Relive the mining era of
Self Catering Cottage Accommodation in Haenertsburg.
The Pennefather Gold Mining Company Limited consists of
two trading posts and six B&B
We are situated in Rissik Street in this picturesque
village in the Magoebaskloof area, between Polokwane and
Tzaneen on the R71 340 km from Pretoria
enroute to the Kruger Park.
'The Pennefather' takes you back to the period of rough
miners and stage coach robbers more than a hundred years
ago when Haenertsburg was founded because of the gold
that was discovered here.
The complex is called The Pennefather Gold Mining
Company Ltd. and the two Trading Posts, Never Despair
and New Found Out. All three are named after mining
companies that mined gold here when Haenertsburg was
founded in 1887.
Cottages: 4 Twin & 2 Double
The Cottages Are Named: Karl Mauch, Ferdinand Haenert,
Doel Zeederberg, Rider Haggard, Long Tom and Prester
John. Each name is applicable to the history of
- Cozy, open plan
old miner style cottages.
- Each with a
fireplace for those cold evenings.
- Fully equipped
for self-catering, bathroom with shower.
parking attached to each cottage.
- DStv (selected
- Linen, bath
towels and toiletries.
- Walking distance
to all shops and restaurants (+-150m).
- Weber Braai
nestles in the Woodbush foothills of the Wolkberg which
is an extension of the Transvaal Drakensberg. This area
is quite a contrast to the flats of the Polokwane
(Pietersburg) Plateau that you've passed through on your
way here and the dry hot lowveld after the (R71) has
dropped down the escarpment through the picturesque
Magoebaskloof to Tzaneen' to quote from the
Scottish author John Buchan when he visited the area
more than a hundred years ago.
Here is a true lodge in the wilderness, with on the one
side the stony Pietersburg uplands, and on the other the
malarial bushveld. The contrast makes a profound
impression, since the Woodbush itself is the extreme of
richness and beauty.
Things to do in the
Things to do in the area:
- Browse the two
trading posts on the premises for arts, crafts,
Africana books, collectables and beautiful country
style gifts, and the other quaint shops in the
- Visit the Long
Tom Monument and War Memorial in the International
- Visit the most
beautiful little cemetery with stunning views of the
area (nice venue for a sundowner)
- Cozy restaurants,
coffee shops, and pubs
- The Louis
Changuion hiking trail starts at the village hall
(next to the cottages), a 10 km hike including the
cemetery, our beautiful grassland, patches of
indigenous forests and the Wilgespruit that surround
- Spoil yourself
with a relaxing massage
- Visit the library
- Historical sites:
Two places where the famous Boer Long Toms were
- Woodbush forest,
the second largest indigenous forest in the country
- The Wolkberg
- The Rain queen
Modjadji and the pre-historic Cycad forest
- Trout fishing
tubing, mountain biking (own bike)
- Horse riding
- Birding (Two
South African birds, the Black-fronted Bush Shrike
and the Blue Swallow are endemic to this area)
- Various tea
gardens and nurseries
- Picnicking at the
Dap Naude dam
including the Debengeni falls
- Cheese making
- Pekoe view tea
garden - (Sapekoe tea estate)
- Elephant rides -
one hour drive away
- Bowling club -
open to visitors (Wednesdays & Saturdays)
- Crocodile farm
- Cruises on the