Activities

ACTIVITIES

  • From the lodge or bushcamp, visitors can explore the beautiful sandstone Mariazell Mission, built in 1904, either on a day walk or vehicle accessible, with its self-sufficient hydro electrical system, high school (which Patrick Mosiua Lekota attended) and farm. Guided tours could be arranged via the reserve staff.
  • Hiking – lots, for beginners to experienced, guided or self-exploratory with a map. Great swimming pools in Jordan river, at waterfall near reserve HQ (short walk from lodge west along road towards pass), old grave sites, ruins, rock art, etc can be visited. Grassland has wonderful flowers in summer. Some indigenous forests in gorges north of HQ, and Lot’s Wife pillar (basalt formation) accessed from bushcamp in the Jordan valley. Drive around to Tweespruit bushcamp site, leave a vehicle and hike along old track leading west towards picnic site at Charles Mills – old homestead ruins and fruit trees, graves sites, swimming upstream of site, etc.
  • Horse riding – horse can be hired, with a guide, from the local Mabenyeng Horse Association. Arrange via reserve manage. Visitors pay horse owners directly in cash.
  • Rock paintings – guided walks or on horseback.
  • Mountain biking – the surrounding villages have a myriad of footpaths which make for excellent  singletrack riding. The reserve has good riding up the pass, with some loops and links for the adventurous and technically skilled rider, allowing exploration of the little known southern berg/Lesotho border area, such as Nene’s pass.
  • Mehloding Hiking Trail – based from a community-operated chalet adjacent to the reserve just beyond the mission. Can do day walks or a 4 day uni-directional trail leading east. Also provide traditional and conventional catering by prior arrangement.
  • 4×4 trails up Ongeluksnek pass or along northern bushcamp track along Jordan river to picnic sites. Can drive through border up into Lesotho to the spectacular Lake Letsie wetland area (24km from lodge).
  • Birding – The reserve and Matatiele access route along the valley have great birdwatching (Blue and Crowned cranes, Southern ground hornbills, Denham’s bustard, Cape vulture, Lammergeier, secretary birds – all of which are endangered) plus Lanner Falcons, Marsh Owls etc. Sighting of a European Roller as well – very rare here!
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