Surrounded by 6500ha of pristine private nature reserve, are two secluded homesteads, Weederdooper and Tuli, some 4km apart. Both are comfortably furnished and are serviced by friendly staff. Each has a large veranda overlooking a waterhole frequented by game where one can unwind by day, and at night enjoy a cosy campfire under the vast star-spangled sky of the Southern hemisphere. Mmabolela provides for a sense of space and tranquility which all contribute to make for a relaxed, un-pressured stay and a unique bushveld experience.
The original farmhouse consists of a combined lounge / dining-room; three bedrooms (one with double beds and two with two singles) sharing a bathroom/shower and a separate toilet.
The Cottage has 2 bath-en-suite bedrooms, one with two single beds and one with a double bed; and the Annexe has its own sitting room and two shower-en-suite bedrooms: one with two single beds and one with a double bed. Altogether Weederdooper can sleep 14. All the bedrooms have fans - there are no aircons.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas stoves, electric oven, fridges, and a deep freeze. Campfire cooking is recommended and there are potjies and braais for cooking round the fire. There is no landline telephone or RSA cellphone reception. However if you have international roaming it is possible to get a Botswana signal.
The Tuli Homestead
The Tuli house has three bedrooms (2 rooms with double beds and one room with 2 singles) and there are 2 bathrooms each with their own toilet. The outside cottage has 2 single beds and its own shower and toilet. In total Tuli can accommodate 8.
This remotely situated cottage set amongst colourful bougainvilleas will take you back to what it was like to live in Africa at the beginning of the 20th century. A solar system provides 220v power for lighting and for small electricity demand such as a computer. There is a weak cellphone signal but no landline.
Lighting is backed up by paraffin lamps and candles, while water is heated in a “donkey boiler” fired by wood. The kitchen has gas stove and gas fridges, but cooking on the outside braai is the norm. There is a plunge pool to cool off, given the absence of fans, Tuli is not suited to the heat of summer.