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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The time we had at Mafube mountain retreat with my wife was so magical words aren't enough to explain, the views from the mountain was so breath taking and the archaeological evidence we saw while hiking of the Dinosaur foot print was more than a cherry on top, we belive that we have found ourselves a magical place at mafube.... More 

Thank tebellot2016
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Our second time back to Mafube Mountain Retreat and just as memorable as the first! A great self catering find just before the small town of Fouriesburg - close enough to Clarens but even better to enjoy the seclusion and a host of activities for children! A walk up to the dinosaur footprints is a must; as are the numerous... More 

Thank Philkar
North-West Province, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 2 October 2016

So much fun was had loved the hiking up the mountain and we could all do it from the 4 year old to my 70 year old mom. The kids had a ball would love to come back in Summer for them to swim and the boys want to bring their bikes. Thank you so much was lovely meeting you... More 

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Thank petas900
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Mafube Mountain Retreat is a balm for the soul. The area is full of gorgeous hikes for all levels of fitness and the hosts, Chris and Hillary are kind, accommodating and sensitive to your privacy. We would gladly go back anytime!

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Thank jenchristensen2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Absolutely lovely setting and peaceful place to stay. Hillary and her husband are absolutely great hosts, will most definitely go back, for longer and also do more walking up the mountains and around the farm, as the scenery is absolutely breath taking and so safe to walk.

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Thank helencN6774QB
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 22 September 2016

We stayed her for a weekend hiki trip and will definitely be back. Great value for money and Hilary is a true hostess - attended to anything we needed. The photos do not do this property justice - it's a little piece of tranquil heaven.

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Thank amandascrib
Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Mafube is the best mountainous accommodation at the most affordable price. The tranquil surroundings creates a timeless getaway, sending you on your way rested and rejuvenated. We enjoyed the hiking tracks and even spent a morning on the top of the mountain looking over the landscapes surrounding us. I believe this place will be a great destination in summer with... More 

Thank marnakriel
Hillary M, Manager at Mafube Mountain Retreat, responded to this review

What a lovely review! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We look forward to another visit from you, next time in Summer I hope. More 

Hartbeespoort, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We were welcomed by our host Chris and Hillary who made us from the first moment feel at home. The garden cottage where we stayed enhanced the warmth of their hospitality. We stayed for 2 nights but realized that to really unwind and rest and to explore the mountains through the several hiking trails, we should have stayed longer. There... More 

Thank hennieniemand2
HillzM, Owner at Mafube Mountain Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We very much enjoyed having you and look forward to another visit from you! Your photos taken at Mafube are stunning! More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 26 June 2016

Best location for a peaceful break away. A place to recharge and to enjoy the natural beauty of the farm. The contemporary chalet was perfect for our family of four adults. Chris and Hillary were Fabulous hosts who really care. We enjoyed the log fires in the evenings and wood was provided every day. The hiking on the farm was... More 

Thank karindut0it
HillzM, Owner at Mafube Mountain Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We loved having you all and can't wait for your next visit! More 

Gothenburg, Sweden
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

We had a group of friends from Sweden with us for a 2 week holiday in South Africa and of course we had to include the Magical Eastern Free State! Seen that we stayed at Mafube before their was just no other choice than to use them again. One could easily miss the turnoff to Mafube, a fairly small board,... More 

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HillzM, Owner at Mafube Mountain Retreat, responded to this review

