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Life’s adventures begin where the tar road ends!  Red Cliff Lodge is a family-owned off-the-grid eco-cabin that is intimately located in the heart of the Marico District which is well known for its crystal clear rivers, arguably some of the cleanest water in South Africa.

Our countryside cabin has been constructed in such a way that you will feel as if you are the only person on earth and the expression “cabin in the woods” certainly rings true however, the valley is surrounded by red cliffs which glow red in the afternoon sun and are quite a spectacle.

The cabin sleeps 5 guests and contains 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and a well-equipped kitchen and dining area.  The first bedroom contains a double bed.  The second bedroom contains a tri-bunk bed with a double bed bottom-bunk and single bed top-bunk, sleeping 3.  The bathroom contains a shower over a corner bath, as well as a handheld shower attachment.  The windows have been fitted with mosquito screens and we have also fitted burglar bars to ensure that your supplies don’t get raided by our resident baboons and monkeys.

The cabin is completely off-the-grid and operates off gas and solar, keeping it as environmentally friendly as possible.  We are pet friendly for small housetrained pets.

The cabin has a stunning outside thatched lapa with a built-in braai and outdoor dining furniture.  A cold-water splash pool is the perfect cool-down spot on extremely hot summer days, or enjoy the sun on one of the sun loungers.

You are welcome to enjoy our riverside braai area. Enjoy the peace, tranquility and stillness that water rippling over the rocks brings.

Area Info:

A three-hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria of which the hardest part is getting out of the city, we are situated in a small place called Bokkraal, Groot Marico. Nestled in the heart of one of the most pristine areas in South Africa, lies the Marico Biosphere Reserve, which comprises some of the most unspoiled and in parts untouched land in South Africa. One minute you will experience bushveld the next savannah and then wetlands, which are situated along streams and the Marico River which flows into the Marico Bosveld Dam. The Marico Biosphere Reserve (Marico BR) in the North West Province, was designated by UNESCO in 2018 and covers an area of 447 268 ha. The Marico Protected Environment was declared in 2016 in terms of the Protected Areas Act and, is mainly situated along the headwaters of the Marico River. The Marico BR is located on huge dolomitic aquifers (i.e. underground lakes) and boasts several “eyes”, of which the most famous is the “Marico Eye” which is frequented by divers. The region is also known as the home of Herman Charles Bosman and, is most notably famous for its traditional alcohol – “Mampoer”. Steeped in history across many cultures that have been documented since the early 1800’s, it is well worth visiting. There are also several free roaming animals in the gorges and if you are quiet and lucky enough they may just bless you with a quick sighting. These are kudu, rhebok, nyala, bushbuck and warthog. Baboons and monkeys are plentiful and it is said that there are still leopards in the area. Experience the stars like never before; at night our countryside changes and offers you a totally new dimension as the Milky Way presents itself in full splendour. One can spend hours just lying and gazing at the stars. The silence is broken by the sounds of frogs chirping and the night jar calling. In the distance, you will hear the rivers and streams as well as the wind rustling through the trees. Located on the Rietspruit Private Nature Reserve adjacent to Red Cliff Lodge, is a 10 km trail. Portions of the farm were utilised for tobacco farming and one can still see the underground tobacco store, the old farmhouse with its old-fashioned bread oven where many a loaf was baked in the old farmhouse. The route traverses across the Kaaloog Loop, Rietspruit, Bokkraal Loop and Rhebokfontein Loop which form a confluence where the Marico river starts. The river has been graded as an A/B ecological class which in essence means that it is largely natural with few modifications. It is one of the most pristine water sources in the country. Enjoy some history as you cross old wagon trails that were used for trading purposes between Marico and Lichtenburg. View the Cathedral – a sheer rockface where a registered pair of Verreaux’s eagles have their nest. Crossing the streams approximately 10 times there is also the opportunity to stop halfway to have a picnic on the bank of the river. Other points of interest include the Preacher Chamber and Aloe Cliff. Of further interest is an overhanging cliff which, it is said, the Boers hid their families away from English soldiers during the Anglo-Boer War. Booking is essential as the trail only allows for 10 persons at a time to minimise damage to the ecosystem and environment. A detailed map is provided with GPS coordinates however, it is requested that when hiking the trail all hikers please stay on the pathways/route to not only ensure minimal damage to the environment but also for your safety as well as to ensure you do not get lost. It is preferable to accompany your guide on the hike. Rietspruit Private Nature Reserve comprises some 280ha and if one is not familiar with the territory it is quite easy to lose your way.


