The Pennefather, Haenertsburg



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Self Catering Cottage Accommodation in Haenertsburg.

Relive the mining era of historical Haenertsburg.

The Pennefather Gold Mining Company Limited consists of two trading posts and six B&B /self-catering cottages.

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 Haenertsburg.

  • Cozy, open plan old miner style cottages.
  • Each with a fireplace for those cold evenings.
  • Fully equipped for self-catering, bathroom with shower.
  • Undercover parking attached to each cottage.
  • DStv (selected channels).
  • Linen, bath towels and toiletries.
  • Walking distance to all shops and restaurants (+-150m).
  • Weber Braai available.


'Beautiful Haenertsburg 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 village:
  • 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 village
  • Visit the Long Tom Monument and War Memorial in the International arboretum
  • 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 the village
  • Spoil yourself with a relaxing massage
  • Visit the library
Things to do in the area:
  • Historical sites: Two places where the famous Boer Long Toms were destroyed
  • Woodbush forest, the second largest indigenous forest in the country
  • The Wolkberg Wilderness area
  • The Rain queen Modjadji and the pre-historic Cycad forest
  • Trout fishing
  • Abseiling, 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
  • Waterfalls, including the Debengeni falls
  • Cheese making tour
  • Magoebaskloof
  • Pekoe view tea garden - (Sapekoe tea estate)
  • Elephant rides - one hour drive away
  • Bowling club - open to visitors (Wednesdays & Saturdays)
  • Crocodile farm outside Tzaneen
  • Cruises on the Ebenezer dam