The next time you’re planning a getaway, you don’t have to leave your fur babies behind. Take a look at this pet-friendly accommodation in Mpumalanga.
Here’s an ideal getaway, only three kilometres from the village of Tonteldoos which is just across the border in Limpopo. Don’t expect five-star luxury in this rustic, self-catering, family cottage, but you’re in for five-star hospitality and solitude on a beautiful working farm. We were entertained by bleating sheep and a whistling shepherd, the barking of JoJo the trainee Border Collie puppy, and rollling hills as backdrop to the crops and cattle of the farm. Our cottage had a main bedroom, a smaller bedroom with a bunk bed, a bathroom and an open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area with a TV (no DStv) and plenty of games and books. We loved the large porch with pool table and braai. The large garden is fenced so dogs can roam free, but they’re welcome to join you on jogs and walks around the farm, as long as they’re on leash. There are kilometres of cycling tracks and a rock pool for swimming. Adjacent to the farm is Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve, breeding ground for a variety of cranes regularly spotted here. We were lucky to see the Blue Crane and the Grey Crowned Crane on one of our walks. If you’re looking for a bit of ‘high life’, bustling Dullstroom is 37 kilometres away.
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Words Riaan Hattingh
A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.