ELEGANT OFF THE GRID ECO RETREAT
Check in: 14:00 ; Check out: 10:00
From R750-R950 per adult sharing per night
Single rate: R1100-R1400 per adult per nightCheck Availability & Book Online
Nested in the northern tip of the Drakensberg in Limpopo Province, the Graceland Eco Retreat offers guests an opportunity to enjoy a unique kind of Bushveld. Bordering on the forests and plantations of Magoebaskloof and the Woodbush Forest Reserve, the 85 hectare Eco Reserve is set in a relaxed environment and an almost untouched, scenic landscape. The retreat overlooks the Kudu River Valley with views all the way to Mooketsi and the mountain range beyond.
Graceland Eco Retreat is an ideal destination for hiking and birding enthusiasts. You may even catch a glimpse of some Kudu, Impala, Klipspringer and Waterbuck whilst hiking, enjoying your morning coffee or sundowners on one of the terraces, pergolas or at the splash pool with a view of the valley. Also enjoy small game viewing including their much loved giraffes, Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie and Memphis.
Graceland is 100% off-the-grid and uses solar power for all lights and geysers without compromising on creature comforts. Solar powered batteries are available to charge cell phones & tablets, and 24 hour Wi-Fi connection is available in the main house. Please note the cell phone connection and quality fluctuates and there are no televisions.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION MAGOEBASKLOOF
The Kudu Chalet links to the main building by a large outdoor kitchen & dining area and is ideal for 2 adults. The chalet has an open-plan design and all the terraces, decks & shaded pergolas offer breath-taking views of different parts of the valley.
The bedroom (queen sized bed) overlooks the valley through sliding doors that lead out onto a private furnished terrace which has a clear view of the look-out point. A built-in wardrobe acts as a divider between the queen room and another open-plan room with a double bed if required. The large bathroom with shower leads to an outside shower and a small spa garden. The fully-equipped kitchenette with breakfast nook comes with a gas stove with oven & gas refrigerator with freezer.
Keep cosy and warm by the fireplace during cold evenings and cool off in the splash pool on those hot summers days by the communal outdoor lounge space shaded by an old Common Fig Tree.
The chalet is located next to the open-air kitchen which caters for a variety of cooking experiences, equipped with a braai area, weber, pizza oven and various prep areas. Cooking accessories are provided to make your experience all the more eventful.
The Graceland Main House caters for up to 4 people; also available for a larger group if booked in combination with the Kudu Chalet.
The large master bedroom has a queen bed, an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a view of the valley. The room has two fold-away glass doors leading out to the patio and splash pool. The 2nd room has a queen size bed, a private bathroom and shower across the passage.
The kitchen is equipped with a gas stove oven, a gas refrigerator & freezer and a variety of modern and traditional cooking utensils. The indoor dining area caters for 6 people and has sliding doors leading out to the herb garden, which guests are more than welcome to use for cooking.
The large lounge area has an open fireplace and sliding doors that leads to the outdoor lounge, outdoor kitchen and pool area. The upstairs lounge area has fold away glass doors leading out to a deck that overlooks the Kudu River Valley.Check Availability & Book Online
ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
The retreat is ideal for hiking, bird watching and animal spotting. As no predators are found on the farm, the Giraffe, Impala, Waterbuck, Kudu and Klipspringers can be viewed in a relaxed setting which makes the hiking all the more exciting. There are demarcated hiking trails and natural trails made by the animals to explore.
A favourite spot is Look-Out Point which has a 180 degree view of the valley and makes it an ideal spot for a picnic or sundowners. The road leading to Look-Out Point requires a high rise 4X4 but is easily accessible on foot.
The area around Graceland offers many different activities and points of interest. Nearby activities include trout and bass fishing, mountain biking, hiking and zip lining. Magoebaskloof, Haenertsburg and the surrounding area is well known for its natural beauty and regular festivals that celebrate the work of local artists, crafters and locally produced products.
Graceland Eco Retreat forms part of the Kudu ?s River Valley Slackpacking trail together with Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge, a well-known birding and hiking destination in South Africa. Slackpacking means you can take it all in your own stride, hike or rest as much as needed. Your luggage will be transported between the two Eco Lodges; so no heavy bags to carry around! Hike through ancient indigenous forest and experience what is home to a large variety of beautiful animals, unique birdlife and flora. You`ll also get to visit the giant common cabbage tree listed in the book of champion trees of South Africa!
Meals are available on request.
With open pools and dams, game and a rocky environment, facilities at Graceland Eco Reserve are not child safe; persons are welcomed from the age of 16 at adult rates.
GRACELAND ECO RETREAT: GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Recycling, Green cleaning, Water Wise practices, Sustainable energy acumen.
Graceland Eco Retreat avoids creating unnecessary waste, has recycling practices in place and also upcycle. Material from other buildings are reused in the construction of new buildings, and tin cans are given to young artists in Venda who turn this material into art and jewellery. Food waste is composted in worm farms which provides wonderful organic fertilizer or, where suitable, is turned into dog food and is given to animals from the local township.
Water is a precious resource and is used wisely at Graceland Eco Retreat. They harvest rain water, use grey water for the garden and have a water circulation system via the pool to the watering troughs for animals. Naturally, the property is cleaned using environmentally friendly products.
Graceland is 100% off the grid and uses solar power for all lights and geysers, and has gas stoves and refrigerators. Solar powered batteries are available to charge cell phones and tablets. The new building design also aims to make use of natural lighting in the room and the roofs were angled in the best position for the solar panels.Check Availability & Book Online