Welcome to Paradise! Tomjachu Bush Retreat
is an exclusive private nature estate set in over 550 hectares (1300 acres) of game fenced mountain bushveld, located within the Crocodile Valley Nature Conservancy. Just 20 minutes from Nelspruit it overlooks the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park and the great Crocodile River valley.
The Nature Estate is regularly remarked upon as being one of the most beautiful and serene locations, in this area where beauty abounds. Set in its own valley with breath-taking views across the Bekker Mountains, the Homestead and nearby cottages are surrounded by beautiful gardens, lawns and terraces, all sharing the greater splendours of nature. Perched high above the Homestead, our 5-star self catering Valbonne Villa also offers spectacular views from its extensive veranda and infinity pool, which lies at eye level with the soaring eagles.
Whether you want to relax and unwind listening to the orchestra of over 265 bird species, play croquet or boules, walk amongst Plains Game, fish for Bass, go for a game drive in our safari Land Rover with our experienced ranger, see Fish Eagles pluck a Bream from the cool waters of the south dam, mountain bike from 30 m to 1006 m above sea level, Tomjachu Bush Retreat offers the variety of your choosing.
With our own tour vehicle and specialist guide you can be picked up right from the comfort of your room or cottage to travel to the nearby Kruger National Park, on a half or full day tour, to search for the Big Five, The Ugly Five, or even the Miniature Five. You can also experience the fantastic vistas and sights of the Panoramic Route on a full day tour. Tomjachu Bush Retreat is the ideal base to explore all the wonders of the Lowveld.
We accommodate 14 Guests at the Homestead and three delightful cottages. Each has their own unique character and romance. We are additionally blessed with spectacular bush locations, for enjoying braais, bush dinners and picnics, under the stars, waterfalls or open thatch, or breakfast by the water`s edge. Whether self-catering or choosing to dine with us in our elegant dining room, with culinary delights served by our superb chef, good food and great atmosphere are assured.
Recently launched, our multi award-winning Valbonne Villa offers the exquisite luxury of a 5-star TGCSA, self-catering Villa suitable for 6 couples or 12 guests sharing – fully serviced. Chef available. Regional winner and national runner up of the Lilizela Awards two years running in 2014 and 2015.
Our relaxed, informal and highly professional team will make your stay an indelible memory.
Lilizela Awards 2014 and 2015 - Provincial Winner & National Finalist: Valbonne Villa 5 Star TGCSA S/C
Sleeping Out Best establishment 2015 Nelspruit
Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
Booking.com Guest Review Award 2015
Accommodation at Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Valbonne Villa is in a spectacular location that hangs above the Bekker Mountains, looking towards the Crocodile Valley Gorge, set in the Crocodile Mountain Conservancy just twenty minutes from Nelspruit. This Villa is a double-storey, dramatic classical South African Lowveld home, with cool rambling veranda and six bedroom suites brimming with family antiques, paintings, local art and a lifetime of memorabilia.
Valbonne Villa offers the exquisite luxury of a multi award-winning 5-star TGCSA, self-catering villa suitable for 6 couples or 12 guests sharing – fully serviced. The accommodation includes an elegant sitting room, TV room, and study with all bedrooms en-suite, and a superbly fully equipped kitchen. An extensive covered terrace leads to a large braai area set in luscious gardens, with an infinity pool: all overlooking the most spectacular and dramatic views. Various tailor made catering options available.
Three individual bedrooms and suites with The Homestead`s beautiful sitting room, pool, gardens and terraces offer an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for small parties and families.
A luxurious thatched hideaway, with huge sliding doors bringing a panoramic view to the foot of your bed, probably with the odd zebra or giraffe crossing your vision. Including a plunge pool, and glorious steop with a hammock to laze away the days.
Surrounded by lush trees, Bush Cottage imparts a sense of being immersed and blended with nature. Perfect for a family getaway.
A stone clad romantic hideaway, situated with its own stunning, far reaching views across the valley and mountains. Its natural garden blends into the bush, with impala gracefully grazing on the lawn at dawn and ostrich gazing impudently through the windows.
Keeper`s Cottage nestles under a giant fig tree where its roots clamber over a dramatic rocky outcrop.
Tucked away, but adjacent to the Lodge’s gardens and pool, Keeper`s offers complete privacy and tranquillity, with its large patio where hammocks and a swing chair swaying in silent invitation.
Refreshing and airy, informal and relaxing with painted furniture, deep cushioned old fashioned colonial armchairs and vibrant skins, many arguably remark that it is the most romantic of our cottages.
Facilities & Services:
- Children under 12 years
- Honeymoon Couples
- Airport Shuttle Service
- Laundry Service
- Ironing Service
- Special Meals on Request
- Self-Braai / Barbecue
- Dining room
- Cots available
- Internet Access
- Fax & Photocopy Machine
- Fireplace on the Premises
- Parking (off-street - open)
- Hiking / Walking Trails
- Swimming Pool
- Communal Satellite TV
- DVD and/or VCR
Tomjachu Bush Retreat Activities:
Game on the estate includes Zebra, Ostrich, Wildebeest, Kudu, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Impala, Blesbok, Mountain Reedbuck, Jackal, Bushpig, Civet, and Bushbabies to name but a few, and as there are no big 5 animals, it is perfectly safe to walk amongst the abundant game and experience the bush first hand. The birdlife at Tomjachu is prolific, with over 265 different species identified on the property. Game drives or guided bush walks can be arranged on request with the opportunity of stopping for sundowners by an open fire alongside the Tipperary river waterfall or even a lantern-lit dinner at the Bush Lapa. Enjoy Mountain biking through our many miles of maintained bush tracks with stunning views around every corner. Alternatively you can take yourselves on one of the many walking trails that interweave around the property or even try your hand fishing on the dam.
Tomjachu Bush Retreat Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
It is always advisable to wear long trousers when walking in the bush, but it is not necessary. Good walking boots are advised if you are hiking on the property.
Tomjachu Bush Retreat Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
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Very tranquil, special and true nature experience for those with similar interest. We will not easily forget the rock-house lodge, its relative quality facilities and touch in the bush, its privacy, its unspoiled surrounding within which there lies lots to discover, Yes, to see, to hear and to smell by people who appreciate nature. We have sincerely enjoyed the 2-night stay and felt a bit sad to leave.
Rating: Reviewed by johann rudman over a year ago
We had a lovely stay in the beautiful Keepers Cottage! It was very relaxing, lovely surroundings, we really enjoyed the food and the hosts are very accommodating! Would recommend Tomjachu to any weary traveller in need of some peace and quiet.
Rating: Reviewed by Wally and Eby van der Loon over a year ago
Very high standard of accommodation, magnificent scenery and friendly ostrich by your door. Owners very welcoming and we would certainly go again. Well placed for Kruger Park (40 mins to the gate). Super self-guded walks on the game farm.
Rating: Reviewed by Dr Roger Poland over a year ago
Just one thing to say.. Everything was great… We strongly recommend this lodge. We are so sorry that South Africa is so far away for us, we would love to take long week ends at Tomajachu Bush lodge.
Rating: Reviewed by Florin Rudareanu over a year ago
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