From R850 per adult sharing per night
Single Rate: R1000 per adult per night
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, Memphis and Tennessee.
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 Giraffe House. Please note the cell phone connection and quality fluctuates and there are no televisions.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION MAGOEBASKLOOF
Giraffe 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 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.
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 Kudu Chalet is ideal for 2 adults; has an open-plan design, 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.
The large bathroom with shower leads to an outside shower and a little private spa garden. There is a 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.
Communal Outdoor Areas separate the Kudu Chalet and Giraffe House. The well-equipped outdoor kitchen caters for a variety of cooking experiences and is equipped with a pizza oven, braai area, weber and various prep areas; the perfect place for al fresco dining.
* The Kudu Chalet and Giraffe House can be rented separately or as a combined option.
Serapana House is a versatile space created for guest accommodation and to serve as a nursery. The garden is filled with a variety of indigenous water-wise aloes and succulents. A large conversation/fire pit is located in the garden and a small pathway leads through the bush to a pergola with breathtaking views of the Kudu River Valley and the Schnellskop Mountain.
The Impala Studio is an open plan space with queen size bed and an en-suite bathroom with shower. The studio has a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove with oven and fridge/freezer, an intimate dining nook for two and the large veranda faces the garden and conversation pit with the bush as a backdrop.
The Pangolin Studio has two bedrooms with a shared bathroom with shower. Each room is equipped with a queen size bed, writing desk and vanity with hot and cold water, both room have their own verandas with views of the majestic Schnellskop Mountain. The studio has a fully equipped open plan kitchen with a gas stove and oven and a fridge/freezer and a six-seater dining area that overlooks the garden and conversation pit. This studio is suitable for two couples or two singles sharing facilities
The Ginger Lounge adjoins the Pangolin Studio and overlooks the Schnellskop Mountain and the bushveld through glass sliding doors and wraparound veranda. It is suitable as a mediation/Pilates/yoga room or just a relaxation space. The lounge is equipped with a queen sleeper couch and vanity with hot and cold water allowing it to be used as extra sleeping space.
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.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ 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 maggot farms which provides wonderful organic fertilizer or, where suitable, is turned into dog food and 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.