About Thaba Tshwene
Nestled and secluded on the R507 in North West, Thaba Tshwene Game Lodge is bordered by the lush indigenous African bush and beautiful koppie. This most seductive Lodge’s very name and reputation has become synonymous with the ultimate in comfort, luxury, style, splendour and bliss.
Thaba Tshwene Game Lodge is situated in the North West Province, approximately 28km from Klerksdorp and 5km outside Hartbeesfontein. This award winning venue is set against a backdrop of lush green mountainous vegetation and has been exclusively developed to ensure unparalleled luxury and comfort while experiencing the splendid beauty of Africa.
This beautiful property, of about 300 hectares, was purchased by Marius and Maria Viljoen in April 2005, which was originally a cattle farm with a small portion set aside for planting. The first job after the purchase was for Marius to start fencing off the area.
Initially the pair had decided it would be made their home and preparations began, however one evening sitting with friends overlooking the property, the idea was born for a Game Lodge. As Maria was not new to the Hospitality industry, having the well-established Villa Maria Guest Lodge to her name, they knew that this would not be an easy feat, but were confident- the planning started. The main entrance was shifted to the current location, the reception area, main kitchen and venue were in process.
In 2006 the first rooms were built and with this brought our very first guests consisting of Johan Grobler and his team from Senwes, who had booked both accommodation and a function in November of that year. It was a whirlwind time, as the guests were arriving so Maria was doing her final checks to the rooms, with tools in hand. Starting off with a very small group of staff, it was a crazy and exciting time for Maria and Marius together with the chef and farm manager making this first visit a success.
November 11th 2006 also saw our very first wedding- Thinus and Jolande van Greuning- although the venue was not yet wedding ready, with the ice-berg terrace still mostly under construction, the couple decided to get married between the building rubble.
Thaba Tshwene officially opened its doors on 11 January 2007 with Christo Viljoen at the helm as manager, chef and all round Lodge Guru. With the support of Maria and Marius, big decisions were put in place and the Lodge began to grow from strength to strength.
Maria and Marius look back on their journey with pride and nostalgia of the hard work and love that went into the creation of this incredible venue.
They laugh as they tell staff the stories of what went into getting to where the Lodge is now and the obstacles they had to overcome, one story in particular stands out:
It is said that weddings weren’t just a day celebrating love but a bit of an adventure as well. When they first started out, the road up to the venue was not paved, so the day before Marius would head out and make sure the road was graded and suitable for all types of cars to make it to the destination. On this particular weekend as he stood feeling prepared for the guests, the heavens opened and washed away all of the hard work from the previous day making it that no ordinary cars could get to the top.
Having to come up with a plan, and quick, the solution was rather unconventional- Marius announced that he would hitch every car of guests arriving at the Lodge and tow them the 1.6km to the ceremony. With a mountain of a task lying ahead, they managed to get everyone up without delaying the joyous occasion.
A wedding to never be forgotten.
Today Thaba Tshwene is a World Award winning venue and is the proud owner of 22 rooms accommodating up to 54 guests.
Our function venue caters up to 150 guests whether it is for a business conference or a lavish wedding. The Amphitheatre offers couples the opportunity to be luxuriously in nature while exchanging wedding vows; alternatively they can host their guests in our cosy Chapel with unparalleled views.
As a delightful addition to Thaba Tshwene’s already charming appeal, Maria and Marius opened the doors to Enviro Sanctuary Spa in March of 2017. The exquisite design lends to the beauty of the mountainous backdrop and awe inspiring views.
Why Guests Choose Thaba Tshwene?
Word of Appreciation I have been away on leave since we came back from Thaba Tshwene. I really need to say thank you to you and the staff for the way that you welcomed us, it was such a great event and we were so happy. A special thank you to the Chef for such an amazing meal we had, and also the game drive(Driver) for accommodating such a big group of people with so much patience. Thank you very much, and keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BEDANKING VIR BORGSKAP VAN GESKENKBEWYSE Ontvang hiermee ons opregte dank en waardering vir die ruim borgskap van geskenkbewyse vir verblyf, pieknieks ensovoorts, deur Thaba Tshwene. Die deelnemers wat die pryse ontvang het, het elkeen met ’n glimlag van tevredenheid van die prysuitdeling weggestap. Aanloklike pryse soos dié bevorder definitief die gewildheid van die Hartbees Mieliemyl. Ons vertrou dat die blootstelling wat Thaba Tshwene by die Mieliemyl geniet het, ook vir julle tot voordeel sal wees. Vriendelike groete. Daleen Stephens Sekretaresse
Dear Thaba Tshwene Manager I hereby just want to congratulate you and ALL your staff members for the wonderful experience I always do enjoy during my stayovers at your lodge. From entering your gate driving up the road to reception, it is just beautiful and start already relaxing. Doesn’t matter who is assisting you in the reception office, the service is always professional, they are friendly and fast, this already creating a feeling of being at home. I always, if available, I book room 22, absolute beautiful, clean, need and very private, unfortunately my wife is not with me, due to my work. Going to the cigar lounge and restaurant, just one word, staff including the chef, food and waiters, Excellent We had last year my department’s end year function on the 7th of December, this was also just amazing including the boma preparation, food and service, thanks again for this. All my staff stayed over for the night and they were all very impressed with the lodge. When I am in the Hartebeesfontein area, I will always book at Thaba Tshwene.
Die Bestuur Saterdag 24 Maart 2017 het ons die troue van Herman en Karla Laubscher meegemaak by julle Lodge. Ons as n gesin wil net vir julle komplimeteer op die absolute professionele staf wat julle het. Die diens wat uitmuntend, vriendelikheid en flinkheid aan die orde van die dag. Vir ons as gesin was die kalmte, vriendelikheid en profesionalitiet van “Meneer Abrie” die uitsondering. Wat ookal na hom geneem is (onsekerhede, voorstelle, ens) is met professionalitiet uitgesorteer. Ander staflid wat ons ook wil uitsonder is n jong dame, wie se naam ons nie kan onthou nie. Sy was met meeste van die saal se reelings byderhand en was ook n bron van kalmte en sprankelende hulpvaardigheid. Die kos wat voorgesit was was absoluut uit die boonste rakke, en ons kan verstaan waarom julle soveel toekennings al gewen het. Dankie aan die kombuispersoneel en kelners, ons komplimente oor hoe hulle hul werk verrig het en ook hoe deftig hulle gelyk het. Baie dankie weereens en sterkte vorentoe.