TONQUANI means ‘Beautiful Place’ …

The perfect romantic weekend away or family escape from the city, for you to indulge nature and live simply.

Our chalet overlooks the spectacular Tonquani Gorge, an inspiration for hikers and the heart of the area.
With the vast tranquility and beauty surrounding us, it made sense to name our chalet “Shambala” 

A self-catering space of tranquility and nature, where you can relax your body and rejuvenate your soul.
Located within Utopia Nature Estate and proudly part of the Magaliesberg Biosphere.



Tonquani Bush Chalet

The chalet is off the grid (no electricity), thus bringing you closer to nature. Soft ambience, bush walks, mountain streams, stargazing and 180 degree panoramic views  make for a unique experience. 

The living space is homely and cosy, furnished with leather, Rosewood and Oregon pine. By contrast, the loft bedroom upstairs is light, airy and romantic. The bathroom is downstairs, and terraces either side and upstairs to enjoy the view.   

Sleep in percale cotton and brush up against soft fluffy towels, you’ll enjoy tranquil simplicity with a touch of luxury  

The perfect romantic weekend or family retreat.

This A-Frame chalet is off the grid (no electricity), with gas operated geyser, stove and fridge/freezer.  Limited light and soft ambience, together with bush walks, stargazing and panoramic views make for a unique bush experience. 

The living space downstairs is homely and cosy, furnished in Rosewood and Oregon pine.   The kitchen is well equipped for self catering, and the lounge opens onto a terrace with 180 degree views of the mountains and valley.  Alternately, the kitchen terrace offers a more secluded space overlooking the Gorge, a welcome shady refuge at times of the day.  

By contrast, the loft bedroom upstairs is light and airy to compliment the energy of your surrounds, and lends a romantic ambience. The small deck offers a spectacular view of the mountains, and great for stargazing while you indulge in percale sheets and soft, fluffy towels.

The chalet is located conveniently about 200m from recreational facilities, and fairly private with your nearest neighbour some distance away.

Price includes 2 people.  Ideal for two people, but max. four – including children.  


Frequently Asked Questions

tonquani is a unique environment, located within a nature estate which forms part of the Magaliesberg Biosphere.  It’s completely off the grid, and out in nature, so you’re sure to have some questions.  Let’s see if we can answer those with the most typical questions asked? …

Where it Began … 

Utopia began in the late 1960s, open to the public for weekend or holiday recreation.  Today however, Utopia is a private nature estate, and the area has been declared a biosphere and protected area.