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  • Comfortable classic country house
  • Botanically rich and tranquil garden
  • Lush surroundings offer plenty of walks and more to explore

Sherwood's Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

13km from Tzaneen


-23.921, 30.1329


Sherwood’s is lovingly run by owners Derek and Daniela Wasley, who offer personalised service to guests, sharing with them a little piece of Victorian paradise in the shady forests a short drive from Tzaneen. All six of the country house’s rooms open onto the beautiful gardens, which feature a romantic pergola, swimming pool and a variety of bird life. The rooms have an opulent Victorian ambience provided by antiques, vivid patterned fabrics and classical bathrooms. A variety of configurations means that they can accommodate everyone from singles to couples and families.

One of the standard double rooms has space for an extra single bed on request and has an en-suite shower, while the other has an elegant bath. The Classic Rooms each have their own private verandah, where guests can enjoy drinks while watching the birds. A small seating area with very comfy armchairs and a fireplace is especially welcoming in winter. As with the standard rooms, one room has an en-suite shower and the other a bath.

At 60 square metres, the Deluxe Rooms are extremely spacious and have a larger lounge, also with a crackling log fireplace. More luxurious, these rooms have a King-size or optional twin beds, with one able to have twin beds added, making it the best choice for families. From the private verandahs, guests can enjoy the best views available at the country house, overlooking the Agatha Mountains. Guests will feel perfectly at home in the rooms, thanks to amenities such as satellite television, hair dryers, fans and toiletries. You will also appreciate conveniences such as room service, tea and coffee facilities, and the security of a safe in reception. 

Mornings are kicked off by a continental and English breakfast. Light lunches are available, while dinner is an indulgent four-course affair, which needs to be booked before 13h00. The beautiful gardens are part of the area’s botanical route, and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in the Victorian-style pergola is a pleasant way to relax. A few lovely walking trails lead from the gardens and out into the surrounding forests and avocado orchards. The King Walden garden, where you can enjoy the cultured plant life, is a gentle 10-minute walk from the house.

Birding enthusiasts will love the bird walk through cultured and indigenous forest around the small dam, and should be on the lookout for small animals such as monkeys, antelope and baboons. The start of the Rooikat Hiking trail is a mere 1.5 kilometres away. This four-hour hike takes you through the mountains and ends in a beautiful setting at the bottom of the valley, where hikers can enjoy a picnic lunch next to a stretch of pristine river, or take a refreshing dip in one of the large rock pools. Handily, a brochure outlining all the adventurous and interesting things to do in the surroundings is available at reception, and your hosts also have a wealth of information about the region.

Rates & Summary

2 Standard Rooms

One room sleeps 3 in double and single bed
One room sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath or shower
Open onto gardens

2 Classic Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double beds
En-suite shower or bath
Seating area with fireplace
Verandah leading onto gardens

2 Deluxe Rooms

En-suite bath and shower
Each sleeps 2 in double beds
2 single beds can be added in one room
Lounge with fireplace
Verandah with mountain views


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Continental and English breakfast included
Dinners available at extra cost


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Sherwood’s Country House is an attractive Victorian guest house surrounded by the Agatha Mountains and vast forests around Tzaneen. The lush garden at Sherwood’s is part of a botanical route and there are several walks available through the surrounding indigenous forest around the dam, where guests can see some beautiful birds and a variety of small mammals. Classically decorated rooms house guests in comfortable opulence.


  • Comfortable classic country house
  • Botanically rich and tranquil garden
  • Lush surroundings offer plenty of walks and more to explore

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The good gravel approach roads are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Forest walks
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming or picnics at the river

Nearby: botanical garden, cycad nursery, canopy tours, horse riding, Debegeni waterfalls, golf courses, arts and crafts, cultural attractions, farm stalls.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe







The Mopani region is a heady mix of mountain and bushveld, history and culture. Mopani includes the towns of Tzaneen, Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. It also includes sections of the northern Drakensberg mountains, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. Think dramatic mountain scenery, ancient rivers and unspoiled wilderness reserves.

Mopani is named after an edible worm, of all things. The best way to discover the delights of the region is by exploring the Valley of the Olifants self-drive tourism route. This takes you through wilderness areas with excellent mountain views. It is this combination of mountain and bush that gives the Mopani region its special charm.

The route is named after the Olifants (Lepelle) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park to join the Limpopo River.

From the quaint hamlet of Haenertsburg, north-east of Polokwane, the panoramic 40km-long Magoebaskloof Pass descends 600m in a series of dizzying bends to the subtropical town of Tzaneen. Every bend greets you with a different surprise: waterfalls, historic bluegum trees, lookout points, nurseries and roadside stalls.

Surrounded by blue-green mountains, Tzaneen is a laid-back centre of agriculture and farming. From here you can explore wilderness and mountains, visit the realm of the legendary Rain Queen, and see the country’s biggest baobab tree.

From Tzaneen it’s a pleasant drive through scenic bushveld to the towns of Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Phalaborwa was established in 1958 after the discovery of huge mineral deposits. It is the central gateway to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. It’s a small but busy town that reaches scorching summer temperatures.

Apart from having the biggest opencast mine in the world, Phalaborwa’s other claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to the Kruger National Park. It’s a five-minute drive from the centre of town to the Phalaborwa Gate. Residents are used to the ‘Hippo Crossing’ signs and the odd warthog trundling down the high street.

Hoedspruit is a centre for surrounding wildlife reserves, private reserves, game reserves and conservation centres. The town is known for its bushveld beauty and conservation ethos and is a stepping stone to assorted bush adventures. These include game viewing, birding, hiking, river rafting and mountain climbing.

The Mopani region also includes the eastern part of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, offering the essential ‘Kruger to Canyon’ experience that combines mountains and bush. Travellers from Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit will arrive via the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass, which descends 800m in its 24km length.

The highlight is the 133,5m-long Strijdom Tunnel where you emerge from cool darkness into bright sunlight nearly a thousand metres above the Olifants River valley.

Look out for

The northern Drakensberg & Wolkberg wilderness areas - he mountainous heart of Mopani is the Wolkberg Wilderness and Magoebaskloof. This is hiking, birding, fishing, strolling, rambling and botanising territory. If you’re into extreme stuff and adrenalin rushes, you can take a canopy tour, go kloofing, abseiling, river rafting, white water tubing and mountain biking.

The Realm of the Rain Queen - This is set in the village of Modjadji, in mountain foothills, near Tzaneen. It is said that Queen Modjadji settled here after fleeing Zimbabwe in the late 17th century. She brought with her special rain summoning powers, and started the matriarchal Bolobedu tribe. Modjadji is also home to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, which has thousands of species of the rare endemic cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos) that dates back to the time of the dinosaur.

The country’s biggest baobab - The Sunland Baobab, as it’s officially known, is named after the farm where it has grown for over 4 000 years. This gentle giant is 22m high and has a 47m circumference. Get up close and personal with this giant at Sunland Farm, near Tzaneen. You’ll discover why the surreal baobab is a source of great legend, and the symbol of Limpopo province.

Kruger to canyon trip - The Mopani region’s hallmark is the combination of mountain and bush. The area between the central Kruger National Park and the eastern reaches of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon offers amazing nature and adventure opportunities. These include gentle sundowner cruises and tranquil bushveld walks, adrenalin-charged river rafting and gorge swinging. This part of Mopani has excellent views of lichen-clad cliff faces and dramatic kloofs and canyons.

The Lowveld and the Kruger Park - The Mopani region offers direct access to the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It also leads to the Mpumalanga Lowveld, famed for its game-rich reserves. Just inside the Phalaborwa Gate is the Masorini Museum, a Late Iron Age archaeological site showing smelting furnaces, homesteads and historic implements. Another highlight is the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp, which is an easy drive from Phalaborwa. Letaba is a pretty camp overlooking the river, where elephant sightings are practically guaranteed. In the northern Kruger Park, near Punda Maria, is Thulamela National Heritage Site. A significant archaeological site, with hillsides that are filled with stone ruins that tell the story of an ancient culture that settled here in the 15th century.

Bush to beach - It is now possible to take this route from the Phalaborwa gate all the way to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Travellers drive through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. The border post is a Giriyondo, near the Massingir Dam.

Kruger to Canyon Birding Route - This route starts at the beginning of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon at God’s Window. It follows Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and enters Limpopo via the dramatic Abel Erasmus Pass. From there it leads to Hoedspruit and into the central Kruger Park.

Hans Merensky Golf Course - Undoubtedly the best golfing experience in Mopani. This famous course, designed by Bob Grimsdell, is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It offers players a unique opportunity to tee off amongst the wildlife.

Wildlife and conservation - Apart from being part of a massive transfrontier park, the Mopani region offers incredible opportunities for viewing wildlife. It’s also a conservation centre. In and around Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are a variety of wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres. There are also ranger training camps and guided wilderness experiences.

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