Welcome To The Haven

...comfortable accommodation, soul food and wellness in Mpumalanga, South Africa...
the perfect stopover to The Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route

Old Joe's Kaia will be closing its doors as a guesthouse on 31 October 2017.
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ld Joe’s Kaia is a small family owned and run country haven in the beautiful malaria-free Schoemanskloof valley in the Mpumalanga province, South Africa. It offers comfortable accommodation and hearty home cooked vegan meals to resident guests, non-residents and passers-by. Situated halfway between Machadodorp (eNtokozweni) and Nelspruit (Mbombela), and halfway between Johannesburg and Maputo (Mozambique), Old Joe’s Kaia is the ideal stop-over for weary travellers en route to the Lowveld, The Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Mozambique. The start of The Panorama is also within easy reach – a great opportunity for a day outing. Stay a while longer and use Old Joe’s Kaia as a base from which to explore the many attractions both on the property and others within a 50km radius.

The property has 65 marked indigenous trees where birdsong will delight. You can explore the valley along the Crocodile River on foot (or bring your own mountain bike). An experienced bird guide is available to enhance the experience. Walk the beautiful indigenous labyrinth, burn a ceremonial fire in the Olive Room, soak up some sun energy while lounging at the pool, have a wellness treatment or join a yoga session in the garden. Browse the small but interesting library for some different reading, or come and chat about food in the kitchen.

...for the dreamers of a better world...

There are many more reasons to visit Old Joe’s Kaia. The meaning of the word ‘kaia’ is ‘home’ – it is exactly what a hotel is not. Old Joe’s Kaia is a home, not only for the family living there, but a home where travellers can enjoy the warmth and unpretentiousness of a true haven, a location far away from the frenzy of city life. Here you can sink into who and what you truly are and what you truly need. Restore your body, mind and soul, revitalise, rethink and emerge with a new energy that will give you strength and inspiration.


s a full vegan establishment you can rest assured knowing that whatever has been prepared for you, whether in your bedroom, the bar or the restaurant, has a light footprint on the environment, is good for your health and is cruelty-free. The philosophy is all about a compassionate lifestyle. It is a connectedness to the environment and visitors from all corners of the globe. It emphasises gentleness and kindness to the earth and all her sentient beings, treading lightly and causing as little harm as possible.

We share and exchange knowledge via our restaurant and by running cooking workshops that create ripple effects from the many seeds that we plant. We nourish your taste buds, mind and soul through delicious and beautiful cuisine, effective wellness programmes and a tranquil environment.


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