Gina’s Self-Catering Chalets are located in Geluksburg, which is an ideal place to relax and break free from city life.
Ina describes what is available in Geluksburg in her own words:
“You can walk freely on your town and visit the mall where you can buy bare essentials (remember to bring your own if you can’t live on Wilson toffees and bread only!). We also have two fuel pumps without fuel so remember to bring your own.”
Accommodation is offered in fully equipped chalets and meals are available on request. There is also a campsite with four electrical points, an ablution block and a fully equipped kitchen (fridge, microwave, kettle, etc). Campers must please bring their own cutlery and crockery.
Guests are welcome to bring their own quad bikes, mountain bikes and 4×4’s to traverse a number of routes. There is a swimming pool with views of the surrounding hills, a trampoline, jungle gym, donkeys and fishing opportunities. A pool table, darts and fingerboard are also available.
Evenings can be enjoyed at Gina’s Pride for drinks and television and there is a communal lapa in the centre of the farm with braai (barbeque) facilities.
Handmade art and craft articles are for sale in the shop, which also sells meat packs and farm chickens.
Day visitors are also allowed.
A number of routes have been laid out for quad bikes, mountain bikes and four wheel drive vehicles and guests have options between the following:
- Maanhaar Route – This route is approximately 44km and is a scenic drive with a lookout over Van Reenen’s Pass, Geluksburg and much of the Drakensberg range.
- Nanas Route – This route is approximately 10km and the drive stretches past an old homestead with beautiful views of the Drakensberg.
- Shabalala Route – This route is approximately 15km going up the valley to the mountains below the Maanhaar Route.
- Bezuidenhoutspass – This route is approximately 68km and is ideal for 4×4 vehicles, quads and very fit mountain bikers. For larger groups this is a guided tour and a fee will be charged. Please contact +27 83 675 1450 / +27 36 448 2490 for more information.
- Joey’s Route – This route is approximately 15km leading up to an old homestead which is almost like a museum. Everything is still the same as it was when the family still lived there. The house has door frames of petrified wood and in the yard one finds farm animals and birds. This is a beautiful route where a waterfall can be seen – perfect for a picnic or lunch. The route is exclusive however and a fee will be charged.
- Lost Valley Route – Please note that no 4×4 vehicles are allowed on this route. It is a round trip of approximately 30km. Gina’s guides have the exclusive right to take visitors down this route. This is a spectacular and geologically unusual route which has only recently been opened to the public. Hikers are also allowed down this route. Quads and mountain bikes have to pay a fee. This is a guided tour and lasts the whole day. It includes activities such as walking and swimming in the river and a rock pool above the waterfall. The Lost Valley has a rich history, which is explained in detail on the way. A minimum of five people are required, and a maximum of 15. No persons under the age of 16 are allowed on quad bikes on this route – they can safely ride the bikes at the bottom of the valley.
- 4×4 Routes – Maanhaar, Shabalala and Nanas as above, as well as Bezuidenhoutspass over Ntintwa and Thinus’ Pass. This route excludes the Lost Valley. Attractions on this route include Retiefsklip, Barefoot Lady and Nondela Viewpoint.
- Hikes to Ntintwa Mountain – Hikers are dropped off and then picked up later.
- Walks to the waterfall – These walks are approximately 400m from Gina’s.
Birding is also a popular pastime at Gina’s; 84 bird species have been identified. The best time for birding at Gina’s is from November to February.