Tomjachu Bush Retreat

Tomjachu Bush Retreat holds a wealth of history. Once a family home for the Fillery’s and an unproductive tobacco farm, the property has been transformed into rehabilitated indigenous bushveld.


The family legacy runs deep in the property, formally known as Valbonne Farm (beautiful Valley). The Retreat was left by the late Gordon Fillery to his son Brian, who transformed the property into one that guests could experience. Tomjachu is named after Brian’s three sons, Tom, Jack and Hugo.


To visit Tomjachu is to experience the Lowveld and its history, authentically. This is reflective in the cottages on site, as well as the Voortrekker road crosses through the property.


Tomjachu is situated on its own 550 hectare private nature reserve, perfect for relaxation. Being in the heart of Mpumalanga, it is open to breath-taking views of the Bekker Mountains, boarding the Kruger National Park.


The Retreat can accommodate 14 guests across the Homestead and three nearby cottages, as well as a further 12 guests at the award-winning Valbonne Villa. Each accommodation setting is surrounded by nature, each with their own character and romance. The Rock House property was built using stone gathered from ancient hills on the reserve. It is a perfect couple’s getaway in the bush. The Homestead allows guests to experience a tradition Lowveld home.


The property, located within the Crocodile Valley Nature Conservancy, is fit with extensive verandas, perfect for bird and sunset watching. Adventure seekers can enjoy game drives, hiking up the Zebra Heights, going on biking trails and fishing at the South Dam or exploring the Gorge and Gordon’s Pools.


The restaurant offers continental and cooked breakfast options, as well as light lunches available on request.

Guests can enjoy picnics around the property, with arranged baskets filled with home-made energy bars, fruit and wraps or sandwiches.

Open-bush dinners are preluded by sundowners at the gorge, followed by dinner under the stars.

At the cottages, guests can order from the cottage menu.


Long Stay Discount (Book 4 nights for 5% off, or 5 nights for 10% off)

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Things to do in Mpumalanga:

  • Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (for views of the rock formations and extensive Blyde River Canyon)
  • Three Rondavels Viewpoint (see the famous grassy-top pointed rocks)
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes (cylindrical holes carved into the rock by whirlpools)
  • God’s Window (300 steps to bask in the glorious views of the Lowveld)
  • Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary (visit the renowned chimpanzee sanctuary, where you’ll meet the chimps who have been saved, before they’re re-introduced into the wild)
  • Elephant Sanctuary (when the adventure options in Hazyview tire you, treat to the sanctuary)
  • Mac Mac Falls (this waterfall viewing point is one of the many you’ll find on the scenic drives in Mpumalanga)