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South Africa - Moolmanshoek
Situated in the shadow of the Witteberg mountains near the border with Lesotho, this game reserve and conservation area is home to a variety of wildlife including springbuck, black wildebeest, blesbuck, zebra, eland, gemsbok and many others that are historically indigenous to the area.
Moolmanshoek is a horse lovers’ paradise with two award-winning studs, South African Boerperd and Arabian Endurance horses. The trail horses are mostly native Boeperd and also include some retired endurance horses. Depending on their competition schedule and your ability, you may ride one of the endurance horses in training.
Enjoy long canters on the plains amongst the wildlife or follow tracks climbing into the mountains and explore wooded ravines. You also ride through the herds of young horses which are raised wild on the mountain sides, resulting in characteristic sure-footedness.
For non-riders there is some great hiking, game drives, excellent off-road tracks through mountain passes as well as fly fishing.
To make the most of the riding at Moolmanshoek you should be a fit and competent rider confident at all paces. However less experienced riders can be accommodated on shorter rides from the lodge.
The riding style is English.
Hard hats are mandatory.
The lodge and guest bedrooms were built in the 1990s from existing farm buildings.
There are 16 en-suite bedrooms; five executive rooms, eight standard rooms and three cozy rooms. Some have twin beds and some have double beds. The executive rooms are generally more spacious or have a better view and all have both a shower and bathtub. Some of the standard rooms have shower and some have shower and bath. They are nicely furnished but don’t tend to have such nice views as the executive rooms.
There is also a billiard room, honesty bar, library and an upstairs sun room which has a beautiful view of the reserve and mountains.
Set departures are listed below. However additional dates may be possible for groups of four or more. Please ask for further details.
Sample Itinerary for Moolmanshoek
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For tailormade holidays stays of any length are possible but we recommend at least three nights.
The following prices are based on a seven night stay.
|1 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2020||Per Rider Sharing||Single Person|
INCLUDES Accommodation; breakfast and dinner; picnic lunch; riding; game drive; use of hiking trails; local taxes.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Rates for single occupancy as above.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks from honesty bar and restaurant; gratuities; other activities such as 4 wheel drive trails; adventure activities such as abseiling and high ropes; laundry; telephone or fax charges; baby-sitting.
NEAREST AIRPORTS Johannesburg (international flights) or Bloemfontein (domestic flights).
TRANSFERS Transfers can be arranged from Johannesburg to Moolmanshoek at a cost of £203.37 per vehicle each way (for up to 3 people). Transfers from Bloemfontein to Moolmansheok cost £151.08 per vehicle each way (for up to three people).
In the Ficksburg district of the Eastern Free State 35 km from the Lesotho border. About 3.5 hours drive south from Johannesburg.
Summer is from December through to February with day time temperatures ranging from 15 - 32ºC. Rain is possible at this time. June to August is winter when temperatures can drop to zero at night, although day time temperatures can rise to a mild 17ºC.
These are some of the best horses I’ve ever ridden on holiday. Extremely rideable and responsive, and while very sure-footed, it was fun to have them looking at things. Nothing dull. Fabulous canters, tack very comfortable. Perfect combination of horses/riding, breathtaking scenery, wildlife, and deluxe accommodations.
Amy ,LyonsOverall rating: 5/5
I loved riding these fantastic horses which are as sure footed as mountain goats.
You will be riding in the mountains; the weather might be changeable so bring layers.