We spent two nights on our way back from Maseru to Johannesburg, we had the family room 15. Thescenery is incredible, a valley surrounded by mountains (one is shaped like a pyramid) and plateaus, The lodge is magnificent, accommodation is divided in separate buildings grouping certain types of rooms and suites. The owners breed horses so this is a fantastic place for nature lovers, horse-riders, trekkers, families, 4X4 drivers, game watchers, fishermen, and this should not leave many people out.
We arrived in the afternoon so we went for a walk through a signalled path, and came back by the beautiful sunset. We never felt unsafe, the animals (all peaceful) kept their distance, and here, distance has a meaning. One can walk for days without passing by the same place. The food that night was exceptional. The fieplace was crackling when we returned to the room after dinner (it was winter and winter is cold here). Day two we went for a two hours guided horse ride, during which one can see the stunning scenery and the animals from much closer. This is definitely the way to go around Moolmans Hoek. The excellent picnic bag was packed on time by the incredibly friendly staff and we went off for a walk in the afternoon just a mile away on a slope. Probably the best possible nap in the open ever. One can climb up to the plateaus nearby and enjoy the great view. Dinner that night was as fantastic as the previous. We left the day after with a promise we'll be back. All in all we spent what another place would have charged for one night, and this was all included (food and horse ride also!).
The staff is so friendly and motivated, the place is so gorgeous, there's no way one can be disappointed here. One of our all-time favourite places on the planet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moolmanshoek is situated in the Witteberg mountain range, between Ficksburg and Rosendal, Eastern Free State, South Africa. Do you long to escape for a while from the city noise and stress? Are you seeking rest for your soul, a peaceful environment, or that ideal setting for your wedding, for team building or a conference? The reserve was declared a Natural Heritage Site (No 199) in 1994, mainly because of the rare Mountain Bamboo that grows in the valley. Come and share this piece of Paradise with us for a few days. Take a leisurely stroll across the valley floor, go on a relaxing game drive or explore the reserve on horseback or by horse cart. Our SA Boerperd and Endurance Arab horses are born and bred in the valley, where more than 300 horses make Moolmanshoek their home. It is our hope that the uniqueness and splendour of our surroundings will be as inspiring to you as it has always been to us. We believe that Moolmanshoek is:A feast for the eyes, rest for your soul and firewood for the times ahead!It is our privilege to be stewards of more than 3 300 hectares of the breathtaking Moolmanshoek valley. The Witteberg Mountains surround the valley in the shape of a horseshoe (with Visierskerf peaking at 2407m above sea level) feeding several mountain streams in the valley floor below. This basin is home to a variety of game that include Springbuck, Black Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Zebra, Eland, Gemsbok and many others that are historically indigenous to the area. More than 230 bird species can be seen in the reserve, while a wide variety of plants grow on the mountain slopes and in the beautiful wooded ravines.Under the skilled hands and vision of the owner, Willie Nel, the once productive farm was transformed and developed into a game reserve and conservation area. It was later declared a private nature reserve.You are invited to visit us and revel in the breathtaking natural beauty and tranquillity; the rich variety of wildlife, flora and birdlife in an unspoiled mountain environment. Explore the reserve on horseback, go walking alongside streams and dams, or enjoy fly-fishing in clear spring water. Follow one of our three hiking trails or various day walks and renew your mind and soul. Challenge yourself with abseiling, a 4X4 drive or climbing one of the peaks. ... more less
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