African Flair Country Lodge is situated in Piet Retief in southern Mpumalanga .
We have four beautiful , comfortable thatched rooms that are safe and very private. Each en-suite room is warm and decorated in the distinctive african style with a sitting and dining area. The en suite bathrooms have a full shower and a bath.
There are many wild birds on the property, including a breeding colony of guinea fowls that visits the chalets from time to time. Enjoy a walk in the large beautiful garden set amongst indigenous plants and trees. The chalets have a beautiful view of the tree plantations that our area is well known for.
We are located just off the N2 highway, which is the main road going towards Ermelo and Kwazulu Natal .
Secure parking that is ample to suite trailers and boats .
Ideal stay over when travelling : - halfway between Gauteng and
Northern Kwazulu Natal (St Lucia
and Sodwana bay )
- halfway between Kwazulu Natal and Kruger National Park Kruger National Park
- Short day trips to Swaziland
- Swazi Candles
- Mantenga Swazi Cultural Village
- Ngwenya Glass
- Bird watching and visiting Wakkerstroom Wakkerstroom Wetlands
but it is also very central as a stop-over between Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng, as well as the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, where several game parks - including the world-renowned Kruger National Park - are located.
Just 80km away is the Wakkerstroom Wetlands which is a bird watchers paradise with abundant birdlife.
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REGRET - NO CHEQUES
Rates inclusive of 14% VAT.
If a reservation is made 2 days, or less, prior to arrival, 100% of the total accommodation charge is payable in advance to secure the reservation
A confirmation will be forwarded to you when the reservation is made. Only once we receive the signed confirmation from you will the date be secured.
Check in from 14h00.
Check out by 10h00.
Early arrivals and late check-ins will only be accepted by prior arrangement.
The small town of Piet Retief is situated on the Assegai River in the extreme South East of Mpumalanga. Weary travelers heading from Gauteng to the coast would be well-advised to rest in one of the many well-maintained guesthouses in the area. Piet Retief is the last major town before reaching the Elephant Coast, so it is also a good place to stock up on last minute items.
It is situated in the center of huge timber plantations and was originally established in 1883 on the farms Osloop and Geluk. The town gets its name from the voortrekker Piet Retief who was killed by the Zulu King Dingane in 1838, and whose descendants were the founders of the original village. Settlers of many nationalities, many of them Scots and Germans, found Piet Retief to be a charming village and an attractive farming area. The surrounding area abounded with indigenous hardwoods, including yellowwood and other valuable timbers, and these were initially cut up into planks and sent to the Transvaal Republic.
There was large scale planting of wattle between 1900 and 1910, and after the advent of the railways in 1911, forestry and woodworking soon became important industries in Piet Retief, and timber was transported from the area to the whole of South Africa and exported overseas. Piet Retief has developed into an important center for the timber industry with over 75000 ha of forest. Scottish and German influence can still be seen in the area, and German is still the first language of many families.
Wakkerstroom was established in 1859, making it the second oldest Boer town in Mpumalanga. The town is surrounded by a huge wetland area and is well known throughout the international birdwatching fraternity as being one of the best places to visit in Southern Africa. Around Wakkerstroom are found some of South Africa's most threatened bird species. Birding guides may be hired in Wakkerestroom for tours of the birding areas. Wakkerstroom houses several old buildings including Boer homesteads and British blockhouses, and was witness to several nearby battles during the Anglo-Boer wars. The Kruger Bridge built in 1893 over the uThaka River is a National Monument.
Some of the earliest settlers in Wakkerstroom were a number of gentlemen who had been, against their wishes, on the way to Australia. They broke out of their leg-irons and jumped ship in Durban, making their way to the closest place outside the jurisdiction of the Natal Colonial Police, Wakkerstroom.