Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven

Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven

Farm 88 Doornhoek Street P.O.Box 91, Emgwenya 1195 South Africa
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4.5
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Acra Retreat **Mountain View Lodge** is THE PERFECT STOPOVER POINT BETWEEN JOHANNESBURG AND THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, after a long flight or for a relaxed & stress free return back home. Positioned on the edge of a cliff, Acra-Retreat is situated on the border of the Elands Krans Nature Reserve which gives you a soothing and most amazing Mountain Panorama. We feature an outdoor pool & children's pool and a Hot-Tub, a trampoline, a basic fitness section, sheltered barbecue facilities and a beautifully manicured garden. We also have a small sheltered, outdoor fitness section, for the basic exercises. Massages and Beauty treatments are possible in the room, at the pool or on the deck. We also have a tranquil massage room. All individually decorated rooms offer a 'private' entrance to the decks / gardens with Mountain Views. Each room is fitted with a TV and satellite/DStv channels. Tea/coffee facilities, heater, safe, hairdryer and (ceiling-) fan(s) are standard. Toiletries, towels and additional pool towels are provided. Of course we also supply the linen, bedding, additional blankets and everything else necessary for a relaxing good night sleep. The rooms are serviced daily! Acra-Retreat Mountain View Lodge has a fully licensed and very well stocked pub. Sundowners & cocktails can be enjoyed on the deck or at the pool. Relax and enjoy in the peace and tranquillity that Acra Retreat offers. A beautiful, scrumptious Three-Course Dinner is served every evening if requested. We will send you our menu after the reservation is confirmed. But we can always also just make you a quick toasted sandwich and side salad for the smaller appetite. And surely you can also use one of our braai (BBQ) facilities. We will support the cutlery, condiments, wood, charcoal or briquettes, firestarters,... Scrumptious dinners are served in the evening but you can also use one of our braai (BBQ) facilities. We will provide the cutlery, condiments, wood, charcoal,.... • Amazing Mountain Panorama • Outdoor pool, children's pool & trampoline, small fitness area • Beautiful sheltered braai area (BBQ area) • Wi-Fi available (surcharge) • *NEW*: Guided Quad-Bike Trails! Enjoy one of our breathtaking routes for beginners and experienced drivers. • Koi pond • Own borehole with regularly tested, clean water • Safe Parking on the property (free) • Malaria Free • English, German, Dutch and Afrikaans spoken • German / South African Management • "Nature Drives" in an open SUV around Waterval Boven with amazing views, historic sites, picnic break,.... Horse riding, mountain climbing, abseiling and spa treatments and more can be arranged. We can send you a list or link with the close by activities and attractions. The hotel is located on the way to the Kruger Park, 2.5 hour's drive from Johannesburg and approximately 2,15 hours from Malelane Gate.
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MATTHEW V wrote a review Aug 2023
4 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The views (as the name suggests) are beautiful from Acra. Despite visiting in the winter, so the pool was a little too cold to jump in, it was still cozy to overlook the sunset/mountains on the terrace until the chill chased us indoors towards the fire. It was fairly quite while we visited, but it was nice to be abel to sit in the dining area long after we finished dinner and play a game undisturbed. The location is a little more isolated then some other places we’ve stayed though you can still fairly easily drive to some local areas to visit. The room we stayed in was spacious and led out onto the terrace with the view we loved, even if the room needed a little love. It was a good place for us to stay on our drive to Kruger from Joburg and if you want to stay a couple extra days there’s a binder with activities to do within the area (like zip lining) to keep you busy. Or you can relax and soak up the nature, up to you.
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Date of stay: July 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Seth C wrote a review Jun 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent Christmas at Acra mountain retreat with the whole family and it was magnifenct! Waking up to the beautiful mountain Vista cannot be topped, at least until breakfast, prepared with love, by the hosts. Norma and Holger are warm and attentive and always have an idea for your next adventure. Abseiling down the waterfall is a breathtaking experience, not to be missed. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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quaddesmark wrote a review Jun 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Acra Retreat in May for a 5-day breakaway with the kids. Not only were Norma and Holger fantastic hosts who catered to our every need, including organising activities, the house itself was warm and inviting. The room was perfect for us and the kids with spectacular views off the deck. The food was also a feast at every meal time! Thank you for making us feel at home on our holiday!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lissa wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Acra is a gorgeous, private, intimate lodge in the most stunning location right there amongst the mountains.

