Ficksburg, Free State
The Moolmanshoek Valley surrounds you by majestic mountains. A beautiful wedding venue. Our sandstone lodge provides accommodation options, to suit every travellers needs.
A happy place of endless fields of grass and mountain streams, tumbling down. Herds of game roaring on the plains. Springbuck, Blesbuck, Blackwilde beest, Oryx, Eland and Zebra, to name a few. The reserve was declared a Natural Heritage Site because of the indigenous Bamboo which grows in the area. Experience the view from Visierskerf (2407m), Sekonjella’s hoed or the Pyramid. Explore the Reserve throught our difference activities including horse riding, hiking, game drives, horse cart rides, fishing, 4 x 4 trails, mountain biking and bird watching. For the children, running wild and free, abundant open spaces. A piece of paradise.
There are a number of marked short trails (day walks) in the reserve, mostly starting out from the Lodge. You can also take a ‘kierie’ and do a leisurely stroll on the vehicle tracks to view the abundant game in the “Serengeti” area. If you are more adventurous and fit, you can take on something more ambitious and climb one of the peaks in the reserve.
Short walks may be done in the gorges. The owner will direct hikers. Hikers can also arrange to be taken to the mountains and do a trail back to the camp, with this option more time can be spend in the mountains and gorges and less in the valley. Costs to be taken to the mountain is R300.00 per vehicle with max 8 people per vehicle.
Aunt Mitchell’s High Tea Overhang:
Walk to the sandstone overhang (with a stunning view) that was used as a regular “high tea” spot many years ago.
The Five Dams walk:
Take an easy stroll through poplar groves, past five dams and enjoy the scenery and bird life near the lodge.
Take a longer walk to the Waterkloof ravine and enjoy the mountain streams and waterfalls of this beautiful gorge.
Put on your boots and tackle one of the high peaks in the reserve, like Visierskerf (2407m), Sekonyella’s Hat (2312m) or the Pyramid (2167m) for a view you will remember!
The second day of the original Langesnek trail is still in use, ± 10 km: A shorter and longer option for day hikers. Grading: Easy to average.
The day trail starts off by passing a very deep gorge before it starts the ascent towards the back of the Second Pyramid mountain. After passing the “Supertube” mountain stream, the trail reaches an unexpected (and welcome) shady indigenous forest full of olienhout and ghwarrie trees. On reaching the top of the saddle, one has a choice. Here the fit and courageous hikers will have the opportunity to add another 2 km to their hike up the Pyramid mountain. The trail continues to follow the contours of the two Pyramid mountains through the indigenous forests and along the sandstone ridges to wind its way to the site of the overnight hut of the popular Sphinx trails. Here the natural dam offers a refreshing spot for lunch and time to relax and swim. The trail then returns following some of the second day of the Sphinx trail. It veers off after “Aunt Mitchell’s High Tea Corner” and winds underneath the sandstone ridge before returning to base camp.
Fit hikers can also do the complete Waterkloof trail (± 20km) or the complete Sphinx trail (± 16 km).
- “Skeerhokke” can accommodate up to 100 persons in two large dormitories.
- The hikers house can accommodate 18 hikers or other persons,
- Additional 9 double rooms, two of them with their own bathrooms.
- Two lapa kitchens for self-catering and a large, well-equipped kitchen where group meals are prepared by the staff.
- 3 rooms accommodating 6 people each
- Kitchen: Electricity, pots, pans, stove, fridge.
- Please supply own cutlery and crockery
- Ablutions: 2 toilets: 2 showers, basins and one bath.
High sandstone cliffs for a great abseil experience. Heights vary from 20m to 40m. Minimum of 4 people. An extreme abseil of 115 m by special prior arrangement. Minimum of 6 people and only suitable for those with abseil experience.
Reserve Conservation fee:
- R75.00 pp once off
- R160 per adult per night
- Hiking: Minimum 4 hikers per hiking group. Included in accommodation rate
- R160 p.p.p.n (own linen) / R265.00 p.p.p.n (linen included).
Dormitories / Skeerhokke:
- R135.00 per person per night
- R105.00 per person per night
- R55.00 once off per reservation
Late entry fee: Reserve gates are locked 18:00
- From 18:00 – 21:00 – R265.00 per vehicle
- Arrivals after 21:00 – R530.00 per vehicle.