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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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Je ne recommande pas, même si le personnel est bienveillant.08/05/2019

Reviewer's country: FranceLaure L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass and earth site
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    Nous étions seuls. Pas dérangés par les voisins.


    Les commodités sont d'un autre temps. Dignes d'un film d'horreur. Les enfants ne voulaient pas y aller après la tombée de la nuit. Pas d'eau chaude. Très cher pour le service (même tarif que le blyde canyon forevere resort, mais pas du tout le même standing et service).

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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents




Hikers’ paradise


Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby


Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby


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  • R532 Sabie Graskop Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 1260
  • Timezone Africa/Johannesburg +0200 (GMT+02:00)   GPS 24.9925°S 30.8118°E


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.

  • 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?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs are not allowed in the on-site accommodations.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/01 and 12/31 (subject to weather conditions).

Local city/eco tax is included in the rate.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.