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Authentic South African Bush Retreat

Basil’s Boma luxurious in a rustic way, comfortable, enjoy-able nature experience, a must to rejuvenate, reconnect, recover, reflect, revive, revisit yourself, appreciate your creator and the splendid nature all around you.

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Basil’s Boma – Rustic Bush Luxury


Our remarkable, unique, sincere, personalised, passionate and genuine hospitality is our proud trademark. 

Our non-commercialised, non pretentious, unique, comfortable, spacious, exclusive, hidden and  private accommodation, natural views,  sense of peace, with the attention to detail promises guests an unforgettable experience.     

Crisp and fresh mornings, warm sun rays from the east, the sound of silence gently filled with the  bird song, hot air balloons wafting by makes for the beginning of a special day. At the Bush Chalet be prepared to be pampered and treated like royalty with Joanne’s famous Farm House Breakfast, savour the aroma of the freshly baked crumpets, bacon and eggs  personally prepared  for you by yours truly in the bush kitchen and served on the deck. Being escorted up the mountain to our special picnic spot on the north facing slopes of the Witwatersberg Mountain range makes for an unforgettable Bush Breakfast / Brunch Picnic feast – set out and served specially for you.  “PS. please do not forget to inform us of any special dietary requirements or aversions”. 

“Early morning take the time to sip that cup of coffee on the large bench at the Potter’s Shed, smell the freshness in the air, be in awe of your surroundings in the eco friendly natural environment – no need to think, stress or worry – #DO NOTHING #JUST BE YOU #TAKE TIME OUT #BREATHE EASY #LAZE ABOUT #NAP #DOZE OFF #RELAX #BE IDLE”

Throughout the day you can relax, read, catch up on some birding or even identify the trees around you, meditate, soak up the sun at the private pool. Indulge in the bliss of nature whilst experiencing a full body aromatherapy massage on the deck near the pool at your unit. Amble up the mountain to enjoy the awesome views.  You wish to go out and explore the many tourist attractions Hartbeespoort has to offer.

Enjoy sun-downers on the Witwatersberg Mountain marveling at the scenic beauty of the Skeerpoort, Remhoogte, Hekpoort and Hartbeespoort Dam area below and the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain range beyond. Kick back on the loungers at the deck until the sun sets as a big orange ball behind the Magaliesberg Mountains in the west. Evenings are spent around the fire side, a traditional South African braai at your own private boma with your special loved one. Oh! to hear natures own orchestra of nocturnal birds, animals, amphibians and insects, beneath Africa’s endless skies of moon and stars – what more could one want – pure bliss!

* Please Note: We do have friendly free roaming pets on the farm.


Usefull Info

Visiting Hartbeespoort?

Languages Spoken

English & Afrikaans

Climate Summer & Winter

September – April
Hot with thunder and lightning storms.Temperatures range from 10 degrees Celsius to 36 degrees.

May – August
Dry season with cold nights and mild days. Temperatures range from 2 to 20 degrees Celsius.

Time Zone

Geographical location place South Africa in a standard time zone, two hours ahead of Greenwich mean time throughout the year. This is seven hours behind Eastern standard winter time and one hour ahead of central European standard winter time.

Our History

The Story of how Basil’s Boma was Born


The family owned a non working farm which was purchased in 2002. Philip van Biljon (their father) during his retirement helped plan and build the chalet on a site which had been used for a sing along venue by the previous owner. Rocks used for the building were painstakingly brought by Mathew to the site from a heap which had been dumped in the veld, thus as little as possible of the natural veld was disturbed. All rubble found in the veld was used for filling. The wooden doors were manufactured by Rue & Isak from – the local manufacturer down the road.

Mervin and Trevor Koning (their special friends) arranged for the electrical installations. Bonny (their daughter) laid the tiles for the shower floor and Amos their staff member laid the paving with “welcome” in the opposite directions as well as handled the ceiling thatching etc. Joanne, had so many ideas and Philip had to help her implement them. Ah, she was also the runner “fetch this, get that”. Lettie, their mother provided refreshments and comments during building operations. Jorry, Basil’s friend provided the long spade, tripods etc.

Basil, well what can we say!!! Last but not least provided the funds, game heads and horns. He helped with the deck, roofing etc and raised his voice when dad and I made things larger. He loves to welcome the guests on arrival together with our four dogs. We decided to name our venue after him.

Many other friends & folks have added a little something to this very special getaway cottage.

Our sincerest gratitude to all whom participated, we trust all who visit will experience the loving energy and atmosphere this unique venue has to offer.

About Accommodation

The Potter’s Shed


During the 1990’s the building was used to manufacture Pottery. After purchasing the property we decided to convert the top portion of the shed into a small flatlet for our daughter Bonny who has also left her mark by allowing us to use some of her furniture etc.

In keeping with the history of the shed, it was decided to use and re-cycle – wherever possible – items found in and around the shed. Bits and pieces of discarded pottery found was used as decoration in the small Garden and inside the unit. Old pallets and screens were re-cycled to create the patio roof and screening, making of a coffee table, luggage rack etc. The bedside tables were made from containers rescued by Basil from one of his clients. Joanne saw their potential and got Jerry our handyman on the farm to help – they used wooden blocks – remnants of the original front door of the main house – as legs for the Bedside Tables. The containers were then sanded and varnished – Wholla – 2 Bedside Tables. The Lamps were created from tripod stands and copper curtain rails, also found in the shed. The mirror frame in the bathroom and frame in the lounge (we added the calabashes) was made by my our dad and in his memory we re-sanded and varnished them. Out patio Chandelia was made by Basil, using the remains of mom’s old washing machine and rusty chains donated by Stephan, our daughter’s betrothed. Jam jars have been used as shades. It took Basil a while and quite a few strong words to put it all together and fit it and then Jerry managed to level it. The patio table was made from old parts found which Joanne and Jerry repaired with cement, oxides and sealant.

