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Welcome to your Home in the Bush.

Tomjachu Bush Retreat is an exclusive, family-owned private nature reserve set in over 550 hectares (1300 acres) of game fenced mountain bushveld where family, peace and nature embrace one another and special memories are forged forever.

Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, with family, friends, or your loved one, Tomjachu offers something for everyone. On our trails, tracks and roads you can hike amongst the abundant plains game and through mountains and valleys, mountain bike through the bush on easy or challenging routes, enjoy a nature drive or guided bushwalk with our experienced ranger, or try your hand at fishing for bass and bream in our dams.

Or you can simply unwind by the pool, listening to the orchestra of over 265 bird species, as the fresh mountain air trickles up from the valley below.

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. Regional winner and national runner up of the Lilizela Toursim Awards for four consecutive years in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Whether self-catering or choosing to dine with us in our elegant dining room at the Homestead, good food and great atmosphere are assured. Our relaxed, informal and highly professional team are sure to make your stay an indelible memory.

- Lilizela Awards 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 - Provincial Winner & National Finalist: Valbonne Villa 5 Star TGCSA S/C
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015, 2016 & 2017
- Luxury Travel Guide award Country Retreat of the Year 2017
- Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Accommodation at Tomjachu Bush Retreat:
The Homestead
Three individual bedrooms and suites with The Homestead`s beautiful sitting room, pool and terraces offering an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
- 3 luxurious bedrooms (doubles and twins), all en-suite
- Coffee and tea station with Homemade rusks
- Inner and outer dining areas, for Dinner & Breakfast
- Four course dinner and continental or cooked breakfast included
- Extensive lawns and gardens
- Boma with open fire pit
- All rooms have fans and heaters
- Full same day laundry facilities (weather and water conditions permitting)
- Free WIFI
- Sitting rooms
- Drawing room with open log fire, leading to study
- Large swimming pool with sun loungers and sun umbrellas
- Covered and open parking
- House Safe

Rock House
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.

This vast open thatched studio style cottage is beautifully and comfortably appointed with:
- A king-sized bed
- Bathroom with rock face double shower & WC
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Coffee and tea station with Homemade rusks
- Barbeque (braai area) and fire pit
- Sensuous plunge pool
- Lounge area
- Dressing area with separate WC
- Dining area
- Covered and open terraces
- Free WIFI
Self-Catering Cottage. Meals are available at the Homestead by prior arrangement

Bush Cottage
Surrounded by lush trees, Bush Cottage imparts a sense of being immersed and blended with nature. Perfect for a family getaway.
A stone clad open-plan 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 through the windows.

The cottage is beautifully and comfortably appointed with:
- One double bedroom
- One twin bedroom
- Bathroom with shower; additional WC
- Large sitting room with open fireplace and dining area
- Barbecue (braai area) and boma
- Free WIFI
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Coffee and tea station with Homemade rusks
- Private swimming pool
- Covered veranda with dining table and seating
Self-Catering Cottage. Meals are available at the Homestead by prior arrangement

Keepers Cottage
Keeper`s Cottage nestles under a giant fig tree where its roots clamber over a dramatic rocky outcrop.
Tucked away, but adjacent to the Homesteads gardens and pool, Keeper`s offers complete privacy and tranquillity, with its large patio where a hammock swaying in silent invitation.
Refreshing and airy, informal and relaxing, many arguably remark that it is the most romantic of our cottages.

Keeper`s Cottage features:
- King size bed (can be made twin)
- Open-plan sitting room and dining area with fireplace
- Open plan fully equipped kitchen
- Coffee and tea station with Homemade rusks
- Sunrise coffee terrace
- Barbecue (braai area) and boma
- Views over the trees towards the Bekker Mountains
- Bathroom with bath and separate shower
- Free WIFI
Self-Catering Cottage. Meals are available at the Homestead by prior arrangement

Valbonne Villa
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 comfort 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 catering options available.

- 2 king-sized beds, doubles and twins
- En-suite bathrooms
- Extensively equipped kitchen
- Coffee and tea station with Homemade rusks
- Spectacular veranda with breath taking valley view
- Barbeque (braai area)
- Fire Pit and Boma
- Stunning infinity pool and sun loungers
- Large and beautifully furnished lounge
- Indoor and outdoor dining areas
- Covered and open terraces
- TV room with DSTV and comprehensive DVD collection
- Extensive gardens


