Old Joes Kaia Schoemanskloof Hotel Accommodation near Nelspruit

Old Joe's Kaia

Hotel at Between Machadodorp and Nelspruit on the N4, Schoemanskloof Valley, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Show on Map

About Old Joe's Kaia

Old Joe’s Kaia is a country haven for the dreamers of a better world. In our Lowveld paradise we delight and nourish our guests with a myriad of nature based activities and vegan cuisine.

Expect fresh and unpolluted mountain air, fabulous scenery, prolific birdsong and a wonderful relaxing, homely atmosphere. Old Joe's Kaia is unpretentious with a lot of character and soul. It offers a unique experience to those who wish to rekindle important friendships, relationships, joy and laughter.

A beautiful labyrinth and garden provide a peaceful space for those who seek solitude and tranquillity. It is furthermore known for its excellent country style cuisine and fabulous wines.

Enjoy a meal at our restaurant The Seedling. The new menu is sure to plant seeds on how to eat with less impact on our planet, and astounds the local manne with its wholesome and delicious alternatives to meat. Come and allow us to spoil you at Old Joe's Kaia.


Accommodation is offered in Rondavels and Kaia Rooms - each has high doses of quirk, love and comfort. Each uniquely appointed en suite room has their own private outdoor area.

Rondavels (thatched huts):
These were the first units built at Old Joe’s Kaia. They are spacious with an organic feel from Africa, and sleep up to 3 people.

Kaia Rooms (“home” in Zulu):
'These semi-detached units are extremely cosy and private. Watch the birds from your own private balcony while sipping your early morning coffee or late afternoon sundowner, overlooking the garden towards the swimming pool.

Log Cabins
These free standing units are high up on stilts in our garden forest. Each one is uniquely appointed, with their own private balconies and ensuite bathrooms. Bird watching is excellent with Paradise Flycatchers and other aerial treasures darting through the vegetation surrounding the cabins.


Old Joe’s Kaia has always been well-known for its excellent cuisine and fabulous wines. Our meals are creative yet wholesome with country flair. Our fast becoming famous restaurant was renamed on the first of February, and is now called The Seedling.

The magic ingredient has stayed the same and Marian heads up the kitchen with renewed passion, flair and a plethora of plant based ingredients to delight and nourish our guests.
Come and experience vegan dining at its best.

Please call ahead to book your table as we are occasionally closed for private functions.
Breakfast: 07h30 – 09h30
Lunch: 12h00 – 14h00
Dinner: 19h00


Spend time at our beautiful garden’s swimming pool, reading and relaxing to your heart’s content.

Walking / Hiking / Birding:
The Schoemanskloof Valley is an absolute paradise for nature lovers. Collect your pre-ordered backpack or picnic basket from reception early in the morning and set off to a cosy spot you have found somewhere in the Valley, or join an organised guided walk with an expert on the fauna and flora of the area.

Horse Riding (30 minutes away):
Enjoy the uniqueness of the Kaapsehoop area on horseback. Walk to the edge of the escarpment and see the largest crater in the southern hemisphere.

National Botanical Gardens:
A haven for birds and and over 650 species of indigenous trees. It boasts the world’s largest man-made rainforest where the 159 ha garden straddles the Crocodile and Nels Rivers. Enjoy your packed picnic from our kitchen on the vast lawns or cosy bench on the river front.

Sudwala Caves:
Visit the oldest known caves in the world. Besides the awesome rock displays the caverns also boast an array of calcium formations, aged but active, anciently and patiently still growing - a must for every visitor to our area.

Panorama Route:
A day outing (Sabie is ¾ of an hour away) up to the God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck and the Potholes, Pilgrims Rest.

Our wellness offering has extended to include yoga, reflexology, massage and inspirational workshops and retreats run on a monthly basis.


Old Joe's Kaia is situated between Machadodorp and Nelspruit on the N4 in the beautiful Schoemanskloof Valley, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls


  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Decorating
  • Disabled equipped
  • Exhibition space
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Parking
  • Standard conf. equipment
  • Team building facilities
  • Wheelchair friendly

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Restaurant / dining room


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Tour assistance

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -25.384871
Longitude: 30.539994

Closest airport(s)
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - 65km
OR Tambo International - 250km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome, baby-sitting services are available on request. Children 6 years and older are welcome in the dining room after 17h00 unless previously arranged.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

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

Listed on SA-Venues.com
December 2001 - 4 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

We chose Old Joe's Kaia for our wedding ceremony and reception being close to family and friends. The venue, decor, ambience and attention to detail were...

Cynthia & Terril Scott, Port Alfred

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