Norma and Holger looked after us like royalty. Their food is amazing and waking up to special German coffee in the morning was a real treat.

The view is outstanding. The peace and tranquility is perfect for a relaxing get away.

Can't wait to go again!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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James wrote a review Jun 2021
Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland)1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A lovely location. Lovely garden. Lovely accommodation situated in a most spectacular position. In town but feels totally out of town. What a view of the mountains. Sunrise and sunset is spectacular. You must stay. The service is good and personal attention is made to your needs.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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raphiborn wrote a review Jan 2020
Berlin, Germany6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night at Acra Retreat. The lodge is very nice with beautiful mountain view. Norma and Holger are lovely hosts and very helpful. The 3-course dinner and the breakfast was fantastic! 10/10 - would crash again! :-)
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Anne-Marie C wrote a review Sept 2023
15 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful experience .. the views, the tranquility ..
I loved the fact that this place was authentic with all it's homely quirks.
Norma, you are a great Hostess, a great cook and I loved hearing your anecdotes!
Holger, thank you so much for advising us to visit the large waterfall (what an adventure!!) and for your adult ice-cream topping suggestion !!
Only regret is .. 1 night wasn't long enough!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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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GourmetGypsies wrote a review Jun 2023
Brussels, Belgium60 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great views in a wonderful location. Simple but comfortable lodge, large rooms, understanding and accommodating host. A really good base for those who want to hike, climb... in this beautiful area. Would stay there again if we go back to the area.
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Date of stay: May 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dreamer53777554024 wrote a review May 2023
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a beautiful setting, with wonderful hospitality from the hosts and delicious food. Sadly, the place is sorely in need of maintenance and looking quite derelict. Such a pity, as it must have once been really a stunning place to stay.
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Date of stay: April 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amanda wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay at this quiet and tranquil little getaway. Lots to see and do in the area and not far from jhb. Service was outstanding and the food served of top quality. Will definitely go back.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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divainafrica asked a question Oct 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
Does the Price include x2 people?
Carine B asked a question Aug 2016
Doha, Qatar1 contribution2 helpful votes
is the michael tellinger museum still open nearby
Answer from lezconnecting
Doncaster, United Kingdom205 contributions87 helpful votes
I don't know as I only stayed one night and didn't really go anywhere.
marije w asked a question Feb 2018
Gorredijk, The Netherlands8 contributions
What are the prices of the activities, such as the archery/shooting and quadriding?
Florian K wrote a tip Dec 2022
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check arge the street for the sign"
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adamschris wrote a tip Sept 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa244 contributions88 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The outside cottage was comfortable"
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James N wrote a tip Aug 2019
43 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Secret Room has an awkward door to access the room. But the rooms all seem private."
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Shmul K wrote a tip Dec 2017
Shlomi, Israel49 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Family room is perfect"
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Tay K wrote a tip Jul 2017
3 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"None of them."
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,083 - R 1,229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
acra retreat - mountain view lodge - waterval boven hotel waterval boven
LOCATION
South AfricaMpumalangaEmgwenya
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven
Which popular attractions are close to Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven?
Nearby attractions include Tegwaan Country Getaway Hiking Trails (1.4 km), Stone Circle Museum (1.7 km), and Mountain Biking At Tranquilitas Farm (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve, Stone Circle Country Kitchen, and Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Stone Circle Museum (1.7 km).
Does Acra Retreat - Mountain View Lodge - Waterval Boven have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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