About Five Assegais Country Estate
Five Assegais Country Estate is a 1500ha nature conservancy situated in the Mpumalanga highlands between Machadodorp and Badplaas. It is three hours from Johannesburg, halfway to the Kruger National Park from Johannesburg. The estate offers a variety of one and two day hiking trails and excellent trout fishing.
Five Assegais is ideally situated to explore the surrounding area and is an easy drive to Waterval Boven, Pilgrims Rest, Lydenburg, the Sudwala Caves, Dullstroom, Belfast and Swaziland, and is only 300km from Maputo.
The Fishing Lodge is a luxury, very private, historic, stone country house with all the amenities. This home away from home has four double bedrooms (one room is twin) that sleeps 8 people. The house has an open plan dinning, sitting room and kitchen area leading onto a patio with braai and Jacuzzi overlooking the dam with views all the way to Swaziland.
The kitchen is fully equipped with gas stove and oven, microwave, and fridges. The very comfortably appointed sitting room has DSTV, library and a fireplace (we supply the wood).
The romantic bedrooms have very comfortable queen size beds with fine natural cotton duvets and sheets, en-suite bathrooms with shower and bath. The beds are equipped with extras throws and electric blankets; we also supply pure olive oil based soaps hand made on the estate and soft fluffy towels.
Breakfast and Dining
A filling full English country breakfast to give hikers energy for the trail. Fruit salad, cereals, bacon, eggs, baked beans and grilled tomato.
Self-catering and catered options are available. Catered includes breakfast and dinner. We serve hearty country-fare based on a fixed menu that is sourced from local suppliers where possible.
Fishing on our four well-stocked dams will challenge and offer good sport to any level of fisherman. One crafty fisherman caught a 2.8kg brownie recently. Barbless hooks only. Catch-and-release.
The estate is a functioning African farm which is home to a stud herd of indigenous African N’guni cattle. We are in the process of re-introducing many of the wild animals that used to live in this area from wildebeest to mountain rhebuck, and klipspringers.
For the last 15 years we have been fighting a war on alien vegetation. We are now home to over 109 different species of trees, a selection of game (wildebeest, mountain rhebuck, blessbokke and zebras), and plenty of birding opportunities. As a result of clearing wattle and blue gum fresh springs and waterfalls have sprung to life.
The estate is also a walker’s paradise, situated on the lip of the great African escarpment with spectacular waterfalls and sweeping views over the Komati valley over the Bankspruit Gorge that is crowned by the Uitkomste Falls, the second highest waterfall in Mpumalanga. There is a selection of one and two day hiking trails to be enjoyed.
attractions & activities
The estate is just an hour’s drive from one of South Africa’s most spectacular game parks, Songimvilla, a 60 thousand hectare game reserve which boasts not only wonderful landscapes deep in the Drakensberg but also the big four (no lion). Badplaas - just 20 minutes away - features a world famous spa and natural volcanic heated spring waters, game viewing on horse back and several restaurants.
Our nearest town Machadodorp is a historic village that was the capital of the Free Republics for a few months when President Kruger transferred his government and the Mint here after the Boers had been driven from Pretoria. Here the last major battles of the Boer war were fought, at Dalmanathua and Berg-en-Dal after which the war became the first great guerrilla conflict.