Mac Mac Forest Retreat

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  • Peaceful forest camp with trails to Mac Mac Falls
  • Within 25 minutes of God's Window and Mount Sheba Nature Reserve
  • An hour's drive from the Kruger National Park's Phabeni gate
Partial to a waterfall? Make tracks for Mac Mac Forest Retreat and you’ll have three of them, all accessible by fab walking routes right from the site. In the Afromontane forest hills of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, the site is surrounded by trails for hiking and mountain biking as well as rivers for trout fishing, and protected reserves full of wildlife. Tucked away in the trees, it has a peaceful wilderness vibe while being 15 minutes by car from the towns of Graskop and Sabie and about an hour from the Phabeni gate of Kruger National Park. The site has an outdoor pool for restorative dips and barbecue/braai areas for feasting under the stars. The Mac Mac team are mines of information on the local area too, and will gladly point you in the direction of the nearest trails and waterfalls. Top of the list may well be Mac Mac Falls themselves: a pair of 230-foot cascades plunging through the greenery into the gorge below, where the waters turn into tempting pools for swims and sun worship.

Site type

Tent pitches 26
Touring caravan pitches 26
Motorhome pitches 26
Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 4
Open all year

Languages spoken



Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year





Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby


Mac Mac Forest Retreat

R532 Sabie Graskop Road



South Africa




Africa/Johannesburg +0200 (GMT+02:00)



Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

For longer walks, looking out for rare beasts like the Samango monkey and the African wildcat, make the 15-minute trip to Mount Sheba Nature Reserve, whose dense greenery also attracts African cuckoo hawks, Cape eagle owls and Gurney’s sugarbirds. If you’re more into catching the wildlife, it’s a 25-minute journey to Lone Creek Falls and its surrounding streams, hailed as the best trout fishing turf in Mpumalanga. For a spot of 3D history, make a pilgrimage to Pilgrimsrest (25 minutes), a gold rush town of the 1870s now preserved as a museum. A similar distance away, the lookout point known modestly as God’s Window has spectacular views down into a forest-clad ravine that seems to stretch to the edges of the earth. For close encounters with some of the local residents, Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park has snakes, lizards, tortoises alongside Nile crocodiles and poison dart frogs (45 minutes). It’s on the way to the Kruger National Park (an hour) whose wildlife roams free: taking game drives from Phabeni gate in the direction of Skukuza (an hour and 50 minutes), you have excellent odds of seeing bateleur eagles and leopards, buffalo, impalas and giraffes.


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  • Does Mac Mac Forest Retreat have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
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  • What attractions are near Mac Mac Forest Retreat? For longer walks, looking out for rare beasts like the Samango monkey and the African wildcat, make the 15-minute trip to Mount Sheba Nature Reserve, whose dense greenery also attracts African cuckoo … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Mac Mac Forest Retreat?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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