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Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve

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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.
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Moshoeshoe Intl Airport89 km
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our third visit and each one has been outstanding. There are more luxurious places but I can’t think of anywhere that we have had better service, better welcome or a better sense of the world is somewhere else. Breakfast looking across the valley to Lesotho...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2018

This was truly a great stay for our family, the kids loved all the animals and the vast grasslands. The whole farm is neat and well kept, truly an amazing experience for any tipe of break-away, if you are an adventurer or just looking to...More

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Response from Isabel A, General Manager at Moolmanshoek Private Game ReserveResponded 8 October 2018

Dear George Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your stay. We are extremely happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time at Moolmanshoek , especially the animals which the children enjoyed to see. As it is our...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018

Thank you for the great service, friendliness of everyone, and nothing we asked was too much trouble!!The food was fantastic! As was the horseriding experience!! We will definitely be visiting again!More

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Response from Isabel A, General Manager at Moolmanshoek Private Game ReserveResponded 8 October 2018

Dear Nicky Thank you for taking the time to give us your valued feedback. It was a real privilege to have host the Phaeton Park weekend again at Moolmanshoek. We are grateful for a very awesome weekend with our horse-lover friends. Hope to see you...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018

Lovely weekend in that beautiful place full of peace ...and horses! Very comfortable rooms, great food, beautiful scenery and trails for horses, bikes, hiking. The family that owns and runs it is very special, you feel at home from the first minute. We loved itMore

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Response from Isabel A, General Manager at Moolmanshoek Private Game ReserveResponded 8 October 2018

Dear Claudia Thank you so much for your valued feedback. We are so please to hear that you had a wonderful time spend at Moolmanshoek. Next time you need some peace in a beautiful surrounding with many horses, please give us a call. Looking forward...More

Reviewed 18 August 2018

What a wonderful anniversary celebration. Thanks for making the weekend so amazing. If you are a outdoor person this is the place to go. The horses are amazing and so well trained even for a novice like myself the experience was the best I have...More

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Response from Isabel A, General Manager at Moolmanshoek Private Game ReserveResponded 30 August 2018

Hi Silvano Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your valued feedback. We are very glad to hear that you had a wonderful time celebrating your anniversary at Moolmanshoek. Well done to you as a novice rider going into these mountains...More

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14 November 2016|
Response from Isabel A | Property representative |
Good day David Thank you for your interest in Moolmanshoek. The Lodge is 2 km from the campsite. We do have two braai lapa's for campers to use and then we have fireplaces on the ground as well. You can sit around the... More
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"All rooms facing the gardens"
22 Jun 2018
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"Ask for a room facing the valley and not the back."
9 Jul 2017
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"Try a full day ride with a picnic lunch under the willow trees, very special."
16 Mar 2017
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"Rooms facing the mountain are better. I would not recommend Courtyard Rooms"
11 Dec 2016
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