Tomjachu Bush Retreat

Tomjachu Bush Retreat

Uitkyk Road Turn off Uitkyk Road at Number 24, Mbombela 1201 South Africa
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to your home in the bush. Tomjachu is an exclusive, family-owned private nature reserve set in over 550 hectares of game fenced mountain bushveld, located within the Crocodile Valley Nature Conservancy. Just 20 minutes from Nelspruit it overlooks the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park and the great Crocodile River valley. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, with family, friends, or your loved one, Tomjachu offers something for everyone. On our trails, tracks and roads you can mountain bike through the bush on easy or challenging routes, hike amongst the abundant plains game and through mountains and valleys, go for a game drive or guided walk with a knowledgeable guide, enjoy a night-sky safari, and try your hand at fishing for bass and bream in our dams. Or simply unwind by the pool, listening to the orchestra of over 265 bird species, as the fresh mountain air trickles up from the valley below.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Horseback riding
Fishing
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Desk
Dining area
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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Uitkyk Road Turn off Uitkyk Road at Number 24, Mbombela 1201 South Africa
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DENNIS E wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the main lodge. It is very well kept with antique style furniture, plush beds, outstanding views, gas lamps, clean swimming pool, stocked firewood with several fire places, exotic animals. Wonderful place to hike or drive to Kruger or relax on the patio sofas or pool and enjoy the view. Excellent staff and meals.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from TomjachuBushRetreat, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 09 Feb 2020
Dear Dennis, Thank you for taking the time to leave us with a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in the Homestead. As you may have read it was originally my grandfather's house, and many of the antiques were collected over the years by my family. He did a great job in choosing a location to build his house with such an amazing view, and i'm so happy to be able to share it with our guests. We hope that you will be able to visit us again in the future. Until then wishing you safe travels. From Jack & The Tomjachu Team
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nhakim270054 wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The property, cottages, and scenery are so beautiful that you don't think it can get any better, but then you meet the staff. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Chefs Flone and Solomon, Abigail, and everyone else who took care of us during our three night stay. They packed picnics for us, served us dinner under the stars, arranged an amazing safari experience, and set me up with a mountain bike to tackle the trails. The meals were so delicious and they were incredibly accommodating to my wife's dietary restrictions. It was the perfect place to unplug and unwind. Sometimes zebras would greet us at our cottage. On our bike ride and hike we saw kudu, giraffe, zebra, ostrich, wildebeest, and impala. It's really spectacular. To the Tomjachu staff: Thank you for being the most memorable part of our honeymoon in SA!
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from TomjachuBushRetreat, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 30 Mar 2020
Dear Nadia, Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Tomjachu as part of your honeymoon trip, and now for taking the time to leave us with a wonderful review. We are delighted that you both enjoyed your time with us, and very flattered that we are the most memorable part of your honeymoon! Thank you! It was our greatest pleasure to have had you to stay, and we hope you will visit us again, perhaps for your anniversary! From Jack and the Tomjachu Team
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ctheun474279 wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I certainly wont book anywhere else when I need to travel to Nelspruit for work. Only 10km out of the city centre, you benefit from all the peace and quiet of the bush, with lodge hospitality, exceptional meals and well appointed rooms, while still being able to spend a 9 to 5 in town. A perfect gateway stop for Kruger trips, and being able to walk on foot with giraffe and buck - what a treat!
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Jack Fillery, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 26 Jun 2022
Dear Candice, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so happy that Tomjachu made your holiday! Wow! Seeing giraffe on foot is such a special experience. Thank you for staying with us, and we hope that you will visit us again in the near future. From the Tomjachu Team
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TonyGreenwood wrote a review May 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We had such high expectations. I must say, on a positive note, the location of this place is spectacular, and the tree is beautiful. Our room was adequate even though we had two singles beds pushed together with the uncomfortable join. The staff were dreadful. It was as if we had taken advantage of a price reduction and should be punished for it! We popped out for dinner one night (didnt trust the cooking of Tomjachu after being served raw pork sausages for breakfast) and returned to a darkened locked up main homestead! You have to ask for anything and everything. Towels are old and small. If you wait outside the kitchen at breakfast no-one offers coffee. I truly do not understand how any seasoned traveller will come away from this overated place happy.
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Date of stay: May 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Jack Fillery, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 05 Aug 2021
Good day, thank you for welcomed feedback, we can only now do better and work on all the points brought to our attention. Hope for your return in the future.
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gillypop wrote a review Sept 2022
yorkshire87 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A beautiful quiet and scenic place to stay. Location is amazing, stunning views and lots of trails to walk or just to relax.
We stayed in Keepers cottage, it was well appointed with loads of space, very comfortable and clean and a great outdoor area complete with braai.
The staff were all very helpful and friendly, the breakfasts and evening meals in the main homestead were all excellent, really enjoyed the pool area too.
It was nice to be able to walk freely surrounded by the various wild animals and numerous birds in such lovely surroundings.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Jack Fillery, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 31 Oct 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us with a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Tomjachu. We agree that walking freely surrounded by animals is a very relaxing way to do a break-away from the busy city! We hope that you will visit us again in the near future. From the Tomjachu Team
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DroomDecor wrote a review Jan 2024
Hengelo, The Netherlands323 contributions151 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a amazing lodge we were speechless by the spectacular surroundings.. We had the Keepers cottage and we loved it. Keepers is a little house with kitchen, living room, separate bedroom, a small bathroom, a veranda with garden and barbecue. A mother and baby zebra passed by our house every day. Tomjachu lodge is located in a beautifully fenced and safe area, where you can walk various hiking trails and encounter zebras, impalas, wilde beast, giraffes. The terrace of Tomjachu, where you can have a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a drink, has a breathtaking view. Abigail ensures that you lack nothing, she awaits you after a day of safari to Kruger National Park with her generous smile and warm welcome. Haysleigh the guide/driver accompanied us to Kruger for 2 days. We really had a fab time. And we would have liked to stay longer, because 4 nights was actually too short. We will definitely come back here in the future, what a fantastic place. Thank you all dear people, especially Abigail, Priscilla and Ross. Until we meet again.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Fiona Middleton wrote a review Jan 2020
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were at Tomjachu in Sept last year and back again on 17 Jan for 2 nights in Bush Cottage. Again, this is a gem of a retreat! Unbelievable service, professionalism and the food is 5 star....not to mention the views. It's a huge advantage to be able to self-cater, eat at The Homestead's top class restaurant or have a meal delivered to your cottage. Fantastic trails through the bush with guaranteed sightings of animals and birds. Thank you once again for special memories. We'll be back for sure.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Bush Cottage, which has 2 bedrooms, is the most private. But all units are lovely.
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Response from TomjachuBushRetreat, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Dear Fiona, Thank you very much for visiting us once again, and for taking the time to leave us with a review. It was a great pleasure to have you back with us at Tomjachu, and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay in Bush Cottage this time. Perhaps on your next visit you should try Keeper's Cottage, then you will have the 'full house' of cottages! We very much look forward to seeing you again, From Jack & The Tomjachu Team
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MariskaBurger wrote a review Dec 2021
Secunda, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can highly recommend Tomjachu to all pet owners wanting to take their furbabies with them on Holiday. The pet-friendly cottage is very isolated, with isolated hiking trails. This was awesome, no need to worry about disturbing other guests. The fenced yard (very secure) is very spacious too, allowing loads of space for play times. Cottage dinners were absolutely amazing!!
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Jack Fillery, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 27 Jun 2022
Dear Mariska, very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is absolutely wonderful to take your fur babies on holiday and they get to experience the bush with you! We very much hope to see you again in the near future, from the Tomjachu Team
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Liezl d wrote a review Sept 2020
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed by Tomjachu and went on the Bush Dinner. What an absolute treat. The people were amazing! My boyfriend is a very fussy eater and they accommodated his fussiness with no hesitation. It was the 1st time he could enjoy the full dinner experience from start to end. Everything was absolutely great. The staff made such an effort. I would highly recommend going there.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Jack Fillery, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 25 Oct 2021
Thank you very much for your kind review, we hope to see you again soon!
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melanielG6468CG wrote a review Oct 2020
Waterfall, South Africa31 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We overnighted here on our way back from Kruger Park to JHB. We hoped for a comfortable night, and were surprised by the magical place called Tomjachu.
The chef impressed us with a meal that would have been appropriate on a fine dining menu. The deep sense of rest and quiet was amazing considering it was just 10 minutes outside Nelspruit.
The cottage was spectacular with special touches like a double shower, hammock and private fire pit.
Our morning walk was the cherry on the top.
Note that the drive in for the last 4km is not appropriate for low cars. Be patient and enjoy the drive!

