AFRICAMPS AT MAGOEBASKLOOF, LIMPOPO
Unwind in a hiking, mountain biking, and birding paradise
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.
About the tents
Handcrafted in South Africa, AfriCamps tents are more than just a comfortable accommodation option. They are a memorable holiday experience on their own! Fully equipped and suitable for five.
Wood-Fired Hot Tub
Each tent comes with a private outdoor wood-fired hot tub. The crackle of the fire, the naturally heated water and the amazing views offer the purest form of relaxation.
South African Braai
No getaway in South Africa is complete without having a braai. That’s why all our tents come with an excellent built-in braai. It’s South Africans’ favourite way to cook!
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Four-burner gas hob
- Bar fridge
- Cutlery, crockery and glasses for five
- En-suite bathroom
- Large shower
- Basin and mirror
- Towel sets provided
- Flushing toilet
Large Outdoor Deck
- 30m² deck
- Picnic table
- Two deck chairs
- Braai facilities
- Magnificent views
- Two bedrooms
- Two extra length queen size beds
- One single bunk bed
- Comfortable linen and electric blankets
- Sleeps a maximum of five guests
Heating & Cooling
- Air conditioning
- Indoor wood-burning fireplace
- Outdoor braai
- Electric blankets
- Winter blankets
Things to do
AfriCamps at Magoebaskloof, and the stunning surrounding area offer an abundance of activities. Take a look below!
The area is fast becoming a mecca for mountain bikers. The tough Green Route and the moderate Yellow Route both start and end at Cheerio Gardens.
Explore the stunning Gardens on foot or take on the popular Swartbos trail for stunning views over Tzaneen Dam.
Whether you prefer mountain biking, hiking, a peaceful picnic or just want to cool off from the summer heat, Debengeni Falls is a wonderful day outing.
Learn more about the art of brewing craft beer at Zwakala Brewery, and enjoy a pint while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere loved by locals and visitors alike.
Go quad biking, ziplining, kloofing, fly fishing, mountain biking, abseiling, and 4×4-ing in the ‘adventure capital’ of Tzaneen, George’s Valley Gorge.
The gardens date back to 1946, and today, welcome wedding guests to one of South Africa’s most beautiful garden wedding venues, Cheerio Gardens.
‘In the Company of Horses’ offers horse rides and overnight horse trails in Haenertsburg and Wolkberg Nature Reserve.
Visit the on-site restaurant for breakfast, light lunches, drinks, the most incredible pizzas and of course the famous pecan nut pie.
Learn About Cheese Making
Wegraakbosch Organic Dairy is walking distance from AfriCamps. Book a cheese making tour or enjoy a cheese platter and walk between farm animals.
Exquisite bird species can be spotted in the forest, in the gardens and around the farm dams. Pack a picnic and go birding!
Swimming in a farm dam
Enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the farm dams – don’t forget to bring swimming costumes and floaties! Bring your canoe along for a relaxing paddle.
DELIVERED TO YOUR TENT
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.
AfriCamps’ locally-sourced breakfast baskets are freshly packed and delivered straight to your tent. You need to flip that egg and brew the coffee yourself, but we’ll deliver everything you need! Don’t forget to order in advance.
AfriCamps braai baskets are available to order and are delivered straight to your tent. They are freshly packed with locally sourced meats and side dishes, ready for the braai! Don’t forget to order in advance.
Firewood is an absolute glamping essential to keep the fireplace, braai and wood-fired hot tub going. Order firewood from the farm or pick it up at the farm shop on arrival.
Kids Accommodation Pack
Kids love glamping and we love to welcome families with kids. You can request a baby cot and a high chair for your stay, so there’s no need to bring it all along. Remember to request it in advance.
Extra Cleaning Services
Our self-catering glamping tents are cleaned on every 4th day of your stay. A fresh set of bed linen and bath towels is provided. Daily cleaning services and towel sets are available to book.
- 10 AfriCamps tents (55 sqm)
- 5 Guests per tent
- 2 Queen size extra length beds
- 1 Single bunk bed
- Outdoor wood-fired hot tub
- Private bathroom with hot shower
- Indoor fireplace
- Air conditioning
- Electric blankets
- Cot and highchair on request
- Bar fridge
- 4-burner gas stove
- Cutlery and crockery for 5 guests
- All the little extras
- Braai facilities
- Breakfast & braai baskets to order
- Wi-Fi at reception
- Onsite shop
- Onsite Restaurant
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 nd she loves sharing the legacy of her great aunt with guest:
“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 Cafe for their coveted pecan nut pie!
Along with Sarah and JJ, we look forward to welcoming you to AfriCamps at Magoebaskloof – opening this spring!
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.
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.
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.
Exquisite bird species can be spotted in the forest, in the gardens and around the farm dams. Pack a picnic and go birding.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Yoghurt and muesli cup with a berry coulis
Cost: R130 per adult | R90 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
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
We have 3 meat options available. Each basket serves 400g of meat:
1. Rump steak, Boerewors, Short rib rasher.
2. Pork loin chop, Chicken breast sosatie.
3. Rump sosatie, 2 short rib rashers, pork banger.
Each of the above options are served with:
Potato in foil
Marshmallows on a stick
Kids braai basket options:
We have 2 meat options available, each basket serves 200g of meat:
1. Pork banger, chicken breast sosatie
2. Rump sosatie, short rib rasher
Each of the above options are served with:
Potato in foil
Marshmallows on a stick
Cost: R195 per adult | R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
Enjoy a freshly packed platter from a beautiful spot on the farm, or from the deck of your tent.
Platter boxes include:
Selection of cheeses
Marinated feta and olives
Dried fruit and nuts
Cost: R130 per person
Meal baskets are charged per person per day.
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 opening – 30 September 2021
R1840 per couple sharing
*Rates for additional guests (up to five guests per tent allowed):
R275 per adult | R175 per child 3-16yr | child 0-2 years stay free
Rates from 1 October 2021 – 30 Sept 2022
1 October to 9 December 2021
9 January 2022 to 30 April 2022
1 May 2022 – 31 August 2022 (Weekends and long weekends/public holidays)
R1890 per couple sharing
10 December 2021– 8 January 2022
R2390 per couple sharing
1 May 2022 to 30 August 2022 (Midweek Sun-Thurs)
R1390 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
Terms & Conditions
Please find our full terms and conditions here: www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions
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)
Unfortunately no pets allowed on the farm.
No noise, parties or music are allowed in the camp unless the guest has booked the entire camp.