Welcome to Thabaphaswa Mountain Sanctuary

Note that we keep to prescribed Covid 19 protocols

About us

TEL: 082 389 6631

Don Pinnock testimonial for Thabaphaswa

“Thabaphaswa”, in the local dialect, means “the mountain of the black and white bull” – a well-known landmark in the area. It describes the coloured patterns of the indigenous Nguni cattle, well-known in the Waterberg area.

Pet friendly

Pets welcome

It is a challenge for dog owners to find a place where their pets can run free. Over weekends, dog owners like to take their pets out with them for exercise and some free running. This is especially true if you live in a town or city.


Fourwheel vehicle on mountain at Thabaphaswa

The 4×4 trails, mostly jeep tracks into the mountains, are available for enthusiasts to explore the exceptional natural surroundings. Some are technically more difficult but the purpose is not in the first place to test the capability of your 4×4 but rather to enjoy nature.

Uncle on the farm

Boys walking behind cattle at Thabphaswa

Deon and Ankie Richter of Thabaphaswa offer a true farm holiday for adults and children, and they find pleasure in making their guests feel welcome.


Red Ivory accommodation Thabaphaswa

Bush camps & Cottages

We are proud of our affordable rates. It enables people of all means to enjoy the relaxation and fun of Thabaphaswa. There is no electricity on Thabaphaswa. The farmhouse has solar power for emergency use such as charging mobile devices.

Mountain Biking

Tim Ferris designed the Thabaphaswa Mountain Bike Trails

The Thabaphaswa trail network consists of 4 loops creating the backbone to the greater riding area. The 4 loops range in distance from 7 – 15km, and easy to advanced difficulty. It can be merged into a 20km route.


Boy swimming in farm dam amongst water lilies


Thabaphaswa is a favourite sleepover destination for overlanders into Africa, Kruger Park and Mapungubwe


We have wheelchair friendly facilities and most veld paths are wheelchair accessible.



Camp sites

Thabaphaswa continues to experience strong growth in the demand for our camp sites, which stands at 20 and are growing year-by-year. Dogs are welcome at out camps.

Rock Climbing

The Mountain Club of SA has bolted a 150m rock climb on a granite rock face (difficulty 17-26). NO EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED. A standard sport rack will get you up and down all routes.


Artists and Friends

Thabaphaswa has many friends, and a variety of artists use wood and scenes from the lovely nature of the bushveld in the granite mountains, to create their art.


Day visitors


Day visitors are most welcome at Thabaphaswa. People and their dogs often spend a day out in our lovely nature or to practice adventure sport. Picnics and braai days are accommodated at our many camp sites.

Hiking/Trail running

 Hikers with dogs at Thabaphaswa

The network of overnight and day hiking, mountain bike and 4×4 trails at and near Thabaphaswa offers a great variety and many choices for trail runners, hikers and 4X4 entusiasts.


 Weaver bird building nest

Birders will not be disappointed in Thabaphaswa, especially during the summer months as we already have 177 identified bird species. Thabaphaswa has gained accredited ” Birder Friendly ” status and forms part of the Greater Limpopo (Capricorn-Letaba) Birding Route.

Exceptional nature

The exceptional nature of the bushveld in the mountains.


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Tel: 015 491 4882

082 389 6631

(WhatsApp preferred as our phones are down during load shedding)


Farm Groenkom,
Road D1231,
GPS: S24 04.500, E29 04.013

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