Mount Anderson Water Reserve is an idyllic family retreat or intimate corporate getaway with a wide range of outdoor activities available in the company of a qualified guide and host. Upon arrival, our guide will sit down with guests to go through suggested ideas for activities during their stay.
Wildlife safaris on foot or in a 4-wheel drive vehicle are undertaken in the mountains on the reserve. Herds of Africa’s less famous antelope including eland, black wildebeest, blesbuck, mountain reedbuck and the much endangered oribi are likely to be seen. Brief glimpses of predators such as the elusive leopard, jackal or caracal are always possible. Indigenous birdlife includes the brilliant malachite sunbird, the Cape vulture, the fish eagle and numerous species of spurfowl. Mount Anderson Water Reserve is a botanists dream and a variety of indigenous flowers grow wild throughout the property. A camera trap reveals the nocturnal activities of the predators on the reserve and images of leopard and brown hyena are an addictive addition to breakfast conversation.
Trout Fishing. As a constructive consequence of protecting the water catchments, there is very good fishing available on the property. The combination of weirs, lakes and river catchments provide the ideal opportunity to catch strong fighting Rainbow Trout whilst the quality and diversity of fishing ensures that all levels of fishermen – from beginner to the more experienced – are accommodated. Fly-fishing rods and reels are available at Mount Anderson.
Mountain biking. The reserve offers some of the most exhilarating and technically challenging mountain bike riding in South Africa. Spectacular vistas and thrilling single track cycling paths, guided by a professional cycling guide make this a must for anyone who enjoys the excitement of mountain biking. Mountain biking beginners and children are also included. Support vehicles and staff are on hand for those unwilling to tackle the more challenging terrain. Mountain bikes are available at Mount Anderson.
Hiking & walking trails
Hiking and walking trails are plentiful and range from gentle river-side ambles to challenging hikes and climbs. Walk to beautiful waterfalls and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine mountain streams. Find the San rock art paintings in the valleys and explore the ruins of the ancient Pedi tribes – officially documented sights with Stone Age artefacts. The geology of Mount Anderson is an ideal classroom in which to learn the differences between sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock whilst your guide will help you identify spoor of the different species that make up the flora of this unique destination. The relics of the gold mining era of the early 20th century are visible on the property. Old miners’ houses, a mining press and deep level shafts bear witness to the harshness of the conditions in which the pioneers worked. Guests may explore these old gold mine workings and shafts and may even try their hand at panning for gold. This is a great activity for children but please don’t take any gold or rocks home with you!
Horse riding on well-schooled mountain ponies is available for intermediate and experienced riders whilst children and beginners can experience the thrill of this pastime in the safety of the paddocks. Compulsory protective riding hats are available for guests use. Trail saddles are used.
Orienteering may form part of a hiking or cycling activity using planned GPS routes to designated areas. For families, children learn orientation with directional cards and a GPS device directing them to “treasure areas” which may include panning for gold, digging for artifacts or using a metal detector to find the quarry.
Picnics at the lakes are extremely popular and always added into an itinerary, where activities include a zipline, fishing from a rowing boat and swimming.