Paardeplaats Nature Retreat - Lydenburg, Highlands Meander

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Lydenburg, Highlands Meander

Paardeplaats Nature Retreat

Lydenburg, Highlands Meander - Accommodation

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Paardeplaats Nature Retreat in Lydenburg

Remember the pre-1970 Kruger Park ambiance? No commercial noise, no cash registers. The smell of fresh air, wood smoke, paraffin, and creosote. The singing of birds and the cry of the jackal.The laughter of children at play, while you cook a delicious meal on an open fire, and the friendly, helpful staff to escort you on arrival to your comfortable clean room. Add to this stunning escarpment, views and the freedom, peace, quiet, and safety of unspoiled nature, where the children can take Ouma and Oupa for safe, short, nature walks. This is what we like to call “elegant simplicity” and “family therapy” à la Paardeplaats Nature Retreat, on the spectacular Longtom Pass/Route 37. Along the very tracks of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog Jock, lies Paardeplaats Nature Retreat, some 12 km from Lydenburg/Mashishing en route to Sabie.Set high up in the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, at 2000 m above sea level with an annual rainfall of over 1000 mm per annum, this 770 hectare proclaimed nature reserve is a haven for birders, hikers, and serious nature lovers who enjoy elegant simplicity, so different from the city norms.Built on the ruins of an 1870 miners' settlement is the restored 15-sleeper stone dwelling, set in total privacy overlooking a small trout dam, a beautiful valley, and mountains. Hidden amongst trees and the mining terraces are three restored stone units. Each room has a private view with its own unique character with stained glass windows.We have six rooms available, but they can only be booked together as a whole unit. De Waterbrak, Gurneys, Kiepersol, and Jafrie can each accommodate two guests with either twin beds, a queen, or a king-size bed. Oribi can accommodate four guests in four single beds, and Suikerbossie can accommodate three guests in a king-size and a single bed. Please enquire about the rates for longer stays.All six bedrooms are en-suite, with down or wool duvets on all the beds. Meals are prepared in the communal Miners Canteen with a kitchen so well-equipped that even professional chefs comment on it. Wood and gas stoves, two gas fridges and utensils to cater for up to 20 people, guarantee a farm-style cooking experience with most modern conveniences, except a microwave. When weather permits, the outdoor covered cooking hearth and large verandah is the place to relax and braai, soothed by the sound of running water and birdsong.The fly-fisherman could be tempted to catch a trout, casting almost from the verandah, while the Jafrie Walking and Cycling Ramble is ideal family therapy for those who love nature. The not-so-lazy could pack a picnic basket or a rucksack and embark on one of seven different marked walking or mountain biking trails, totaling 25 km, or just amble down to the nearby waterfall.One to six guests per two night weekend R4000. Seven to 12 guests per two night weekend R6000. Long weekend three-night stay, maximum of 15 guests R9000.

Facilities & Activities nearby:

Facilities available at Paardeplaats Nature Retreat,Lydenburg, Highlands Meander

  • Available Next Weekend
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Parking on Premises
  • Wi-Fi
  • Womens Day Weekend
Activities Nearby
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Fly
  • Walking

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GPS Co-Ordinates: 30° 33' 10.3" E / 25° 5' 57.2" S

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Departing: O.R. Tambo International Airport
Address: O.R. Tambo International Airport, O R Tambo Airport Rd, Johannesburg, 1627, South Africa
Distance: 12 m / Duration: 3 hours 10 mins
1.Head northwest0.5 km
2.Keep left at the fork to continue on Exit 46, follow signs for R21 N/City Center/Kempton Park/Pretoria and merge onto R21
Partial toll road
2.8 km
3.Take exit 43 for Voortrekker Road toward Kempton Park/M960.5 km
4.Turn right onto Voortrekker Rd83 m
5.Turn right at the 1st cross street25 m
6.Merge onto R21 via the ramp to R24/Johannesburg/O R Tambo International Airport
Toll road
7.2 km
7.At the interchange 429A-Rietfontein, keep left and follow signs for N12 toward Witbank
Partial toll road
113 km
8.Merge onto N4
Toll road
85.8 km
9.Take the exit toward R330.6 km
10.Keep left at the fork and merge onto R332.9 km
11.Turn right onto Steven Masango St0.3 km
12.Continue onto R54032.0 km
13.Continue onto Lion Cachet St0.5 km
14.Continue onto Hugenoten St1.5 km
15.Continue onto R54052.3 km
16.Turn left onto R362.3 km
17.Turn right onto Voortrekker St/R37
Continue to follow R37
11.6 km
18.Turn left
Restricted usage road
Destination will be on the left
12 m

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OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the busiest airport in South Africa and Africa, with about 17 million passengers coming through every year. Johannesburg International as it was known previously, was renamed in 2006 to honour the memory of Oliver Reginald Tambo, contributor to the liberation of South Africa.

OR Tambo International Airport is 20-minutes away from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Sandton unless you take the gautrain which takes only 15 minutes to get to Sandton.

Reviews for Paardeplaats Nature Retreat

"A jewel of a getaway destination!"

A kind of place where you already plan your next visit as you are leaving.

review by Rosemarie Jacobsz, South Africa

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