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Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant

Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant
Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant
Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant
Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant
Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant
Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant

About Us

The farm in Hekpoort is known as portion 354 of the farm Hartebeesfontein 472 JQ and has been in the Mclean family since 1970. It was used mainly as a residential home and country getaway. The original house, built by Denis Mclean, was struck by lightning in 1994 and was remodeled to accommodate the Mclean brother’s families thereafter as a country retreat.

The property was leased out to River Bear Lodge from 1996 to 2008 and used by them for team building and conferencing.

Mokoya Lodge and Sweet Thyme Restaurant was founded by the Massey Mclean Family in 2009 when Raymond Massey returned from Germany as a Master Chef. It was then decided by all to convert the existing buildings and ready the Lapa for Bianca Massey’s wedding which turned out to be a great gathering of the German and South African Families and Mokoya and Sweet Thyme were born.

The lodge grew from converting the existing buildings and upgrading the facilities, adding bathrooms and toilets to what you see today.

The natural stone cottages are some of the oldest buildings built with the natural rocks picked up on the farm. This has added character to the rooms and compliments the thatch roofs which add to the bush and country atmosphere.

The buildings have been placed in position to preserve the natural trees and bush that characterizes the property. The gardens have been carved out preserving the bush, and planted with shrubs and plants that survive the harsh winter frost and the summer droughts.

The lodge is managed by Raymond Massey and Hayley Livesey with a lot of loyal staff who make up the team that will make your stay with us most memorable.


The lodge has 19 Rooms in total. 6 Standard Rooms situated upstairs, 7 Garden Rooms with a patio, 2 free standing stone Suites, 3 Family Rooms.


Mokoya Lodge is an exclusive conference venue in Gauteng, situated in the heart of Hekpoort near Magaliesburg and Hartbeespoort. With only a one hour drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg, our lodge is suitably located for small to medium sized meetings and conferences.

Offering exceptional service and delectable cuisine is what sets Mokoya Lodge apart as a preferred conference venue. The tranquil environment will allow your conference guests to be fully engaged in the happenings of the day, while we take care of everything else.

We have two Conference Venues seating 35 – 45 people comfortably according to seating requirements. Our friendly and efficient staff will set the venue best suited to your group and its requirements. Beautiful options are available for Breakaway venues or smaller group workshops during your sessions.

You are also able to enjoy a longer conference by staying overnight in our cottage-like bedrooms. We have 19 rooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and tea and coffee making facilities. Most rooms can be split into Twin Beds to allow for Sharing Delegates.

We are highly adaptable in our food offerings and our internationally trained Chef, Raymond Massey and staff can prepare a wide range of feasts depending on taste and preferences.

Mokoya Lodge prides itself in being flexible and will work around any dietary requirements provided we are notified within a reasonable amount of time.

We are also able to create a tailor-made conference package for you and will make sure to design the ideal event for you and your guests.

Focus on your business… we will do the rest!


Various Team building options include:

Fun and Games with Mokoya Lodge
Potjie Competition
Massage Treatments
Team Building Laser Adventures

African Bush Weddings

A tranquil Garden Riverside chapel, just off the banks of the Magalies River is the perfect spot to say, “I Do”.

The natural bush settings that we provide, make for a true African rustic wedding. Offering a perfect weekend wedding, where family and friends spend quality time together reveling in the celebrations of true love.

Offering complete exclusivity of the venue for your special day, with personalised attention in organising your dream wedding. The most delicious food prepared by our internationally trained chef, Raymond Massey and dedicated staff will surely satisfy your guests’ taste buds. Wow your guests with our unique Harvest Picnic for the after-ceremony drinks and snacks under the trees. Celebrate in our Function Lapa with a spectacular view of the Magaliesburg Mountains.

Mokoya Lodge can host up to a maximum of 120 guests. We have accommodation for up to 60 people onsite with overflow accommodation nearby.

Why not come and see us and let us show you around.

We look forward to meeting you.

Dining At Mokoya Lodge

Mokoya Lodge offers incredible options for your dining experience.

Sweet Thyme Restaurant

Our Sweet Thyme Restaurant is renowned for delicious cuisine. It offers a warm and cosy ambiance, providing guests a chance to indulge in our creative menu in comfort and tranquillity. All of our meals are prepared by our internationally trained chef, Raymond Massey, with all herbs freshly picked from our gardens.

Our restaurant is also open to those passing through, or day visitors. Due to the demand for our food, reservations have to be made in advance.


If you are attending an event, such as a wedding or conference, we will design a set meal, South African braai or a buffet for your guests in the Lapa. The Lapa provides a natural and enchanting atmosphere. Here you can dance, enjoy the bar and create memories!


This incredible venue is located on the Magalies River. This is a vibrant place where you and your guests can enjoy a delicious potjie or a traditional South Africa braai around a fire. This venue is great for pre-wedding nights and can also set the scene for romance.

Picnics At Mokoya Lodge
Enjoy the experience of outdoor dining at Mokoya.

Allow yourself and your loved ones to relish in our Exclusive “around the world” Picnic baskets catered especially for you to enjoy.

This picturesque setting at the foot of Magaliesburg Mountain and tranquil ripples of the Magalies River is sure to add to the ambiance Mokoya promises to deliver.

We ensure your comfort with soft blankets, cushions and romantic nuances that will reassure your enjoyment of the tranquility of Mother Nature.


An assortment of Bread Rolls and selection of Savoury Biscuits served with Butter, Hummus, Tzaziki Dip, an assortment of Jams, Danish Feta, Olives, Pickled Vegetables and Creamy Camembert Cheese with Figs, Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken Breakfast. Crisps, 2 Muffins of the day, Season Fruit Salad and Dessert of the day.

R275 per person

South African

An assortment of Bread Rolls and a selection of Savoury Biscuits served with Butter, Crisps, Biltong, Mini Pies, Caprese and Coleslaw Salad. Boerewors, Chicken Kebabs and Steak Slithers served with Mustard and Tomato Relish. Fresh Fruit Salad and Malva Pudding with Custard.

R245 per person


An assortment of Bread Rolls and a selection of Savoury Biscuits served with Butter, Hummus, Tzaziki Dip, an assortment of Jams, Danish Feta, Olives, Pickled Vegetables, Creamy Camembert Cheese with Figs. Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Vegetarian “Chicken”. Muffins of the day. Seasonal Fruit Salad and Dessert of the day.

R245 per person

Baskets to be ordered and pre-paid 4 days prior to your booking to ensure everything is available and no disappointments. A bouquet of flowers and rose petals can be ordered as an added extra of R150.

Baskets packed per couple (unless prior arrangements are made) and are to be collected from Sweet Thyme Restaurant

Mokoya is a Licensed Venue and Drinks can be Pre-Ordered or Purchased at the Bar.

Kids under the age of 12 years old are charged half price.

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