Yes yes yes!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jack Fillery, Owner at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Responded 13 Apr 2021
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to see you again in the near future, from the Tomjachu team
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Chocolate74 asked a question Apr 2018
London, United Kingdom633 contributions396 helpful votes
HAs anyone stayed here with children. We are thinking of staying with a 9 year old, would it be suitable? thanks
Answer from grhers
Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions
Yes, would be great for a 9 year old. The game is zebra and buck, so quite safe and interesting for a child. Lots of places to go walking and exploring.
rebecca h wrote a tip Feb 2024
Frome, United Kingdom27 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Flying from the UK we flew Heathrow to johannesburg. There is a very simple, inexpensive internal flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit"
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Ruth S wrote a tip Jan 2024
38 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take your time on the road to Tomjachu, it’s worth the climb!"
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Quest36420120438 wrote a tip Jun 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to stay at least 3 days to maximise on the full experience. Make sure to explore the farm on open vehicle for proper African sunset "
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Gemma T wrote a tip Jun 2023
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to book a lapa dinner. It’s magical sitting out on the rock with the team creating a wonderful dinner for you! "
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Danielle M wrote a tip Jun 2023
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The walks are amazing!! And the food at the lodge is delicious… with zebras walking by… pure magic! "
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R 2,000 - R 2,569 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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What are some of the property amenities at Tomjachu Bush Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Tomjachu Bush Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Tomjachu Bush Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Tomjachu Bush Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, Tomjachu Bush Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
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