can accommodate up to six people in three separate sleeping areas and are ideal getaways for nature lovers and those keen on activities like birding, hiking and mountain biking. At the Pondokkie you may even be joined by our resident feral cat who helps keep the rat and mice population down!

The Pondokkie sleeps six comfortably in one separate downstairs bedroom and two loft rooms upstairs above the lounge – these two sleeping areas are curtained off but privacy is limited so you need to share this with family or good friends. The loft rooms are accessed by steep stairs and guests are required to use these with caution, especially with young children.

There is an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin and loo, and a second with a bath, shower, basin and loo. Linen and towels are provided.

The fully-equipped kitchen has a gas stove and a fridge with freezer space. A wheelbarrow with a grid is provided for braai’s.

Water is provided by a mountain stream which we all happily drink but please bring bottled water if you are worried about tummies not used to it or be prepared to boil the water.

The lounge has a fire-place but no TV and the first lot of firewood is free – thereafter it is available for purchase at R30 per bag. There is also a covered patio with incredible views; ideal for relaxing.

Khaya Mandevu has similar facilities: a bedroom with a queen size bed & bathroom en suite; a 2nd bedroom with a 2nd bathroom with a shower and loo; and a 3rd bedroom with 2 double beds in it. There is also an outside shower and a small dip pool. The fully equipped kitchen has a fridge, gas hob and an electric oven.

Romantic: The Mountain Pondokkie is a secluded getaway, nestled in the indigenous bush with great views over schoemanskloof. Indoor fireplaces and expansive outdoor patios create the perfect romantic setting.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 15
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading
* Please enquire for further details.

Schoemanskloof Retreat Rooms

Reviews for Schoemanskloof Retreat

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Adriaan Klemencic
22 February 2021

The pandokkie a great getaway and the hikes with wonderful waterfalls.

Jessica-Jane Lavelle
20 August 2018

Moutain Pondokkie is an absolute treat for those looking to get away. Set in a beautiful lush garden and the cottage with multiple relaxation spaces and a cosy fireplace is perfect for a restorative weekend. We also loved "Mist" the beautiful grey cat!Establishments response:Thank you so much Jessica for taking the time to review us. I was so pleased to hear that you had a good time and loved our little cat up there, Mia! Thank you again for this booking and for treating our space with respect! All the best

24 October 2016

We had a wonderful stay, quiet, peaceful, awesome mountain biking, good rest and loved the variety of birds in the garden and the resident cat was also very friendly.Establishment response:Dear GaryIt was a great pleasure to have you enjoy our little piece of paradise! We look forward to hosting you again and thanks for the absolutely brilliant photos! Would you be happy if we posted them on our website and or Facebook page?Have a superb week!Dee and Melissa

29 August 2016

Peace and quiet. Primitive but modern. Safe and relaxing. Wild life lots and bird life a plenty. A great place for a romantic weekend.

Wineen Swart, South Africa
05 July 2016

Schoemanskloof Retreat was really a fantastic place to get away to. If you want to get away from the city - this is perfect. Dee was very friendly and helpful and we had all we needed. There are lovely hiking trails and picnic spots around the Mountain Pondokkie. We will definitely be back!

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Schoemanskloof Retreat is 8.2km from the centre of Schoemanskloof , the nearest airport 58.6km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling