Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a private farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof / Haenertsburg Mountains on the banks of the Broederstroom River – the source of the great Letaba. There is a variety of Magoebaskloof accommodation and private campsite to choose from.
Our wedding venue, Mina’s Art Café and Farm Venue, created out of the original farm house and shed, overlooking the valley with large old trees in the garden, is perfect for weddings, events and gatherings and is host to our quarterly Mina's Neighbourhood Market with real food and cool music.
Zwakala Mountain Brewery, our charming craft brewery overlooks the Wolkberg Mountains and is one of the most scenic places to enjoy cold Zwakala craft beer and a gourmet burger in Magoebaskloof. For those not interested in Hops & Barley we have Blueberry Gin & Tonic on Tap, a popular favourite. Zwakala means "come closer" and this is exactly what happens here when friends and family gather to enjoy, talk and eat.
We offer fantastic walks and clearly marked cycling routes through forests and private farms in the area. Also trout fishing on the river and in the surrounding area, visits to other establishments such as Wegraakbosch Cheese Farm, the famous Cheerio Gardens and Sequoia Garden Retreat just up the road.
Legodi Cottage is a two bed-roomed cottage which sleeps 4 people comfortably. There is also space for 2 children on the large built in couches surrounding the fireplace. Fully equipped with gas stove and fridge, large inside fireplace, outside braai area and a deck overlooking river. Down duvets keep the winter chills at bay. (4 -5 sleeper)
The Barn House
An old barn converted into two loft apartments. Each apartment has an upstairs bedroom with a double bed. In the downstairs area there is a double sleeper couch which can accommodate extra adult or children. There is a small kitchenette for making tea and coffee with a fridge and a separate bathroom area. Each of the apartments are exactly the same and both open onto a veranda. On the one end of the veranda is a fully equipped kitchen for self catering. Outside fireplace and a braai. Looks out over the valley and mountains. (4 to 8 sleeper) The Barn House has electricity.
The Cob House
A beautiful eco-friendly two bed-roomed cottage built from stone and earth using the Cob sustainable building method. The cottage has two bathrooms, one on-suite and one separate. The lounge area has two full sized single mattresses on a built in sleeper couch area around the fireplace. Extra bedding for these two mattresses makes it perfect to sleep an extra two children or adults. It has a gas fridge and stove, large fireplace, solar lights in all the rooms. It opens out onto a veranda and outside fire pit for sitting around at night. (4 -6 sleeper)\
The Farm House
The Farm House recently renovated into a comfortable, fully equipped guesthouse. It has four bedrooms each with a double bed and three bathrooms. A large veranda looks out over the valley. It's conveniently located near our farm event area for easy access during functions. The farm house has electricity. (8 sleeper)
Our Limpopo camping site is situated next to the Broederstroom River. Experience the quietness and the beauty of the stars at night. The gurgling of the river over rapids and small waterfalls will ensure the best sleep ever. The campsite has a covered kitchen area with a large fireplace ideal for the cold misty days. An outdoor hot water shower and a flush loo with a view make up the ablution facilities. It's a private campsite so if you book it its yours only for the duration of your stay. Ideal for groups of up to 16 people.
We have varied accommodation. Please contact us for a quote on available units.
Situated on a farm high up in the magical Magoebaskloof mountains of Limpopo Province, Mina's Art Cafe & Farm Venue is the original farmhouse from the 1900's lovingly renovated into our farm venue, and has a warm, arty atmosphere. Old stone reveals set off against white washed walls and painted stick ceilings and a large log fireplace add to the vintage charm. It has an old fashioned "stoep" overlooking a terraced garden with grand old shady trees and spectacular views over the valley. It also has a fully equipped kitchen where delicious menus are prepared from the freshest ingredients. Its a special place and has a magical atmosphere! It forms part of Zwakala River Retreat which offers a variety of accommodation on the banks the the river that flows through the farm.
We specialize in:
- Farm style weddings. Mina's is located on a family farm high up on the Magoebaskloof mountains of the Limpopo Province. We offer farm style weddings with an old fashioned vintage feel. We love providing a beautiful, rustic canvas for creative couples wanting to compose their own idea of a special and meaningful wedding day. Our in-house farm kitchen serves up a variety of delicious menus with the emphasis on slow food made from the freshest local ingredients. It’s a family run venue and much love, thought and care is poured into each occasion.
- Group lunches, dinners or picnics for special occasions - we offer tapas-style taste sensations served in our venue at night, or alfresco under the huge old oak trees or in picnic form along the river bank, weather permitting.
- Regular music and art events - bringing people and the arts together.
- Monthly pub evenings and Sunday lunches.
- Mina's Neighbourhood Market - a sensational mix of the best local food,home brews, cool people, hot music and farm fresh country air - held the first Sunday of March, June, September and December and not to be missed!
Just up the road from Mina’s Farm Venue you will find our award winning micro-brewery – Zwakala! Come closer is what the name means and that’s exactly the convivial African spirit behind our delicious range of beers and gin and tonic on tap! Each batch of beer is handcrafted, nothing unnatural is used in the brewing process – and the most important ingredient is the clear and pure mountain water drawn from the Letaba River. As the saying goes, “once you have tasted the water of the Letaba, you will never want to leave”. The brewery has enormous windows that overlook the mountains and is the perfect place to hang out over weekends enjoying not only the beer and gin and tonic on tap but also the variety of outdoor games such as – life-size jenga, badminton & corn hole which are fun for both adults and kids!
For your wedding the brewery offers:
A Bar with Beer on Tap: Zwakala is able to provide you with a portable bar and kegs for the freshest Beer on Tap! This is popular with guests – served during the canapes. We will send you all the prices on request.
Friday Night Celebrations: Having ventured to Magoebaskloof, your guests will no doubt be looking forward to seeing friends & family on the Friday night before the excitement of your Wedding Day. Book a night of award winning craft beer & gourmet burgers to catch up with everybody!
Beer Favours: Customise a beer label for guests to take a wonderful memory home.
Photo Opportunities: Groomsmen enjoy having a cold one with the photographer in the brewery before the ceremony. After the ceremony the brewery is also a wonderful spot to have a drink and celebrate with the bridesmaids & groomsmen. Please note that the brewery is open to the public on weekends from 11am-5pm.
So…. Zwakala! Come Closer!!!
Open from 11am till 5pm on weekends and public holidays. For more information or bookings contact Luca on 073 791 6797 or Denise on 083 980 8433 Facebook: Zwakala Brewery
Historical sites: two places where the famous Boer Long Toms were destroyed | Hiking and walking trail | 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 | Visit organic farms and do a cheese making or farm tour | Cruises on the Ebenezer dam.
More information on our Activities pages
Please complete and submit your booking enquiry directly to Denise at Mina's Art Café and Zwakala River Retreat 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.
GPS Co-ordinates: S23° 54.036’’ E29° 55.932’
Follow R71 towards Haenertsburg from Polokwane - pass Haenertsburg towards Magoebaskloof. Three km outside of Haenertsburg take Cheerio Road to your left. Go straight for about 2km till you see a fork in the road with a lot of signs including Zwakala River Retreat. Keep left and left again at the Cheerio Gardens sign. Carry on for another 3km till you see the Zwakala Camp site and Invader Craft sign ... ignore this and carry on till you see the second BIG sign saying 'Zwakala River Retreat. River cabins and camping'. This is the river road ... take a left and follow the signs until you get to your accommodation.
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