Lajuma Mountain Retreat

Lajuma private nature reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo

Lajuma private nature reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo

Lajuma private nature reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo

Lajuma private nature reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo

Lajuma private nature reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo

Lajuma private nature reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo

Lajuma private nature reserve, Soutpansberg, Limpopo

     

Lajuma is an exclusive privately owned guest farm in the unspoilt and little known mist belt of the western Soutpansberg region.

Lajuma is situated 25 km east of Vivo and 45km west of Makhado (formerly Louis Trichardt) high up in the Soutpansberg mountain range. The highest peak of the Soutpansberg is situated on the reserve.

Lajuma has a surface area of 430 hectares. It forms part of the Thavha Ya Muno Private Nature Reserve (about 5000 ha) and of the Soutpansberg Conservancy.

Topography is rugged with deep valleys and high cliffs. Clear mountain streams and beautiful waterfalls characterize the reserve.

The far Limpopo province is often perceived as arid savannah and bushveld. The Soutpansberg mist belt however has a totally unique composition of plants and animals. Flora environments on Lajuma is highly diverse and includes the following; Savannah Bushveld Indigenous forests with ancient Yellowwood trees and very sensitive wetlands.

"Soutpansberg fynbos", similar to that found in the Western Cape. Fauna is found naturally in the area and can be regularly seen.

Some unique species are, the endangered Samango Monkey, Sharpe's Grysbok and the exclusive leopard.
 


Accommodation:

Rooms
Waterfall Lodge
The waterfall lodge consists of two thatched chalets and large enclosed lapa with fireplace situated in a secluded valley overlooking a waterfall. It provides peace and tranquillity for real nature lovers who want to be on their own.

Not suitable for small children. Access down a long staircase also makes it unsuitable to visitors with walking disabilities.

Forest Chalet
The forest chalet nestles against a forest and has a stunning view. It is built in period style with fireplace. Can accommodate two. Suitable for small children

Wilderness Camp
Situated on a high cliff overlooking a forested valley and rolling mountains.
Five separate units can accommodate up to 30 people. Has a large lapa with conference or lecture facilities.

You'll receive bedding, towels, all cutlery, braai facilities, lighting and wood for a fire.

All units have a fridge and a gas stove.
You must bring a torch and hard wood for a braai if required.


Activities
* Well marked nature routes through the breathtaking natural beauty of the Soutpansberg.
* Guided walks to ancient archaeological sites with full information on these.
* Interpretive trails with comprehensive information on all aspects of the ecology of the area.
* Swimming in mountain pools underneath natural waterfalls.
* Climbing to the top of Letjume, the highest peak of the Soutpansberg overlooking the wide expanses of the bushveld.
* Birding and game watching in their natural environment.


How to get there
From Johannesburg / Pretoria travel via the N1 to Polokwane and then to Makhado (Louis Trichardt).

Take the R522 for 46km towards Vivo, where you'll find the turn-off to Lajuma.

Please note that the last 7 km is accessible only by bakkie (a pick-up) or a 4x4 vehicle.
However, there is safe parking for cars and transport up the mountain will be provided by prior arrangement - and a small fee.