Saamrus Guest Farm

Magaliesburg, Gauteng

Do you dream of wide open views, walking along a forest path or sitting under a tree listening to the gentle sound of water flowing...

Then Saamrus Guest Farm is the place for you. Situated in a woodland valley between a tranquil stream and the foothills of the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains, Saamrus is just one hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

We offer comfortable and charming self-catering farm cottages surrounded by 500 hectares of unspoiled nature, bird life and walking freedom.

It is the ideal getaway for nature lovers and hikers or romantic couples looking for seclusion.


General facilities:

  • Fully equipped for self-catering

  • Braai facilities

  • Fireplace

  • Plunge pool

  • Walking trails.

Pets welcome! Saamrus is a home-from-home for you and your best friend.

If you would rather stay at home than leave the four-legged members of your family behind, why not bring them along? A special pet welcome awaits all breeds of socialised and house-trained dogs. Even cats and caged birds will feel at home.

Each cottage has a fenced garden to keep your pets safe while you take a nap. When you’re strolling with your dogs along the riverbanks or heading out on longer hikes on the 500ha of walking freedom, dogs are allowed to run freely off the lead.


About Us

The Geldenhuys family, Chris, Annatjie and their son Leonard, bought the farm in 2005 after years of dreaming and planning to leave the city, and have a more peaceful and down to earth life on the farm.

The farm was then known as Keenan’s Creek and it had 3 operational guest cottages. The two cottages, Tarentaal and Kiewiet, as well as Suikerbos on the hill had already built up some return business since the Pet-friendly Guest Farm was started in 1999. A bigger vision had to be realised. Six more cottages have been added between 2007 and 2011 and the Guest Farm is now has 9 beautiful self-catering cottages. The original house on the farm “Die Plaashuis” is also let out to guests from time to time when the Geldenhuys family in not on the farm.

The name changes rests on two family farms.  From Keenan's Creek to Saamrus, the name change not only represents our 'rest from the rest' philosophy, but also reflects our memories of farm life - Saam is the Afrikaans word for 'together' (half of the title of Chris' original family farm, Saamwerk) and rus means 'rest' in Afrikaans (half of the title of Annatjie's original family farm, Ellasrus). So, Saamrus awaits you and your pets for a well-deserved rest together.

The secret to our success at Saamrus lies in our loyal, friendly and hardworking staff.

Like busy bees from early till late, never absent from work. More reliable and friendlier staff is impossible to find. From fighting raging veld fires on the hill in the middle of the night, carrying guest luggage up and down the hill, cleaning and preparing cottages, gardening, building fences, maintaining, and building paths, fixing and paving the road and whatever else needs to be done at Saamrus. Ever willing and helpful, they do everything with a smile while their families are waiting far away in Malawi and Zimbabwe for some money to be sent home.


Pets Welcome:

Dogs are allowed to run free when going on walks; however it is advisable to keep a leash handy just in case. Dogs that are more territorial should rather be kept on a leash while walking at Saamrus. With more than a kilometre of leafy riverside walks as well as another 500 ha of indigenous bush and veld walks, you and your dog(s) will certainly get lots of exercise and enjoyment.  Please see Terms and Conditions.

The fenced garden is to keep your dogs safe when you relax at the cottage, but not for leaving pets behind while you go on long excursions in the area. You will find that most places in the area can be visited with your dog on a leash; however it is advisable to check first before visiting certain venues. If you plan lots of excursions during your stay, rather leave the dogs at home with a friend or at a kennel.

You are welcome to take your dogs along when you eat at restaurants where we’ve made special arrangements for our guests to visit with their 4 legged family members on a leash.


Pet-friendly Walks

We allow a limited number of day walkers only on Sundays, Public holidays, and midweek so booking is essential.


No day visitors are allowed on Saturdays.

Saamrus offers a dream getaway for hikers, nature lovers, bird watchers and nature photographers. If you just want a relaxing stroll along the river or rather prefer a more adventurous hike for 3 hours or more, both can be done at Saamrus. Dogs are welcome to walk with you. Your canine companion will experience more space and exciting smells than he/she ever dreamed possible!!

Easy walks/strolls along the river or in the bush along the hill side:

Take a casual stroll down to the river and enjoy the tranquillity and the gentle sounds of water flowing. The steps and bridges were built by our dedicated staff to make the river walk accessible and enjoyable even in wet weather. Find a secluded spot to picnic down by the river. Take the bush path along the side of the hill. Enjoy the indigenous trees, aloes and veld grass and take a break under a shady tree. (Please avoid walking on the incoming road towards the neighbours. We are trying to give them some peace and quiet too). Explore the bush on the hill.

