Come and experience the Bushveld at its best at Gnu Ranch, less than 3 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria where the majestic Waterberg meets the beautiful Bushveld.
Gnu Ranch is spread over 22500ha of savannah, hills, luscious bushveld, grass plains and bird rich wetlands. Relax and enjoy the diverse wildlife, topography and activities we offer in this malaria free bush paradise with your family, friends or colleagues. Whether you need a Bushveld breakaway, celebrate a special occasion, we will gladly make your visit a memorable one!
Accommodation at Gnu Ranch:
Gnu Ranch offers different kinds of accommodation, several kilometers apart in distance and in features.
- Rock Lodge two luxury thatched units, built on a hill with spectacular views.
- Tree Top Cabin very unique, absolutely romantic and the ultimate in privacy.
- Luxury Tent isolated, private and romantic.
The lodge has two individual thatched units, built on a hill with spectacular views. Each unit has three bedrooms opening onto a private patio all with en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen opening onto a covered deck and an intimate rock boma to enjoy the music of the Bushveld nightlife around a cozy fire. When the game seeks shade under the big Marula and Wild fig trees in the heat of day, the deck surrounding the elevated rock pool is the ideal place to enjoy the sunshine.
Tree Top Cabin:
Is very unique, absolutely romantic and the ultimate in privacy. Ideal for a romantic getaway or quality time with family and friends. Built in the branches of a huge Tamboti tree, it surely is the ultimate regarding privacy and uniqueness. The two bedroom cabin has a private swimming pool, intimate fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and a deck overlooking a bird rich wetland. Even the outside bath seems to hang between the branches 10 meters from the ground! The cabin has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and single sleeper-couch and the second room has three single beds. Any birdwatchers dream!
The Luxury tents are a true Bushveld experience; you will never get closer to nature in luxury and ultimate privacy! The chalet-type permanent tents are both built at the edge of a hill with spectacular views, far away from each other and any other accommodation.
The one tent is built between massive rocks, with a wooden deck complete with a spa-bath overlooking a beautiful valley, and the other tent is built on stilts with a spa-bath close to the private braai area.
Each tent is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, equipped kitchenette, air-conditioner and intimate fireplace for the important Bushveld fire.
This truly is the ultimate romantic option for any couple close to nature!
Activities at Gnu Ranch:
The 2200ha ranch is home to 15 species of plains game like Kudu, Eland, Hartebeest, Zebra, Blue wildebeest, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Blesbuck, Klipspringer, etc. When the sun sets over the Waterberg, predators like Leopard, Cheetah, crocodile and Hyena often leave their tracks in the pathways to remind us of their presence. We are also part of the De Wild cheetah management program.
We offer game-drives on a open vehicle, alternatively drive around and enjoy the bush in your own vehicle. We give our guest the freedom to drive all over the reserve at their own time, wander around whenever they feel like and enjoy our piece of pristine Bushveld as if it were their own. You will receive a map of the ranch on arrival.
Bring your own tackle and try your luck at Bass, Kurper, Karp or Barbel in one of our dams. The nearby Mokolo dam is Limpopos largest dam and a Bass hotspot- bring your boat along!
Our vast diversity of topography makes for excellent hiking, mountain-bike and 44 trials. The map provided on arrival will help you choose the most suitable trail.
Gnu Ranch is located only 250km tarred road from Pretoria, an eay 2,5 hour drive.
- Take the N1 North to Polokwane
- At the Kranskop Plaza turn left to Nylstroom/Modimolle
- Follow the road straight through Nylstroom to Vaalwater
- Proceed through Vaalwater to Bulgerivier/Thabazimbi
(Do not turn right into Lephalale)
- 68km from Vaalwater you will find the reception/farmhouse and Gnu Ranch sign on the left, and the entrance to the ranch on your right.
PLEASE REPORT TO RECEPTION ON YOUR LEFT FIRST.