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Pickeld Pig Cottage

 A new addition to our accommodation is the Pickled Pig Cottage  on a neighbouring farm. The cottage is 2 km by road from the Thabaphaswa main gate.

Persons staying in this cottage will have full use of all the trails and  facilities of  Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary.

For more information or bookings on the cute little getaway, please contact our booking office on 0861 5222 62 or


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Hiking Trail


Bushbuck Hills Game Farm is nestled in a series of hills surrounding the North-West town of Swartruggens, a mere 2 hour drive from Gauteng.


At Bushbuck Hills Game Farm, you can come real close to giraffe, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, zebra, gemsbuck, eland, red hartebeest, waterbuck, blesbuck, reedbuck, warthog and all the other small game.


Bushbuck Hills can cater for small to medium size groups and family getaways.



There are different hiking trails at Bushbuck Hills. The trails are a series of loops for local weekend visitors as well as a 2-day fully-fledged hike for hikersTrails vary in length depending on your hiking skills and the combination of trails chosen - from a 2km circle route to an 11km day trial.  The shorter nature trails offers magnificent bird watching and tree spotting opportunities. We offer a strenuous mountain trail with some tough mountain climbing involved and even a chain ladder for the adventurer!  

On day 1 of this trail, hikers can stay in the farmhouse, Huis Kiepersol, and hike to the Marlothi mountain Cabin, with a distance of 9km.  The first part of the trail is through Bushveld and then it follows the mountainous area of the Pilansberg range with undulating hills. The trail heads up in the kloof alongside a flowing mountain stream in a densely vegetated valley.  Here hikers can unwind, relax a bit and refresh themselves in the fountain swimming hole. On the plateau area you will not only find protea groves and real mountain grassland, but also Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Blesbuck, Red Hartebeest and Zebra.  

On day 2 of this trail, hikers go back to the Huis Kiepersol through Bushveld. At the Kudu View Point you will have time to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the farm.  The trail back home stretches out across different areas of this beautiful game farm with more dams suitable for swimming. Hikers can also take the longer trail back which is approximately 11km.

There are different types of self-catering accommodation on the farm. No matter whether you stay at the Wild Olive Cottage, Huis Kiepersol, die Boskamp or Huis Karee, you will be able to start with a hiking trail at any of these accommodation units.   The Marlothi Cabin provides accommodation for most backpackers on the overnight trails.  There is no electricity supply to the hut and you have to stoke the “donkey” for a hot shower!  The mountain cabin has two bedrooms with 6 single beds in each, a communal bathroom with toilet and shower and a small kitchen. You need to bring your own crockery and cutlery.  The mountain cabin can sleep 12 hikers but there is ample space for tents should you require room for a bigger group.

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 Grey Rhebok Hiking Trail


The Grey Rhebok trail is situated between Amersfoort and Piet Retief in the eastern part of the province of Mpumalanga. To reach the trail your best route from Gauteng is to travel along the N17 toll road as far as Ermelo and then take the N11 to Amersfoort. From here you turn left on a sand road towards Piet Retief and then take the Donkerhoek split to the right (about 28km). From here follow the direction boards, first to the left for 3km and then again to the left for a further 8km. The padlocked entrance gate is on the left hand side. Follow the farm track until you reach a sign indicating a parking area. For those with saloon cars, park here and contact the owner by phone and she will arrange to come and meet you. If you have a 4x4 or high clearance bakkie you can precede down the track to the camp (the road is rough and steep and you proceed along it at your own risk.


There are 4 trails on the farm (5 if you count the short 300m stroll around the camp). The longest trail (white, 10km) begins with a steady ascent to the higher reaches of the farm where beautiful views will keep the camera happy. You pass numerous large Tree Ferns on your way to a portion of old indigenous forest that could have easily come out of the “Lord of the Rings”. In this forest you will come across massive Ouhout trees that have trunks that you would have a problem encircling with your arms. Old Man’s beard and terrestrial Orchids go to give that ancient effect especially in misty weather.

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 Goedgedacht Hiking Trail


 Situated 23km north of Lydenburg on the Origstad road


Approximately 350km from Gauteng


The trails are situated on the picturesque farm of Goedgedacht. There are two day trails that radiate form a basecamp which is situated under an enormous River Bushwillow. The trails were planned by Gerhard van Greuning

A wide variety of game is to be found on the farm including Bushpig, Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Eland, Kudu, Leopard, Linx, Bushbuck and Brown Hyena. There are more than 75 bird species recorded in the area and about 80 tree species.

Trail Description

The farm is situated in a valley surrounded by rock krans. The trails have been developed to explore these krans and a neighbouring valley.

Day 1 – 10km

This trail begins by taking you along and then across the Kranskloof stream before taking you past the farmstead and then on a steep ascent to the top of the krans. From here the trail meanders through rocky savana until you descend into a kloof and an old stone house. Here a detour takes you through beautiful riverine forest along a stream to the base of a lovely waterfall. Returning to the old stone house, the trail now takes you on a slow descent, following the side of the valley, overlooking the course of the stream below. The trail now takes you south east eventually returning you back down the mountainside back to basecamp.

Day 2 – 4km

Almost immediately your trail leads you ste eply up the mountainside behind the hiker’s camp. Your path is rocky and through beautiful forest until after about 600m it evens out. After a while of clambering along this rock strewn path you arrive at a picturesque waterfall. Care needs to be taken as the rocks that you pass over at the base of the falls can be slippery and rope has been strategically placed to aid you over this difficult area. Further along the path you come to a fork in the path. The upper path is a cul-de-sac which takes you along the base of the high krans to where magnificent rock figs entwine themselves as they descend the vertical cliff-face. Back to the main path you now descend slowly through beautiful bush back to camp.

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