The retreat is ideal for hiking, bird watching and animal spotting. As no predators are found on the farm, the Giraffe, Impala, Kudu, Mountain Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Klipspringers and more can be viewed in a relaxed setting which makes the hiking all the more exciting. The birding includes the Verreaux, Crowned and Long-Crested Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Alpine, Purple Crested Turaco, African Black Swift as well as the famous African Fish Eagle.
There are demarcated hiking trails on the farm but you can also choose to explore and follow the natural trails made by the animals. Two favourite spots are Look-Out Point which has a 360-degree view of the valley and the dam close to Serapana House. These are ideal for a picnic or sundowners. The road leading to Look-Out Point requires a high rise 4X4 but is easily accessible by hiking.
Slackpacking is a popular activity when visiting Graceland Eco Retreat and is part of the Kudu River Valley Slackpacking trail. Together with our neighbour Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge, a well-known birding and hiking destination in South Africa we offer hikes that will take you through several different habitats within just a few hours walk and at your own stride.
The hikes will take you through an ancient indigenous forest at the top of Kudu River Valley, which is home to a large variety of birds, animal and flora, including the Black-fronted Brush-shrike, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot as well as Samango Moneys and Bush pigs. You will have the opportunity to visit the giant Common Cabbage Tree which is listed in the book of Champion Trees of South Africa, before you descend into the valley and Graceland’s characteristic mountain bushveld and wild life.
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Around Graceland Eco Retreat
The area around Graceland offers many different activities and points of interest that cater for adventurous and athletic guests and those who want to explore and enjoy the nature and culture. Nearby activities include trout and bass fishing, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, a craft beer brewery and an organic cheese factory.
Not far from Graceland is the Woodbush Forest Reserve, the second largest indigenous forest in South Africa. Known for its breath taking scenery and prolific bird life, the forest drive is regarded as the best forest birding in Limpopo, if not in the country. A few of the special birds to watch out for are the Cape Parrot, Black-Gronted Bush Shrike, Brown Scrub-Robin, Grey Cucooshrike and the Blue-Mantled Crested Flycatcher. The reserve also has hiking and mountain bike trails. The Debengeni waterfall can be found near the bottom of the Magoebaskloof Valley and is perfect for a day trip.
Magoebaskloof, Haenertsburg and the surrounding area is well known for its natural beauty and regular festivals including the annual Spring Festival, Holistic Festival, Food Wine & Beer festival and the Berry Festival. These festivals celebrate the work of local artists, musicians and crafters as well as locally produced products such as a variety of pickles, jams, chutneys, cheese, meat, craft beer, gin and so much more.
There is also a variety of organic farms, slow food restaurants and points of interest in the area – please contact us for recommendations and suggested daytrips.
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