AfriCamps Magoebaskloof Limpopo Glamping

AFRICAMPS AT MAGOEBASKLOOF, LIMPOPO

Unwind in a hiking, mountain biking, and birding paradise

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AfriCamps at Magoebaskloof is located between Tzaneen and Haenertsburg in Limpopo, where 10 fully equipped boutique glamping tents overlook the mesmerising Magoebaskloof landscape. The tents are surrounded by lush gardens, farm dams and exquisite bird species where birders, hikers and MTB enthusiasts can explore to their hearts’ content!

‘Kloof’ translates to gorge, and this gorge is spectacular in many ways. Magoebaskloof is a series of lush green valleys popularly known as ‘The Land of the Silver Mist’ due to the soft mist blanket often covering the valleys. It is this soft mist and good rainfall that creates a thick forest blooming with amazing plant species. Streams, waterfalls, and dams dot the area. During your stay, you will catch glimpses of the lush Afromontane forest, eucalyptus, pine and tea plantations, and avocado, berry, and kiwi farms.

The camp lies just outside Haenertsberg at the popular Cheerio Gardens Wedding Venue. The property is best known for its exquisite gardens – the true passion of former owner and botanist, Sheila ‘Box’ Thompson who started to create the gardens from scratch in 1946. The Gardens have since blossomed into what it is today – one of South Africa’s most beautiful garden wedding venues.

Cherry blossoms, Crab Apple trees, Azaleas, African ferns, and Pin Oaks invite you in, and the vibrant colors of Hydrangeas, Camellias, Irises and Foxgloves that flourish during spring are sure to steal you over. The abundant birdlife comes as no surprise, and guests can spot Green Twinspot, Barratt’s Warbler, White-starred Robin, Lemon Dove, the elusive Narina Trogon, and Half-collared Kingfisher during their stay. Samango monkeys jumping from tree to tree and the cheerful whistling of farm labourers add to the calm garden atmosphere. Guests can expect a good dose of rest for the soul!

The picturesque Haenertsburg with its rolling grasslands, bright-coloured flowers, and European-influenced architecture can remind guests of a Swiss village. The village and its immaculate gardens invite visitors from far and wide for a peaceful break from the city. You are sure to leave relaxed and recharged.

3-NIGHT SPECIAL

Reduced nightly rates when you book our 3-night glamping specials. Stay longer for less!

Choose your dates and select the 3-Night Special before checking out.

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About the tents

EXPLORE MAGOEBASKLOOF

Things to do

AfriCamps at Magoebaskloof, and the stunning surrounding area offer an abundance of activities. Take a look below!

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Extras on the farm

Meals form a special part of any holiday in South Africa. AfriCamps offers delectable locally-sourced breakfast and braai baskets for guests to cook in their fully equipped kitchens or on the braai. Other extra services are also available on request.

Amenities

  • Africamps glamping10 AfriCamps tents (55 sqm)
  • Africamps glamping 5 Guests per tent
  • Africamps glamping2 Queen size extra length beds
  • Africamps glamping1 Single bunk bed
  • Africamps glampingOutdoor wood-fired hot tub
  • Africamps glampingPrivate bathroom with hot shower
  • Africamps glampingIndoor fireplace
  • Africamps glampingAir conditioning
  • Africamps glampingElectric blankets
  • Africamps glamping Cot and highchair on request
  • Africamps glamping Bar fridge
  • Africamps glamping Microwave
  • Africamps glamping4-burner gas stove
  • Africamps glampingCutlery and crockery for 5 guests
  • Africamps glamping All the little extras
  • Africamps glampingBraai facilities
  • Africamps glamping Breakfast & braai baskets to order
  • Africamps glampingWi-Fi at reception
  • Africamps glampingOnsite shop
  • Africamps glampingOnsite Restaurant
Your Hosts

Meet Sarah, JJ and their son Ryder – the newest members of the AfriCamps family, and your gracious hosts at AfriCamps at Magoebaskloof!

