Bermanzi translated means:
"The Mountain where the Water is"
The Bermanzi Mountain Retreat is nestled on the edge of the escarpment between the Mpumalanga towns of Machadodorp, Waterval-Boven and Badplaas situated in the Northern part of the Drakensberg. It is only two and a half hours from Gauteng by car. Accommodation is provided in the 'Stables'. Bermanzi offers you an outdoor experience beyond compare. Breathtaking mountain valleys with indigenous forests and rock pools that can be explored on either the Bermanzi Day Trails (varying in distance between 4km and 12km), or the Oom Paul's 2 Day Backpackers Trail (between 9km and 13km) in collaboration with Five Assegais Estate.
Few places offer the awe inspiring setting that Bermanzi has to offer, and together with the thought and care that the owner has put into the facilities, it has created trails that are sure to be a favourite among hikers and nature lovers for years to come.
The more adventurous can indulge themselves in horse riding, abseiling or rock climbing. The hiking trails are very popular and if one is lucky you might be able to spot some bushbuck or kudu amongst the indigenous, wild forest. Trout fishing can be arranged at a nearby farm on request.
There are many bird species to be seen too. The Stables caters for hikers but is also suitable for other holiday makers, church and youth groups.
Breathtaking mountain valleys with indigenous forests and rock pools can be explored on day trails, returning to the Stables, or on an overnight hiking trail, sleeping the first night in the Stables and the second night in the Aloe Kaya camp on the adjoining Five Assegais Country Estate and then returning to the Stables (or you can start from Five Assegais side and sleep the first night in the Aloe Kaya Camp and the second night in the Stables and then returning to Five Assegais Estate). The trails all enjoy Green Flag Status.
The Bermanzi day trails vary in distance between 4 km and 13 km. They are rich in cultural and historical sites, like genuine Bushman rock art paintings, ancient kraals, as well as sites of the Anglo Boer War. There is plenty of time to cool off in the refreshing waters of one of the many rock pools. It is breathtaking to take in the magnificent sight of the Bankspruit (also known as the Bride's Leap or Uitkoms) Waterfall which is the second highest waterfall in Mpumalanga. It is truly a must see.
· Accommodation for 40 people;
· Rooms with bunk beds (with mattresses);
· Loft with mattresses;
· View over the escarpment;
· Boma with braai facilities;
· Large family kitchen with coal stove, electric stove, refrigerator and pots;
· Ablution facilities have hot and cold showers and flush toilets; and
· Fire wood available at R20.00 a bag.