Gunyatoo Trout Farm & Lodge
Gunyatoo Trout Farm & Lodge, is the perfect country getaway presenting a charming fly-fishing, birding and nature retreat. Nestled in the picturesque, and malaria free Rhenosterhoek https://goo.gl/5SprMvalley (just off Long Tom Pass - between Lydenburg and Sabie - 40km from Nelspruit), the guest lodge is ideally positioned for access to most tourist attractions that Mpumalanga has to offer, including Kruger National Park, Pilgrims Rest, Sudwala Caves & the Panorama Route.
The thatch & stone lodge offers luxurious, yet affordable accommodation. Several refurbished suites, all with beautiful views of the surrounding pine forests. Rooms, all en-suite, have their own private patio, perfect for "feet up" early morning cuppa's.
For those requiring self-catering, a fully equipped, four sleeper, family cottage is available as well a six sleeper log cabin, and honeymoon studio. The fisherman's cottage, which sleeps up to six, offers a more rustic self-catering option. It is secluded at the edge of property, at the trout dams & raceways, and is ideal for group fishing trips.
For the enthusiastic fly fisherman, the farm has two stocked dams. Limited stream fishing is also available for the more experienced fisherman. Private fly fishing lessons and group clinics can be arranged on site.
After a days fishing one can enjoy a drink at the bar, have a game of pool or darts and then unwind in the sauna or swimming pool. Of course should it be chilly one can warm up around roaring log fires in the lounge.
The lodge is just the place for a fishing vacation or weekend getaway, but any nature lover will find themselves in a proverbial paradise. For the sedentary tourist, relaxing on the wooden decked patio watching the abundant birdlife is a must. The Sabie area is truly a birders paradise. Not only is there a huge variety of the more common bird species, but a number of globally and nationally threatened species also occur in the area.
For those in need of exercise, on farm trails and walks to the nearby waterfalls & caves are just as enjoyable but should you require additional stimulation: Arrangements can be made for Quad Bike tours, horse riding, gorge-swinging, rafting & many more activities.
Sudwala Caves, Fanie Botha Hiking Trail, Kruger National Park, Panaroma Drive, and the Emnotweni Casino, are all within an hour's drive. There are also a number of golf courses within a hour's drive from Sabie, making Gunyatoo an ideal central base for a memorable golfing holiday.
The aborigine word for home is "Gunya". The name of our guest lodge is Gunyatoo, embedded in our name is our philosophy and commitment to our guests - " our home is your home". Come and stay with us a while and it can be your Gunya-too!
Guest Lodge Suites - Four luxury suites (all en-suite, luxury linen, quality finishes, tea & coffee facilities). Communal DSTV, honesty bar, pool table, darts & board games, sauna & swimming pool.
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast - check availability
Full Board - on request
Bed & Breakfast - on request
Self Catering F/H Cottage (sleeps 2 + 2)
Adjacent to Lodge and close to open pool area. Fully equipped kitchen (e.g microwave, cutlery & cooking utensils, two plate stove & fridge / freezer) TV & DVD, cosy log jetmaster fireplace. En- suite shower, split level four sleeper (double bed downstairs and two single upstairs - can't see, but can hear!). Private patio, braai area and upstairs deck. Luxury linen and towels provided. Wood can be supplied at a nominal fee. Unit serviced daily.
Self Catering Fisherman Cottage (sleeps 8)
Open plan, single beds / 4 downstairs and 4 on mezzanine floor. Our eco friendly cottage is situated at the trout dams, alongside the raceways and is secluded at
the far edge of the property. Basic Kitchen (gas fridge & cooker, basic cutlery & utensils), no TV, no electricity but solar assisted lights, indoor fireplace/braii area. Outdoor Boma Braai area & patio. Shower only inside with outside open air bath and shower. Bed linen and towels supplied. Wood & firelighters can be supplied at a nominal fee. Unit serviced daily.
Self Catering Log Cabin (sleeps 6)
Three separate bedrooms - one full bathroom - open plan dining, sitting room and kitchen) Large stilted wooden log cabin situated close to the main Guest Lodge and pool but well positioned for privacy. Bedrooms consist of King, Double and Twin beds. Linen and towels provided. Fully equipped kitchen, sitting area with cosy jetmaster fireplace. Undercover Braai area. TV & DVD player. DSTV available in main lodge entertainment area. Unit serviced daily.
Self Catering Studio (sleeps 2)
One room wooden cottage) Fully equipped, Romantic setting - King size bed, full bathroom with kitchenette. No TV, DSTV available in main lodge entertainment area /pub. Undercover braai facilities - If this is a Special Occasion, don't forget to add the Pamper Package from the extra options. This includes Champagne and a basket full of goodies. Unit serviced daily.
Activities in the area
The Lowveld and Mpumalanga Escarpment has, by virtue of its many hospitable stretches of water and active private trout breeding industry, become the mecca for fly fishermen in South Africa.
The area is geared towards tourism with an array of activities, ranging from extreme adrenalin pumping sports to gentle hot air balloon flights, horse trails, quad biking, golfing, bush walks and more. At Gunyatoo, guided forest trails and walks to the nearby waterfalls and caves are gladly arranged.
Sudwala Caves, Fanie Botha Hiking Trail, Kruger National Park, Graskop "Big Swing", Pilgrims Rest, Panorama Drive and a Casino, are all within an hour's drive. There are also a number of golf courses within a hour's drive from Sabie, making Gunyatoo a central base for a memorable golfing holiday. Take a swing at some of the following excellent golf courses: Kruger Park Lodge (Hazyview): 9-holes, White River Country Club: 18-holes, Pine Lake Inn (White River): 9-holes, Sabie River Sun, (Hazyview): 18-holes, TGME Golf Club (Pilgrim's Rest): 9-hole, Nelspruit Golf Club: 18-hole, Lydenburg Golf Club: 9-hole or Skukuza (Kruger National Park): 9-hole.
The Sabie area is truly a birders paradise. Not only is there a huge variety of the more common bird species, but a number of globally and nationally threatened species also occur in the area. Misty Mountain Heritage Site (6km's from Gunyatoo) holds small numbers of the critically endangered Blue Swallow, and the near-threatened Buffstreaked Chat, Secretarybird, Peregrine Falcon and Blackwinged Plover. The near-threatened Lanner Falcon is an occasional visitor to this site. Other, more common sightings, include Kurrichane Thrush, Whitethroated Robin, Swee Waxbill and Forest Canary.
- bar/cocktail lounge
- braai / barbecue - communal
- cycling trails
- fishing onsite
- outdoor pool
- restaurant onsite
- wheelchair friendly
- wi-fi / hotspot
From Nelspruit take R37 to Sabie / Lydenburg (Mashashing). At Rosehaugh turn left on R539 to Sudwala. After +-500m turn right to Rhenosterhoek. Follow directions above.
From Lydenburg (Mashashing) take the R37 to Sabie, just after the 34.2km marker turn right onto gravel road. (Ignore the "no entry-private road" sign). After +- 4kms turn right at the X road. First thatched house on the left.
From Sabie take the R37 to Lydenburg / Mashashing (pass the Neslpruit turn-off and approximately 20km from Sabie just before the 34.2km marker turn left onto gravel road and follow directions above).
Please note: Access to Gunyatoo via the R37 with vehicles other than 4X4 is not generally recommended due to periodic road damage from rainfall - check road condition with guest lodge staff before travel.
Google Earth Co-ordinates S25 12.264 E30 40.501