In a valley, surrounded by the hills of Magoebaskloof, lies Sequoia Garden Retreat. It is a botanical chronicle, named after the Dawn Redwood trees (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides). These magnificent trees are descendants from the original seed collected in China's Sichuan Province where the tree was discovered in 1941 and is now grown on our premises.
Whether your idea of a walk is a gentle stroll around a garden, a more vigorous exploration of the many kilometres of paths through the 6ha of garden and 25ha of pine plantations on Sequoia or a back-packing climb through the exhilarating mountains and valleys of the Wolkberg, Sequoia Garden Retreat is the perfect base in one of South Africa's great natural landscapes.
This stone cottage is the perfect romantic hideaway, nestled in among tall meadow grass overlooking a picturesque dam. Ideal for Honeymooners, when you are there the rest of the world – including the rest of Sequoia Garden Retreat – ceases to exist. You wake up and look out on sunlit trees reflected in the still water. You watch the water birds come and go, and the busy little seed-eaters in the tall meadow grass. Sun and wind and rain on the water create an ever changing picture and millions of leaves sigh and shimmer all around you.
The cottage is a beautiful space, with Sequoia (American redwood) paneling and warm stone walls. The front part with its 3m high bay window is double volume. The walk-in bathroom contains a shower and a romantic corner bath by the window, looking out into the meadow. The cottage is comfortably equipped to sleep 4.
Sleeps 4 - Queen bed + Double Sleeper Couch. R1650 / night for 2 peopleBook now.
Converted from a stone farm building nearly 100 years old, Croft Cottage was for many years a labourer's hut. Today the mix of history and open plan living makes this unique and luxurious space amoungst the trees and gardens a memorable destination.
This open plan cottage is equipped for four. There is a bathroom with shower, toilet and basin. Across from Croft Cottage is the Stone Barn, also from the early 20th century, which still has its original weathered wooden doors.
Sleeps 2 - Queen Bed.
R1210 / night for the cottage
Whether your idea of a walk is a gentle stroll around a garden, a more vigorous exploration of the many kilometres of paths through the 6ha of garden and 25ha of pine plantations on Sequoia or a back-packing climb through the exhilarating mountains and valleys of the Wolkberg, Sequoia Gardens is the perfect base in one of South Africa's great natural landscapes.
The gardens include small, introverted formal spaces, two large dams and many other views on water, unusual rose gardens, long controlled axial vistas, an arboretum containing many rare temperate trees, and extensive walks - often in near natural vegetation. The design concept is symphonic: perceived on a huge scale, rhythm and contrast, theme and colour, repetition and counterpoint give dramatic texture. On the other hand, you can forget about the musical comparison, and just relax in the serene surroundings - or explore the spring colour for which the area is famous. (Cheerio Gardens, where it all started on 'The Mountain', is only 100m upstream.) Our most beautiful season is not spring though, but autumn. From mid-April to mid-May it is at its peak, and few gardens anywhere in the world can rival Sequoia Gardens in autumn! Summer brings lush green heaviness and hundreds of hydrangeas in bloom, and in winter the skeletons of trees are reflected in still water and the shape of the land shows through.
In the immediate neighbourhood are walks down to the Broederstroom, one of the best stretches of trout water in the country and the famous Haenertsburg Grasslands, home to the Blue Swallow and, in season, wonderful veldflowers. Other day-walks include Debegeni and the Forest Drive, birding in the very different climate of Kurisa Moya and treetop canopy tours across magnificent waterfalls where the Letaba drops down into the Lowveld. And of course much of this can be done on a bicycle.
For the more adventurous, back-packing hikes in the Wolkberg Wilderness Area give the chance to explore pristine streams in lost valleys and rugged mountain slopes offering breathtaking views of the pinnacles of Limpopo. Still not enough? The annual Iron Crown Trail Run in mid-July takes you on a half-marathon from the Haenertsburg Village Green to the top of Limpopo's highest mountain, a climb of over 680m and back. And the Ebenezer Mile in mid-March is known as the cleanest open-water swim in South Africa.
To do in the area
The Magoebaskloof canopy tour • Birding at Kurisa Moya • Wegraakbosch Organic Cheese Farm • Ebenezer dam cruises • Magoebaskloof adventures offer various adventure activities • Louis Changuion trail • Debengeni falls • Wolkberg wilderness area • Dap Naude dam • Kings Waldon Garden • Tea gardens and nurseries • Hiking and walking trails
Annual festivals include the well known Berry Festival in February, The Haenertsburg Food, Wine and Beer Festival in April and The Spring Fair in September.
The Pot and Plow Pub and Grill and The Magoebaskloof Hotel are both less than 2km away. Haenertsburg has a few cosy restaurants and coffee shops on offer. These include: The Iron Crown Pub and Grill, The Red Plate, Lekwar Restaurant, Caffe Villa Trattoria, Once Upon a Thyme and Minki’s Coffee shop.
Please note that check-in is from 14:00 and check-out is at 10:00. Other bookings permitting, these times can be changed on request.
GPS Co-ordinates: C23° 54’03.6″S 29° 56’52.5″E - Please Note: If using a GPS do not follow instructions to leave tar until you have passed Haenertsburg and turn onto the Cheerio Road!
We are 400km from Johannesburg, north along the N1. From the N1 North on the Polokwane bypass, turn east onto the R71 towards Tzaneen. After about 65km there is a stop street at Haenertsburg. Follow the R71 to the top of the hill – about 3km – to the Cheerio Road or “L” road. It lies between Haenertsburg and Stanford Lake College. If coming from Tzaneen the "L" road is 1.6km beyond Stanford Lake College.
Directions from Tzaneen Via R71 to Magoebaskloof
As you exit the end of the Magoebaskloof pass, carry on straight on the R71 Road for 7km. You should pass Stanford Lake College's entrance on your right hand side in 5.3km, carry on straight up the winding R71 road for 1.7km. The Cheerio Road sign will appear on your left hand side. Turn right onto the Cheerio Road and carry on for 2.6km on the ground road. Follow the road to your left as it splits twice beyond the hill. After passing Cheerio Garden's entrance, the ground road descends downwards through an S-bend and Sequoia Garden Retreat's entrance is in 1km on the right.
Directions from Haenertsburg Via R71 to Tzaneen
As you approach the 3-way stop by Haenertsburg, continue straight on the R71 for 3.9km towards Magoebaskloof. You should pass Glenshiel Hotel on your right after 2km. The Cheerio Road sign will appear on your left hand side in 1.9km. Turn left onto the Cheerio Road and carry on for 2.6km on the ground road. Follow the road to your left as it splits twice beyond the hill. After passing Cheerio Garden's entrance, the ground road descends downwards through an S-bend and Sequoia Garden Retreat's entrance is in 1km on the right.
Sequoia Garden Retreat is Approximately...
4km (5-10min) from Stanford Lake College
7km (5-10min) from Haenertsburg
35km (35min) from Tzaneen
68km (1 hour) from Polokwane Airport
147km (1h30min) from Phalaborwa Gate of The Kruger National Park
385 km (3h50min) from Johannesburg