Cannon pointing into the distance in Piet Retief

Piet Retief Tours and Travels

About Piet Retief

Named after the late Voortrekker leader Pieter Retief, the town of Piet Retief is situated towards the east of the country near the border between South Africa and Swaziland. The charming and picturesque town is an oasis of tranquility and peacefulness, making it the perfect retreat for weary travellers who want some time to kick back and de-stress for a few days before continuing their adventures. With a strong agricultural background, this little town also has many different plantations, which include large groves of Bluegum and Wattle.

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While Piet Retief is not a hive of activity, there are certainly a number of things to do here. Thanks to the abundance of yellowfin tuna in the rivers and dams that flow through the region, fly fishing is very popular. For those who would rather engage in something a bit more active, there are several hiking routes in the vicinity, which will take explorers through some stunning areas. The Phongolo Highlands and Assegai hiking trails are particularly popular.

With its fascinating past, Piet Retief is not short on historical buildings and monuments. A trip to the prison cells in the town might not seem like the most pleasant of excursions but they will undoubtedly give you an idea of how the town used to be. There is also an old colonial-style church, which is worth visiting, as well as the old German settlements of Wittenberg and Augsberg. There is a lot to be learnt from this little town, whose namesake was brutally murdered by Zulus.

Piet Retief Hotels

If you are planning a Piet Retief holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Holme Lea Manor Piet Retief

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Holme Lea is a colonial style hotel with large and comfortable rooms. The hotel serves breakfast and dinner can be arranged with prior notice. In the evenings guests can wander through the well-manicured gardens or take a dip in the sparkling waters of the swimming pool. Holme Lea Manor is centrally situated in Piet Retief, just off the main street, on the Rainbow Route and approximately 30km from the Kingdom of Swaziland.

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