I just spent a month at the Lydenrust Guest Farm and had the best experience of my life. I can't wait to go back. It is a real treasure hidden in the valley in Mpumalanga. It is a beautiful farm teeming with all kinds of animals, most of them rescued. Baby goats and lambs were being born constantly. Ali, who runs the farm, tenderly cares for all the horses, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, the Reebok, pig, cow, peacocks, pidgeons and roosters, who all roam the farm and are all very friendly. The accomodations are wonderful and clean, and while they are private, there is a fantastic outdoor deck where you can play pool and BBQ and pop a cd in the boom box, and an outdoor fire pit for evening relaxation under the millions of stars... If you need anything, Ali, who owns the farm and is one of the friendliest and nicest women I've ever met, is too happy to help and get it. The trail rides are wonderful, and the horses friendly and easy to ride, and all with varying personalities, so your riding can be at any level-beginner to advanced... Ali also runs a school on her property, dependent on donations and volunteers, for local preschool Zulu children, which is desperately needed in the area. Her school is incredibly inspiring and the children are all amazing and so grateful, so if you stay here it is also going to a wonderful cause; the best of both worlds. I clearly can't recommend staying here enough. And if you do, pack some candy or educational books or clothes for the kids and meet them! It will add to your vacation! I went alone, but the accommodations can be for anyone: a romantic time for a couple, or a huge family get together.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "One can only appreciate the true beauty of this area when seen through one's own eyes" Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Steenkamps Mountains and overlooking the Kwena Dam, Lydenrust Guest Farm is situated on 160 hectares of farmland in the Kwena Basin, 30km from Lydenburg, in Mpumalanga. All accommodation is self-catering with excellent facilities at your disposal. From luxury and basic self-catering cottages to authentic American Indian Teepee camp, Lydenrust has much to offer the traveller. Enjoy stunning scenery from the back of a horse on one of our 1-2 hour trails, or set out on foot for a hike around the mountains. Whether your interests include horse-riding, bird watching, hiking, mountain-biking, or just laying back and relaxing, you are surrounded by the beauty of nature and the magnificent views. ... more less