Mount High Country House and Lodge, Lydenburg, Mpumalanga.

Mount High Luxury Country House is located near Lydenburg on the Panorama Route and the perfect romantic retreat, family weekend, group getaway, or a fabulous venue for parties and celebrations. Close enough to act as a weekend getaway for travellers from Johannesburg and Pretoria, otherwise a perfect stop-over for those en-route to the Kruger National Park.

Mount High Luxury Country House is all about immersing its guests in a tranquil escape from city living, high up in the mountains of Mpumalanga with expansive views over game-filled vistas. Guests are encouraged to indulge in the gorgeous facilities and amenities of the lodge.

The lodge is situated on the Natalshoop Farm, home to an array of species showcasing the Lowveld’s fauna and flora to perfection. Spot the resident golden wildebeest, nyala, bushbuck, black impala, sable and reedbuck roaming over the hills as you sit on the deck, G&T in hand.

Bird watchers and wildlife photographers are also spoilt for choice when it comes to finding places to enjoy the sheer abundance of South Africa. The area around the farm is the natural breeding ground of the African vulture (also known as the white-backed vulture), which makes for a very exciting find for those that spot it.

Mount High offers accommodation between two separate country houses. The Manor House can accommodate up to 12 people (12 adults, or 10 adults and 2 children) and is an excellent choice for groups and families that want to make their get-together that much more special within these breath-taking surrounds.

The six rooms have super king-size beds and there’s an additional kids room too. There is also a sleeper couch in the lounge for two children. Each bathroom is fitted with a bath, basin, and toilet.

This lodge boasts a large kitchen that contains the necessary appliances to cook meals, as well as pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.

The living area features a sleeper couch, bar and a snooker table, as well as stack doors which lead out to the entertainment area, that boasts an infinity swimming pool overlooking the mountains and the valley.

The Nyala House is a comfortable double-story home with ultra-modern finishes and an undeniable sense of elegance is ideal for four adults, or four adults and two children. The huge fire place is inviting on chilly evenings or on lazy afternoons, while sipping on a glass of world-class South African wines and drinking in the views.

Consisting of two bedrooms and one bathroom as well as a sleeper couch for two children. The bedrooms are furnished with King-size beds, and the bathroom is fitted with a shower and a bath. Downstairs, the spacious, open-plan kitchen is with equipped with a variety of utensils, appliances, crockery and cutlery for self-catering.

The adjacent living area features sleeper couch, a bar and a large fireplace, and leads out to the splash pool.

Mount High is a prime mountain biking spot, and there are a number of trails for keen cyclists to explore. Otherwise, take advantage of the serenity and untainted beauty of Mpumalanga by exploring the farm and its surrounds on foot.

For travellers who prefer to relax away from the kitchen - and subsequent dishes - Mount High offers the luxury option of booking a private chef for the duration of your stay. Celebrity chef, Tippie Enslin and his wife, fellow foodie, Santie, has over 10-years of experience in the world of flavours which they deliver straight to your table. From the heart of the African bush to the Southern-style cooking of the USA, all the way to the flamenco spices of the Spanish quarters, this dream team is sure to create a holiday menu worth writing home to.

We thoroughly enjoyed learning the art of making pizzas and pastas, we even got a crash course in sourdough bread baking. Interactive cooking classes with Chef Tippie are also available during anyone’s stay and can be booked prior to your stay.


+27 82 568 7519 (Ronel Lotter)

+27 83 391 1275 (Henrihet Aucamp)

Mpumalanga, South Africa

Supplementary photographs by Culture Collective