Restore your soul in the untamed African bush at Thirsty Falls Nature Retreat in the ancient Magaliesberg.

Thirsty Falls Nature Retreat

Approximately two hours from Gauteng, situated between Magaliesburg and Rustenburg, Thirsty Falls Nature Retreat offers absolute privacy, tranquillity and spectacular views, in the natural bush surrounds of the Magaliesberg mountain.

The Retreat practises and applies permaculture – a diversity of trees, herbs plants and grasses that grow together, encouraging the natural eco systems of nature.

The eco natural water swimming pool is kept clean by a wetland of plants, so no chlorine is added. 

The Retreat features a lapa next to the pool, which is a great place to relax and enjoy the views, and a boma close by, which is ideal for group activities. A TV lounge is at the main farmhouse and a special place for walking and meditation is the Labyrinth. Nature walks around the farm, abundant birdlife, superb sunsets and calls of the wild, add to the enjoyable experience of making memories.

Self-Catering Accommodation

Thirsty Falls can accommodate 20 guests in 7 units.  Each cottage is private and nestles in the fauna and flora of the natural bush.  Sliding doors open onto private balconies with braai facilities and panoramic views.  Each unit has a log fireplace or gas heater, ceiling fan and Wi-Fi. 

2 Studio apartments sleep 2 people, each with a king size bed or two singles and an ensuite bathroom.  These are open plan spaces, each with a fully equipped kitchen and outside patio.  

 5 cottages feature  1, 2 or 3 bedrooms with queen size beds, each with ensuite spa bath and a shower.  Each has a fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area, and outside balcony. An extra bed may be added in each unit at an additional cost.

Things to do

Thirsty Falls Nature Retreat is a perfect base from which to explore the many surrounding attractions. These include Hartbeespoort Dam, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Sun City, wildlife sanctuaries, canopy tours, hot air ballooning, activity venues, hiking, Craft beer and Gin restaurants and shopping.

Thirsty Falls Nature Retreat Contact Details

For more information, or to make a reservation call 082 464 7376 or

Thirsty Falls Nature Retreat may be found at Portion 34, Wagenpadspruit  Q354, off R24 Rustenburg Road, NWP. Find Thirsty Falls Nature Retreat on Google Maps.

Facebook: @ThirstyFallsGuestFarm

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