* Hiking
* Bird watching
* Mountain biking
* Bird watching
* Swimming in the river

Rooms and Units Available:

Two-bedroom Wooden Eco-Cabin
This off-the-grid gas and solar-powered cabin sleeps 5 and has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, a cold water splash pool, a lapa with braai, and a riverside braai area.
Sleeps 4 Adults and 1 child

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Pets only by Arrangement
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Parking (off-street - open)
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
4x4 Routes
Historic Sites

Cancellation Policy:

-  If cancelling 14 days before arrival, forfeit 100% of the booking total.
-  If cancelling 21 days before arrival, forfeit 50% of the booking total.
-  If cancelling 30 days before arrival, forfeit 25% of the booking total.

Terms and Conditions

* No Wi-Fi is available.
* Small pets are permitted by arrangement at no additional charge, however, they must be house-trained and socialised. Owners must pick up after their pets.
* Please be aware of monkeys and baboons and do not leave food unattended outside.
* As the access roads are dirt roads it is recommended that you have a high clearance vehicle, SUV or 4x4 vehicle to access the area.
* No smoking indoors.
* No parties/events allowed.
* No loud noise allowed.
* Please be mindful of animals and nature.
* No polluting or causing damage to the environment as this is a Reserve.


Note: We are situated in a small place called Bokkraal, Groot Marico, 3 hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. As the access roads are dirt roads it is recommended that you have a high clearance vehicle, SUV or 4x4 vehicle to access the area. This will add to your adventure. From Johannesburg/Pretoria: - Take the N14 towards Krugersdorp. At the intersection of Hendrik Potgieter and the N4 (Pinehaven Sasol) turn right to go towards Magaliesburg (R24). - Go through Magaliesburg and take the left turn onto the R509 (a Spar store will be on your left). - Keep on the R509 through Derby and then Koster. - Keep left at Koster onto the R52. - Keep on the R52 until you intersect with the R53 Swartruggens / Ventersdorp intersection. - Turn right on the R53 towards Swartruggens. - Travel on the R53 until you reach the P172-2 (old Koster / Zeerust road. - Turn left towards Zeerust on the dirt road. - This is where you turn the work switch to off as you leave the tar road and enjoy the view. - Travel for approximately 30 km. - For those of you who want to do a bit of 4x4/offroad, you are welcome to take the first turn-off to Bokkraal. - For those of you that don’t please take the second turn off to Bokkraal. - If you reach the turn-off for Groot Marico you have gone too far. - Follow the road until you reach the gate that points out Red Cliff Lodge (B12) and Afsaal Dawie and Juliet Fourie. - Go through this gate and follow the not-so-long and winding road until you reach a fork, with signboards pointing to Red Cliff Lodge and Bremer House, turn left here. - Take a right and keep following the dirt road. - You will come to Afsaal Farm Bokkraal which is the first property to your left. - Our welcoming committee and early warning system will announce your arrival. - Please proceed down past our house through the gate and turn right. - The lodge will be to your left. We will meet you there.

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Children Policy

-  Children aged between 0 and 12 pay 50% of the sharing rate.
-  Children aged between 13 and 18 pay 100% of the sharing rate.

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  • Accommodation Type: Country Lodge
  • Malaria Area: No
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM