About Zwakala River Retreat
Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a private farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof / Haenertsburg Mountains on the banks of the Broederstroom River – the source of the great Letaba. There is a variety of accommodation including log cabins, an earthy cottage and private campsite to choose from. Our new venue, Mina’s @ Zwakala, created out of the original farm house and shed, overlooking the valley with larges old trees in the garden, is perfect for weddings, events and gatherings.
Fantastic walks and clearly marked cycling routes through forests and private farms in the area. Also trout fishing on the river and in the surrounding area, visits to other establishments such as Wegraakbosch Cheese Farm and the famous Cheerio Gardens just up the road.
Self Catering Accommodation
This is a fully equipped cottage. All you have to bring is your food and swimming towels. Please note there is no electricity but hot water from an old fashioned donkey boiler which is lit by staff each day. Lighting is provided by solar lights, candles and paraffin lamps. There is a gas stove and gas fridge. A cosy fireplace inside for chilly evenings and misty days warms up the whole cottage. There are also braai facilities and a fire place outside for warmer evenings.
The cottage has two rooms and comfortably sleeps four people. Each room has a queen size bed, linen, down duvets and towels provided. The lounge area has a built in couch area that also serves as an extra sleeping area if there is an extra adult or two children.
The Cob House:
A beautiful eco-friendly two bedroomed cottage built from stone and earth using the Cob sustainable building method. The cottage has two bathrooms, one en-suite and one separate. The lounge area has two full sized single mattresses on a built in sleeper.
The Barn House Loft Apartment 1 & 2:
These are identical loft Apartments in the old Barn House. The bedroom upstairs has double bed and a lounge area with a fireplace and a separate bathroom downstairs. the unit opens up onto communal veranda with a fully equipped kitchen on the one end.
Facilities include a hot water open air shower, covered kitchen area, open air fire place, two loos (one flush and one long drop) and open sites on grass for pitching your tents. Located next to the river it can get really chilly in the evenings so bring warm clothes for sitting around the fire. The river is great to swim in so bring swimming costume and towels. It is a private campsite so its yours only for the duration of your stay!
What to bring when camping?
What else to bring: own tent, warm sleeping bags or bedding, own grill and gas cooking apparatus. No electricity but there is solar lights. There are candle holders. There is a large 10 seater table with built in benches and another table in the kitchen area. Please bring own camp chairs.
Children are welcome and will love the river and farm! Children under 12 years stay free at the campsite. We do allow dogs to visit however there must be prior arrangement made with us in this regard.
Weddings and Functions
Minas is our farm venue that can accommodate up to 100 people seated. It is a renovated farm shed and the original farm house from the early 1900’s. It has a charming feel with old stone reveals, a large fireplace, and an old fashioned “stoep” overlooking the valley.
It has a fully equipped kitchen where beautiful menus are created from the freshest ingredients for any occasion and to the client’s specification. The venue has a terraced garden with massive trees and a magnificent view. Mina’s is perfect for weddings, creative gatherings, special occasions or just getting together with a bunch of good friends!
Magoebaskloof Tourism Association