Frequently asked Questions
What are the house rules?
Check-in: 2pm – 7pm
No loud music, portable sound systems or sound systems in cars
No alcohol abuse; substance/drug use, incl. hubbly bubbly
No unruly or rowdy behaviour
Quiet hours: 9pm – 8am
Fires only in designated areas with no fires left unsupervised
No littering or damage to the natural environment
No smoking indoors
No food/drinks in the bedrooms
Could you please explain the Refundable Damage Deposit?
Guests pay a refundable damage/clean-up deposit of R200/chalet in addition to the quoted price for accommodation, which is to be paid in full up front.
This deposit covers any breakages, and/or any extra cleaning services needed above the normal housekeeping after the chalet is vacated.
When checking in, we will require your banking details in order to refund you the full amount, or a percentage thereof, depending on the condition of the chalet on departure.
How do I get to Eingedi Retreat?
For directions to Eingedi Retreat, click here.
At an additional fee, with prior arrangement, we can provide transport from the Bloemfontein airport and Lesotho’s Maseru border post.
What is the condition of the gravel road like?
There is a 2,5km stretch of gravel road from the R26 tar road. This road, as well as the 800m driveway to reception, is well maintained and suitable for sedan vehicles. No need for a 4×4 unless you would like to explore the 4×4 tracks on the farm.
Am I able to order meals at Eingedi Retreat?
We offer 2-course lunches and dinners from Saturday evening to Friday afternoon (R150pp)
Buffet breakfasts from Sunday morning to Friday morning (R115pp)
We offer a 3-course buffet lunch on the first Sunday of the month.
All meals need to be reserved ahead of time.
We would advise our guests to arrive with all their shopping requirements. Our closest town is Ladybrand, which is 30km away, and supplies all the basic needs.
What is the climate like?
We experience sunny days most of the year. The evenings are clear and crisp, which makes them suitable for star-gazing, and sitting around the fire under the gentle light of the moon. The summers can be hot, with daytime temperatures up to 35˚C. The winters are cold, with temperatures plummeting after sunset, and the occasional early mornings reaching a chilly sub-zero˚C.
For a real-time update on our weather click here.
What activities does Eingedi Retreat offer?
Eingedi Retreat embraces family and we endeavor to provide a family friendly environment, with numerous activities and experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy. For more information, click here.
Do children stay at a discounted price?
Each chalet has a minimum rate for a certain number of people. Any additional children after that are given a discounted rate:
Off peak – R90
Mid season – R110
Peak – R130
Children under 2 years stay for free.
What can my children do at Eingedi Retreat?
Eingedi Retreat is a haven for children. We have 2 swimming pools, a playground, our Jolly Farmyard, domestic animals to be fed and milked, dams for fishing and paddling, walks and hikes. Please see our Experiences for more details.
Can my toddler join in on the Game Drive?
This is left up to the parent’s discretion. The Unimog has railings but no safety belts. It is a 4×4 guided adventure.
Are the chalets fully equipped for self-catering?
Each unit has their own fully-equipped kitchen/kitchenette, with fridge/freezer, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery and cutlery, and braai/BBQ facilities.
Please see the descriptions of each chalet here.
What appliances can I find in the chalets?
Each chalet has a fridge/freezer, either a free-standing stove or 2-plate mini stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, pedestal fan and heater.
What do I need to pack?
Eingedi Retreat is in a malaria-free area, so you don’t need to worry about packing any preventative tablets or syrups, other than your personal prescription medication.
To get the most out of your Eingedi visit we recommend you pack:
- Swimming towels
- Hiking shoes
- Mosquito repellent (summer)
- Additional warm clothes (winter)
Do I need to bring my own water for drinking?
Eingedi’s clean and pure water is sourced from a borehole on the property, and it is not necessary to bring your own drinking water.
Do we share bathroom facilities?
Each chalet has it’s own bathroom with shower or bath, as well as a toilet and basin.
The camping ablutions, with hot water and extra toilet facilities, are available to larger groups.
Camping guests share the camping ablutions.
Please see the descriptions of each chalet here.
What about air conditioner?
Wifi & Connectivity
Eingedi’s accommodation area is tucked away in a little valley which SA cell phone reception cannot reach. Make sure to switch any devices to flight mode upon arrival to avoid international Lesotho rates.
We provide free limited Wifi access, and we ask that you use it for communication purposes only. If you would like to stay connected, please ask for the password at reception.
May we bring along our pets?
Pets are unfortunately not allowed on Eingedi Retreat.
Because we are a game farm and have both free-roaming wildlife and domestic farm animals, we cannot run the risk of unfamiliar pets interacting with our animals.
Fire & Smoke
Eingedi Retreat provides a natural and rustic setting, with thatched roofs and wooden cottages. Being located in the vast Free State veld, fire is a real threat to this environment.
- Please practice extreme caution with fires, cooking and candles.
- Do not discard any burning or smoldering items.
- Fires to be made in designated areas only.
- Never leave a fire unattended once it has been lit.
- All fires must be extinguished after they have served their purpose.
Does Eingedi Retreat provide room and/or cleaning services?
These services are not provided.
What about Television?
There are no TV’s on Eingedi Retreat.
Safety & Security
Although we have full confidence in our employees, we cannot guarantee the trustworthiness of other visitors to the property. Therefore, we recommend that chalets be locked when absent, and that no valuables be left inside your vehicles.
Although the retreat management takes responsible steps to ensure the safety and security of all the guests and their possessions, guests retain final responsibility for their own safety and security.
- No firearms or any other weapons may be brought onto the premises of Eingedi Retreat without obtaining prior arrangement.
- Please consider other guests. We hold the security and comfort of our guests in high regard, and will respond firmly against any person threatening or infringing upon the security or comfort of any other person on the property of Eingedi Retreat.
- Please report any accidents or incidents in connection with any property damage to the retreat management.
- Children are to be supervised by adults at all times.
Where do we receive First Aid?
First Aid is available at the reception area during office hours, and at the main house after hours.
Eingedi Retreat accepts debit cards and all major credit cards such as Euro/MasterCard and Visa.
The local currency is the South African Rand (R1 = 100 cents) which exchanges favourably with major international currencies.
Should you wish to pay in cash Eingedi Retreat only accepts ZAR. However we do discourage guests from travelling with large amounts of cash.
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Rivers of living water
Eingedi Retreat embraces biblical principles, and we endeavor to provide a family-friendly environment. This is a place of rest and refreshing for those who appreciate the Creator's handiwork. Come and experience the simple, wholesome living and peace that can be found here.
WEEKDAYS: 7am - 5pm
(day visitors) 9am - 6pm
SUNDAYS: 8am - 6pm
Kitchen: Sat dinner - Fri lunch