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Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat

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Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat
Location & Contact Details
Address: Buffelskloof Farm
near Parys
Free State
South Africa
Contact : Sulena
Local Tel : 056-8181116
INT Tel : +27-56-8181116
Cell : 073-6608986

2023 million years ago a meteorite struck planet earth formed the Vredefort Dome.
This impact has left a beauty out of destruction that is utterly breathtaking, historically fascinating and rich in a unique and diverse micro-ecosystem of fauna and flora.

In the midst of this World heritage Site, lies Thabela Thabeng, nestled in and between the mountains and Vaal River, 100km from Johannesburg.

Thabela Thabeng means: "Be Happy in the Mountains". Advice that is not hard to follow at this beautiful resort.

The luxury chalets nestle deep and secluded in the heart of the Mountains. Chalets have balconies with breathtaking views, fire places and cozy lapas. They are fully equipped for self catering.

Country and Nature lovers, street-stressed visitors, tourists and geologists from around the world come here to stay.


  • Dassie: Romantic bay window with corner bath overlooking the valley. Fire place. Lapa.
  • Plumbago: On edge of cliff above waterfall. Private bathroom-with-view. Fire place. Lapa.
  • Rockhaven: Absolutely exclusive and private bush chalet with corner bath in bay window. Magnificent rock forms wall. Fire place.
  • Eagle's Nest: 2x 2 bedrooms, one with double bed. Bathroom-with view. Fireplace. Lapa.
  • Chacma: (Tjacma) 2x 2 Bedrooms + 2 beds in lounge area. Log cabin. On hill top near Chacma Baboon's rock. Fire place. Bathroom + luxury open air shower on balcony.
  • Amanzi: 3x 2 en-suite bedrooms. Next to streamlet deep in mountain. Own splash pool on patio. Fireplace. Excellent birding.
  • Thabela House: No fuss farm house, 5x 2 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Huge lounge/dining area. Fireplace. Lapa.
  • Duiker: 1x 2 en-suite room and 2 single beds in loft (open plan). At the foot of the mountain, near reception and swimming pool. Lapa.
  • Acacia: 1x 2 Bedroom, 2 extra beds in lounge/kitchen area. Patio with braai. Near swimming pool.


  • 3-Star Accommodation
  • Info centre: Examples of impact-related rocks; short lecture and video
  • Conference (10 - 80 persons) and Function Venue (up to 100 persons)
  • Youth Hostels - silo (24 persons) and the barn 3 dormitories (total of 80 persons)

Mountain Chalets:

  • Exclusive, perching high on the edge of the cliff
  • Breathtaking view balconies, mountain stream below
  • Cosy lounges, fire places
  • Bathrooms-with-a-view (Bath towels provided)
  • Fully equipped kitchens; braai patio's
  • Number: 3x honeymoon (double beds) chalets; 3x 4 to 6 bed (single bed) chalets

Amanzi Mountain Lodge:

  • In the hollow, surrounded by hills, mountain stream
  • Luxurious, fully equipped
  • Private splash pool, lounge, fire-place
  • 3 double en-suite bedrooms (single beds)

Thabela House:

  • Fully equipped, at foot of mountains
  • Wide verandah, TV lounge, Braai-patio
  • 5 double en-suite bedrooms (single beds) and 1 room with 2 single beds


  • 1 x en-suite bedroom and an open plan loft with 2 single beds
  • Near swimming pool
  • Lapa

Youth Hostel:

  • Barn: 3 dormitories (56 persons)
  • Silo: 3 storeys, 8 beds each (24 persons)
  • Lapa, kitchen with stove, fridge, kettle, basic pots and pans
  • Bring own bedding, eating- and cooking utensils


At Thabela Thabeng:

  • Hiking (4 circular trails, 4 to 12km)
  • Rock climbing (book in advance)
  • Abseiling (tower & cliffs - book in advance)
  • Mountain biking (own bike or bikes for hire)
  • Fly-fishing only, river only accusable on foot (3km hike to river)
  • Birding, butterflies, wildlife
  • Low rope course
  • Ability course

Nearby: (Please book in advance)

  • River Rafting (half and full day)
  • River swing (thrills galore!)
  • Quadbike routes


  • Parys (20km)
  • Potchefstroom (30km)
  • Johannesburg (100km)

GPS coordinates: S 26° 51' 38" E 27° 17' 14"
  • Payment Methods
  • EFT / Bank Transfer EFT / Bank Transfer
  • MasterCard MasterCard
  • Languages Spoken At Establishment
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Bed Configuration
  • Amanzi (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single
  • Chalet Chacma (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single
  • Chalet Dassie (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
  • Chalet Eagles Nest (Sleeps 5) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single sleeper couch
  • Chalet Plumbago (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
  • Chalet Rockhaven (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
  • Goedgedacht (Sleeps 4) x 1
    • Room 1 - single, single
    • Room 2 - single, single
  • Nocturne (Sleeps 4) x 1
    • Room 1 - single, single
    • Room 2 - double
  • Riversong (Sleeps 6) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single
  • Thabela Lodge (Sleeps 10) x 1
    • Room 1 - single, single
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single
    • Room 4 - single, single
    • Room 5 - single, single
  • Facilities
  • boat trips (less than 5km)
  • braai / barbecue - communal
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • canoeing (less than 5km)
  • conference venue onsite
  • fireplace
  • fishing (less than 3km)
  • fishing onsite
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • game drives onsite
  • generator
  • guided nature walks
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • lake onsite
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail (less than 2km)
  • nature trail onsite
  • not serviced
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • restaurant (less than 5km)
  • sun deck
  • target shooting
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • television in communal area
  • wi-fi / hotspot
  • Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodationdetails
    Accommodates how many people?
    Capacity : 30

    The following apply
    Exclusive / preferred service providers on call
    Restroom accessible
    Kitchen accessible
    Audio – visual equipment (request details)
    Food / beverage facilities for catering purposes
    Crockery and cutlery available for hire
    Catering done in-house
    Designated parking area
    Sufficient parking space
    Fully staffed (cleaning, servers etc.)
    Internet connection
    Wireless internet connection
    Air conditioning
    Good lighting that can be operated independently
    Liquor license
    Bar on-site
    A purpose-built and dedicated back entrance available for equipment loading and offloading
    Wheelchair friendly
    A specified area for coaches and buses to stop to allow delegates and guests to embark and disembark safely
    Dedicated storage space that can safely store event materials and equipment overnight
    Individual lockable storage available for storage of more valuable items
  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Fishing equipment for hire
    Can bring own fishing equipment
    Boat available for use
    Boat available for hire
    Can bring own boat (no petrol motors)
    Catch and release
    Catch and keep
    Limited number of fish per day allowed
    Fly fishing
  • Guest Farm Accommodationdetails
    Is your establishment on a working farm?
  • Interesting Place Accommodationdetails
    Why is your establishment interesting?
    Detail description : We offer a variety of rustic, individually designed chalets secluded in the mountain with unique features like wooding decks, rock walls, corner baths, outside shower with view and much more.

  • Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Bring your own bicycle
    Bicycles to hire
    Bicycle set trails
    Bicycle - free to explore
    Bring your own quad bike
    Quad bikes to hire
    Quad bike set trails
    Quad bikes – free to explore
    Bring your own off-road motorcycle
    Off-road motorcycles to hire
    Off-road motorcycle set trails
    Off-road motorcycle – free to explore
    4x4 vehicle set trails
    4x4 vehicle – free to explore
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
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