General

Luxury self catering chalets, where a full South African breakfast and dinner can be arranged to your preference with prior notice. Restaurants are also in abundance in the area. Fully equipped kitchen. Bathrooms en-suite with large baths and separate showers. All guest vehicles are cleaned on request. Exclusive use of lodge’s library. A wide variety of leisure and adventures activities are available in the Blyde River.

Thaba Tsweni Lodge Lodge is a warm family run lodge nestled in the heart of the Blyde River Canyon , Panorama Escarpment Route and the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.
At an altitude of 1370m, Malaria is unheard of, even though the Lodge is only 48 km from the Phabeni Gate to the Kruger National Park. 

The Lodge opened in 2000 and is owned and managed by the Hough family.
We welcome you to share our little piece of paradise.
Thaba Tsweni Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind for a while or if you feel so inclined, test your limits by doing some of the adventure activities in the area.

The Lodge is perfectly situated to use as your base, to visit all our local attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon or the Kruger National Park, which is only 45 min., drive away, and accessible for day excursions. Many other leisure and adventure activities can be arranged for you on request. 

Thaba Tsweni Lodge is on the farms Berlyn and Lisbon, which is walking distance from the Berlyn Waterfalls. It is still close enough however to all the necessary amenities, being only 9 km North of the town Graskop and 32 km from Sabie. 

The farms Berlyn and Lisbon, have an interesting history. In the 1870’s, a gentleman by the name of Billy Davies was prospecting for gold, in the  vicinity of two large waterfalls. He was suddenly attacked, by some hostile native inhabitants of the Bapedi tribe. He fled the scene and hid in a cave close to one of the rivers, today the Lisbon Waterfalls. While hiding away, he found traces of workable gold and named the place “ a wall of gold”.The locality of this wall of gold is in the vicinity of a large belt of leaders, on the northern side of the Waterfall River. This river flows in the valley in front of Thaba Tsweni Lodge, close to the Lisbon Waterfall. 

The discovery of payable gold, brought other people into the area, in 1882 a Mr. Gwynne Owen arrived in Pretoria with some fine samples of gold mined from the above mentioned area. He had purchased the land where the gold had been discovered and named them the Berlyn and Lisbon farms, after the Berlyn Waterfall and Lisbon Waterfall. 

Mr. Owen took these samples of gold to London, to attract further investors to the area, and thus the Berlyn-Lisbon Gold Fields Pty/Ltd was floated by one Baron Grant of England.

Alluvial gold mining activities, took place on these farms from 1884 to 1890, and remains of this mining activity such as mine tunnels, fortifications against local inhabitants, weirs and water races can still be observed today, one hundred years later.
It is interesting to note that the mining activity was the first Hydraulic mining in South Africa.  

Today however, nature is again taking over. The mine tunnels have become home to species of bats and the endangered bird species such as the Blue Swallow.

The weirs have become hatcheries to species of indigenous fish.

With only peace and tranquility to surround you, Thaba Tsweni Lodge can be your secret getaway, within the boundaries of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve which has recently been proclaimed the Kruger to Canyon Biosphere Reserve, by UNESCO.

Cancellation / Prepayment

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT ALL PAYMENTS ARE ONLY REFUNDABLE AT THE RESORTS MANAGERS DISCRETION

PANORAMA INFORMATION CENTRE CANCELLATION POLICY:

2 Months prior to arrival:                        90% Refund of deposit

1 Month prior to arrival:                          80% Refund of deposit

2 Weeks prior to arrival:                         50% Refund of deposit

1 Week prior to arrival:                           25% Refund of deposit

Less than 1 week prior to arrival:                        NO REFUND

**NB**If you do not arrive on the date mentioned on your confirmation letter, your booking will automatically be cancelled, and your deposit forfeited.

Facilities

  • Braai (Barbecue) Facility
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Crockery
  • Cutlery
  • DStv Satellite TV
  • Fridge
  • Microwave Oven
  • Oven
  • Secure Parking
  • Shower
  • Stove

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Graskop

GraskopGraskop is a small forestry town perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment, centrally situated in the Panorama tourist region of Mpumalanga, South Africa. Graskop is only a few minutes drive from a number of scenic wonders such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the world renown Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels,

Sports & nature

Sports & nature

Mountain Biking and road cycling is very popular and safe in the area.

 

GRASKOP GORGE LIFT

A 51-meter glass elevator has being constructed down the road from God’s Window. Situated one kilometer out of Graskop, at the Graskop Gorge, on the R533 towards Hazyview, the development will offer yet another amazing tourism experience on the Lowveld’s legendary Panorama Route. It is also the first development of its kind in Africa and the centre was opened for business in March 2018, only 4 minutes (1,3 km) drive on the R532 to the closest attraction point, The Big Swing & Highwire, Graskop.

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