Our Schoemanskloof Retreat is situated in the beautiful valley of Schoemanskloof in Mpumalanga, South Africa – about a 2 hour drive from the Kruger National Park. This paradise away from the madding crowds lends itself to retreating into nature, recharging tired batteries and reconnecting with the inherent peace we find when spending time in virgin bush. We are fortunate to be in a malaria-free conservancy which boasts a variety of birds, including Knysna Louries, Narina Trogons and Fish Eagles. Wildlife, like Red Duiker and Bushbuck are often seen during walks and the chattering monkeys are a favourite visitor too! Besides the bush, the Retreat is home to a large number of ancient, stone circle ruins which are of great archaeological interest.
The Retreat has 3 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. We are delighted to be able to offer health conscious, home-grown and home-made meals prepared by a chef with international experience which can be delivered to your cottage on a pre-booking basis. The cottages all have great mountain views and are surrounded by indigenous bush. Paths have been cut through the wilderness and one can walk for hours with the mountain, 2 forested gorges, waterfalls and cascades, to explore. The farm roads up and down the mountain are great for mountain biking and walking. You could also pre-book and indulge in therapeutic massages, reflexology and Reiki treatments with the therapist coming to your cottage. Or just relax, read and bird watch.
Imagine starting your retreat getaway with a sumptuous meal, walking into your home away from home. Sit down to an elegantly laid table while you unpack and settle in. We will place your pre-ordered meals in the fridge for your arrival and dinner will be ready for you as you walk through the door. We are also able to accommodate any special dietary requirement including vegan, gluten and lactose intolerance and banting friendly.
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.