South Dam is home to a large variety of water birds and is a popular drinking point for many of the animals on the reserve – you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Cape Clawless Otters. Wile away a few restful hours enjoying a picnic on the grassy banks, or try your hand at fishing out a bass or bream from the still waters.
The highest point on the property at 1030m, a steep hike up Zebra Heights brings you to a breath-taking vantage point to look down over the Tomjachu reserve and surrounding mountains. Head to the top in the early morning and watch the African sun begin to paint the sky as the bush below awakens to the new day.
Matumi Picnic Spot
On the edge of a stream surrounded by towering Matumi trees, this wonderfully secluded picnic spot is the perfect place to switch off from the world around you and take in the beauty the retreat has to offer. Look out for the shy Red Duiker, and the dazzling colours of the Narina Trogon.
Perched on the edge of a granite rock in heart of the reserve, the Lapa is surrounded with the historic remains of the Great Trek – an old Voortrekker road marked with stones is still visible descending steeply down into the valley. An ideal spot to enjoy a rest stop or picnic on your hike with a cooling breeze drifting up from the valley below.
The Gorge & Gordon’s Pools
Carved by ancient rushing waters, the granite Gorge descends spectacularly into the valley below. Halfway down the gorge lies Gordon’s Pools, named after Gordon Fillery. Here the thick bush peels away to expose a silent, secluded spot at the foot of a gently trickling waterfall. Fill your lungs with the fresh mountain air and enjoy an afternoon nap in the cooling shade by one of the pools.
Symphony dam lies tucked into a small gulley below the plains stretching down from the main gate. With views into the hills across the wetland, this little dam is a great spot to let time wash over you whilst watching the Bee-eaters flit in and out of their holes in the dam wall. The orchestra of frogs starts tuning up in the early evening which is when the dam truly lives up to its name.
In the heart of the western plains lies the Lido (meaning public swimming pool), which takes its name from the many Blesbok and zebra which laze in the sun on the banks of the small watering hole. There is almost always some animal activity around this springwater pan – but please don’t swim in here for your own safety!
The huge granite dome that is Tomjachu Hill dominates the view from the Homestead. A hike to the top of this ancient granite dome reveals a 360 degree panoramic vista of the reserve and surrounding mountains. Up here you may also see Klipspringer prancing across the rocks or hear the alarm whistle of Mountain Reedbuck.