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Copperwing Guesthouse is named after the critically endangered Wolkberg Copper butterfly (Aloeides stevensoni), the only known population of which lives in the nearby Woodbush Granite Grasslands. You can brush up on your lepidoptera skills on the Louis Changuion hiking trail, which meanders through the grasslands and sweeping views of the northernmost tip of the Drakensberg escarpment. The Copperwing Guesthouse is a historical building, built in the 1890s, and used as a malaria hospital from the time of the Magoeba war.  Nestled on a hill only a kilometer outside of the scenic village of Haenertsburg, it’s a tranquil retreat that offers views of the Magoebaskloof mountains, and makes a perfect getaway, whether it is for hiking, writing retreats, or bird watching.


Bring The Family

We are located on a 5ha small holding with trees to climb, and plenty of corners for kids to explore. The village is a leisurely 10 minute walk, with restaurants, coffee shops, and local art on display. 

You can even bring your fur babies! Dogs are welcome at Copperwing, and there is a fenced garden. If you let us know in advance, we can organise a dog bed and blankets. 


We are only 5 kms away from the Ebenezer dam, which is a safe place for swimming, and also great for fishing, canoeing, and other water sports. You can visit the Yacht or Rowing clubs, or bring a picnic to one of the many inlets. It is a wonderful way to spend the day, and hosts a number of sporting events throughout the year, including the Ebenezer Mile. 

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Find A Butterfly

The Louis Changuion Hiking Trail begins at the foot of our hill, and takes you on an 10km looped hike through the critically endangered grasslands. Sitting quietly, you can find a rare yet beautiful butterfly that is critically endangered. You can have a quiet stroll enjoying the grasslands, or for the ambitious, there is the 50km Magoebaskloof hike through indigenous forest to waterfalls, and everything in between.

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