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CONSOLATA ESTATE

Consolata Estate accommodation is situated on a private farm at the beginning of the Ebenezer Dam about 1.5 km from Haenertsburg in the beautiful Magoebaskloof area. The farm house and accommodation is on a peninsula, surrounded by the Ebenezer Dam. The peninsula is a rambling garden with a variety of old trees such as Liquid Amber, Pin oak and Chinese Maple, making autumn a spectacular sight.

An abundance of Azalea, flowering Cherry trees and Crab Apple give spring a burst of colour. Summer follows with lush green lawns and the many Hydrangea plants with their show of magnificent blossoms are a sight to behold. Enjoy strolling through the 3ha garden and take time to meditate at special spots or stop to admire the fountain while relaxing under shady trees. Enjoy a relaxing sundowner while watching the sunset overlooking the tranquil  Ebenezer Dam. If you are an early riser you could be rewarded seeing duiker walking through the garden or under the Chestnut trees. Ideal for gentle walks, mountain biking, birding and fishing. Keen fishermen will be happy to know that they can launch their boats from the property. This facility is exclusively for Consolata guests.

Quaint farm-style rondavel

Quaint farm-style rondavel

A private bedroom for two
Annexe off the main house

Annexe off the main house

Ideally for a couple with children
Rondavels

Rondavels

Adjacent bathroom and dining area where breakfast is served
Rondavel lounge

Rondavel lounge

With a fireplace to relax in front of on a cool day
Consolata entrance

Consolata entrance

An all-weather dirt road suitable for all vehicles
The fountain

The fountain

Enjoy strolling through the 3ha garden
A brief history of the farm name ConsolataA brief history of the farm name Consolata

A brief history of the farm name Consolata

"Consolata" meaning consoling

At the beginning of the second world war, Secondo Rech was incarcerated with his brother Mario at Koffiefontein internment camp. At the time he was farming with his father in the Mooketsi area, but as per the law of that time, was sent to prison because he was Italian. He came out of internment in 1940, and together with his brother planned to purchase their own farm to start an avocado nursery. In 1943 he noticed in the local newspaper - The Zoutpanberg Review - that there was to be an auction of a farm in Haenertsburg. The farm had been up for auction several times but never reached the minimun to repay the outstanding loan. He also had a chat to a local Haenertsburger, Bob Collins' father, who had nothing good to say about the farm and most people thought he was mad because he did not have enough experience to do farming of any sorts. He eventually bought the property for eleven pounds seventeen shillings per morgen (R23.75) They paid a 20% down payment and the balance was covered by a Land Bank loan. At the time he was corresponding with a Kenyan priest whom he befriended in the camp and told him about the farm. He asked if the priest had any suggestions for a name. The priest suggested "Consolata" meaning consoling, as this was the name of the mission station he came from in Kenya. He immediately accepted this name as it fitted the spirit of his endeavours to acquire his own farm. At a later stage he learned the Consolata Mission in Nairobi is quite extensive amongst the Kikuyu people of Kenya. The order takes its name from the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Turin called "La Madonna de Consolata"

Under the Pin Oak tree

At Consolata we want you to relax and experience the silence of nature

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

  • BIRDING HOTSPOT

    Birding is one of those exciting activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The areas around Haenertsburg and Magoebaskloof is ideal for birding and offer some wonderful birding routes and sites for experienced and amateur birders.
  • MAGOEBASKLOOF CANOPY TOUR

    The guided Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour is an exciting journey through the indigenous forests and over the spectacular Letaba River waterfalls. As you swing from platform to platform you can enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the natural surroundings (incl. light meal & refreshments).
  • TROUT AND BASS FISHING

    The Magoebaskloof area with its pristine rivers and dams are well-known for trout and bass fishing. The Haenertsburg Trout Association stocks and maintains certain waters and fishermen can obtain permits to visit and fish these waters. There is properties that allow fishing without permits.
  • MOUNTAIN BIKING

    Mountain Biking is becoming more and more popular in the Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg area. Our temperate climate and scenic surroundings are drawing many cyclists from all over the country and various Mountain Biking races are being hosted here. The Magoebaskloof Mountain Biking trails are well marked and well-maintained and can be accessed from a number of establishments.
  • HIKING AND WALKING TRAILS

    There are many hiking and walking trails in the area. Louis Chanquion Trail in the Village, Lesodi Trail Magoebaskloof and Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail.
  • QUAD BIKING

    The guided quad biking adventure takes you on a specially made quad biking trail through the indigenous forests along the Groot Letaba River and over the mountain overlooking the scenic George’s Valley.
  • AGATHA CROCODILE RANCH

    On offer are adventurous daily tours, an opportunity to touch a baby crocodile and also to feed the enormous adults. Tours include a fascinating talk about the behaviour, conservation and breeding of the Nile crocodile, followed by a feeding show and guided tour of the breeding dam and enclosures.
  • GIANT BAOBAB TREE

    The well-known Sunland Baobab in Modjadjiskloof is internationally celebrated for being the widest of its species in the world. These magnificent trees evoke impressions of quintessential Africa, and if they could speak - many a fascinating tale could be told.
  • GOLF

    Players can enjoy the scenic design, indigenous vegetation and abundance of birdlife on the course that mainly lies on the embankment of the Letaba River.
  • HANS MERENSKY NATURE RESERVE

    On the banks of the Great Letaba River lies the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, just west of the Kruger National Park and not far from Tzaneen. The presence of the river on one side of the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve means that there is a rich and varied bird-life, even in winter, and evenings produce some really special sightings of nightjars and owls.