The gorgeous Cheerio Gardens property is family-owned and has an inspirational history. In 1946, former owner and botanist, Sheila ‘Box’ Thompson started to create the most magnificent gardens on the farm. 75 years later, and the gardens remain the talk of the town for their stunning garden weddings. Today owner Sarah Hillary is the heart and soul behind the popular Cheerio Gardens wedding venue and she loves sharing the legacy of her great aunt with guests: 

“Cheerio Gardens is a fascinating fairy tale of an eccentric woman who simply couldn’t live without flowers, today we get to walk in her garden and enjoy her vision as her legacy lives on. As a child I used to spend weekends on the farm roaming around with my cousins, making forts and fairy houses. We loved taking swims in the dam and enjoyed stomping around in the reeds. It is a place where parents can bring their kids and let them be free.”

Sarah’s brothers and husband, JJ, farm avocados, a major farming industry in the area. Sarah and JJ love sharing their property with guests and you can expect a very warm welcome as soon as you enter the farm. Having stayed in Magoebaskloof for years, the family knows the area well and will guide you in the right direction whether you’re an avid hiker or mountain biker or simply want to explore some of the locals’ favourite spots.

Together the family enjoys taking leisurely strolls to the dams and spotting some rare birds on the farm, or popping in at Cheerio Café for their coveted pecan nut pie!

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Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in: From 14:00 – 17:00 on day of arrival.
Check-out: before 10:00 on day of departure.

Check-in arrangements need to be made and guests are kindly requested to inform the specific AfriCamps host of their estimated time of arrival. This way you are ensured of a smooth check-in experience. Full check-in information will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

Activities on the Farm

Cheerio Gardens wedding venue

The perfect place to celebrate your special day with friends and family. 

Cheerio Café Restaurant

Admire the surroundings from the café style restaurant open from Thursday to Sunday.

Farm Dams

Bring your canoe along for a paddle on one of the farm dams, or enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the farm dams – don’t forget to bring your floaty. Our farm dams are also great for fishing. Bring along your fishing gear and bait and try your luck at catching some Bass, Kurper, and Trout (catch-and-release).

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Explore the farm on foot during a farm walk or load your mountain bike for an adrenaline-fueled ride through the forest.

Birdwatching

Exquisite bird species can be spotted in the forest, in the gardens and around the farm dams. Pack a picnic and go birding.

Spring Festival

Once a year the property is abuzz with visitors who come from far and wide to see the remarkable blooms on the property.

Wood-fired Hot Tubs

All 10 tents offer the exclusive use of their own outdoor wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. Soak up your beautiful forest surroundings while listening to the calming crackle of the fire, or take a dip to cool down on hotter days.

Exploring the Area

Zwakala Brewery 

Taste the best light beer in the country and learn more about the art of brewing craft beer, while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere loved by locals and visitors alike.

Debengeni Falls

Whether you prefer mountain biking, hiking, a peaceful picnic, or just want to cool off from the summer heat, Debengeni Falls and the surrounding trails provide a stunning escape for all types.

Hiking Trails

The Swartbos trail passes peculiar trees, a 19th-century woodcutters’ pit, views of the Tzaneen Dam, and interesting animal life – can you spot the Cape Parrot? The Magoebaskloof trail ranges from 2 – 5 nights with overnight huts along the route. Tip: You’ll need some rest at AfriCamps after this popular multi-day hike!

Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour

Traverse indigenous forest, ancient mountain cliffs, and waterfalls over the spectacular Groot Letaba River gorge as you slide between platforms.

Tubing the Great Letaba River

Tube through crystal clear waters with breathtaking views and take on some roaring white-water rapids.

Mountain Biking in Magoebaskloof

The area is fast becoming a mecca for mountain bikers with various options to explore. Five routes varying in difficulty have been developed. The tough Green Route and the moderate Yellow Route both start and end at Cheerio Gardens.

Fossil Hunting at Makapansgat Valley

Find fossils in caves dating back 3.3 million years and soak up the views of beautiful vistas.

Magoebaskloof Adventures

Go quad biking, kloofing, fly fishing, mountain biking, abseiling, and 4×4-ing in the ‘adventure capital’ of Tzaneen, George’s Valley Gorge.

Long Tom Monument & Picnic Site

Next door to Cheerio Gardens is the Rondebult site where the last of the heavy and unwieldy long Toms from the Anglo Boer War were destroyed. The crater caused by the explosion is still there, and recently a picnic spot was built for visitors to enjoy. The site overlooks the village with the imposing Iron Crown Mountain in the background.

