|The well-known Kings Walden Guest House in Agatha is about to undergo a major upgrade and refurbishment. The premises will be closed for three months with effect from I June 2009 for this purpose.|
The gardens, which have attracted many day visitors for wedding photographs, picnics and light refreshments, will also be closed for this period.
The Hilton-Barber family, which has operated the guest house for the past 18 years, has entered into a lease with a professional food architect and caterer from Belgian, Steven Jacobs. Jacobs and his wife Sophie are recent arrivals in the Agatha district.
Previously they operated an up-market restaurant in Antwerp and an events company which handled conferences, product launches, fashion shows and weddings.
David & Tana Hilton-Barber will move to Hunters Moon country house which is also owned by the family.
Steven & Sophie will be very happy to welcome guests in the New Kings Walden's restaurant and guesthouse as from 01 September 2009.
Attractions / Things to do
Kings Walden offers its guests the opportunity to meet the local people and to explore their history, traditions, rituals and beliefs. Half-day and full-day tours can be arranged under the leadership of James Ndhlovu, born and educated near Tzaneen and raised in the Head Kraal of Chief Mohlaba 11, thereby gaining an intimate knowledge of local customs and traditions.
1. Rural life in the Chief’s Kraal – tribal traditions and governance.
2. Sangomas (traditional healers) at work
3. How local indigenous plants and herbs are used as 'muti' (medicines)
4. Food, drink and hospitality of local people
5. Local craftsmen and woodcarvers
6. Storytellers and links with the spirits of ancestors
The costs, if James travels with the guests in their cars, range from R200 to R400 pp
Apart from Kings Walden gardens, a variety of formal, indigenous, sub-tropical and conventional gardens are situated in the area and visits can be arranged. Of particular interest is the world-renowned McNeil Clivia Collection. Dating back to 1962, this amazing array of plants variations of colour from off-white to dark crimson red. Other characteristic such as shape, size and scent vary widely and are of interest to clivia enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The clivia garden is located in the Legalameetse nature reserve under a canopy of indigenous forest on the Northern Drakensberg escarpment.
Riverside Roses is a garden and nursery where 250 different varieties of rose plants are on display. The Wheelbarrow complex includes a tea garden, retail nursery, a tropical garden and a trail through subtropical orchards of avocados, litchis and mangoes.
The Modjadji Cycad Forest is the largest concentration in the world of the ancient cycad, encepholartos transvenosus dating back 50 million years. The plants, some of which are over 13 m in height, have been protected for over three centuries by the Modjadji dynasty of Rain Queens.
|Services / Facilities|
|Comfortable cottage-type furniture with spacious sitting area and fireplace. Kitchenette equipped with fridge, hotplate, electric kettle, crockery and cutlery. Each room is furnished individualy - Premier, African, Oriental and Cottage - with fan, satellite TV, fireplace and tea/coffee facilities.|
- Bar Fridge
- Fax And Photocopy Services
- Internet/ Email
- Swimming Pool
- Wheel Chair Access
|2008: R395 p.p. sharing R495 Single|
2009: R395 p.p. sharing R495 Single
Children under 4 free
Children 4-14 half price
Family suite has double bunk bed for two children sharing with parents
For bookings please see our website
N1 N to Polokwane (Pietersburg); R71 to Tzaneen, just before Tzaneen you come to a double carriageway road (R36); turn right to join this road; do not take the first exit to Tzaneen but stay on the R36, at first stop street, turn right to Agatha. At this point you will see the first sign to Kings Walden; three more signs will take you right into our gate - approx 15 km from Tzaneen - we are on the same road as the Coach House Hotel