WELCOME TO THABAPHASWA

Sheltered by enclosing hills, in a natural basin, lies a wonderful bushveld retreat, Thabaphaswa Mountain Retreat.

"Thabaphaswa", in the local dialect, means "the mountain of the black and white bull" - a well-known landmark to the inhabitants and tribes in the area. It describes the coloured patterns of the indigenous Nguni cattle. The Thabaphaswa mountain towers over the adjacent hills.

The network of hiking, mountain biking and 4 X 4 trails, offers the ideal opportunity for nature lovers to discover the variety of game, bird and plant life of the area. The beautiful scenery are complemented by the design of the overnight camps which are camouflaged between the big boulders on the farm which blend into the mountain landscape.
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MOUNTAIN BIKING

mountain biker pointing at Thaba Phaswa

Thabaphaswa has four Mountain Bike trails designed by well-known South African trail designer, Tim Fair
Mountain bike trails
How to use a mountain bike grid

ROCK CLIMBING

Rock climbing at Thaphaswa

The Mountain Club of SA has bolted a 150m rock climb on a granite rock face on Thaba Phaswa (difficulty 17-26).
There are single and multi-pitch sport climbing routes at the sanctuary. NO EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED. A standard sport rack will get you up and down all routes.
Our climbs

CONTACT US

Tel: 015 491 4882
Fax: 086 614 1977
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WHERE IS THABAPHASWA?


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GPS: S24 04.500 E29 04.013

BIRDING

Grey Loerie at Thabaphaswa (Kwevoel)

Nearly 200 bird species have been identified at Thabaphaswa and we are eager for our birdwatchers to identify even more.
Birding at Thabaphaswa

HIKING

Hikers at Thabaphaswa mountain Retreat

A network of hiking trails on Thabaphaswa offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy nature at its best and hikers can plot their own route according to personal preferences.
Hiking trails

RATES

We are proud of our affordable rates. It enables people of all means to enjoy the relaxation and fun of Thabaphaswa.


ACCOMMODATION

Domerock accommodation at Thabaphaswa

Thabaphaswa conceals, in its magnificent natural setting, one of South Africa's best-kept architectural and leisure secrets - an evocative mountain retreat.

Designed by the inimitable Heinrich Kammeyer, the retreat's camps fit into their specific sites as though custom-made - which they were, of course.[ARCHI-technology, June 2007]

The owners' wish to blend nature and the use of natural materials were perfectly executed. Kammeyer understood that the very special quality of the setting demanded a unique architectural vision.

We have 3 bush camps, namely:
  • Dome Rock with 4 seperate units - widely known as the "glass houses" - each sleeping 6 or 7.
  • Kanniedood - a 4x4 mountain hut with a loo with a view, sleeping 14.
  • Bergvy - sleeping 14.

  • Interesting aspects about all these camps are the lapas/braai areas built from stone, and thoughtfully-designed kitchen and ablution facilities, which afford a degree of comfort not usually associated with camping. "The furniture in these spaces - the kitchen sinks, showers and basins - are so well made that it not only functions efficiently, but seems to have a life of its own; sensuous and full of good humour." [ARCHI-tecnology, June 2007]

    Then we also have the Pump House, a self-contained cottage for romantic couples.

    We are proud of our ability to maintain affordable rates.
    Accommodation choices

    CAMPING

    Camping at Thabaphaswa

    The Thabaphaswa campsite can sleep up to 20 people (one or two groups only) but tents must be provided.
    Camping sites

    TRAILING

    Trail running at Thabaphaswa

    The network of hiking, mountain bike and 4x4 trails at and near Thabaphaswa offers a great variety and many choices for trail runners.
    Our trails

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    Mokopane (Potgietersrus) accommodation

    YOUR UNCLE ON THE FARM

    Deon and Ankie Richter of Thabaphaswa offers a true farm holiday for adults and children, and they find pleasure in making their guests feel welcome.

    They are enthusiastically assisted by Johannes and Joseph. Thabaphaswa offers farm stays for individuals, families and groups with special rates for school and religious groups.



    Thabaphaswa Nguni Stud's famous bull, Skopgraaf (Shovel). Watercolour by Esther Prehn

    Experience the famous South African farm hospitality on an operating Nguni stud farm as well as a Pinzyl stud farm.
    Here you will experience cows being milked, cattle being handled and how the daily farm chores get done.

    FARM EXPERIENCE

    Calf drinking milk at Thabaphaswa

    Thabaphaswa is a working farm with Nguni and Pinzyl cattle studs. We gladly entertain special requsts to allow children to experience true farm activities. Tell us about your requests when booking.