- Designed for families
- Horse riding and fly-fishing
- Incredible location in Mt. Anderson
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.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019