ABOUT OUR RETREAT
Ngome Farm Lodge offers a comfortable and affordable retreat for both Pilgrims and guests, accommodating up to 14 guests at a time with its four x 2 bed ensuite bedrooms and a spacious three bunk (six bed) en suite bedroom. Accommodation is inclusive of full board. Three meals (per day) are provided by the Lodge, as well as 24 hour tea and coffee station (self-service). Cool drinks and snacks are available also.
Guests can enjoy sitting peacefully at one of our three garden grottos or curl up on a couch with a good book in front of a crackling fire, or simply flop in front of our big screen TV (DSTV). The Lodge is wheel chair friendly and a golf cart will be available very soon to transport disabled, sick or elderly guests to and from the Shrine, Church, Spring and Stations of the Cross.
HISTORY OF THE SHRINE
In 1926 the Benedictines opened a mission station at Nongoma in Zululand. They erected a school and hospital on the property, which was simply named “Ngome Farm.” Sr. Reinolda, a German born in 1901 entered the convent of the Missionary Benedictines Sisters at Tutzing.
She travelled to South Africa, and on the 22 August 1955 Sr. Reinolda experienced an “encounter” with Our Lady. The first encounter took place during Mass in the sisters’ chapel at Nongoma immediately after Sr. Reinolda had received Holy Communion.
Our Lady revealed herself to Sr. Reinolda as “the Tabernacle of the Most High. “This was the first of many encounters through the years that Sr. Reinolda was on Ngome. In 1984, Bishop Mansuet Biyase gave permission for a bigger chapel to be built at Ngome. The church, built in a sixagenal shape, is situated on a solid rock overlooking the Ngome Forest, about fifty metres away from the tiny chapel erected in 1966.
Bishop Biyase blessed the church on 31 August 1985. The painting showing our Lady as the Tabernacle of the Most High was taken from the little chapel and put up on the wall behind the altar in the new church. On the 3rd of October 1992, Bishop Mansuet Biyase blessed the open-air altar and declared the Marian Shrine at Ngome a place of prayer
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES
RATES & BOOKINGS
Rates are inclusive of three meals per day as well as tea and coffee, which is available 24-hours a day on a self-service basis. We will try to meet any dietary requirements within reason. Please indicate these requirements when making your booking.
Please bring your own towels and toiletries including soap, shampoo etc.
Self-catering is strictly forbidden and guests are not allowed to eat in the bedrooms.
A 50% deposit is expected to secure your booking and the balance must be paid prior to your arrival.
2 Sleeper en suite bedroom
Hand basin & toilet
Bed linen provided
6 Sleeper en suite bedroom
3 x Bunk beds
2 x Hand basin & toilet
Bed linen provided
14 Sleeper guest lodge
4 x 2 Sleeper bedrooms
1 x 6 Sleeper bedroom (bunk beds)
6 x Hand basins & toilets with linen provided
PILGRIM RETREAT PROGRAMME
Thank you for your openness in responding to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to visit this sanctuary of Grace and Prayer. May our eternal and ever-loving God, through the intercession of our heavenly Mother, Tabernacle of the Most High, reward you for all efforts you make to come to Ngome.
We would like to make your stay at the Ngome as pleasant and helpful as possible, please see the recommendations and Pilgrim’s programme for a more detailed breakdown.