Zvakanaka offers accommodation near Louis Trichardt for those seeking a romantic getaway for two, a delightful family cottage for four and four secluded camp sites. The farm is a perfect stop-over for Beit Bridge.

Zvakanaka farm is 74 hectares in area and the three main vegetation types are grassland, wetland and semi-deciduous scrub-forest. There are numerous trails cut on the farm and, depending on how much energy you want to exert, you can either take gentle strolls or more serious walks to the very top of the mountain where there are stunning views in all directions. The bird-life on the farm is plentiful and varied – the cliffs, grasslands, forest and the wetland ensure a wide range of species. Many of our guests express their delight in the chorus of bird calls during their time on the farm – particularly at dusk and dawn.
Zvakanaka means “Everything’s OK!” or, if you like, “Lekker”, and
that’s the feel that we’d like to impart to our guests.
Zvakanaka farm is perfectly situated, both for people wanting an easily accessible destination for a tranquil escape, or for those who need a base from which to explore the richly diverse surroundings. If you want to visit the fascinating and beautiful Mapungubwe, say, but would rather overnight on the cool slopes of the Soutpansberg, then you can easily take a day drive – the trip to the park takes approximately two hours via Musina.

Where to Stay

There are three types of accommodation available on the farm : Igababa Cabin, Madala’s Cottage and Zvakanaka Camp Site. Both the cabin and cottage are strictly no-smoking zones and we ask that, if you are smokers, that you smoke outside as the smell of cigarette smoke clings to the thatch and stays forever. If you really do not think you can comply with this request we would ask that you rather not book with us. Please also kindly note that NO PETS of any sort are allowed on our farm.


The approximate travelling times to us from some main points are: Polokwane (formerly Pietersburg) 1 ¼ hours; Pretoria 4 ½ hours; Johannesburg 5hours; Punda Maria Gate (Kruger National Park) 2 ¼ hours; Pafuri Gate (Kruger National Park) 2 ¾ hours; Beit Bridge Border 1 hour.


Zvakanaka is located in a summer rainfall region, where the average annual rainfall is between 500mm to 800mm, with approximate summer temperatures ranging from a minimum of 12 degrees Celsuis to a maximum of 35 degrees Celsuis and winter temperatures ranging from a minimum of 5 degrees Celsuis and a maximum of 20 degrees Celsuis. There are a few days of frost during winter in the low-lying parts of the farm.


Zvakanaka farm is located on the south-facing slopes of the eastern Soutpansberg in Limpopo Province. To get there travel north along the N1 for approximately 11km from Makhado (formerly Louis Trichardt). 1km after the Avoca Vale Hotel, is a turn-off to the right to Witvlag. This is a gravel road. About 700m along this road, on the left-hand side, is the entrance to the farm.

Romantiese wegbreek! Gail en Alistair maak voorwaar 100% seker dat jou verblyf net ‘n plesier is. Die kothuis is baie goed toegerus, veral die kombuis. Die uitsig is ongelooflik en die buitebad hemels. Hier kom kuier ons definitief weer en sommer gou!
Carine G with spouse / partner, January 2015
Dear Gail and Alistair. The same as my daughter said in 2012 (Aug) – WOW!! This is the best place to be for a weekend away and to start a New Year! Only the sound of birds.You created a lovely place, everything from the splash pool, the outdoors bath, the shower (I love it!) and the deck overlooking the mountain. We walked on every path, explored the bush, watching birds, rested and rested.We will surely come again and tell everybody about Igababa. Hierdie naaweek was die beste!! Baie dankie.
Wynand and Erika, January 2015
Dear Gail and Alistar, thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us. We had such an unforgettable and special time in and around this wonderful cottage! It really was the perfect end to our 3 week holiday…next time we’ll add another day just to watch the birds perform around the bird bath. The cottage is truly what dreams are made of, not to mention the ‘rock shower’, ‘outside bath’, ‘view from the deck’ and the ‘braai area’!! We had a wonderful time.
Elmeri and Bernard, January 2015