Dana Tehuis, situated in the beautiful rural surroundings of the small town of Wakkerstroom, which was recently nominated “Mpumalanga Dorp of the Jaar 2021”.

Dana Tehuis Frail Care facility and the Kana retirement cottages provide an affordable, peaceful and healthy retirement environment. The Dana Tehuis complex is a private, non-profit organization overseen by a Management Board made up of residents of Dana Tehuis and the larger Wakkerstroom environment.


Kana Retirement Village, part of the Dana Tehuis complex is made up of a number large and small units and are available for purchase under life right occupancy, whilst certain units are also available for rent. Dana Tehuis is responsible for maintenance of these units, the gardens and common property, with a 24-hour security environment.

All homes are sold on a Life Right basis. This means that there are no commissions, legal fees or transfer fees payable and residents are assured their home for as long as they need it.

It also means that Dana Tehuis management is responsible for the maintenance of each home and all communal facilities and grounds. This is the perfect lock-up-and-go lifestyle and ensures that no resident has to deal with irritating repairs when they become necessary.


Dana Tehuis offers medium care, for those who require basic day to day assistance, but can otherwise care for themselves. Both large and small furnished and unfurnished rooms are available. Boarding and lodging include 24-hour assisted living, three meals per day, laundry and room cleaning.

Dana Tehuis Frail Care offers high care, which includes 24-hour nursing care under the supervision of well qualified nursing Sister.

Convalescent care is also offered for short-term periods, for those who need time to recover from an operation or sickness before returning home. This is offered at reasonable prices, without compromising on the care extended to residents.

“……We want our elderly inhabitants to know that they matter. Friends of Dana Tehuis aim to be of service to Dana Frail Care and Assisted Living facility and the wider Kana community to the best of our ability.”  – Friends of Wakkerstroom

With it’s beautiful well-kept gardens, open spaces and many features and benefits it is your ideal retirement estate.

Additional facilities include dining room, library, lively social life, doctor on call, all in country environment, peaceful surroundings and tranquil gardens.


The gardens are maintained beautifully. The lawns are cut regularly, edges are trimmed, and the leaves are removed. You don’t have to do any gardening if you don’t want to. However, most residents love to garden and keep their own piece of gardens in shape.


Security is taken very seriously!
In addition to an electric fence there is a dedicated security room which monitors cameras, which are strategically placed throughout the complex 24 hours a day.
The gate is guarded 24 hours a day and visitors are screened upon entrance.


There is mini bus service available for those in need but without transport, in case you need to have transport to go shopping.

Dana also conduct regular trips to the surrounding towns like Volksrust, Newcastle and Ermelo. Yet another benefit that makes Dana Tehuis a great place to retire.


One is spoiled for choice there are so many things to do for recreation including: Knitting Groups, Bible study groups, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and many braai facilities.
There are always activities going on that you can join in and wonderful people to meet and socialize with.


There is a large selection of both English and Afrikaans books in the library. 


Dana is committed to provide whole person wellness and offers a free monthly clinic consultation.


The Story behind the Painting of the Wagon on the North East facing side of Ossewakop mountain in Wakkerstroom.

This is a translation of a story published in a booklet, written by Oom Chris Smit.  The booklet is available at the Wakkerstroom Tourist Information Centre at the Old Bioscope on Van Riebeeck Street.

Entitled – Chris Smits Se Storie .
The Story is based upon the contents of a letter dated 10 September 1988, which was received from Mr P E Reid, who was directly responsible for the organising and packing of the stones, making up the outline of the Wagon back in 1938. The Idea to construct a wagon on the mountain originally came from the headmaster of Marthinus Wessel High School at that time.  He wanted to make this part of the Ossewatrek – festival which was to take place in 1938.

In his letter Mr Reid writes, that he was a young teacher at the school, and lived in the School Dormitory. This building no longer serves as a Dormitory, but is now used for the care of the aged, known as Dana Tehuis. Mr Vercuil, the headmaster at the school, was not a young man.   So he sent Mr Reid up the mountain with a large roll of sticky paper, which was about seven meters in length. 

Mr Reid was required to unravel the sticky paper, which could not have been an easy task.  To make it easier to complete his task he had to pin the tape down with stones.

The first building of the school went up in 1898 and was known as the Marthinus Wessel School. This is what is now the front section of the school, facing the road. The cost was £1422 and 10 schillings. We found a lovely fireplace in this building.
With time the school expanded with more classrooms added, the last expansion was in the 60th with new classrooms going up, one can clearly see the more modern style. Also on the premises is the Free Mason Lodge, the first one in the old Transvaal, built in 1904. The building was donated to the school some time ago, it is being used as classrooms.


Wakkerstroom is a popular Tourism destination in Mpumalanga.  The area was first inhabited by the SAN people around 1500 and experienced the first white settlements in 1853 with the town being established in 1859. Part of the history of the town may be seen in its Historical cemetery which today covers graves from the first settlers and founders of the town to modern day residents as well as the graves of British soldiers killed in action during the First and Second Boer wars.
The area offers a climate of warm temperate summers to cold and freezing winters.  Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities on an individual or group basis.


 The village of Wakkerstroom has developed significantly because of the rapidly growing interest in birds from both local visitors and international visitors.  Birding; with the fact that Wakkerstroom, is one of the best places to see the grassland biome specials, makes it an international destination for interest groups and fanatics.  Found in the area are Rudd’s Lark, Botha’s Lark, Yellow Breasted Pipit, Blue Korhaan and Southern Bald Ibis all settled in one of the worlds recognised wetland areas.  Wakkerstroom boasts a multitude of accommodation.  Come and visit and explore for yourselves.

Birdlife.org.za Wakkerstroom Tourism and Education Centre


One look at a Google Map will tell you how perfectly Dana Tehuis is located.