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Mount Anderson Ranch

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Exclusive-use
- Designed for families
- Horse riding and fly-fishing
- Incredible location in Mt. Anderson

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Overview

Mount Anderson Ranch is located in the Krantzkloof valley on Mount Anderson. With a luxurious home base and an array of activities that lead guests expertly through the surrounding wilderness, it is an ideal exclusive wilderness experience for families or small groups.

Mount Anderson is taken in exclusivity for a family or small group. It is located in the northern foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in the Mpumalanga Province, a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg, and a 3-hour drive from the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park. Mount Anderson works well in combination with a stay in a more wildlife intensive safari reserve in the Kruger area.

Guest accommodation consists of a pink stone, ranch-styled homestead called The Golden Cottage. There are six luxurious rooms that accommodate a maximum of 12 guests, all with en-suite facilities. The rooms are divided into: three double/twin rooms; two triple family rooms; and one twin B-grade room, each with its own private verandah. Two spacious lounges, an elegant dining room, a fully-equipped snooker room, and a terrace overlooking the tiered trout pond constitute the communal areas in the Cottage, offering guests comfortable living as well as spectacular views of the surrounding mountainside.

There is a range of outdoor activities for all the family around the Ranch. Guests can fly-fish in the river running beside the Cottage, go clay-pigeon and air rifle shooting, and participate in a camera trap, which reveals the unique nocturnal activities of nearby predators such as brown hyena and leopard. With so much surrounding wilderness to explore, the Ranch offers guests a number of ways to traverse the land. Wildlife safaris are undertaken in the mountains on the reserve by 4x4 or by foot, and horse riding gives guests the opportunity to trot around the valley. Guests can also expect to spot indigenous birdlife such as the malachite sunbird, the Cape vulture, and the fish eagle among many others.

Hiking trails are another great way to explore the area in more detail. The nearby Mount Anderson Water Reserve is said to be a botanist’s dream with diverse indigenous flower life spread throughout the property. Accompanying guests all the way is an expert guide, whose experience is tailored to fit the wants and needs of the family or group.

Children aged 8 years and above are welcome at the Ranch, and all the activities are suitable for them or can be tailored to fit their needs. In particular, the Ranch treasure hunt, picnics, and trips to relics of the gold mining era, where children learn orientation skills and can mine for gold, are hugely enjoyable activities.

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Average Rating

based on 602 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • A fabulous and memorable holiday to Africa and a big thank you to Lisa at Tourdust for her in depth knowledge and for designing our once in a lifetime trip.

    The original thoughts were to stay in Cape Town and then go on safari. After many discussions and a lot of patience from Lisa we settled on Capetown, a safari in Botswana and Victoria Falls. It turned out to be the most special and amazing holiday that we have been on.

    Cape Town accommodation was great, modern, clean, spacious and close to the V&A. The views at the back were of Table Mountain! We opted for guided tours to Cape of Good Hope and whale watching. Our guide called Chris was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and chatted to us alot and was great with my children.

    Next was Botswana and Muchenje Lodge. The location was fantastic with views over the Chobe river. Right from the start we were looked after so well and the staff were so friendly and welcoming. We went on lots of different safari drives from early morning, late evening and all day ones and my favourite was on the river itself as we were able to get really close to the elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Our guides were brilliant (particularly Rambo) and helped us to find all the animals we wanted to see, even the elusive wild dogs and leopards.
    Meals were at set times, which was lovely as it meant we could talk to the other guests and hear about their day and it was nice that some of the guides joined us as well. We also loved the singing and dancing that the staff did after one meal.

    Final destination Zambia and Victoria Falls, where we stayed at Waterberry Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi. An amazing location right on the river bank.
    We did a guided tour to Victoria Falls and yet again we had a brilliant tour guide.
    From our lodge we did a river cruise, saw a magnificent sunset and we tried our hand at fishing which was great fun.

    I would love to go back to Africa again to visit some other countries and I will definitely use Tourdust again. Thank you so much Lisa.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls on 19 January 2017

  • Service rating : Brian and Lisa made sure everything was taken care of on our South African trip. We didn't have to worry about anything, but showing up and enjoying our trip. Thank you, Tourdust!
    Product : We has a great time and everything met our expectations.

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 19 September 2016

  • We had a fantastic trip thanks to your organisation! No problems encountered at all! Simbavarti were a joy to stay and explore with; the hotel in Capetown perfectly positioned to allow us to walk to the conference, and Camps bay accommodation was just lovely. The flights, transfers and staff we met along the way we're all very friendly and helpful. Having a car at the end was a perfect finale. My 10 yr old daughter came home with new insights on the world.
    I had been meaning on my return to email you, but launched straight back into a weekend oncall and business as usual, so thanks for emailing.
    I have sung your praises to friends and family!

    Ben feefo reviewer verified review for Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 05 May 2016

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