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Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve

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Portion 3 of farm Kaalbooi 368JT, Waterval Onder 1195 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 21/08/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/08/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Situated 260 km from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven - Nelspruit Road, Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve embraces an enclosed valley of approximately 257 hectares of some of the most beautiful mountain country to be found in the Waterval Boven district. The climate is typical of summer rainfall areas. Winter and summer mean temperatures of between 6c in winter and 34c in summer, can be expected. Nourished by the Joubert Spruit tributary of the Elands River, the natural water supply is fountain fed from the mountain tops and of the highest quality. At no stage during the past 60 years has the stream ever dried up. The Nature Reserve is ecologically contained and home to many species of fauna e.g. Bushbuck, Baboon, Klipspringer, Duiker, Steenbok, Vaal Reedbuck, Vervet Monkeys, Leopard, Genet, Rooikat, Rock Pythons etc. Bird life includes, Black Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, various Kites and Falcon. Rich in natural and South African history, the kloof (gorge) and slopes of the valley once housed President Paul Kruger's Commandos during the period of his escape to exile via Lourenco Marques (Maputo). Circular rock encampments with old Martini Henry rifle shells and enamel mugs used by the Boer soldiers and Scouts are sometimes unearthed on the property.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Lazy river
Breakfast available
Hiking
Water park
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Parking
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Billiards
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Desk
Fireplace
Private balcony
Seating area
Kitchenette
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, German
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magrietbarnard wrote a review May 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
The most beautiful breakaway with breathtaking hiking trails and views! Absolutely stunning cottages with everything you need. Ideal for a romantic getaway! Hosts and staff is friendly and very helpful.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Almari P wrote a review May 2022
Centurion, South Africa2 contributions
We had a "underwater" camping Easter Weekend. The service, and Sam and Warren excellent as always. We will definitely have to have a "do-over" without the rain. Our stand had the best scenery with the backdrop of mountains and the calming of the river flowing in-front of us. A must do for any camper.
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T5160BJmichelles wrote a review Apr 2022
Nelspruit, South Africa2 contributions
What fortune to find such a treasure so close to home. Warren and Sam are wonderful hosts and went out of their way to make Easter weekend amazing for all despite the rain. We will definitely visit them again and recommend Rocky Drift to all our friends
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melissabragge wrote a review Apr 2022
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It was absolutely beautiful. The service and staff were outstanding. They made me feel as if I was part of the rocky drift family. I will definatly be going back again. This time with the family. The hikes are stunning and well kept.
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katrynchvdp wrote a review Mar 2022
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We had a lovely stay here. The hosts were accommodating and friendly. The hikes were beautiful. It is a great way to get away from the city and get some peace and quiet. We will certainly be back very soon!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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hire2022 wrote a review Mar 2022
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what a stunning spot. limited signal so no annoying cell phones do the 10km hike to the water fall - beautiful, and not your regular hike. please add fire pits at the camp sites. quiet and peaceful. Warren and Sam great hosts.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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leond923 wrote a review Feb 2022
Secunda2 contributions
I think this was our 5th time here in about 2 years. And everytime there's something new and something better to experience. There is something to do for everybody all the time. It's lovely to be immersed in a beautiful natural setting, but still having some creature comforts close at hand. The pool is a winner for those hot summer days. Your breakfast & cold beer always seem to hit the right spot! The river right next to your camp is a constant reminder of how lucky you are to be part of this beautiful earth and specifically this spot! Warren & Sam ... you might yet get tired of seeing our faces ...
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Curious07894179161 wrote a review Jan 2022
Gauteng, South Africa3 contributions
We camped at Rocky Drift over Dec/Jan with the most rain ever experienced! Our children were to camp with us from Durban but because of the rain we had to make alternative accommodation arrangements. Both Warren and Sam went out of their way to help us and make our stay wonderful. I cannot recommend their service enough! We will be back. The Dormer Family
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Date of stay: December 2021
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dustin2022 wrote a review Jan 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
If you want that outdoor, bushy adventure then RockyDrift is the place to be! With the beautiful little stream flowing through the reserve brings a sense of peace and the natural feel. Warren & Sam who are very awesome people taking on the business with their own hands and giving a good service. Will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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AngelNkutha1 wrote a review Jan 2022
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We had the best peaceful stay, the river water, the waterfall, OMG what a place of peace and tranquility. The host are friendly and work hard. The restaurant food perfect, the new year's eve dinner was exceptional guys, more grace and favor thank you
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PRICE RANGE
US$25 - US$60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Rockydrift Nature Reserve
LOCATION
South AfricaMpumalangaWaterval Onder
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Nearby attractions include Stone Circle Museum (4.8 km) and Krugerhof Museum (4.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, breakfast buffet, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Stone Circle Museum (4.8 km).