Longer walks on the plateau (2 – 8 km):

If you feel fit and energetic, you can walk up to 6km by walking in the paths on the plateau.  The lovely views and silence with bring you much needed relaxation and connection with nature.  You can walk on the grassy plateau with lovely wide open views and enough trees to rest and picnic in the shade, walk down the kloof with lots of indigenous shade trees or go and look at the remains of Tswana Settlements from the 1800’s.  If you stay over for a few days, there is enough routes to take to walk a different route every day.


Overview of our Self-catering, Pet-friendly Accommodation

Each cottage at Saamrus has a special character, with every convenience to make your stay more comfortable and memorable. Most of the cottages are at least 50m apart, except Tarentaal and Kiewiet which are about 15m apart. We have used reeds and hedges for screening to give you maximum privacy and seclusion.


Units include the following:

  • A fenced garden for the dogs.

  • A private braai at each unit with an extra fire pit at most of the units.

  • Fireplaces in all cottages. Most cottages have ceiling fans or loose-standing fans. Some units have wall-heaters for extra heating in winter.

  • DSTV access in all units, please bring your own decoder and card.

  • Kitchens are fully equipped including fridge, microwave, two-plate gas stove, kettle, toaster, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery, dishwashing liquid and dishcloths. Braai utensils are also supplied.

  • Bathrooms with showers and romantic baths for two (only in some cottages). Towels, soap, air freshener and toilet paper are supplied.

  • Bedrooms: Supplied with bed linen, pillows, and blankets. Electric blankets in some units.

  • Firewood for sale. Staff on duty will deliver to your unit.


The 3 units at the foot of the hill

Close to the bird-haven indigenous bush and river walks. These cottages can be reached by car.

Tarentaal & Kiewiet cottages (Foot of the Hill)

Both ideal for a couple or two friends sharing (each sleep 2).  These cottages are accessible by car.

At Tarentaal and Kiewiet cottages the views towards the woodland hill and the surrounding indigenous trees adds to the secluded atmosphere. The prolific bird life, and the easy access to the river and hillside walks, makes these cottages the ideal spot for a very relaxing getaway.

Each open plan bedroom/living room has a king-size bed (or two single beds), a dining-room table and comfortable chairs next to an inviting fireplace. Fully equipped kitchens are separate from the bedroom/living room. The bathrooms are built with natural rock and have showers only.

Tarentaal and Kiewiet have a heart-warming history of many relaxing weekends enjoyed by regular guests and their pets!

Hoephoep Cottage (Foot of the Hill)

Suitable for a couple or group of up to four (sleeps 2 – 4).  This cottage is accessible by car.

Hoephoep is a spacious, private cottage at the foot of the hill close to the river walks. Lovely veld grass and flowers decorate the meadow near the cottage in summer. The stoep facing the meadow and thick bush behind makes Hoephoep a lovely spot for bird watching and relaxing.

The spacious bedroom has a king-size bed, (or two single beds) and airy french doors onto the veranda. More french doors open from the open plan living room / kitchen / dining room to the patio and braai area. Two extra single divan beds can be prepared for extra guests sleeping in the lounge.

Bird watching can be done from the bath, as the romantic cement bath is right against the window with a magical view of the forest. The shower is over the bath. For the sake of privacy, the bathroom is off the passage, with doors closing off both the bedroom and living room.


5 Units on the Hill

These units are only accessible by 4 x 4, diff-lock bakkie or on foot. In wet weather a serious 4 x 4 or on foot only.

If you drive a normal sedan car only and wish to stay in one of these units you can park your car in a safe parking area at the foot of the hill and walk the 200m to 400m uphill. Our staff on duty will help you carry your luggage for a tip of R20 each on arrival and departure.


Piet-my-vrou Cottage (60m uphill in the bush)

Ideal for a couple or two friends sharing (sleeps 2-3).  This cottage is only accessible by 4×4 or on foot.

This cozy and romantic open plan cottage was positioned with privacy and seclusion in mind. We built this one only halfway up the hill, in the bush and away from the other cottages. The patio is surrounded by trees and is the ideal spot to sit and read a book or do some bird watching.

The bedroom/living room has a king-size bed (or two single beds) and a divan bed facing the fireplace. There is a view of the mountains in the distance from the bathroom window and a romantic cement bath big enough for two. The shower is over the bath.

Piet- my-vrou is ideal for the couple that wants a cosy cottage with views, but don’t have a 4×4 to get uphill, as it is only a short uphill walk to the cottage.


