Sheltered by enclosing hills, in a natural basin, lies a wonderful bushveld retreat and overnight stop, 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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The Geology of Thabaphaswa


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
Quick links to maps of our MTB trails
How to use a mountain bike grid


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


A farmer caught a leopardess which killed calves on his farm near Mokopane in Limpopo. What he found surprised him. He took this video and released the leopard. The animal is believed to be roaming Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary and neighbouring farms where most farmers practise nature-friendly farming.


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Mobile: 082 389 6631
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  • Travel North on the N1 and go through the Kranskop Tollgate. Continue on the N1 up to the next Toll Gate = Nyl Plaza.

  • Leave the N1 by taking the left gate with the sign “To Mokopane” [ If you need to pay more than R13 you are at the wrong gate and on your way to Polokwane and Zimbabwe]

  • Travel to Mokopane on the R101. Travel through the town on the main street = Thabo Mbeki.

  • As you leave Mokopane on the way to Polokwane you will find the Percy Fyfe road on the left. Travel 11km on that road until you reach a narrow one way bridge over the Rooisloot. [The Percy Fyfe road turns into a dirt road]

  • After you have crossed the bridge you will find our brown tourism sign on the left = Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary.

  • Turn left and travel 3 km on a farm road between game fences until you reach our gate across the road with a sign “Welcome to Thabaphaswa”. [You will pass several gates before you reach our main gate.] This gate is always unlocked.

  • Then follow the signs indicating “Reception” until you reach our Homestead.

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GPS: S24 04.500 E29 04.013
Thabaphaswa the ideal stopover to the North


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


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


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 at Thabaphaswa

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


    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


    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
    Hiking Trail map


    T4A GPS Maps
    T4A GPS Automotive Navigation
    Tracks4Africa Overland Navigator Apps
    T4A GPS Travel Guides
    T4A Africa Map
    T4A Paper maps
    T4A Guide Books
    T4A Nokia App



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    Mokopane (Potgietersrus) accommodation


    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.


    Calf drinking milk at Thabaphaswa

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