KlipKuile - "Rock Pools"

Klipkuile translates as 'Rock Pools' and refers to the unique natural rock pools in the Klein Sterkrivier ('Little Strong River') which is the heart of the Klipkuile lodge. Being just over 2 hours drive from Pretoria, Klipkuile is ideal for weekend Bushveld getaways for small groups or the whole family. Accommodation comprises of one camp for ideally 2 to 13 people.

Days are based around the clear water pools with swimming, tubing, reclining and picnicking to your heart's content. Klipkuile is situated in 600 Ha of pristine Waterberg Bushveld, with walking and driving trails and 5km of River to explore. Naturally occurring game like Kudu, Ribbok, Bushbuck, Warthog and endless small species will be encountered. Bird life is abundant, while tree, rock and insect enthusiasts will be in for a treat. Kids will hardly hang around for board games, as the water and the bush is any child's dream come true.

The Bush Camp is set on the edge of a valley with rock pools in the river right below. Opposite the valley, the famous Sterkrivier Castle is to this day 'growing' out of the rock. The camp consists of a large communal Lapa and two Rondavels (Chalets). It is ideal for one or two families or small groups who would spend most of their time socializing in the Lapa or splashing in the natural rock pools.

Klipkuile Bush Camp is a down to earth rustic experience. Luxuries like good coffee and fantastic steak can be achieved in the good old fashioned way (that is without electricity). Up to 13 people can be accommodated, and most groups will find themselves abandoning the chalets to create "Christmas-beds" under the thatched roof of the Lapa. Cooking is done over the open fire and is usually a team affair. Lighting is provided by gas and paraffin lamps.

Klipkuile is a place to forget the world and lose yourself for endless hours with friends and family, within the tranquillity of the Bushveld.


  • 600 Ha of Bushveld and 5km of river to explore.
  • Swimming, splashing and tubing in the river and pools.
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Mountain Biking - self guided, but endless.
  • Game drives internally - Naturally occurring game like Kudu, Ribbok, Bushbuck, Warthog and various small species.
  • Game drives - Many commercial game farms surround Klipkuile including Entabeni
  • Big Five Game Reserve Nearby.


The Bush Camp

The camp is rented out as a whole and consists of two chalets, a large lookout lapa and an open boma braai area.

Accommodation: Up to 13 people can be accommodated
Chalet 1: 3 beds, with an on-suite bathroom
Chalet 2: 2 beds, with an on-suite bathroom

Lookout lapa: 13 beds on the floor and in the trusses of the thatched roof (this is the prime sleeping spot and most chalet dwellers will also carry their beds out to this semi-open lapa)

Amenities: Each chalet has an on-suite bathroom with flushing toilet, basin and gas heated shower. A communal outside toilet and shower (both with magnificent views) is situated thirty meters away.


Excellent high density foam mattresses with bedding are provided in the lapa and chalet. Shower towels are provided too. Bring your own towels for river swimming.

Pots and pans are provided for cooking over the open fire. Cutlery and crockery are also there. You will get a complete list upon booking.
What you need to bring is your own fire wood. The wood that is there is for emergencies only.

All the basics are provided for surviving without regular electricity: battery lamps and paraffin lanterns; matches and fire starters. In the kitchen dish-washing liquid and cloths are provided as well as drinking water. Gas geysers for hot water in showers and flushing toilets with toilet paper.

Cleaning Staff: The facility will be cleaned and prepared for you before your arrival and then again at 1pm on the last day. No cleaning staff will be around for the duration of your stay. This is great for privacy and peacefulness, but implies that dish-washing and basic cleaning will be up to you.

Check list:

  • WOOD - for braai and cooking
  • Anti histamine (for those allergic or sensitive to Thatched roofs, Bushveld grass, and camp fire smoke)
  • Board Games
  • Binoculars & Cameras
  • Swimwear (Robust farm 'swimwear' as staining by algae is likely. PT shorts and an old T-shirt will befit the active and adventurous bather.)
  • Sun screen, wide hats and sun glasses.
  • First-aid kit and basic medications - nearest town is 30 minutes drive.
  • Insect repellent
  • Food, spices, coffee, tea
  • Torch
  • big game (less than 30km)
  • cycling trails
  • fireplace
  • Malaria free
  • mountain biking
  • nature trail onsite
  • parking all onsite


Please note that GPS devices are giving faulty directions after crossing the river and guests are getting lost. If you want to reach us in good time, print out the directions below.

From Gauteng:
From Pretoria head north on the N1. Take the off-ramp to Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) ±20km after the Kranskop Toll Plaza. Travel through Mookgophong, although this is your last stop for fuel and last-minute shopping. After Mookgophong continue for 33km and take the Sterkrivier/ Entabeni/ Dooringdraai turn off to the left. (If you have reached Mokopane (Potgietersrus) you are 18km past the turn off.)

Continue on the Sterkrivier Road until the road becomes gravel (approximately 40km). Continue on the gravel road which goes gradually up, down, through a sharp left bend, down into the valley, and 200m after crossing the River turn right into another public gravel road. After 200m you will find the KLIPKUILE gate on the right. Once in the premises follow the arrows that show you the way to Klipkuile.