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Mafube Mountain Retreat

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Address: 8km from Fouriesburg
On the Clarens Road (R711)
Fouriesburg
Free State
South Africa

Self Catering Guest Farm Accommodation

Beautifully positioned in a semi-circle of mountains and surrounded by a wonderful wilderness area and with unimpeded views from every window, Mafube Mountain Retreat is a hiker's and nature lover's paradise. It is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, a family reunion, or a group holiday or retreat.

Leave the rat race behind for a while and come and reconnect with your inner spirit as you marvel at God's unspoiled and spectacular creation.

Explore the hiking trails and mountain paths. Take a walk back in time and stand where dinosaurs once roamed, leaving their footprints behind as evidence!

Visit the waterfalls and caves, bird watch, fish or canoe or simply unwind, in a place where the silence sings.

Clarens with its wonderful restaurants, shops, and art galleries and its 18 hole golf course is only a 20 minute drive away. We are 30 minutes drive from the Golden Gate National Park and only 16 kilometers away from the border post of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

We have several options of Self Catering Accommodation:

  • The Contemporary Chalet

This cottage is a fully self contained architect designed chalet that sleeps 4 adults and 2 children.
It is specially designed to be warm in winter and has a closed combustion wood stove in the living room for cosy winter getaways.

It is fully equipped with a large open plan kitchen/ dining and lounge area. The kitchenette is fully equipped with a Solardom convection oven/microwave, a 4 plate gas hob, and a fridge.
It has three bedrooms. The smallest bedroom has a queen size bed, and the larger two have twin beds that can be made up as king size for couples. Luxurious percale bed linen is provided.

It has a shower, toilet and basin in the bathroom as well as a private outside shower where you can enjoy the stars with the mountains towering around you.

It has its own verandah and private braai area and the most stunning views from almost every window.

  • The Thatched Rondawel

This large, unit has a loft area and an en suite bathroom and sleeps up to 5. It is open plan so is suited to families or singles where the need for complete privacy is not an issue.

There is a spacious open-plan living and sleeping area on the ground level, with a king size bed, as well as a dining and a sitting area. It has a fully equipped kitchenette with a two plate gas hob, a microwave, a large fridge and a small oven.

Accessible by a rustic built in wooden ladder, the loft area has twin beds and a single bed. An extra bed downstairs is optional at an additional cost.

Bed linen and towels are provided.

It has its own small verandah and braai/bonfire facilities.

  • The Garden Unit

This is a small new chalet with one bedroom and a lounge dining area with a kitchenette. The kitchenette is fully equipped with a gas hob, a microwave and a bar fridge. It has a bathroom with a shower, basin and toilet. There are twin beds in the bedroom that can be made up as a king size bed for couples and a third single bed in the lounge area. It is fully self catering with its own large verandah and braai facilities and has lovely views to the north and the west. Quality bed linen and towels are provided.

The Lapa

This is a newly built communal facility, which has DSTV, a Ping Pong table and a Dart board. It can be used as a venue for group functions or as a communal braai area. Nearby is the children's play area with a trampoline, swings and a paddling pool.

Group Bookings

The entire venue may be booked out for family reunions or Christian retreats etc and accommodates up to 15 people in beds.

Directions
DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG


From the O.R.Tambo Airport, you follow sign to Johannesburg which will take you onto the R21, which joins the N12 and then onto the N3 towards Durban.

Continue along the N3 road through the first toll plaza, bypassing Heidelberg until you get to the huge grain silos close to the road on the right hand side at Villiers

Just after these Silos take the off ramp Frankfort/ Vrede, and turn to the right over the flyover bridge across the freeway. Do not go through the second toll plaza.

Continue on this road about 30km till you come to a "T" junction and turn right towards Frankfort.

Pass the entrance to the town and over the Vaal River.

About 200 meters after the Vaal is a turnoff to the left to Bethlehem /Reitz.
Continue on this road until you come into Bethlehem. It's a long way and you pass straight through a four way stop around the Reitz vicinity.

Continue straight through Bethlehem, past the Wimpy and CTM, past a Couple of big service Stations towards Clarens/Kestell. You will pass a guesthouse called LAVENDER HILL.

About 8 kilometers from town there is a turnoff to the right to CLARENS.
Take this turnoff and about 30 km later you will come to Clarens. JUST AFTER THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE TOWN there is a turnoff to the rightto Fouriesburg (R711) At this point set your trip meter to zero.

Travel on this road for about 26.2km. You will pass "Oranje" Guest House, then start looking out for a sign that says 'FOURIESBURG 10KM. ' Soon after this sign you will see a small dam (pond) on the left...keep watching for a dam on the right (about 2km later) and AS SOON as you see it slow right down. Our turning is just after the dam on the left hand side. The sign is on the left and says "Mafube Mountain Retreat" (If you come to a bridge over the Little Caledon River you have gone 1 km too far and must turn back)

Turn up the farm road about 400meters. Follow our signs to the right past a broken down schoolroom, then left between a shed and the schoolroom past a kraal and through a gate and follow the road over the dam wall and up to the curved roof chalets. It is about 3 km on the farm.

