THINGS TO DO AT THABELA
Whether you just need to unwind leisurely on a hiking trail or crave the thrill of a challenging adventure – Thabela offers a myriad of nature-related activities for everyone.
HIKING – no booking needed
Hiking routes vary between 3 – 7 km’s and offer spectacular views a true bush experience. A hiking map is available at Reception. Some mountain routes include access to historic gold mine caves that are carved out of stone. When you enter these, take a torch with you and be careful of porcupine and bats lurking in the dark. All hikers and day visitors are required to sign an indemnity form at Reception upon arrival. Swimming is included in the Day Visitor Fee.
Booking: Not required
Costs: R50 per person (Day Visitor Fee, include swimming).
Hours: 8h00 – 17h00
Facilitator: Not required
CLIMB BABOON’S CLIFF & CHAIN LADDER
For the adventurous at heart! Hike the steep Baboon’s Cliff Route and climb up the narrow cliff (“Devils Chimney”) to the chain ladder. Enjoy a spectacular view from the top of the escarp. Our facilitator will provide gear, support and guidance to get you to the top.
RIVER KAYAKING – not available now
River kayaking is nature therapy at its best! Experience the thrill of paddling over the rapids of the Vaal river or simply cruise along with the stream and admire the numerous waterbirds on the river. Have fun with your friends or do it as a great team building activity. Safety regulation: ability to swim essential.
Thabela’s supersize swimming pool is located close to Reception and the Teagarden. It offers hikers and guests an opportunity to cool down, have fun and relax while savouring the spectacular Dome Valley that surrounds the pool. Rent a few tubes, pool noodles or a camp chairs for the day and enjoy!
Booking: No prior booking essential
Costs: R50 per person per day.
Hours: 8h00 to 17h00
Facilitator: Not required
Thabela’s Obstacle Course is perfect as a high-energy teambuilding activity. The challenges are designed to build collaboration, patience and communication skills amongst team members. Great laughter tonic!
Drift down the river in a tube and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the river. Great activity for team building or groups who want to have fun. Remember your hat and suntan oil!
Safety regulation: Ability to swim essential, own risk.
‘DISCOVER THE DOME’ TALK
Thabela Thabeng is situated in the heart of the renowned Vredefort Dome, the largest and oldest meteorite impact site in the world. Learn all the exciting facts about this cataclysmic event! Our guided tour of Thabela’s Dome Information Room (at Reception) will help you identify rocks in the mountains that resulted from the impact of the meteorite.
Thabela’s 5,4 km mountain biking route is neither too hard nor too easy and holds the promise of an enchanting, freeride – no matter your skill level. Only mountain bikes are allowed on the route and the route does not have any specially constructed jumps and ramps.
FISHING AND FLY FISHING
Thabela Thabeng borders on the Vaal river – a popular fly fishing destination. Fly fishing is an angling method that uses a light-weight lure such as an artificial fly to catch fish, usually in rapids. The best season to enjoy fly fishing is from September to April, during the warmer months. Typical fish that are caught in the river is small and large mouth yellow fish, mudfish, carp and catfish.
Thabela Thabeng is a bird-lovers paradise. The area boasts more than 300 species of birds including several rare species. Due to the great biodiversity of the area, a wide spectrum of small and larger birds can be spotted, either in the mountainous area or alongside the riverbank.
Thabela Thabeng is a haven for enthusiasts of photography. From breath-taking views and mountain or river panoramas to the beauty of various birds, butterflies and small game, the farm offers unlimited opportunities for creative photography.
MILK & HONEY TEA GARDEN
Overlooking the spectacular Dome Valley, Thabela’s Milk & Honey Tea Garden (next to Reception) offers you a true dine-with-view experience. Enjoy a tranquil cappuccino, a refreshing milkshake and a meal with a few friends or a good book. The tea garden has strong Vodacom signal, if you wish to bring your laptop along.
EXPLORE NEARBY PARYS
If you feel the itch to explore, take the scenic drive to Parys, 20 minutes’ drive from Thabela. This unique little town became well-known for its artistic culture, bohemian restaurants and coffee shops, art and crafts, designer clothing, antique shops and craft beer.
“Where wilderness can still be found, the ancientness of the land and the nobility of man’s struggle emerge. Wilderness is vastly different from the clutter and clatter of much of our civilized world. In wilderness one experiences exhilaration and joy. In freedom and simplicity, in its vitality and immense variety, happiness may not only be pursued; it is often times found.”
― Harvey Broome