Sheltered by its enclosing hills, in a natural basin and a wonderful bushveld retreat. The landscape within which the Thabaphaswa hiking and mountain bike trail lies, is reminiscent of the Motopo hills further north. "Thabaphaswa" means in the local dialect, "the black and white mountain" - a well known landmark to all the local inhabitants and tribes of the area. It describes the colouring patterns of the indigenous Nguni animals. The Thabaphaswa mountain towers over the adjacent hills. The network of hiking trails offers the ideal opportunity for nature lovers to discover the variety of game, bird and plant-life of this area. The beautiful scenery has been complemented by the design of the overnight camps which are camouflaged between the big boulders on the farm which blend into the landscape.
Located on the Percy Fyfe road, 16 km north of Mokopane/Potgietersrus near main routes to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Northern Kruger Park and Mozambique.
- 24º05’48”S ; 29º03’40”E
- 60 per night
· A SAHTOA accredited (easy to average) network of hiking and mountain bike trails offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. Visitors can plot their own route according to personal preferences.
· Quad bikes and 4x4 vehicles may utilize routes on the neighbouring farm and surrounds.
· The Mountain Club of SA has bolted a 150m rock climb on a granite rock face (difficulty 17-26). A few easier climbs and abseiling are also available. NO EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED. It is advisable to start early and carry plenty of water in summer.
· Bird enthusiasts will not be disappointed especially during the summer months. This establishment has gained accredited “Birder Friendly” status and forms part of the Greater Limpopo (Capricorn-Letaba) Birding Route. It is also situated very close to the Waterberg-Nylsvley Birding Route. A guide is available for outings to various nature reserves, vulture restaurants, the Nyl river flood-plain and the local Biodiversity Conservation Centre where one can learn more about their Redbilled Oxpecker Project.
· For the plant/tree lover, Thabaphaswa is enthralling with a large variety of species growing at different altitudes.
· Visits can be arranged to the MAKAPANS VALLEY WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
Dome Rock Camp:
- Huilboerboon (3 rooms sleeps 2+3+2), Red Ivory (2 rooms sleeps 4+3)
- Maroela and Kiepersol (both 2 rooms sleeping 4 + 2)
- The entire camp can accommodate 26 people
- Please note that some of the beds are bunk beds.
All units have a separate braai and washing up area.
They are equipped with braai grid, pots, pans, kettle, two-plate gas stove with gas la
mp & paraffin lamps. Bring your own cooking and eating utensils. A communal fridge is a useful addition, however space is limited when the camp is full.A "cuddle puddle" built below the dam wall is an added novelty and a pleasant place to "chill out" in hot weather.
3 toilets and 3 showers
The separate showers are heated by an old-fashioned wood fired "donkey" and are surrounded by reeds, but open to the sky. The flush toilets (with a VERY SENSITIVE SEPTIC TANK system) are affectionately referred to as "loos with views".
A triple storey, reed-enclosed stilt shelter built amongst Commiphora (Kanniedood) trees high up on a steep rock face. The first deck contains bunk beds and mattresses with sleeping place for 14 people. The space between the stilts forms an open air kitchen alongside a communal braai area.
1 shower and 1 toilet are open air and surrounded by reeds. Access to the camp can only be achieved by 4x4 followed by a short, steep climb carrying food and luggage. There is no fridge therefore it is advisable to bring your own good quality cooler box. A braai grid, pots, pans, a kettle, two-plate gas stove and lamps are provided. Bring your own cooking and eating utensils
Once again ablution facilities (1 shower and 1 toilet) are open air and surrounded by reeds.
Fig Tree (Bergvy) camp:
16 people on 8 bunk beds with thick mattresses. It consists of a lockable reed shelter with a corrugated iron roof adjacent to a communal braai area. Basic kitchen equipment is provided but there is no fridge.
Bring your own cooking and eating utensils.
2 reed enclosed showers and 2 toilets are situated approximately 100m away at the Thabaphaswa campsite.
A charming, thatch,fully self-contained cottage /honeymoon suite situated next to the cattle kraal. An antique, brass double bed (linen provided), freestanding Victorian bathtub, candles and paraffin lamps provide the perfect setting in which to enjoy nature.
Camping at Thabaphaswa:
The campsite can sleep up to 20 people (one or two groups only) but tents must be provided. A farm-style reservoir provides welcome relief from the intense summer heat.
5 Additional camp sites:
· Blinblaar-wag-n- bietjie (with braai area and washing up facility)
· Doppruim; (with braai area and washing up facility)
· Rosyntjiebos (with braai area and washing up facility)
· Mispel & Moepel sites (these two sites make use of facilities at Rosyntjiebos site)
· All the sites are situated underneath beautiful trees that offer sufficient shade for 2 – 4 4x4 vehicles with rooftop tents
· Additional flush toilet at the sites, hot water showers at Thabaphaswa camp site. Alternatively visitors can arrange for camp showers to be supplied.
· Visitors must provide their OWN FIREWOOD. Limited amounts are available for sale at the homestead/reception.
· There is NO ELECTRICITY at the camps. Lighting is provided by paraffin lamps. The homestead runs on generator and batteries. Bring your TORCH.
· There is little or NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION at the camps.
· Bird, tree and other species lists are available at reception.
· Hiking: groups of min 6 people per backpacking hiking group please. If groups are smaller, accommodation at Kanniedood can not be used and hikers will be accommodated in Dome Rock, Bergvy or at tent sites
- Malaria free, BUT bring insect repellant. Mosquitoes and ticks can be a problem.