Mbizane Escarpment Retreat

About the Accommodation

Mbizane is a private nature conservancy straddling the Lowveld escarpment in the highest reaches of the Schoemanskloof valley, Mpumalanga. Mbizane’s boundaries are its natural features – its rivers, cliffs and ravines, dense vegetation, and the surrounding nature reserves.

The extraordinary beauty of Mbizane’s cliffs and of the escarpment ensured Mbizane’s inclusion on the Register of Natural Heritage Sites for having “highly significant natural features and objects, and to be essential to the preservation of South Africa’s natural diversity.”

​Experience living at Mbizane inside the heart of nature, on the bank of a pristine cold mountain stream in virgin riverine forest, dwarfed by the vertical cliffs above. Enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding cliffs, hear the variety of bird calls echoing off the cliffs above the cobbling of the stream, and marvel at the beauty of the nature surrounding you from the privacy and comfort of your forested luxury tent deck.

Mbizane is a birder’s dream. You will be birding – whether you are walking, driving on the scarp face, looking out from the two lookout towers, or just relaxing on your deck. Expect sightings of Narina Trogon, Knysna and Purple-crested Turacos, Verreaux’s Eagle, Crowned Eagle, Tambourine Doves, and other bird species specific to Mbizane’s Afromontane forest escarpment habitat.

Self-Catering Luxury Tents

There are five private elevated deck tents, each situated at a unique position along the stream and having a unique view of the awe-inspiring cliffs. The identically-furnished tents are designed to provide stylish self-catered living with modern amenities and comforts inside nature. The deck tents each sleep two adult persons, with a spacious lounge, dining and kitchen area, a bedroom, and open plan bathroom with bath, basin, shower, and closed toilet.

A camping cot or camping bed can additionally be provided in the tents for children. With large balconies on either side and the tent flaps up, your living area extends to the whole deck. From the comfort, convenience, and privacy of your deck, you will experience and truly feel part of the stunning nature around you, day and night. The elegant décor in the lounge is complimented by a modern, well-equipped self-catering kitchen and cooking area, providing the ideal setting for you to cook up and enjoy something special at this unique venue.

The bedroom has an extra-length king-size bed (with electric blanket and mosquito net), a desk, and reading light. Heaters, a safe, and a hairdryer are standard in every tent. The deck tents are functional yet stylish and very spacious. The tents are fresh and airy, naturally ventilated, and electrically heated (no aircon). Remember to pack warm clothes, especially in cooler months when the Highveld air slips down the escarpment.

Contact details:

Mbizane Escarpment Retreat
Schoemanskloof, Mpumlanga

Cell: +27 72 402 8739 (WhatsApp only)
E-mail: reception@mbizane.co.za
Web: http://www.mbizane.com