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Graceland Eco Retreat: Escape to the mountains of Limpopo

Discover Eco Travel in Limpopo: Graceland Eco Retreat
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Perched atop a mountain above the Kudu River Valley, lies Graceland Eco Retreat. A place where you will find quiet, endless views and a free-roaming family of giraffes.

Graceland Eco Retreat is where your hosts, Anders and Douglas, have created a farm-style eco-friendly retreat in a beautiful setting.

Stay a while

The accommodation at Graceland Eco Retreat was designed to take advantage of it’s beautiful location. At sunrise you can watch the valley wake up while the sun slowly rises over the mountain – but if you sleep in, you might just find a curious giraffe staring at you through a window.

Enjoying your morning coffee or sundowners on one of the terraces, pergolas or at the splash pool with a view of the valley may just be one of the highlights of any stay here.


At Graceland Eco Retreat you will meet giraffes named Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie and their children born on the farm named, Tennessee, Nashville and Phoenix. There are also Kudu, Impala, Klipspringer, Mountain Reedbuck, Bushbuck and more that you may catch a glimpse of whilst hiking.

Birding enthusiasts will be spoilt with sightings of birds such as the Verreaux, Crowned and Long-Crested Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Alpine, Purple Crested Turaco, African Black Swift as well as the famous African Fish Eagle. Since they also border the forests and plantations of Magoebaskloof and the Woodbush Forest Reserve, you might even spot Cape Parrot, Narina Trogon and Black-fronted Bush Shrike and the rare Samango monkey.

Off the grid and just 50km North-East of Polokwane

Graceland Eco Estate is totally off the grid and the sun is responsible for pumping their water, clean the pool, run their fridges and keep you connected.

The retreat is perched on the side of the mountain with the sunlit Olyfberg to one side and the fertile Kudu River Valley to the other side.

What else can you do while staying at Graceland Eco Retreat?

PAUSE to eat

Pause, a new addition to the offering at Graceland, is a converted steel barn enclosed in glass panels with views overlooking the Kudu River Valley. The restaurant has a large fire-place in the dining area with a collection of art created by a variety of well-known South African artists.

The kitchen at PAUSE aims to create meals through a fusion of flavours, aromas and impressions with strong influences from the Scandinavian, Asian and Mediterranean palates, creating a bold taste fusion to tease your senses.

Pause is not open for walk-ins, but they do open up the venue once a month for their Table D’hôte (The Host’s Table) during which guests can feast on a 5-course luncheon. The menu is advertised 2 weeks in advance and bookings are essential.

Covid-19 may have an impact on Pause restaurant’s service. Please contact Graceland Eco Retreat for more information.

Add Graceland Eco Retreat to your Limpopo bucketlist

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