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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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 494 reviews

(4.95/5)

  • The whole holiday start to finish was just fabulous, the accommodation was perfect and to a certain extent stunning at the Dar Hosnia in Marrakech.

    The transport, guides and staff at both locations were wonderful with a special mention to the Douar Samra team in Imlill. They were more than a bit special.

    The food at both locations was excellent and the ambience and fun we enjoyed in Douar Samra was beyond all expectations.

    We made many new friends whom I am sure we will keep in touch with way beyond this holiday.

    You put together a perfect package it was much more than just a great holiday it was a richly rewarding experience.

    Just finally to say a big thank you to you for organising one of the best trips we have had.

    Missingstuart w reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2019

  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

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