Gnu Ranch Vaalwater Self-catering Accommodation Waterberg
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  • Guests33
  • Rooms/Units6

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Gnu Ranch is a highly recommended property for self catering in Lephalale for tourists visiting the Waterberg region.

About Gnu Ranch

Gnu Ranch is spread over 2000ha of pristine Waterberg Bushveld, only 2,5 hours from Pretoria near the Mokolo Dam. Our unique Tree Top Cabin, romantic tent-chalet and thatched cottages are located miles apart and booked exclusively for one group at a time. All are self-catering, fully serviced units.


Rock Lodge:
The lodge has two seperate thatched units, built from the surrounding rocks. Each unit has three bedrooms opening onto a private patio all with en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen opening onto a covered deck with a spectacular view and an intimate rock boma to enjoy the music of the bushveld nightlife around a cosy fire. When the game seek shade under the big Marula and Wild Fig trees in the heat of day, the deck surrounding the elevated rock pool is the ideal place to enjoy the sunshine, or relax in the communal lodge around the pool table or DStv.

Tree Top Cabin:
Ideal for a romantic getaway or quality time with family and friends. Built in the branches of a huge Tamboti tree, it surely is the ultimate regarding privacy and uniqueness. The two bedroom cabin has a private swimming pool, intimate fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and a deck overlooking a bird rich wetland. Any birdwatcher's dream!

Luxury Chalet-Type Tent:
The luxury tent is a true bushveld experience. You will never get closer to nature ... in luxury and ultimate privacy! The elevated chalet type tent has a king size bed, air-conditioner, en-suite bathroom, equipped kitchen and cosy braai area. Enjoy the spectacular view from the front deck, equipped with a gas braai and outside shower. (and) spoil your over-worked body in the outside spa bath.


Come and experience the bushveld at its best at Gnu Ranch, Pretoria where the majestic Waterberg meets the beautiful bushveld. Gnu Ranch is spread over 3500ha of savannah, hills, luscious bushveld, grass plains and bird rich wetlands. We strive to make our quests feel at home and enjoy the tranquil setting as if it were their own. Relax and enjoy the diverse wildlife, topography and activities we offer in this malaria free bush paradise with your family, friends or colleagues.


The 3500ha ranch is home to 21 species of plains game like kudu, eland, gemsbuck, hartebeest, zebra, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, reedbuck, bushbuck and blesbuck. When the sun sets over the Waterberg, predators like leopard, cheetah, crocodile and hyena often leave their tracks in the pathways to remind us of their presence. We are also part of the De Wild Cheetah Management Program.

Activities on-site

Game Viewing:
We offer game-drives on a open Land-cruiser seating 10 people, alternatively drive around in your own vehicle at your own time. You will receive a map of the ranch on arrival.

Bring your tackle box and try your luck at Bass, Kurper or Karp in any of our dams, or bring your boat and fish at Mokolo Dam, the biggest dam in Limpopo and a fly-fishing hot spot.

Our vast diversity of topography makes for excellent hikes.

The map provided on arrival will lead you on exiting hiking, 4x4 and bike trials.

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Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Cleaning materials supplied
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Heater(s)
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kitchen (fully equipped)
  • Kitchenette (semi-equipped)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Television (with satellite)

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Housekeeping (periodic)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Tree Top Cabin

The cottage are built high in a huge Tamboti tree with spectacular views over wetlands and mountains. Private swimming pool, fully equipped kitchen and cosy boma. Very intimate, ideal for romantic getaways.

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: not allowed in this room type

Luxury Tents

The chalet-type Tent is very secluded and ideal for a romantic getaway. Firewood is supplied for the intimate fireplace outside near the spa-bath with magnificent views over the Bushveld.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Rock Lodges

The lodge has two individual thatched units, built on a hill with spectacular views. Each unit has three bedrooms opening onto a private patio all with en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen opening onto a covered deck and an intimate rock boma to enjoy the music of the Bushveld nightlife around a cozy fire.

Qty: 2
Sleeps: 9 guests (max 9 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Linen and towels
Daily cleaning
Fire wood

Guest Reviews

9 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

We had a great stay in the tent camp, very secluded and the overall layout was nice. Everything was clean. Beautiful farm.

April 2018

Tiaan Venter (Pretoria)

Verified reviewvery good

Pros:Lovely. Peaceful and quiet. We will go again. Great for braais. Cons: The Tent is aging. One electric blanket did not work. The AirCon did not work on heat setting.

April 2017

C Meadows (Pretoria)

Need to Know

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

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

Payment methods accepted by the propertyEFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since January 2008

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