Consolata Estate Magoebaskloof accommodation is situated on a private farm at the beginning of the Ebenezer Dam about 1.5 km from Haenertsburg in the beautiful Magoebaskloof area. The farm house and accommodation is on a peninsula, surrounded by the Ebenezer Dam. The peninsula is a rambling garden with a variety of old trees such as Liquid Amber, Pin oak, Chinese Maple, making autumn a spectacular sight.
An abundance of Azalea, flowering Cherry trees and Crab apple give spring a burst of colour. Summer follows with lush green lawns and the Hydrangea blossoms are simply beautiful. Enjoy strolling through the 3ha garden and take time to meditate at special spots or stop at the fountain under shady trees. Enjoy a sundowner watching the sunset overlooking the Ebenezer Dam. If you are an early riser you could be rewarded seeing duiker walking through the garden or under the chestnut trees.
Ideal for gentle walks, mountain biking, birding and fishing. Keen fishermen will be happy to know that they can launch their boats from the property. This facility is exclusively for Consolata guests.
The origin of the farm name - "Consolata"
At the beginning of the second world war, Secondo Rech was incarcerated with his brother Mario at Koffiefontein internment camp. At the time he was farming with his father in the Mooketsi area, but as per the law of that time, was sent to prison because of being Italian. He came out if internment in 1940, and together with his brother planned to purchase their own farm to start an avocado nursery. In 1943 he noticed in the local newspaper - The Zoutpanberg Review - that here is to be an auction of a farm in Haenertsburg. The farm had been up for auction several times but never reached the minimun to repay the outstanding loan. He also had a chat to a local Haenertsburger, Bob Collins' father, who had nothing good to say about the farm and most people thought he was mad and that he did not have enough experience to do farming of any sorts. He eventually bought the property for eleven pounds seventeen shillings per morgen (R23.75) There was to be a down payment of 20% and the balance was covered by a Land Bank loan.
At the time he was corresponding with a Kenyan priest whom he befriended in the camp and told him about the farm. He asked of the priest had any suggestions for a name. The priest suggested "Consolata" meaning consoling, as this was the name of the mission station he came from in Kenya. He immediately accepted this name as it fitted the spirit of his endeavors to acquire his own farm. At a later stage he learned the the Consolata Mission in Nairobi is quite extensive among the Kikuyu people of Kenya. The order takes its name from the shrine to the Virgin Mary in Turin called "La Madonna de Consolata"
There is a variety of accommodation:
1. A private set of three quaint farm-style rondavels comprising of a bedroom for two with a fireplace to relax in front of on a cool day. Adjacent bathroom and dining area.
2. Annex off the main house - one en-suite bedroom and an additional bedroom with small lounge with a separate entrance. Ideally for a couple with children.
R 400.00 p/p/p/n (self-catering)
R 470.00 single
Children 5 to 10 years: R 330.00 per night
Child 11yrs and up full adult rate
- Close to the Village of Haenertsburg with ATM's, general dealers, shops and restaurants.
- Serviced daily except on Sundays and public holidays
- Surrounded by beautiful gardens with brilliant summer and autumn colours
- At Consolata we want you to relax and experience the silence of nature, so we have no TV's in our rooms.
- Fishing in the E.D. for bass, carp, kurper, barbell and for trout in winter
- Private launch site for your boat.
- Adjacent to the launch site there is a secluded picnic spot under shady trees with braai facilities and you can take a refreshing swim in the clear water of the dam. Sitting at the picnic spot you have a beautiful view to the indigenous forest on the other side of the dam and often one can see and hear the fish eagle perching on the trees.
- Take a stroll on level walking around the peninsula and enjoy the peace and quietness.
- Mountain biking and walking along the E.D and through the pine forest on the farm.
- From November till January it is blueberry time, and you are welcome to pick your own.
- Bring your own boat, canoe and mountain bike.
- Excellent birding.
Activities in the area
- Historical sites: two places where the famous Boer Long Toms were destroyed
- Hiking and walking trails
- The Wolkberg Wilderness area
- Trout fishing
- Abseiling, tubing, mountain biking (own bike)
- Horse riding
- Birding (Two South African birds, the Black-fronted Bush Shrike and the Blue Swallow are endemic to this area)
- Various tea gardens and nurseries
- Picnicking at the Dap Naude dam
- Waterfalls, including the Debengeni falls
- Cheese making and organic farm tour - Wegraakbosch Organic Dairy
- Cruises on the Ebenezer Dam
Please complete and submit your booking enquiry directly to Anita at Consolata Estate by completing and submitting this form. Please do not hesitate to consult the website again should there not be availability. .
Thank you for your interest and enjoy your stay. Please check the dates for all our activities and festivals and remember to book your accommodation early during busy periods.
From Johannesburg, take the N1 highway to Polokwane (Pietersburg), then take the R71 to Tzaneen, Continue for +-56km and pass the turn-off to Haenertsburg. Turn right on the R528 (Georges Valley) towards Tzaneen. Consolata Estate, access Rd - F2, is approximately 1,5 from the R71. Turn left and follow the road for 1 km, keep left to your accommodation. The road is an all-weather dirt road suitable for all vehicles.
Map of the area