Mountain Sanctuary Park
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Candicedj85
Johannesburg, South Africa102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Enjoyed the stay here very much. The hikes take you on beautiful routes and there are many awesome view points. We were lucky enough to spot some animals such as monkeys and hares. We didn't try the restaurant on site as there were no vegan/vegetarian options. The log cabins do get uncomfortably and ridiculously hot in the summer months though, one finds little relief from the fans provided. Maybe screens on the windows could be installed so one can open windows without having insects coming in at night... Apart from that, the cabins have the necessities and are clean.
Written 21 January 2020
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G T
Hong Kong, China72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Cosy Hut
Basic, fairly comfortable. Have to take your own bedding etc.
Midweek stay - no one in the park. Quiet and peaceful.
Water was scarce, so the "falls" etc were not flowing more than a trickle.
Not much to do other than a few walks. Probably limit stay to two or three nights max.
Shared bathrooms are clean, but could do with some maintenance.
Per-person rates are steep for the type of accomodation.
NB Be sure to close up windows and doors securely, otherwise the baboons will ransack your place.
Don't believe the "1 hour from JNB" story. It's a good 2 - 2.5 hours.
Written 11 November 2021
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Guide55258940681
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
It is an absolutely beautiful spot, with unprecedented natural scenery. However the camp is overrun by monkeys and a few baboons, that is allowed to do whatever they want. Thus you have to almost stand guard all day to prevent these vagrants from eating/destroying all your supplies. Pitty... The dirt road are also a bit of a challenge if your car is low, or if you are pulling a caravan.
Written 2 April 2024
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HenriCloete
Trondheim, Norway223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We had a wonderful time visiting Mountain Sanctuary Park for the first time. Our cabin had a wonderful view down to the valley and in general the camp was very peaceful and quiet, although we visited just before the peak summer holiday season. There is a number of options for short hikes around the camp, most with a lovely natural mountain pool to swim in. Highlights were hiking through the veld, without marked trails, from Perdewater Grotto to the West Pools and exploring up the ravine from West Pools. The Stacombs restaurant was also a treat to visit, with nice food and friendly service. We will definitely be back.
Written 28 January 2023
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Kirsty
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
I’ve been going to Mountain Sanctuary Park for 40 years on and off. The camping facilities are clean and well laid out. Each designated campsite has shade and is mostly grassed. The scenery is spectacular and the hikes well worth the time. Swimming in the west pools are a must as the river is crisp and clean. The welcoming rangers are really friendly and accommodating. Thank you for another great weekend!
Written 11 April 2021
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Fatima0311
Johannesburg1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
On returning from the slide pools ( a mere 2 km away from the reception area) we were ambushed by three men, armed with knives. We were a vulnerable group consisting of four toddlers, three women and my husband, thus we opted for the shortest trek to and from the pools. On arriving back at the reception we were given no aid or comfort after the ordeal. The staff simply laughed and asked what was taken, as if they were part of this sindicate. There was no security to be seen. We telephoncally contacted the owner of the park to let him know, and he was very arrogant and unhelpful saying that the park is too big for him to secure and personal security was not his problem. I do think that a security officer should be housed at random heights within your trails or at least patrolling your short trails that are often used by families with children. We lost some money and a few cell phones, but most of all, we lost our love for the outdoors due to this incident. The kids are still very traumatised. I noticed two other similar incidents have been published since December 2014. So, clearly, security is an issue with this park and it needs to be taken seriously by the owner!

heights within your trails or at least patrolling your short trails that are often used by famillies with children. We lost some cash and cell phones, but most of all we lost our love for the outdoors. Traumatised kids. I noticed two other similar reports published since december 2014. Obviously, its time to start taking this seriously, as you most definitely have a safety issue at your park!
Written 12 January 2015
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Pamela-Ann B
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
Me and a few friends were there on Friday, to catch up as two of them were visiting from London. We were 10 people all together, just enjoying each others company, we were doing nothing more than just talking to one another. In fairness, we had not read the rules and regulations of the park and were unaware of the 'strictly no noise' policy they have there. That said, were not screaming, shouting or being disorderly in any manner and when one of the park guests asked us to put our music off, we did. After that, reception and security came to ask us to keep it down..which we thought we were doing, and thus continued to do, when another guest came over to us, started calling us names and saying we were rude and inconsiderate. We were quite shocked that people were reacting to us in this way, because as we saw it we were just talking to each other and when a complaint or request reached us we tried to comply. After that the owner came over, he never identified himself and had no desire to hear our side of the story or investigate the matter further, he was very rude to us and totally unreasonable and made us feel like criminals and the scum of the earth. He threatened to call the cops on us, if we didn't pack up our stuff and leave (it was 2am)...and even though we were, he still called the cops and had us escorted off the property. He didn't care that we had been drinking and were over the legal limit to drive. I believe the situation could have been avoided if he just talked to us with respect and at least tried to hear our side of the story. I will never go back there, it is not the sort of place to go if you want to have fun and the owners don't know how to treat their guests or handle such situations...I would know, I am a manager at a 5 star property and we don't even treat problem guests in such a disgusting manner. I will never recommend this place to anyone except to tell them how me and my friends were treated.
Written 18 November 2013
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Stanley S
Midrand, South Africa11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
A few friends and i went camping for 2 nights with the intention of celebrating New Years Eve together however on the eve before a young couple and their daughter were assualted in their tent by two perpetrators. This scum of the earth cut a opening in the side of the tent and bashed a rock into the skull of the male whilst sleeping, the female occupant started screaming and this is what ran the perpetrators off. The entire campsite awoke from her screams and hardly slept after that. In the morning we decided to cancel the remainder of our trip and return to our own homes.

The management of the facility advised that the incident was classed a petty crime, when someones head got bashed in, and we should of heeded the notice posted at reception, i came in late and missed sign in at reception thus they'll probably claim i wasn't registered as a visitor.

When our group requested a refund for the 2nd night this was refused, forget about the inconvenience caused to us to now return home with all the food etc that had been bought for the group and having to make last minute plans for new years.

So if you're planning to stay overnight, be aware it is not safe. They definately will never see me again.
Written 3 January 2019
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What a terrible new years indeed. Crime in this country affects everyone deeply and we take every incident seriously. We too are deeply concerned by what happened and are working closely with the police and community to bring as you said scum of the earth to justice. We are sorry you felt unsafe even though we doubled our security to the point where a guests who was directly affected, as you were Not by the incident chose to stay and had a great time. Mountain Sanctuary Park is very special to over four generations of people and we are fighting to keep it safe and secure for future generations, so anyone reading this please bear that in mind.
Written 7 January 2019
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Yusuf K
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015
My niece and 3 friends with 5 kids between aged between 2 and 7 were walking from the pools on the weekend and were robbed by 3 men wielding knives. Even worse, staff laughed at them when asked for help. On calling the manager/owner, his response was that he ran a business and could not bother with personal security.
Written 9 January 2015
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0VanR
Johannern1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
We visited mountain sanctuary for the day on a Saturday. On our way back from a lovely hike we were attacked by 3 males with knives and panga's. They took money from those who had and the shoes off our feet! Luckily no one was hurt and we managed to keep phones! On the way back we weren't sure where we were so we called to park to report it they assisted us in getting back and refunded our entrance fee. BUT we were told that the rangers were off on weekends and security took quite some time to arrive. This is shocking for a park with so much to offer- all except the safety and security of their visitors!! Be carefull and ladies don't go hiking with out a man.
Written 21 December 2014
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