our magnificent private game reserve
Mount Anderson is an extraordinary 20,000 acre private game reserve set high up in the dramatic mountains of the Mpumalanga Highlands that also embrace the famed Blyde River Canyon. The property offers spectacular scenery and breath-taking views whilst carrying rare and endangered mountain wildlife as well as some of the most unique vegetation in the country. Mount Anderson is all about the rare opportunity of reconnecting again and feeling one with nature. Guests enjoy game drives, walks, hikes, picnics, swimming at our lakes and waterfalls, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and horse-riding all in the company of our expert guides. The reserve is also steeped in a kaleidoscope of history and guests are taken on fascinating ‘journeys’ going as far back as the Stone Age, through ancient African tribal history to the Anglo Boer War and frantic Gold Rush mining days of the last century.
In a secluded valley overlooking crystalline trout ponds, the luxurious rambling farmhouse, Golden Cottage, offers only 5 en-suite bedrooms and is perfectly equipped with every amenity with guests enjoying personal unobtrusive service by an exceptional team of dedicated staff who have been part of the “Mount Anderson” family for many years.
Well known for being passionately dedicated to wildlife, land and water conservation in Africa, the late Michael Rattray purchased the reserve in the 1980s to fulfil a dream to restore the land from domestic overgrazing to its original ecological splendour. 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 local communities in the region – a legacy and a responsibility that has been passed onto the next generation of the Rattray family. This kind of sustainable tourism is more crucial than ever before.
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 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
We have a terrific team at Mount Anderson. Many of our staff are children and grandchildren of previous Mount Anderson stalwarts – we like to keep it in the family.
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!
Truly a wonderful place that we will spread the word about. We applaud the conservation work.
Thank you to everyone for making our stay unforgettable.