The Sabie Valley Coffee Tour
Did you know?
Sabie's white coffee blossoms are at their best in September and October.
The Sabie Valley Coffee Tour kicks off at Sabie Valley Coffee at Three Rivers, where the Sabie, Sabaan and Mac Mac rivers converge, just 10km from the charming small town of Hazyview.
Tim Buckland, owner of Sabie Valley Coffee, and his wife Kim, are your hosts on the Sabie Valley Coffee Tour. The couple have been growing, roasting and making coffee for so long that they have forgotten more about coffee than most of us will ever know, and they are more than happy to share that knowledge and expertise with you.
You won’t be able to stop yourself – an involuntary ooh or aah will escape your lips when you first walk through the doors of the building and smell the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans.
The first thing you’ll notice in the entrance hall are the 3 elderly but still working coffee mills – Beatrice, Spong and Lovelock. Then have a good mooch around the displays of coffee paraphernalia and graphic presentations of the coffee process. Then it’s over to Tim or Kim who’ll take you through the entire process from bean to cup, along the way telling you about the life of a coffee farmer and how the industry works.
Apparently not all beans are created equal. That’s why there are so many different coffees of various grades available today. When the beans are green, they’re vulnerable to contamination, and because coffee, you’ll learn, is thermo-sensitive, its character and flavour can easily be compromised in the roasting process.
You’ll visit the coffee trees, watch Tim or Kim roast a batch of fresh beans and then taste the various roasts, from medium and dark roast to the very popular bushveld roast.
End off a perfect afternoon with a special coffee drink, a delicious quiche, burger, salad or sandwich, followed by a slice of decadent cheesecake, melktart (milk tart) or Kim’s famous chocolate cake.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
Sabie Valley Coffee is on the R536, 10km from Hazyview.
Best time to visit
Any time, although it can be very hot in summer. Scheduled tours take place every Wednesday at 2pm. Booking is essential.
Around the area
Sabie Valley Coffee is in the middle of Mpumalanga's Panorama Route with God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Blyde River Canyon and the Sabie Waterfalls all nearby. The Kruger National Park is only 24km away.
What will it cost
R70 per person. Includes coffee and cake at the end of the tour.
Length of stay
The scheduled tour takes about two hours, but prepare to stay longer to browse the shop and sample the delicious home-cooked food. And the coffee, of course!
Where to stay
Three Riverbend Cottages on the farm nestle among Indigenous bush above the Sabie River. They are self-catering, fully equipped and serviced. Alternatively find guesthouse and B&B accommodation in nearby Hazyview.
What to eat
Cakes are baked daily on the premises. Choose between chocolate cake, carrot cake, cheesecake, milk tart or scones with homemade jam and cream. Burgers, toasted sandwiches and quiches are also available.
Sabie Valley Coffee has a super shop on the premises. There are all sorts of coffee-related products and gifts from coffee plungers, spoons, milk frothers and coffee delicacies to pottery, glassware and trays. And, of course, the coffee!