Nestled in the heart of the Waterberg plateau, Waterberg Cottages offers it's guests a haven of tranquility, relaxation and fun, in the beautiful Bushveld.
Only 2.5 hours away from Pretoria, and malaria free, we invite you to leave behind the stress and strain of the city and experience the unspoilt wilderness of the Waterberg Biosphere.
Our accommodation consists of five cottages, sleeping from 2 to 16. The cottages at our Windsong site are set in rolling gardens, which themselves are situated within our 700 hectare game area, providing a combination of restful lawn and wild Africa. Kudu lodge is set by a stunning dam, with excellent fishing and bird life. Canoes are available for paddling on the dam
Windsong Cottage - Sleeps up to 11
Windsong cottage itself is an historical farm home now converted into self catering accommodation. Originally built in the 1920's it retains many original features and hosts a delightful range of antique furniture, and many original art works by Baber family and friends. The accommodation comprises kitchen(Electric and gas stoves with hobs and ovens, microwave, double sink, Fridge Freezer. Full set of crockery and cutlery), pantry, lounge/dining room, three triple bedrooms one of which is en-suite, and one double bedroom with en-suite. In addition there is a further bathroom, separate shower room and two toilets. Windsong has a lovely large stoep with sofas and large dining table, perfect for relaxing and entertaining. From the stoep steps lead down to a large sunken braai area, provided with well seasoned braai wood. Close enough to be watched from both the braai area and stoep is a large sandpit which small people can enjoy while grown ups put their feet up. For chillier nights guest can retire inside to the dining/living room, which has an open fireplace, again supplied with firewood.
Windsong lends itself perfectly to a large family or group of friends having a get-together, and is located close to Butterfly, if you need additional accommodation.
The cottages are situated in the midst of delightful gardens hosting a range of On-site Activities.
Butterfly Cottage - Sleeps 2-4
Butterfly Cottage was the first construction project of Anthony Baber. He made it for him and his bride, before he went on to build world famous lodges. It is a beautiful thatched cottage with a large open plan living/dining/kitchen area (Stove with hobs and oven, microwave, Boekenhout work surface, double sink, fridge with freezer compartment. Full set of crockery and cutlery), one double bedroom and a bathroom. There are two sofa beds in the living area for use if required.
Butterfly is situated near the pool and has a lovely large braai area where you can sit and enjoy the stunning sun-sets.
Butterfly lends itself perfectly to a either a romantic break for two or a family with young children. Should you require additional accommodation Windsong is on hand.
All our cottages are situated in the midst of delightful gardens hosting a range of On-site Activities.
Bushwillow Cottage - Sleeps up to 7
Bushwillow is a two storey cottage, with lovely views out over our new game area. It is our newest cottage, and has been designed to provide a rather special experience for our guests, and to enable them to enjoy the best of the bush experience.
Downstairs Bushwillow has a large stoep with plenty of room for a family to relax and spread out. It has lovely views towards the sunset, and a braai nearby. Inside Bushwillow has a large open plan living/dining/kitchen area with much of the fittings (Granite surface, gas oven and hobs, fridge-freezer, microwave, double sink, surface mounted bin, Full set of crockery and cutlery), made from wood harvested on the farm. It also has one large bedroom with an Emperor bed and a single, en-suite to a shower room.
Upstairs is the master bedroom, designed to have views out over the veld, a sense of space, and an en-suite with a slipper bath. On the second storey there is also a mezzanine level, again with splendid views out over the veld. The mezzanine has two full size sofa beds with very comfortable bed mattresses. This can either be used as an upstairs livingroom, or as an extra bedroom.
Bushwillow is set in its own arboretum, composed of a mixture of Bushveld trees, such as the Bushwillow, from which its name derives, and some exotics, such as Jacarandas. It is a small distance away from the other cottages, providing privacy, and yet the pool and other facilities like On-site Activities are still easily accessible.
Rose Cottage - Sleeps 4
Rose Cottage is an attractive two bedroomed thatched cottage with a shower room, a small living room, a kitchen and a large pleasant stoep. It is perfect for a family of four.
80 years ago Rose cottage consisted of just two rondavels, and housed two young gentlemen - Charles and Colin Baber. These youths grew up to be much loved and respected patriarchs of the Waterberg community, whose memory and achievements remain throughout the region.
Today Rose has been refurbished, while still retaining many original features, such as the doors, made from packing cases by the original pioneers. In addition we have added a theme of boekenhout - a beautiful local wood - throughout the cottage.
Rose had its own private fenced garden containing guava, fig and mulberry trees (guests are welcome to help themselves).
Kudu Lodge - Sleeps 16
The slanting golden sunlight plays on the dam water, illuminating its vibrant bird life. The sounds of the African bush come gently to your ears. The smell of steak sizzling on the braai wafts across, as you relax on the stoep, a cold beer in your hand. Welcome to Kudu Lodge.