Karee & Olienhout Cottages (On the Hill)

Both ideal for a couple or two friends sharing (each sleep 2).  These cottages are only accessible by 4×4 or on foot.

Cosy and romantic are the right words to describe these gorgeous open-plan cottages, discreetly far enough away from each other for privacy and seclusion. The panoramic views give one a wonderful feeling of freedom and space.

Each bedroom/living room has a king-sized bed (or two single beds), with a fireplace and candles for that romantic night in. The bathroom has a view of the mountains in the distance and a romantic cement bath big enough for two. The shower is over the bath.

Karee and Olienhout are perfect for that romantic or undisturbed weekend away!


Akasia Cottage (On the Hill)

Suitable for a couple or group of up to four (sleeps 2 – 4).  This cottage is only accessible by 4×4 or on foot.

To take advantage of the magnificent views from the hill, we couldn’t resist building more cottages. Akasia was the first ‘new’ cottage built on the hill. The bedroom has a romantic king size bed, (or two single beds for friend/family sharing). Two more single divan beds can be prepared in the open plan lounge.

For the sake of privacy, the bathroom is off the passage with doors closing on both sides towards the bedroom and living room. The bathroom has a cement bath big enough for two and a shower over the bath. A candle holder with candles is supplied to add to the atmosphere.

From the open plan living lounge/kitchen/dining room, french doors open on to the charming veranda with pillars built from the natural rock found right at the spot. The views from the veranda are quite breathtaking.


Kiepersol Cottage (On the Hill)

Suitable for a couple with 2 small children (sleeps 2 – 4).  This cottage is only accessible by 4×4 or on foot.

This is the oldest building on the hill, build at least 40 years ago from the natural rock found right at the spot. It has a thatched roof and a lovely down to earth atmosphere.

Kiepersol is open plan with a large rock-built fireplace chimney in the centre separating the kitchen/dining area from the sleeping area. There is a double bed on one side of the room and two single bed/couches on the opposite side of the room. Curtains close off each sleeping area for privacy. The bathroom has a shower decorated with a mosaic mural.

This large, thatched veranda has a lovely view and is ideal for relaxing and bird watching as it is surrounded by indigenous trees.


Suikerbos Cottage (On the Hill)

Ideal for two couples or a group of up to six (sleeps 4 – 7).  This cottage is only accessible by 4×4 or on foot.

Suikerbos was our first cottage on the hill and guests keep coming back for its views, comfort, and privacy. The large wooden deck with its wide mountain views is the ideal spot to have a meal and socialise or just relax and read a book.

There are double beds in both bedrooms and two single beds and a divan bed in the living room which can sleep two more guests. Both the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers only.

Planning a weekend away with family or friends to catch up on your socialising, or having a reunion to reconnect? Suikerbos at Saamrus is just the place to braai or cook together and relax on the veranda or in front of the fireplace, well into the night.

Many happy memories have been made at Suikerbos, resulting of course in many happy returns!

Day Visitors:
  • R75.00 – adult
  • R50.00 – kids

Weekends & High Season Rates

Tarentaal Cottage

  • R490.00 per person sharing
  • R980.00 single

Kiewiet Cottage

  • R490.00 per person sharing
  • R980.00 single

Hoephoep Cottage

  • R600.00 per person sharing
  • Extra adult/child R300 per night

Karee Cottage

  • R550.00 per person sharing
  • R1100.00 single

Olienhout Cottage

  • R550.00 per person sharing
  • R1100.00 single

Piet my Vrou Cottage

  • R600.00 per person sharing
  • Single R1200.00 per night
  • Extra adult/child R300.00 per night

Kiepersol Cottage

  • R600.00 per person sharing
  • Extra adult/child R300 per night

Akasia Cottage

  • R600.00 per person sharing
  • Extra adult/child R300 per night

Suikerbos Cottage

  • R1500.00 per night for min 3 sharing.
  • Extra adult/child R300 per night, from the 4th person

Admin Fee

  • R55.00 once off per reservation.

  • A minimum stay of 2 nights is required on weekends and in high season.
  • Only 12 hikers allowed during the week, Sundays, and public holidays.
  • On weekends a minimum rate per cottage applies (equal to 2 sharing).
  • On long weekends, the full number of nights must be booked.
  • Low Season Midweek Rate:
  • 20% Discount if staying minimum two nights midweek.
  • Single Rate:
  • Only applies low season midweek when staying minimum two nights.
  • Pets are welcome and stay for free!
  • To secure a booking, at least 50% deposit is required within 48 hours after booking.
  • Rates may change without prior notice.

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