About Us

In 2013 two Cousins, Michael, Murray and their families set out on an adventure and acquired a small game farm just outside of Grahamstown. They refurbished the old existing lodge into a fully-equipped lodge, totally self-sufficient, reliant on solar power and borehole water.

Settlers' Rest can accommodate groups up to 10 people in their fully equipped 2 bedroomed main Lodge, as well as 3 individual chalets (bedroom and bathroom only.

In 2015 Michael's father in law Herbert became a partner in the farm and an additional piece of land was acquired forming the intimate 401 hectare reserve.

Guests are welcome to embark on self-drive game and/or bird viewing around the farm. Enjoy walking or cycling, or merely relax in its tranquil surroundings.

Settlers' Rest is an ideal destination for the whole family to get back to nature.

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The main lodge area features an indoor fireplace and lounge area, dining room, bar area. A stacking door opens up onto a large veranda and braai area overlooking the Eastern Cape bush - a beautiful and tranquil space to admire the sunrise, play a game of darts or enjoy a sundowner at the end of the day. The lodge runs on solar electricity and borehole water supply.

Activities around Grahamstown

Angling, Addo Elephant Park, Beaches, Bird watching, Camping, Canoe and river rafting, Diving, Deep sea fishing, Elephant riding, Golf, 4 x 4 trails, Health Spa, Hiking trails, Horse trails, Historical attractions, Hunting, Micro lighting, Mountain and Quad biking, Mountain climbing and abseiling, Museums and Libraries, Marine and game reserves. Paragliding, River cruise. Rock climbing.


Settlers' Rest is located along the Assegaai River in the Seven Fountains district, an area steeped in Xhosa and Colonial history. The farm is located just off the N2 and easily accessible with most vehicles.

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From Grahamstown

  • * Take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth for 25 km
  • * Shortly after the entrance gates to Pumba Game Reserve Day centre, turn left onto a gravel road marked by a sign saying "Salem"
  • * After 1 km turn left and go through a farm gate marked by a chevron sign.
  • * Follow this road for another 2 km at which point the road forks.
  • * Keep right and after another 1,5 km pass through another farm gate.
  • * Continue on this road, keeping left past a workshop and water tanks till you get to Settlers' Rest Lodge.

From Port Elizabeth

  • * Take the N2 towards Grahamstown
  • * After 90 km you will pass Lalibela Game Reserve on the left.
  • * Continue until you see turn on your left onto a gravel road marked by a sign saying "Salem"
  • * Follow directions as above

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