Where to Stay - South Africa

From R1585 Per Night

Tomjachu Bush Retreat
Nelspruit Accommodation

  • Aerial view of Tomjachu
  • Rock House
  • Bush Dinner Experience
  • Mountain Biking
  • The Homestead Reception
  • South Dam
  • Fine Dining
  • Fine Dining
  • The Homestead Breakfast Veranda
  • Bush Cottage
  • The Homestead Veranda
  • Valbonne Villa Veranda sunrise
  • Keepers Cottage
  • Hiking trails
  • Nature drives
  • Birdwatching
  • Birdwatching
  • Keeper's Cottage Boma view
  • The Homestead View
  • Hiking trails
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Welcome to your Home in the Bush

Tomjachu is an exclusive, family-owned private nature reserve set in over 550 hectares (1300 acres) of game fenced mountain bushveld, located within the Crocodile Valley Nature Conservancy. Just 20 minutes from Nelspruit it overlooks the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park and the great Crocodile River valley.

Regularly remarked upon as being one of the most beautiful and serene locations in the area, Tomjachu is in its own valley with breath-taking views across the Bekker Mountains. The Homestead and nearby cottages are surrounded by beautiful gardens, lawns and terraces, all sharing the greater splendours of nature. Perched high above the Homestead, our 5-star self-catering Valbonne Villa also offers spectacular views from its extensive veranda and infinity pool, which lies at eye level with the soaring eagles.

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 mountain bike through the bush on easy or challenging routes, hike amongst the abundant plains game and through mountains and valleys, go for a game drive or guided walk with our experienced ranger, and try your hand at fishing for bass and bream in our dams. Or 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. Tomjachu is the ideal place to explore all the wonders of the Lowveld.

We accommodate 14 Guests at the Homestead and three delightful cottages, each with their own unique character and romance. We are additionally blessed with spectacular bush locations to enjoy spectacular bush dinners under the stars, lit only with the flicker of lanterns or picnics by the water's edge or in one of our other picnic sites around the property. Whether self-catering or choosing to dine with us in our elegant dining room, with culinary delights served by our superb chef, good food and great atmosphere are assured.

Recently launched, 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. Chef available on request. Regional winner and national runner up of the Lilizela Toursim Awards for four consecutive years in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.

Our relaxed, informal and highly professional team are sure to make your stay an indelible memory.


  • Lilizela Awards 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018- Provincial Winner & National Finalist: Valbonne Villa 5 Star TGCSA S/C
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Luxury Travel Guide - country Retreat of the Year 2017
  • Travel Myth Top Five 4 Star Accommodation in Nelspruit

Bush Cottage - Stone clad 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 impudently through the windows. The cottage is beautifully and comfortably appointed with:

  • One double bedroom
  • One twin bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower and WC
  • Separate WC
  • Large sitting room with open fireplace and dining area
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Breakfast table
  • Own swimming pool
  • Barbecue (braai area)
  • Covered terrace

Keepers Cottage - Keepers Cottage nestles under a giant fig tree where its roots clamber over a dramatic rocky outcrop. Tucked away, but adjacent to the Lodge's gardens and pool, Keepers offers complete privacy and tranquillity, with its large patio where hammocks and a swing chair swaying in silent invitation. Refreshing and airy, informal and relaxing with painted furniture, deep cushioned old fashioned colonial armchairs and vibrant skins, many arguably remark that it is the most romantic of our cottages. All our cottages are! Each has its individuality and character. Keepers Cottage features:

  • a delightful bedroom with king size bed
  • bathroom with shower
  • large sitting room with fireplace
  • open plan fully equipped kitchen
  • stunning views to the hills and valleys of the Bekker Mountains

The Homestead - Three individual bedrooms and suites with The Homestead's beautiful sitting room and terraces offer an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for small parties and families. 

  • 3 luxurious bedrooms (doubles and twins), all en-suite
  • 2 sitting rooms
  • Drawing room with open log fire, leading to study
  • Inner and outer dining areas, leading onto extensive covered terraces
  • Extensive lawns and gardens
  • Large swimming pool with sun loungers and sun umbrellas
  • Boma with open fire pit and stone barbeque (braai area)
  • Covered and open parking
  • All rooms have fans and heaters
  • House safe
  • Full same day laundry facilities (weather and water conditions permitting)
  • Library, fishing rods, lawn croquet, boules, bridge table and games

Rock House - Romantic thatched hideaway, with huge sliding doors brining 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
  • Armchairs and a chaise lounge
  • Bathroom with romantic rock face double shower & WC
  • Dressing area with separate WC
  • Fully equipped kitchen.
  • Dining area
  • Barbeque (braai area)
  • Covered and open terraces
  • Sensuous plunge pool
  • PAYMENT: 50% deposit at time of booking is required to confirm accommodation, the balance payable 6 weeks prior to stay

Valbonne Villa is our multi-award winning mountain bushveld property is exceptionally furnished and decorated to provide you with a truly comfortable and memorable stay. The 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. The property holds much natural beauty, energy and history – including the Voortrekker wagon trails that are still very evident. 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. Our multi awar- 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. 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. Ideal for family travel and corporate breakaways. Various tailor made catering options available. 

  • 2 king-sized beds, doubles and twins
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Extensively equipped kitchen
  • Spectacular veranda with breathtaking 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

Whether you want to relax and unwind listening to the orchestra of over 265 bird species, walk amongst Plains Game, fish for Bass, or go for a game drive in our safari Land Rover with our experienced ranger, or see Fish Eagles grab a Bream on the wing, mountain bike at any level from 30 m to 1006 m above sea level, Tomjachu offers the variety of your choosing.

  • Bird-Watching - we have over 265+ species identified at Tomjachu and a variety of different habitats
  • Fishing for Bream and Bass at South Dam
  • Hiking and picnics - with no dangerous game it is safe to walk and explore the beauty of the 550 hectare reserve with over 30 km of tracks and trails, and a number of picnic spots. Our kitchens can also prepare picnic baskets for you to take with you on your hike
  • Nature drives - in a 10 seater open Safari Landrover with a knowledgable guide. Drives take place either in the morning or late afternoon carrying on into the evening with sundowners at one of our many beauty spots
  • Guided BushWalks - Get the opportunity to walk with the wildlife and a knowledgable guide to enjoy the smaller things nature has to offer
  • Mountain Biking - avilable to a range of ablities, with many tracks and trails through the plains and mountains
  • Day Tours - To explore the Kruger National Park over a whole day with a professional guide, or the Panorama Route from God's Window all the way to the 3 Rondavels stopping for all the beautiful sightings, or any other place you may want to visit : Chimpanzees Eden, Elephants center, Sudwala caves, Sabie River adventures, etc. We arrange it all collect you and drop you off at your lodge

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15km from Nelspruit CBD, Mpumalanga

GPS: -25.545389, 31.063722 Map

Sorry, no pets allowed

50% deposit at time of booking is required to confirm accommodation, the balance payable 6 weeks prior to stay

Within 14 days of arrival day - 50% refund.
Within 7 days of arrival day - nil refund / 100% cancellation charged.

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  • Balcony
  • BBQ Area
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Hair Dryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In Room Tea / Coffee services
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service / Facilities
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Safe in room
  • TV or Satellite TV
  • Shops Nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fishing
  • Game Reserves
  • Adventure
  • Hiking Trails
  • Wildlife