South Africa - Moolmanshoek

  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • Minimum 3 nights | 5 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Johannesburg
  • Weight limit: 15st (96 kg) (210 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 32

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. Springbok, black wildebeest, blesbok, zebra, eland, gemsbok and other plains game are historically indigenous to the area.

Moolmanshoek is a horse lovers’ paradise with two award-winning studs for South African Boerperd and Arabian Endurance horses. The young horses are raised wild on the mountainsides, resulting in characteristic sure-footedness. 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.

On scenic trails you can enjoy long canters on the plains amongst the wildlife; or follow tracks climbing into the mountains and explore wooded ravines. Ride through the herds of young horses and perhaps take a turn around the endurance training track.

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. Less experienced riders can be accommodated on shorter rides from the lodge.

You ride in comfortable South African trail saddles.

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.

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Open all year. Arrive and depart any day and stay for as long as you wish (minimum three night stay). We recommend a stay of seven nights.
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The prices below are on the basis of a seven night stay. Shorter or longer stays are possible so please ask for a quote.

2021 Per Rider Sharing Single Person
Standard Room $1,480.67 $1,618.41
Executive Room $1,574.14 $1,721.71


SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT - there is an additional charge of $115.95 per night to confirm a riding programme for one person.

INCLUDES Accommodation; breakfast and dinner; picnic lunch; riding; game drive; use of hiking trails; local taxes; park entry fees.

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 $355.07 per vehicle each way (for up to 3 people). Transfers from Bloemfontein to Moolmansheok cost $266.30 per vehicle each way (for up to three people).

Getting There

Moolmanshoek is a drive of approximately three and a half hours from Johannesburg International Airport, or two and a half hours from Bloemfontein airport.

We can arrange transfers for you or you may wish to make your own way to Moolmanshoek by rental car.

You should aim to arrive at Moolmanshoek in the early afternoon to allow time for a light tea and an introduction to the horses. Departure is usually after lunch.

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In the Ficksburg district of the Eastern Free State 35 km from the Lesotho border. About 3.5 hours drive south from Johannesburg.

Weather & Climate

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.

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Guest Review

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 ,Lyons

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Chris Day
Moolmanshoek has horses suitable for all levels of rider, but competent riders can expect to get a great deal out of this experience.

What the Press Say

Olwen Law says...

In The Saddle says

I loved riding these fantastic horses which are as sure footed as mountain goats.

Our Top Tip

You will be riding in the mountains; the weather might be changeable so bring layers.


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