our exclusive and unique getaway
Mount Anderson Water Reserve is a unique and exclusive getaway set in the dramatic landscape of the mountains above the town of Mashishing (Lydenburg) in the Mpumalanga Province. It is an idyllic retreat for families and small groups seeking refuge from the rigors of everyday city life – offering the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in one of South Africa’s most unique private nature reserves. The property offers spectacular scenery and breathtaking views and carries rare and endangered wildlife as well as some of the most unique vegetation in the country. The property is also steeped in history. It has been owned by Michael and Norma Rattray for some years and now that they have disposed of the famous MalaMala Game Reserve, they are giving their full attention to the operation of this extraordinary property.
Always passionately dedicated to wildlife, land and water conservation in the country, Michael Rattray purchased the reserve in the 1980s in an attempt to restore it from domestic overgrazing to its original ecological splendor. Successfully proclaimed in 1990 as South Africa’s first-ever private water catchment reserve, Mount Anderson is a classic conservation story and today protects some of the major river catchments that are the lifeblood of the Kruger National Park and all the local communities.
Accommodation comprises luxury rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. In addition, there are two elegant, spacious lounges, a dining room, fully equipped snooker room and a terrace overlooking the tiered trout pond. The vista is spectacular, especially at sunset.
What we have to offer
Mount Anderson Water Reserve is an idyllic family retreat with a wide range of outdoor activities available in the company of a qualified guide and host.
The importance of Water Conservation
Mr Rattray’s favourite comment is “No Water-No Life” and this is the driving force behind protecting the wellspring of this crucial water supply in South Africa.
Meet the team
Mount Anderson Water Reserve is managed by Trent Sinclair and assisted by his wife Monica.
Welcome to our world
This beautiful place has opened our eyes to some unexpected and wonderful pleasures – we will be back!
Wonderful few days – riding, mountain biking, walking, fishing, exploring and EATING! What a glorious place, thank you for sharing it.
We cannot thank you enough for the amazing “extreme” food, hospitality and care shown to us over this period. Trent and Monica you are Mount Anderson’s treasure.
Words fail us all, a wonderful four days. Thank you Monica, Trent and Mount Anderson.
Heaven! Best stay ever, love Trent, Monica, Agnus and Danny. Breath-taking scenery. Wonderful food, fantastic and warm treatment of guest. Memorable in every way. Every thing was wonderful. Trent, Monica and staff are outstanding!!
Words can’t express the joy we had on our few days with you in your little bit of heaven. You really do run a superb establishment, with everything from possibly the best trained, unobtrusive staff I’ve ever met, to yourselves, wonderful hosts and cooks. We learned so much and have fallen in love with the breath-taking area. There was so much we saw for the first time it’s hard to take it all in.
So wonderful to be back. Thank all again for an amazing experience. We all had a fabulous time. Thank you to all the team for looking after us so well and creating a magical and unforgettable experience. See you again soon.
Such a beautiful, majestic property. Love the conservation rehabilitation work. I don’t want to leave!
Three leopard, two trout, mining and cave dwellings, what more? Marvellous hosts Trent and Monica.
I really enjoyed our first two days of riding… super fun technical riding that pushed me without totally freaking me out. And your guiding is superb!