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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.
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The view and beauty of the place is an experience …
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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Public transportation nearby
Medium (26-50 sites)
Horseback riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
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.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
|Depart by:||10 a.m.|
Mac Mac Forest Retreat cancellation policy
No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The balance is due 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance should be paid as soon as possible.
Mac Mac Forest Retreat will contact you to arrange payment.Deposit transferable during COVID-19. During COVID-19 you can transfer your deposit to a future stay booked within 3 months of your arrival date. Read more.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- Does Mac Mac Forest Retreat have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
- Is Mac Mac Forest Retreat dog friendly? Yes View all features
- 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: noon On-site accommodation Arrive: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m.