Mom as always would come to comment on the progress and make suggestions, as well as helping with the selection of cushions, crockery etc. Mom also, very patiently, tagged along while Joanne searched for inspiration.

Natie our granddaughter walks the farm, climbs the mountain with granny to learn the names of the trees, birds and plants, rock formations etc. picks up every type of rock or stone (‘Granny I need these’), photographs all she can see, keeps her lookout for veld fires and sounds the alert, has shared her thoughts to develop the incomplete reservoir up the mountain. Natie may your dream come true my dear!

Beauty – Joanne’s willing and cheerful helper patiently tidied up after us and whenever Joanne got excited and things did not go to plan told her “DON’T STRESS MA”.

The project we undertook to re-cycle, reuse and renew wherever possible has given us all a great sense of achievement and has encouraged us to continue in this vein.

All that is left to say is – Enjoy the echoed sounds of the Mocking Chats nesting in the shed and watching the emus, bless buck and the abundant bird life the area has to offer. AH! The seasonal visit by the most entertaining baboons when they come to enjoy a feast of corn from the fields in the neighbouring farm. Not to forget the Hot Air Balloons drifting by.

These two projects – Basil’s Boma Bush Chalet & The Potter’s Shed – have turned out to be a most enjoyable hobby.



Where is this place Basil’s Boma?

Basil’s Boma is intentionally situated out of the way in the country side in the North West Province, Bojinala Platinum District, Madibeng Local Municipality on the Witwatersberg Mountains overlooking the Skeerpoort Valley and the Magestic Magaliesberg Mountain Range in the greater Magaliesberg UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, at the edge of the Cradle of Humankind Heritage Site. Close to Hartbeespoort Dam and all the amenities and activities in the area. 1 Hours drive from Johannesberg, Pretoria, Rustenberg – 15 minutes from Hartbeespoort Dam, the little town of Hekpoort and 20 minutes from Brits.



Basil’s Boma is nearby various attractions, view our nearby attractions below.

Nearby Attractions

  • Cradle Of Human Kind – Maropeng, Sterkfonteincaves, Rhino and Lion Park – Wonder Cave.
  • Segwati Safari Quad Bike Trails.
  • Glen Afric Activities – Horse Safari, Game Drives and Walks, Animal Interaction, Walk with the Elephants, Film Set Tours.
  • Cheetah Centre
  • Lion Park
  • Monkey Sanctuary.
  • Elephant Sanctuary.
  • Snake Park Hartbeespoort.
  • Airboat Africa.
  • Harties Boat Company.
  • No1 Waterfront ‘De Jagter 111’ Yacht Cruise.
  • Harties Cableway.
  • Amazing Swing Zip Line Tours.
  • Chamelion Village
  • Reptile Park at Chamelion Village.
  • Lesedi Cultural Village.
  • Arrow Rest.


  • Die Ou Pastorie.
  • The Strawberry Farm.
  • Die Plaas se Gat.
  • Bucka Restuarant – Amanzingwe.
  • Dock Side Cafè.
  • Die Vette Mossel Seafood Beach.
  • Bisibean Coffee Roasting.


  • Black Fox
  • Incendo Distillery.
  • Ale House.


  • Mach – Magaliesberg Association for Culture and Heritage.
  • Unesco World Heritage Site Magaliesberg Biosphere.
  • Valpro – Vulture Concervation.
  • Cheetah Centre De Wildt.
  • Rotary Vulture Feeding Station Remhoogte.

Fauna and Flora

  • Trees.
  • Flowers of the Magaliesberg.
  • Grasses.
  • Birding.
  • Geology.

What Our Guests Say

Noleen D.

"We had the most amazing time at Basil's Boma, very romantic and beautiful. We will see you soon!!!" Noleen D. (Bedfordview)

Sienta D.

"This place was the most awesome of all the places I've ever been to. Perfect for a couples romantic get away.It is private,quiet and all you can see is nature." Sienta D. (Muldersdrif)

Ntombi Nyabinda

“My Dearest Joanne,  Thank you for hosting HTA in this beautiful venue of yours with a breath taking view.  You’re a true blessing and a dear friend to me.” Love Ntombi Nyabinda xxxx


“Very Dear Joanne,  Thank you so so so much for giving the Harties Tourism Association an opportunity to have our monthly meeting at your FANTASTIC venue!  You’re a star!” Love, Dilo

Thembi and Mpho

“My darling Joanne and Basil,  We have never had such a wonderful treat ….  I can’t wait to show our family the pictures.  Your love, warmth is priceless ….  Thank you very much and see you in August.” Love, Thembi and Mpho


“Dear Basil and Joanne,  thank you so much for your hospitality.  Your shed is lovely and made us feel like we were the only people on the farm.  We look forward to visiting here again in the near future.” Best. Landi

Mnisi Fam

“Dear Joanne,  Siyabonga ngakho konke, sibe nezinzuku ezimnandi.” Love, Mnisi Fam August, 2019

Vanessa and Pierre

“We always enjoy our visits to the lovely Joanne + Basil.  What a beautiful place and stunning surroundings.  Our “home”away from home…  See you soon!” Xxx Vanessa and Pierre March, 2018

Carel, Lopsché and Elle

“Dearest Joanne and Basil.  Thank you for a wonderful and going the extra mile!  We enjoyed every minute.” Love, Carel, Lopsché and Elle March, 2018

Wernich and Andriëtte

“Dear Basil + Joanne,  Thank you for the lovely weekend here in the Shed.  It was amazing and we really enjoyed our stay!  We loved the outside shower ..really cool!!! As well as the inside fire place was nice and cozy!” Wernich and Andriëtte June, 2016
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