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About Zwakala River Retreat

Zwakala River Retreat is an immersive self-catering getaway in the enchanting lush, mountainous area of Magoebaskloof in Limpopo. Comprising just four cottages with their own unique charm, the accommodation is discreetly situated in a secluded corner of the property, with some positioned by the river and others in proximity to the Mina’s Farm Venue and Zwakala Brewery. Both The Barn House and Honey House are equipped with electricity, but for a more rustic experience, Legodi Cottage and the Cob House are both off the grid.

The owners believe in the charm of simplicity with candlelight, lamps, hot water from a donkey boiler, and a cosy fire, fostering an atmosphere of romance, conversation, dreams, and togetherness. There are also two secluded private campsites near the river for more adventurous guests. Whether you choose to be conveniently close to Mina’s Wedding Venue and the award-winning Zwakala Brewery on-site or explore the various unique venues scattered around the farm, Zwakala River Retreat offers the ideal escape from the stresses of city life.

Zwakala River Retreat

The Magoebaskloof region of Limpopo in South Africa is an adventure-lover's dream, where lush indigenous forests and rolling hills create the perfect setting for a rejuvenating retreat. A pristine river hugs Zwakala River Retreat, inviting you to indulge in its crystal-clear waters, renowned for being an idyllic setting for leisurely swims. For those with a passion for angling, a 2.5km stretch of the river offers an exclusive trout fishing experience, with catch-and-release practices in place. Anglers can immerse themselves in the pursuit of Wild Browns and Rainbow trout, creating moments of tranquillity against the scenic backdrop.

Adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the extensive network of mountain bike trails that crisscross the surrounding landscape. Ranging from 10km to 80km, these marked trails cater to various skill levels and preferences. The area not only presents an excellent opportunity for altitude training but also unveils thrilling single-track trails, promising an exhilarating exploration of the picturesque surroundings. Whether seeking a soothing dip in the river, angling escapades, or adrenaline-fueled mountain biking, Zwakala River Retreat offers diverse activities and a wonderful ambience.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • Homemade rusks
  • Plunger coffee
  • Fresh herbs from the garden & olive oil.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do we need a 4x4 to get there?

  • Is there a restaurant at Zwakala River Retreat?

  • Is there a Spa?

  • Can we bring our children?


  • Simple, clean and beautiful

    Zwakala River Resort presents charming and cozy cabins nestled in a breathtaking environment. The natural beauty of the surroundings captivates visitors, featuring picturesque landscapes. One of the resort's highlights is the exquisite river that flows nearby, offering an unparalleled swimming experience. The pristine waters of the river, surrounded by lush greenery, provide an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

    Conservio.com review

    S. Vetty

  • Couples Getaway

    We really enjoyed our stay. It was so serene and refreshing, would’ve loved to stay longer. The cabins are well furnished and the view from the cabins is out of this world! We definitely will be making a return.

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    S. Gretton

  • Excellent Stay

    Very comfortable modern cabin in a very peaceful environment. The host response swiftly and is very helpful. Lots of hiking trails and close to restaurants. The brewery i also walking distance away, including the river

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    Z. Hof

Zwakala River Retreat impact highlights

At Zwakala River Retreat, every element is meticulously crafted to harmonize with nature, creating a serene and eco-friendly haven. The Cob house & Legodi cottage both have solar lights & Gas kitchen setup (stove/fridge) and feature steaming hot water sourced from a donkey boiler. Each accommodation unit is designed with a conscious effort to minimize environmental impact, incorporating solar power for running fridges and lights. Furthermore, all of our complimentary toiletries are local biodegradable artisan products. The Cob House, constructed with stone and earth, exemplifies their dedication to sustainable building methods.

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