Wander freely amongst wildlife on 2500ha of ancient African Wilderness.
Leshiba Mountain Retreats is proud to be one of the few wildlife reserves where you are free to walk without a guide on 13 spectacular mountain trails. 

One of the few wildlife reserves where you are free to walk with or without a guide on 13 spectacular trails.


Our guided archaeological trail offers an enlightening and mystical venture into the past. With seven rock art sites where there are Bushman (San) paintings and Khoe Khoe hand and foot paintings and three sites where there is evidence of habitation. The paintings are between 200 and 2000 years old.


Integrating tracking, birding, medicinal plants, trees and archaeology.


Wind up mountains, over rocky terrain, through forests, across plains and down deep gullies. Designed by Devlinn Fogg of BikeLife, this ride covers more than 12km with plenty of opportunities for close encounters of the wildest kind. Spectacular!


Expect to see long-lashed giraffe, dazzling zebra, whacky wildebeest, regal kudu bulls and with luck our elusive leopard. Antelope include kudu, waterbuck, mountain reedbuck and impala while common and red duiker, Sharpe’s grysbok and klipspringer count among the smaller antelope species. Our night drives may reveal civets, genets and African wild cats, brown hyena, porcupines and pangolins as well as the delightful aardvark.


Clamber down and along gorges to immerse yourself in our delicious cool mountain waters. 


A Labyrinth is an ancient walking meditation that dates back to the Northern European Bronze Age. Its layout is unicursal, having one path that leads to the centre and back out again by the same path. Through its intentional design, using ancient geometry, it offers a space to quieten and clear the mind and walkers use it in their search for healing, perspective and self-reflection.


Get your feet above the clouds and explore our extensive mountain top network of marked trails that take you through a diverse array of landscapes and ecosystems. Run along spectacular paths through forests, across plains and down breathtaking gorges with sparkling pools.


Leshiba offers an indulgent range of therapies designed to relax the body, soothe the spirit, improve muscle tone and evoke a feeling of well-being. Our two therapists, Nancy and Mulalo, will ease and rejuvenate tired limbs and help calm your mind, creating a natural harmony within.


Gather at our spectacular Spacegate rock formation for sundowners and 360 degree views of the mountain and the universe around.


Wellbeing, mindfulness, writing, wood carving with Venda artists, nature photography, silent retreats, yoga, sweat lodge, cooking class, tree courses, astronomy and more.


Experience a day trip off the mountain and visit local wood carvers and artists or travel north east to see the giant Baobab at Sagole, the largest Baobab tree in South Africa. For a cultural and mystical adventure, head to Lake Fundudzi - a majestic and sacred Venda site surrounded by the mythical Thathe Vondo forest.  Lake Fundudzi is held sacred by the Vhatatsindi, the People of the Pool.  It’s shores are not often visited and newcomers who venture there are asked to turn their backs on the lake and view the water from between their legs for myth holds that it is protected by a guardian white crocodile and a great albino python god who live in its depths. 


Leshiba has a beautiful permaculture garden and medicinal plant nursery. Guests are welcome to come and visit this magical space and see, smell and taste how all good things grow.


The Venda group of artists are internationally renowned. They are all self-taught and their range of wood carvings are said to be unique in Africa. The artists you can visit include Noria Mabasa, Thomas Kubayi, Owen Ndou, David Murathi and others. One can either do a day excursion and visit them at their homes/galleries.


The area is well known for its ceramic artists who continue to fire their clay pots like their forefathers have done for generations in an open pit in the ground.” See photo of Thomas with fish carving I will send to you by mail.


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