Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery & Guesthouse
Last Updated: August 2015
Contact Marian Lanham
Grahamstown, South Africa
- Longitude: 26.47072
- Latitude: -33.335687
- Bed And Breakfast
- Guest House
The Guesthouse is open from Tuesday morning until Sunday afternoon.
About Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery & Guesthouse
We can sleep 24 people in 17 rooms contained in three different guesthouse buildings. We invite individuals and groups of all faiths to come for retreat, or on a bed and breakfast basis.
These quiet facilities include two comfortable meeting rooms perfect for groups and workshops with plenty of breakaway space. A lounge offers our guests a warm and cozy environment to sit and enjoy the fireplace while delving into the spiritual words of wisdom from our guesthouse library. We have a verandah on which people enjoy the beautiful spring and summer days. A spacious dining area provides guests with delicious meals shared with the monastic community.
The Guest House also is situated on 50 hectares of land with many walking trails, unique and varied bird life and magnificent scenery. Farms surrounding the monastery provide a 360 degree view of the vast valleys outside of Grahamstown, and on a clear day, one can see the ocean.
Our church is open for private prayer throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to attend the daily offices and Eucharist which are led by the monastic community. These experiences of prayer can be a unique and integral part of the retreat experience at the monastery.
The monastery hosts a number of programmes and classes throughout the year which provide interesting insights into prayer, Benedictine spirituality, pastoral care and other topics. These programmes are advertised on this website as well as in our newsletter, Uxolo, and various other publications. Or you can just ask us to send you a listing of them. The guesthouse is closed from Sunday evening until Tuesday morning.
Room / Unit Features
- No Smoking In Rooms
On Site Features
- Breakfast : Continental
- Dinner (prior Arrangement)
- Conference Facilities
- Guest Lounge
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Parking (off Street)
- Pets Not Allowed
- Reception (business Hours Only)
Map and Directions to Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery & Guesthouse
Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery is situated 7.5 kms south of Grahamstown on the Highlands Road, just off the N2.
- From the South: Take the N2 North from Port Elizabeth, following the signs for Grahamstown. Just before the city turn left onto Rautenbach Road. The notice indicates Highlands. Turn left. Turn left immediately onto Highlands Road. Do not cross the railway line. Continue along the Highlands Road. The tar will end. Continue on the gravel. You will see the monastery on the left just opposite Cold Springs Farm.
- From the North: Drive South from Grahamstown on the N2. Continue past the exit for the Settlers Monument. At the next exit, turn right onto Rautenbach Road. Turn left immediately onto Highlands Road. Do not cross the railway line. Continue along the Highlands Road. The tar will end. Continue on the gravel. You will see the monastery on the left just opposite Cold Springs Farm.
By bus: Both Greyhound and Translux call at Grahamstown. Please consult the companies for schedules and fares. Please be certain to let the Guesthouse know the time of your arrival.
By rail: The train from Johannesburg and the North stops in Alicedale. There is a connecting train just across the platform to Grahamstown.
By air: There are several flights a day into Port Elizabeth. The airport hosts most major rental cars. Taxis can be arranged.
"Have a safe and enjoyable journey"