If you get lost or have any difficulty finding the place, please call me on my cell phone which is 084 6684499.
We look forward to meeting you!

GPS CO-Ordinates of the Farm
Entrance:
South 28 degrees 38minutes 39.8seconds
East 028 degrees 16minutes 41.9seconds
Chalets
South 28 degrees 40minutes 00.9seconds
East 028degrees 16 minutes 43.8 seconds

Please note, if you use a GPS device it will usually take you another way around: Through Bethlehem and via Fouriesburg, onto the R711 to Clarens, over the Little Caledon River to our entrance. We like the route via Clarens because it is so very picturesque and is only a kilometer or two longer.

Directions from Natal

Take the N3 to Harrismith, but instead of going round Harrismith to JHB, follow the signs to the N5 towards Bethlehem
After about 5 km on the N5, take the turnoff onto the R712 to Clarens/ Phuthadithaba/ Golden Gate National Park. Carry on along this road. DO NOT take the Bergville/ Sterkfontein dam turnoffs or the turnoff to Phuthadithaba, or the Kestell turnoff. You carry on straight to Golden Gate on the R712. You will be stopped at the entrance and exit of the park.
About 18km from the exit of Golden Gate, you will come to Clarens.
JUST BEFORE THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE TOWN, turnoff to the left to Fouriesburg (R711)
Our entrance is 26km from this turnoff. At 20 km you will pass "Oranje" Guest House, then Queen Victoria turnoff on the left, then start looking out for a sign that says 'FOURIESBURG 10KM. ' At the sign, you will see a small dam on the left...keep watching for a dam on the right (about 2km later) and AS SOON as you see it slow right down. Our entrance is on the left, just after the dam The sign says "MAFUBE MOUNTAIN RETREAT".
Turn up the farm road about 400meters. FOLLOW OUR SIGN POINTING TO THE RIGHT past a broken down schoolroom .Turn into the gate on the left (follow the sign) drive between the shed and the schoolroom, and follow the road past a kraal on the left and through another gate. PLEASE CLOSE ALL GATES THAT YOU FIND CLOSED!!
Then just follow the track up over the dam wall, and on toward the mountain area, until you get to the curved roof Chalets and a rondawel. It is about 3km on the farm.
We look forward to meeting you!

Directions to MAFUBE from Bloemfontein


At present, the route on the N8 via Ladybrand and Clocolan and Ficksburg is very slow due to multiple road works. Our guests have advised us that the following route is the best.
Take the N1 and travel to Winburg. From Winburg take the N5 to Senekal, then Bethlehem. From Bethlehem travel to Clarens. Just after the main entrance to Clarens is a road to Fouriesburg called the R711. Turn Right into this road and set the trip meter to zero. Continue along this road for 26.2 km. You will pass Oranje Guest Farm and the turnoff to Queen Victoria. Look for the sign that says
Fouriesburg 10Km. Our entrance is about 2km further on, on the left hand side.
It is not easy to see at night. (If you cross the Little Caledon, you have gone 1Km too far.)

Turn up the farm road about 400meters. Follow our signs to the right past a broken down schoolroom, then left between a shed and the schoolroom past a kraal and through a gate and follow the road over the dam wall and up to the curved roof chalets. It is about 3 km on the farm.
If you get lost or have any difficulty finding the place, please call me on my cell phone which is 084 6684499.
We look forward to meeting you!

GPS CO-Ordinates of the Farm


Entrance:
South 28 degrees 38minutes 39.8seconds
East 028 degrees 16minutes 41.9seconds

Chalets
South 28 degrees 40minutes 00.9seconds<
East 028degrees 16 minutes 43.8 seconds
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  • Bed Configuration
  • Contemporary Chalet (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - twin
    • Room 2 - twin
    • Room 3 - queen
  • Garden Unit (Sleeps 4) x 1
    • Room 1 - twin
    • Room 2 - single sleeper couch, single
  • Thatched Rondawel with Loft (Sleeps 5) x 1
    • Room 1 - king, single, single, single
  • Facilities
  • braai / barbecue - communal
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • DSTV in communal area
  • fireplace
  • fishing (less than 3km)
  • fishing onsite
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • kitchen communal
  • lake onsite
  • laundry facilities (less than 2km)
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail (less than 2km)
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • rock art (less than 20km)
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • television in communal area
  • tumble dryer onsite
  • washing machine onsite
  • Special Categories
  • Guest Farm Accommodationdetails
    Is your establishment on a working farm?
    Yes
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