The Schoemanskloof Retreat is based on Falls Fish Farm, in the beautiful valley of Schoemanskloof in Mpumalanga, South Africa - about a 2 hour drive from the Kruger National Park. Bought by Harold and Alexander Cort in 1973, it was previously an avocado farm but the crop was quickly changed to ornamental cold water fish, making it probably the oldest goldfish farm in the country, now also branching out into tilapia.
While the fish operations are situated at the bottom of the 184 hectare farm, the rest of the farm is mountain with virgin bush, 2 gorges with running streams and waterfalls, droughts permitting. There are also a large number of ancient, stone circle ruins which are of great archaeological interest. Bird life and other wild life is abundant.
Myron (Alex’s son) and his wife, Dee, are the current owners of this very special farm and they decided some years ago that the farm should be shared with like-minded people. To this end, permission has been obtained to subdivide and they intend to sell only 7 sites in a very small sectional title development to others who are also as keen to protect the environment.
The Retreat has three lovely self-catering cottages, each offering a highly individual experience. The Mountain Pondokkie is near the top of the mountain, the Bakoni Hide-Away is also on the upper slopes, and Khaya Mandevu is near the river and 2 dams below. They all have great mountain views and are surrounded by indigenous bush. Paths have been cut through the bush and one can walk for hours on the mountain.
Nature lovers, birders, mountain bikers, hikers and amblers alike will all get their perfect fix here. And those in need of some serious R&R can just relax in peace, whilst soaking up the magnificent views.
We love meeting our visitors from all over the world and look forward to hosting you on our very special farm!