Mafube Mountain Retreat Self Catering Fouriesburg

Mafube Mountain Retreat

Self Catering at 8km from Fouriesburg on the Clarens Road (R711), Fouriesburg District, Free State, South Africa. Show on Map

About Mafube Mountain Retreat

Mafube Mountain Retreat is a little slice of heaven. Set in an amphitheatre of colorful sandstone cliffs, with stunning views from every window, it is the perfect place for a bit of soul therapy. It is a wonderful place to clear your head and experience peace and tranquility of unspoiled Africa.

Mafube Mountain Retreat is situated on a 465 hectare farm in the Eastern Free State Highlands which is one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa.. It is a place to escape the crowds and hassles of city life. It is a place to bring the children in the holidays, away from the shopping malls, and the barrage of television and computers. Explore the hiking trails and mountain paths. Visit the waterfalls, pools and caves, bird watch, fish or canoe: or simply unwind, in a place where the silence sings.

We are only a 20 minute drive from the popular tourist village of Clarens, where there are many good restaurants, shops and art galleries. The town also has an 18 hole golf course. We are about half an hour from Golden Gate National Park and only 16 kilometres from the border post of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho’s spectacular Katse Dam is in easy reach and in winter many of our guests take a day to visit Afriski which is only 90km from Fouriesburg.

The Fouriesburg area is well known for its Adventure tourism, including quad biking, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing, 4x4 trails, river rafting and horse riding.

Self Catering Accommodation

We have only three self catering units. This ensures that your stay is peaceful and relaxed. All our units are serviced daily and supplied with high quality bed linen and towels which are changed twice a week. In order to give you a real rest, guests are able to put their dirty dishes outside the units in order to be collected and washed by the staff.

The Contemporary Chalet (sleeps 6)
The Chalet is three bed-roomed and has been built high up against the mountain with wonderful views from every window. It has been designed to be warm in winter, with a wood burning stove for heating, for which we supply the wood in winter. Two sets of French doors open from the veranda into the large open plan living area which has extra long windows on three sides to allow for unimpeded views of the mountains. The lounge area has two large comfortable leather couches and an armchair. There are Venetian blinds on the windows, to allow for sun control without blocking the view.

There is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, with fridge, gas hob, and an electric Solardom convection / microwave oven. Pots, pans, crockery and cutlery and cooking utensils are all supplied. It has its own private braai area.

There are three bright bedrooms. The smallest one has a queen size bed, and the two larger ones have twin beds that can be made up as King size beds for couples. There are built in cupboards in the two larger bedrooms and a chest of drawers in the smallest. The bathroom consists of a large shower, a toilet and a basin. In addition the cottage has a private hot water outdoor shower where you can enjoy the stars with the mountains towering around you!

The Rondawel (sleeps 2 to 5)
The Rondawel is budget friendly, and has a wonderful traditional African ambience with the thatch roof providing insulation from the cold of winter and the heat of summer. It is open plan and is suitable for families or groups of friends where the need for complete privacy is not an issue. There is a spacious open-plan living area on the ground floor consisting of a sleeping area under the loft, with a king size bed as well as a lounge area and a dining / kitchen area.

The kitchenette is equipped with a fridge, electric kettle, cutlery and crockery, a two plate gas hob and small oven / grill, and a microwave oven. Serving dishes and cooking utensils are also supplied. It has its own private braai / bonfire facilities and a small veranda with views of the amphitheatre. The en-suite bathroom consists of a bath / shower, a toilet and a basin.

Accessible by a rustic built in wooden ladder, the loft area has twin beds and a single bed. A sixth bed is optional on the ground floor at an additional cost. In winter we supply a gas heater, an electric oil heater, hot water bottles and extra fluffy blankets to keep you snug and warm.

Garden Unit (sleeps 2 to 3)
This is a small sunny chalet with one bedroom and a lounge dining area with a kitchenette. The kitchenette is fully equipped with a gas hob, a microwave and a bar fridge and all that you need to cook simple meals. It has a bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet. There are twin beds in the bedroom that can be made up as a king size bed for couples and a third single bed in the lounge area. It has its own large verandah and braai facilities and has lovely views to the north and the west. Quality bed linen and towels are provided. In winter we provide two heaters, extra fluffy blankets and hot water bottles to keep you snug and warm.


• We have a spacious Lapa for any special function or gathering
• Table tennis, darts and DStv is available in the Lapa
• Daily servicing of accommodation
• Trampoline and swings for children
• Swimming pool
• Braai / Bonfire facilities

activities and attractions

• Hiking trails
• Nature walks
• Well defined Dinosaur footprints (authenticated by Wits University Paleontological Institute)
• River fishing
• Dam fishing for yellow fish (catch and release)
• Bird watching
• Canoeing on the dam
• Bouldering
• Tubing on the little Caledon River
• Natural game occurs on the property

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Heater(s)
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee

Tonight From
per unit, per night

Contact: Hillary Monson

Tel: +27 (0)84 668-4499
Fax: +27 (0)86 242-0598
Skype: hillary.monson

Physical Address:
Mafube Mountain Retreat, 8km from Fouriesburg on the Clarens Road (R711), Fouriesburg District, Free State, South Africa

Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -28.644388888555557
Longitude: 28.278305554888888

Closest airport(s)
Bethlehem Airport - 50km
Bloemfontein Airport - 250km
OR Tambo International - 320km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 10h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Listed on
February 2012 - 16 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Stunning place if you love nature. Beautiful hiking spot. Lots to see and to walk around. Owners are very generous and friendly. Kids enjoyed it as...

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