Wegraakbosch Organic Dairy

Walking distance from AfriCamps, go see how cheese is made in a copper cauldron (with no Eskom electricity!) Cheese-making tours are available by appointment or simply enjoy a cheese platter and walk between farm animals.

In the Company of Horses

Horse rides and overnight trails in Haenertsburg and Wolkberg Nature Reserve. Forest and farm rides, sundowner picnic rides and full-day packages are available.

The Growth Centre

Natural therapies, therapeutic foot massage, reiki and foot reading

Blueberry picking at Blueberry Heights

A cool activity for young and old followed by coffee and lunch at their Mountain café.

Meals & Extras

Breakfast Baskets

We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ breakfast baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your breakfast basket when making your booking. Breakfast baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Each breakfast basket includes the following:

Fresh fruit juice
Fresh milk
Seasonal fruit
Home-baked muffin
Granola (cereal in kids’ baskets)
Full-fat plain yoghurt (drinking yoghurt in kids’ baskets)
Bacon*
Mini cheese grillers*
Eggs
Tomato
Artisanal bread (sourdough white and sunflower seeded brown)
Farm butter
Jams
Cheese
Ground coffee

*Vegetarian option (available on request): Meat substituted with extra cheese and chopped veggies for an omelette.

Cost: R150 per adult | R99 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

Braai Baskets

We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ traditional South African braai baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your braai basket when making your booking. Braai baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Adult braai basket options

  1. 200g Rump and 200g kameeldoring wors (sausage)*
  2. 200g Pork loin chop and 200g marinated chicken sosatie*

Each of the above options is served with:
Green salad
Homemade garlic bread
Baked potato OR potato salad OR coleslaw
Marshmallows

*Vegetarian option (available on request): Meat substituted with other salads OR vegetable skewer OR braai mushrooms.

Cost: R195 per adult | R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

Burger basket

We offer DIY burger baskets that are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Baskets must be ordered and paid 48 hours in advance of delivery.

Each burger basket includes ingredients for two burgers:

Freshly baked 120g burger bun
Homemade beef patty OR chicken fillet
Butter
Fresh greens, tomato & onion
Sliced cheese
Tomato sauce OR mayo
Burger relish

Cost: R195 per basket for 2 adults (extra burger for R95)| R125 per basket for 2 children (extra burger for R65)

Platter box

Enjoy a freshly packed platter from a beautiful spot on the farm, or from the deck of your tent.

Platter boxes include:
A selection of seasonal greens
Cold meats
Cheese
Olives
Fresh onion rings
Tortilla chips
Crackers
Dried fruit and nuts

Cost: R160 per person

Meal baskets are charged per person per day. 

Rates

Our tents sleep up to five guests, but our rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are a price indication. Please use our online bookings calendar to check live rates and availability. Extras like meals, activities and tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.

Rates from 1 October 2021 – 30 Sept 2022

High Season
1 October to 9 December 2021
9 January 2022 to 1 May 2022
September 2022
R1890 per couple sharing 

Peak season
10 December 2021– 8 January 2022
R2390 per couple sharing

Low season Weekdays
2 May 2022 to 30 August 2022 (Weekdays: Sun – Thurs)
R1390 per couple sharing

Low season Weekends
2 May 2022 to 30 August 2022 (Weekends: Fri – Sat)
R1890 per couple sharing

 * Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult, R175 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Rates from 1 October 2022 – 30 Sept 2023

High Season
1 October to 8 December 2022
8 January to 30 April 2023
15-17 June 2023
September 2023
R1940 per couple sharing 

Peak season
9 December 2022– 7 January 2023
R2440 per couple sharing

Low season Weekdays
1 May to 30 August 2023 (Weekdays: Sun-Thurs)
R1440 per couple sharing

Low season Weekends
1 May – 31 August 2023 (Weekends: Fri – Sat)
R1940 per couple sharing 

 * Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R295 per adult, R195 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Terms & Conditions

Please find our full terms and conditions here: www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions

Accommodation

All tents sleep a maximum of five people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:

  • Food and beverages
  • Activities and tours
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Wood and firelighters for the wood-stove and campfires (for sale at property shop)

Pets

Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm.

Music

No noise, parties or music are allowed in the camp unless the guest has booked the entire camp.

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