With no dangerous game on the property, unspoiled mountains and clear open bushveld, you can walk or mountain bike freely amongst the stunning African wildlife on our maintained tracks and trails, and enjoy the true beauty and freedom of Tomjachu Bush retreat. Wildlife on the reserve includes Zebra, Ostrich, Wildebeest, Kudu, Warthog, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Giraffe, Mountain Reedbuck, Impala, Blesbok, Mountain Reedbuck, Jackal, Bushpig, Civet, and Bushbabies to name but a few. The birdlife at Tomjachu is prolific. We have so far recorded 265 different bird species on the property that will have you reaching for your binos and bird-book. We offer nature drives and guided bushwalks with our qualified guide which allow a closer insight into the wonders of the African bushveld, and are a great way to appreciate the smaller details of nature on the reserve; from termites to tracks, trees and their medicinal uses, and abundant birdlife and close animal encounters. Or choose to cast your line into the cool waters of our South Dam fishing for Bass or bream, with only the splosh of kingfishers to disturb the tranquility.

Clothing and Accessories:

When on nature drives, remember to bring your sunhat, sunglasses, warm jacket, binoculars and your camera to capture unique moments out on the reserve.

When hiking or on a guided walk, don’t forget to bring along your hiking boots, backpack, water, and sunblock, as the midday sun can leave you a bit breathless. Always stay on the roads, tracks and trails.

When biking the trails, always remember to stick to the trails and only go as fast as you can handle. Helmets are a must, as is water, and a sense of adventure!

WHEN BIRD WATCHING, remember to bring your birding checklist (or enquire about a list at our receptions area), binoculars and be sure to dress in neutral tones so that you don’t startle our feathered friends.

When fishing, bring along your own tackle for bass and bream fishing, or you can hire our equipment. All hooks must be de-barbed, and please do not leave any fishing line or rubbish on the banks. It may be tempting, but please also do not swim in the dams for your safety. For conservation reasons, we have a strict catch and release policy.

Health and Climate:

Bring all required medications to ensure your health and safety while on holiday. If you plan to hike or do activities bring sun cream, hat ad sturdy boots. We advise walking in trousers on the reserve.

Lowveld seasons:
Rainy Season (Summer) = Sept – March
Dry Season (Winter) = April – August

The Lowveld traditionally has hot summers and mild winters, with temperatures ranging from 8°C – 35°C, averaging around 23°C
Plan outfits in advance based on season location and activities. Always try to get to your next destination in daylight – it is much easier to get lost at night!

Don’t rely on your GPS! Always also refer to a map or call ahead for directions.

Rooms and Units Available:

Bush Cottage
Nestled in a secluded bush location with mountain views. One double, one twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower. Large sitting room with open fireplace, fully equipped kitchen/dining area, private swimming pool. Meals available by prior arrangement only.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Crooked Cottage
Crooked Cottage our only pet-friendly accommodation. Situated in its own private valley with bushveld mountain views, it offers complete privacy and seclusion for you and your furry friends. Two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen, veranda and boma.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Keepers Cottage
Nestled under a giant fig with stunning mountain views. King sized bed, a bathroom with bath and separate shower, large sitting room with fireplace, and open-plan fully equipped kitchen. Meals at Homestead available by prior arrangement only.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Rock House
Simply blissful solitude. A truly romantic thatched getaway, with wild mountain views from the King sized bed, fully equipped kitchen and private plunge pool. Meals at Homestead available by prior arrangement only.
Sleeps 2 Adults

The Homestead
Three individual bedrooms and suites with The Homestead's beautiful sitting room, pool and terraces offering an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for small parties and families
Amount of similar units: 3
Sleeps 2 Adults

Valbonne Villa
Award-winning 5 star, exclusive self-catering villa for 4-12 people. The villa is set at the top of the property, overlooking the valley.Truly magnificent view with private pool, boma and extensive gardens
Sleeps 12 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Special Meals on Request
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Dining room
Cots available
Curio Shop
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Tourism Information Desk
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

- Cancellation less than 48 hours forfeits full deposit.
- Cancellation 3 to 14 days prior to arrival = 75% deposit retained.
- Cancellation 15 to 21 days prior to arrival = 50% deposit retained.
- Cancellation 22 days prior to arrival = Full deposit refunded.
- Non–arrivals: Return of deposit is negotiable at management’s discretion.


Situated approximately 3 1/2 hours east of Johannesburg, 15 minutes from Nelspruit CBD and one hour away from the Kruger National Park. There is a team of friendly management and staff who are discreet yet always available at your request, allowing guests complete peace and privacy.

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  • Guests Rating: (6)
  • TGCSA Grading: Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading Tgsa Grading
  • Accommodation Type: Game Lodge, Guest Farm and Self-Catering
  • Malaria Area: Yes
  • Sleeps: 26
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM