Zebra and Bushbuck Cottages are two seperate fully equipped self catering cottages that sleep up to 6 people in Zebra cottage and 4 people in Bushbuck Cottage.
Both cottages have their own private braai area and lapa and are just a short walk away from the swimming pool.
Experience the warm hospitality of Izintaba private game farm in the beautiful Waterberg bushveld
Just 290 km north of OR Tambo International Airport, close to the small town of Vaalwater, the 1200 hectare malaria-free game farm is ideal for friend or family get-togethers and reunions, birthday parties and anniversaries, small conferences, intimate weddings, and romantic bush getaways.
With a variety of wildlife and habitats, stunning vistas, seasonal rivers and waterfalls, Izintaba is the perfect destination for those who love the outdoors and the freedom to enjoy the bush at their own pace. Pack your mountain bikes, walking shoes, fishing rods and binoculars for an activity-filled bush getaway, far from the stress of city life, or just bring a book and a bathing costume and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Waterberg bush.
The reserve has over 40 mammal species including a variety of antelope and the elusive aardvark, bat-eared foxes and honey badger. With no dangerous animals on the property, it is safe to walk, hike and cycle on your own along the marked trails. Guests can also choose a guided game drive in a 4X4 vehicle with an experienced, knowledgeable ranger or use their own vehicles for their own private game drives.
The Waterberg area is a bird lover’s paradise, with over 200 species of birds found in the area, where you are bound to spot numerous bird varieties.
Izintaba is the perfect destination for a family bush holiday as we accept children of all ages, and children can partake in all activities either with you as a family or on a special kiddies encounter, leaving you as parents, or grandparents, a few well deserved quiet hours on your own.
Because there are no dangerous animals, it is perfectly safe for you to explore the farm on foot with your children, discovering new bugs or tracking a wildebeest or Giraffe down a game path. You can also join our qualified guide to learn about the ‘toilet paper tree’ or have a ‘bok-drol-spoeg’, buck poo spitting, competition or make a bow and arrow the traditional way. Game drives are also always very popular and can be enjoyed either in your own vehicle or with our guide on an open 4×4.
Weddings, Birthdays, Conferences, Functions and special events
With our functions venue and accommodation all on the same property, we provide the ideal setting for that work function, birthday party, family reunion or any special event, taking the hassle out of driving anywhere after your function while at the same time enjoying a well-deserved break from the city life. We can accommodate a total of 46 guests/ delegates overnight on a self-catering or catered basis.
At Izintaba, we do not charge for the use of our thatched functions venue and boma, equipment and facilities, only for the accommodation.
A good network of farm roads enables the cyclist to enjoy riding in the bush. Tracks are either smooth or 4×4. There is always the possibility of coming face to face with a Zebra or a Giraffe around the next corner! Alternatively, the public roads outside the farm have very little traffic and offer longer scenic rides.
Izintaba offers a diversity of habitats from open plains to rocky kloofs, to dams and seasonal rivers. This enables it to support a wide selection of wildlife. Guests are able to drive in their own cars on the farm roads to look for game. Most roads are suitable for sedan cars and only a few require 4×4. A map of the farm is provided on arrival. Alternatively, we do also offer guided game drives on an open landrover with a qualified guide.
Izintaba supports a wide range of fauna and flora, and because we do not have any dangerous game, the best way to take it all in and enjoy the beautiful scenery is on foot. There are game paths and with over 25km of roads on the property, one can enjoy long easy leisurely walks. For the more energetic, there is a marked walking trail leading down a scenic kloof, which has waterfalls and rock pools in the rainy season. For the less energetic, there is much less strenuous marked footpath that follows the game paths and meanders around the cottages.
Discover the joy of bird watching with over 200 species recorded in the area. Checklists provided on request.
Cool off in the large swimming pool set amongst large boulders with lovely views.
The flora is very diversified due to the variety of habitats. It’s a wonderful hobby to walk about identifying trees and wild flowers with a good reference book.
Pack a picnic and enjoy the surroundings at one of our two picnic sites. One is situated on the banks of the dam, the other is close to the start of the walking trail with beautiful views.
There are endless possibilities for the keen nature photographer, especially as guests have access to all areas of the property, including a few hides.
Places of Interest in the area:
- Exceptional curio shops and African Art shops including the Black Mamba Gallery and Tea Garden in Vaalwater
- San Rock Art at Masebe Game Reserve, which is approx. 70km away. Day visits are accepted.
- Horse riding approx. 30km away
- Elephant back safaris
- Golf courses at Lephalale (Ellisras) or Potgietersrus
- Challenging 4×4 trails
- Telekishi Community trail
- Waterberg Meander, scenic drives in the surrounding area.
- Eventieria, Game auction venue and restaurant, where white lions, tigers, leopards, wild dogs and lots more can be viewed.
Izintaba, which means ‘a place in the mountains’ is blessed with a temperate climate all year round. Leave the city stress behind you and come and enjoy true peace and tranquillity in the malaria-free Waterberg bush
Address: 50km outside of Vaalwater on the Melkrivier road in the Waterberg, Limpopo
Game viewing, self drive and guided
• Ceiling fans in all bedrooms
• Open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge with fireplace.
• Private sheltered braai area
• Thatched lapa for outdoor dining
• Shaded carport for two cars
• Situated within close proximity to the guest pool.
Children of all ages welcome
Half price for children ( 3-12 Years)
Zebra Cottage - 6 people - 2 en suite bedrooms (1 King & 1 Twin & Loft room with 2 single beds)
Bushbuck Cottage - 4 people - 2 en suite bedrooms (1 King & 1 Twin)
Minimum of 2 nights on a normal weekend
Minimum of 3 nights on a normal weekend as well as during high season
Minimum of 4 nights during Easter & Festive season
Deposits to be made within 2 working days of confirmation to secure reservation. Midweek and weekend bookings: 50% of total booking cost to secure booking, balance payable within 4 weeks prior to arrival. Long weekends, Easter, Christmas and New years: 50% of total booking cost to secure reservation, balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival before arrival.
High Season Rates:
The minimum rate of R1800 per night per cottage
(Zebra Cottage @ R1800pnight - up to 6 persons
(Bushbuck Cottage @ R1800 p/night - up to 4 persons)
Minimum of 3 nights during high season and 4 nights over Easter.
R490 per person per night
Meals can be enjoyed in the Burkea Boma dining room at R190 per person for dinner and R140 per person for breakfast. As this is not a restaurant, but a dining room with set meals, these please need to be booked at least one week in advance. Enjoy 3 course dinners, traditional Bushbraais and poitjies around the raging bonfire under the star filled African sky.