Fancy Free

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Mpumalanga, South Africa

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  • 3 bedrooms
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Braai

A Fancy Free Experience
Just 2 1/2 hours’ drive (approximately 260km) from Johannesburg a stone throw away from Dullstroom, nestled in a tranquil landscape of rolling hills, crystalline streams and beautiful dams, you’ll discover Fancy Free Fly-Fishing Retreat.

Dullstroom & Machadodorp has become renowned for its excellent fishing facilities and is the fly fishing capital of Mpumalanga South Africa..

This delightful haven, which forms part of Mpumalanga’s prime fly-fishing region, offers the self-catering enthusiast a variety of accommodation and activities, promising an unforgettable experience for body, mind and soul.

“The fly fishing offered at the very private and beautiful Fancy Free is amongst the best in Mpumalanga Trout angling country. Tested by the experts the waters present a variety of conditons to test all levels of casting skills for both the novice and the pro. Fancy Free has it’s own trout hatchery ensuring there all always high quality trout available for the stocking of a wide variety of sizes to make the sport both interesting and surprisingly exciting. The big one is always waiting. Tight Lines.” – Ted Brown


Matuka Cottage

This spacious retreat is the largest of our dwellings. Sleeping six comfortably, it is comprised of an exquisite double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a second double bedroom, another single room with two single beds and a separate bathroom. Relax in comfort next to a crackling log fire while watching DSTV available (bring own decoder & smartcard) in the lounge/dining area or chill out with a drink in the bar area. A fully equipped kitchen and secluded boma with braai area offer spectacular views over the water, making cooking and dining a most pleasurable experience.

An annex to Matuka, “Woolly Bugger” offers one double room, another room with two singles, a shower and separate toilet

Invicta Cottage

Simply charming both inside and out, the cottage, situated close to the water’s edge, sleeps four very comfortably, in two cosy bedrooms, a double and a twin, both with en suite bathrooms.

Other special features include a well-equipped kitchen with an appealing lounge and dining area, DSTV available (bring own decoder & smartcard), an indoor fireplace as well as a private outdoor boma with braai facilities. Laze the time away on the wooden verandah watching the glorious sun set and the trout rise.

Marabou Cottage

This spacious cottage offers two bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms, one bedroom with two single beds and the other room with a double. Marabou also offers a fully equipped kitchen, a cosy lounge with a fire place plus DSTV available (bring own decoder & smartcard).

This dwelling also boasts its very own private boma area with equipped braaing facilities which includes, a gas hot plate, a braai area and a fire place.

Savuti Tent

Tucked away in the forest, the Luxury Savuti Tent accommodates 2-4 guests comfortably in a spacious open-plan area opening onto a beautiful, elavated wooden deck, perfect for savouring the breathtaking views of the surroundings.

A well equipped self-catering kitchen and bathroom are included.

DSTV available – Bring own decoder & smartcard.

Trout & Bass Fishing

Fancy Free plays host to no less than 7 well stocked trout and 3 bass dams and we offer excellent fly fishing all year round. Target trout ranging from 1kg to 3kg in the winter and bass up to 2 kg in the summer. Well appointed jetties and easily accessible shorelines offer comfortable, quality fly fishing to both experienced and novice fly fishermen.

Our own on-site hatchery ensures that our dams are always stocked with quality fish.
We offer guided fishing and expert advice to anglers in the need of assistance.
Float tubing is allowed on all our dams.

Other Activities
Fancy Free offers something to do for the whole family. Apart from fishing which is our main attraction we also offer activities like bird watching, mountain biking, 6 Hole Mashie Course Golf Course, boating, walking and relaxing by the swimming pool. We also offer a play area and a jungle gym for the kids.


Adults: R520-00pp/pn
Children: Under: 2yrs N/C
Under 4yrs: R150-00pp/pn
Ages 4 & under 12yrs R320-00pp/pn

Rates includes
Fully equipped up market self catering accommodation
Fishing (Personal Rod fee incl)
Limited Firewood – 1st Bag supplied
Rates Excludes
Charcoal and Firelighters
Hire of equipment
Fish kept (R130.00p/kg)
Gratuities & items of personal nature
Units to be serviced on request @R80.00p/day
Extra firewood @ R50.00p/bag or bring own wood
Catch & Release is practiced. Fish kept will be charged

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