Wow Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit! More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Mafube Mountain Retreat is a little slice of heaven. Set in an amphitheatre of colorful sandstone cliffs, with stunning views from every window, it is the perfect place for a bit of soul therapy. It is a wonderful place to clear your head and experience the peace and tranquility of unspoiled Africa. Mafube Mountain Retreat is situated on a 465 hectare farm in the Eastern Free State Highlands which is one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa. It is a place to escape the crowds and hassles of city life. It is a place to bring the children in the holidays, away from the shopping malls, and the barrage television and computers. Explore the hiking trails and mountain paths. Visit the waterfalls, pools and caves, bird watch, fish or canoe: or simply unwind, in a place where the silence sings. We are only a 20 minute drive from the popular tourist village of Clarens, where there are many good restaurants, shops and art galleries. The town also has an 18 hole golf course. We are half an hour from Golden Gate National Park and only few kilometers away from the border post of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho’s spectacular Katse Dam is within easy reach and in winter many of our guests take a day to visit Afriski which is only 80km from Fouriesburg. The Fouriesburg area is well known for its Adventure tourism, including quad biking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, 4X4 trails and river rafting. Self Catering Accommodation Units: We have only 3 self catering units. This ensures that your stay is peaceful and relaxed. All our units are serviced daily and supplied with high quality bed linen and towels which are changed twice a week. In order to give you a real rest, guests are able to put their dirty dishes outside the units in order to be collected and washed by the staff. 1. The Contemporary Chalet (sleeps 6): The Chalet is 3 bedroom and has been built high up against the mountain with wonderful views from every window. It has been designed to be warm in winter, with a wood burning stove for heating, for which we supply the wood in winter. Two sets of French doors open from the veranda into the large open plan living area which has extra long windows on 3 sides to allow for unimpeded views of the mountains. The lounge area has two large comfortable leather couches, and an armchair. There are venetian blinds on the windows, to allow for sun control without blocking the view. There is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, with fridge, gas hob, and an electric Solardom convection / microwave oven. Pots, pans, crockery and cutlery and cooking utensils are all supplied. It has its own private braai area. There are three bright bedrooms. Two of them have twin beds that can be made up asking size beds if required and the third and smallest bedroom has a queen size bed. There are built in cupboards in the first two bedrooms and a chest of drawers in the third. The bathroom consists of a large shower, a toilet and a basin. In addition the cottage has a private hot water outdoor shower where you can enjoy the stars with the mountains towering around you! 2. The Rondawel (sleeps 2 to 5): The Rondawel is budget friendly, and has a wonderful traditional African ambiance with the thatch roof providing insulation from the cold of winter and the heat of summer. It is open plan and suitable for couples, young families or groups of friends. There is a spacious open-plan living and sleeping area on the ground level, with a King-sized bed as well as a sitting area, and a dining/kitchen area. The kitchenette is equipped with a fridge, electric kettle, cutlery and crockery, a two plate gas hob and small oven/ grill, and a microwave oven. Serving dishes and cooking utensils are also supplied. It has its own private braai/bonfire facilities and a small veranda with views of the amphitheater. The en-suite bathroom consists of a bath/shower, a toilet and a basin. Accessible by a rustic built in wooden ladder, the loft area sleeps up to 3 additional people. In winter we supply a gas heater, an electric oil heater, hot water bottles and extra fluffy blankets to keep you snug and warm. 3. Garden Unit (sleeps 2 to 3): This small unit is ideal for couples or small families. It has a north facing bedroom with king size / twin beds. It has a lounge /dining area with a small kitchenette with crockery and cutlery and all that you need to cook simple meals. There is an extra bed in the lounge area suitable for a child. It has its own shaded patio with outdoor furniture, and wonderful views to the west and the north. It has its own braai and bonfire facilities. The private bathroom has a shower, a toilet and a basin. FACILITIES: We have a spacious Lapa for any special function or gathering. Table tennis, darts and DSTV is available in the Lapa. Hiking trails, Nature walks, Well defined Dinosaur footprints (Authenticated by Wits University Paleontological Institute), River fishing, Dam fishing for yellow fish and trout (catch and release), Trampoline and swings for children, Rustic paddling pool for children, Braai/ Bonfire facilities, Bird watching, Canoeing on the dam, Bouldering, Tubing on the little Caledon River, Natural game occurs on the property, Daily servicing of accommodation. ... more   less 

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Address: (R 711) Entrance Road Is off the Clarens Road, Fouriesburg 9725, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Free State > Fouriesburg
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Mafube Mountain Retreat Fouriesburg, South Africa - Free State
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“Great self catering getaway for families - the chalet is one of the bigger options!”
 of 5 bubbles Philkar, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
“For our family the Contemporary Chalet was the best, beautiful view.”
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 of 5 bubbles marnakriel, 19 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Depends on number in party”
 of 5 bubbles 167mariusf, 27 Feb 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are very private”
 of 5 bubbles ronell151, 28 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Ask for extra wood for the fireplace, if you want to be warm in winter”
 of 5 bubbles TravelingMax35, 28 Jul 2015 | Read review
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