Kudu Lodge is great for outdoor living, with two stoeps including one directly overlooking the dam. Guests can expect to watch fish eagles perching on the drowned trees in the dam, along with a wide variety of other bird life. The dam also has a range of fish, including bass, tilapia and barbell. Night owls or early birds may see kudu and other game coming to drink at the dam. We have also provided 4 small canoes so our guests can take full advantage of the dam, and enjoy the prolific bird life up close.
Kudu is located on Goedgevonden farm. It is a large old farmhouse which has recently been refurbished and sleeps up to 16 people. It has a large open plan living/dining/kitchen area, with a modern fitted kitchen (modern fitted kitchen, built in oven and hobs, microwave, double sink, Fridge freezer. Full set of crockery and cutlery), open fire place, kitchen table, and three sofas, perfect for relaxing and entertaining. It has 2 double bedrooms with en-suite facilities and 2 further large bedrooms, one with two single beds and two bunk beds, the other with three bunk beds. The later has en-suite shower and toilet facilities and the other has a separate bathroom.
There are two braai areas, one located near the front stoep, the other at the rear of the lodge. Both come complete with well seasoned braai wood.
Kudu Lodge offers a wonderful opportunity to have a large get-together with family and friends, and to enjoy the peace and seclusion. It is located 8 km from Windsong Cottages but our guests are more than welcome to come and make use of the on site activities there.
Surrounding Kudu is 750 hectares of veld and pasture land. Behind Kudu is a lovely Koppie, with a marked trail leading along the edge and offering stunning views out over the Melk valley.
Facilities on site for guests include our 15m heated swimming pool, a slightly rough tennis court, braai areas for every cottage and marked walking trails.
Families are not just tolerated at Windsong - we enjoy having them. Children love our large trampoline, sand play areas and our huge children's adventure village.
Activities at Waterberg Cottages
Activities on site:
We can offer guests game drives on the neighbouring Belleview private game reserve. The reserve has huge numbers of game and stunning scenery and views. Guests can expect to see large herds of blesbok, impala, wilderbeest and lots more. The farm is particularly known for its large ostrich polulation and its herds of red hartebeest
Relaxing at Boschdraai
A chance to get that tan up lazing by the heated pool, enjoying Nina Baber's beautiful garden, or for the more energetic, playing tennis. (free)
Walking and birding
The farm has over 250 species of bird, some lovely scenery and numerous mammal species, including Kudu, Steenbuck, Impala, Zebra, Waterbuck and Blesbok. We have 5 marked bush walks for those who may be interested in enjoying the peace, tranquility and delightful views. These walking trails range from a 2km stroll up to a 7.5km hike. Each trail has its own delightes, with the chance to se game, enjoy a wide variety of trees (including a splendid specimin of the protected violet tree) walks are naturally at no cost.
The Waterberg is famous for its dark, cloudless skies. We are 100km from the nearest large town, and most nights are cloudless. This means that the full glory of the night sky is available to be seen. Using an advanced 200mm SCT telescope, and an astronomical video camera, I will be happy to give you a guided tour of its wonders. The tour will include: the planets, the constellations of the southern hemisphere, beautiful nebulae (the coloured mavels of the night sky), and will even extend out to our neighbouring galaxies. Expect to learn about how stars are formed and die, how big the universe is and all about the myths and realities of our own solar system. (Please see Rates page for prices)
We can arrange a wide variety of riding activities for our guests at Horizon, which is situated on the Triple B Ranch. These include outrides into the bush, riding with game (including giraffe, if you're lucky), cattle mustering, Polocross (a simpler and, some say, more enjoyable form of polo), Western games (all sorts of semi-competitive fun on horseback). Horizon cater for all types of riders, novices to experts. Just 7mins from Boschdraai. (Please see Rates page for prices)
Visiting the Hippo
A family of hippos live in a series of dams on the farm. In the late afternoon the hippos emerge to feed, and guests can frequently get wonderful views of these wild creatures - from the safety of a specially constructed viewing platform. Lucky guests can even experience an unforgettable hippo serenade, and everyone usually gets to see the awesome set of ivories these ladies and gentlemen possess. Guests are accompanied by a guide. 10min drive. (Please see Rates page for prices)
The Waterberg's Local Craft Shop. Tanya Baber, daughter-in-law of Charles and Nina, has set up a local craft shop, which is located on the farm, approximately 10 minutes drive from Windsong. Employing local crafts people, they produce a large variety of leather and beaded goods, ranging from custom made chaps for the riding enthusiast to sandals, belts, key rings and leather bound note books - ideal as gifts or souvenirs. The quality is superb, the variety amazing. I challenge you to visit Tanya and not be tempted to take advantage of the delightful goods for sale.
Activities in the Area
The Waterberg has a wide range of activities for everyone. Situated on the same farm is the world famous Horizon Horse-back Adventures. With 100 horses, horse and rider can be carefully matched. Riding options include out-rides, riding with game, polocross and even cattle mustering.
Within driving distance of our cottages the Big 5 are on view at Entabeni Game Reserve, or there other great game viewing opportunities at world famous Ant's Nest private game reserve, amongst others.
For the truly adventurous there are even elephant-backed safaris available.