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Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve

Situated in the awe-inspiring Witteberg Mountains of the Eastern Free State in South Africa, Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve hosts a rich legacy that spans centuries, evolving from its early origins to the thriving conservation haven it has become today. Guests can enjoy diverse experiences, from unforgettable horseback adventures to elegant accommodations, a breathtaking wedding venue, and tranquil mountain trails, covering 3300 hectares of expansive landscapes. Returning to the lodges after a day of exploration, visitors find that each room is carefully designed to seamlessly blend with the natural surroundings while offering modern comforts.

Whether you prefer a cosy fireside chat or a relaxing soak in your private bath, a stay at Moolmanshoek promises a retreat of pure relaxation. Indulging in the tastes of the Free State is made possible through the gourmet dining experiences, where skilled chefs curate farm-to-table dishes, highlighting the finest ingredients of the region. Whether it's an intimate dinner for two or a celebratory feast, guests can expect a culinary experience at Moolmanshoek that will leave a lasting impression.

Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve

Recognised as a Natural Heritage Site, Moolmanshoek's landscape unfolds with endless green pastures and mountain streams meandering down rocky slopes, creating natural plunge pools. The area teems with wildlife, allowing guests to spot eland, black wildebeest, springbok, ostrich, zebra, warthog, porcupine, jackal, caracal, serval, and more. For nature lovers, Moolmanshoek provides breathtaking views from Visierskerf, Sekonjella’s Hoed, or the Pyramid Mountains, which can be explored through epic hikes, trail runs, or horseback expeditions. Moolmanshoek isn't just a destination; it's a canvas for creating family-inspired memories and embarking on unparalleled outdoor adventures.

What's included

  • Daily breakfast

Frequently asked questions

  • What car do we need to get to the accommodation?

  • Can we fish?

  • Is there a restaurant?


  • Relaxing Stay

    Going to Moolmanshoek is like entering a secluded wonder world where beautiful horses wander around and the scenery is just breathtaking. It is the perfect place for a quiet weekend away where one is spoiled with amazing food and wonderful service. Do remember to book the picnic - it is a magical experience for a couple or family!

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    M. Calvert

  • Magical Stay

    Superb location. Kind staff, who made you feel at home. Great cuisine, Theo is a master cook!!!

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    C. Brenton

  • Short and Sweet Stay

    It was very calm and relaxing, the atmosphere was so tranquil and the horse riding was awesome!

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    P. Curts

Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve impact highlights

In its initial phases, Moolmanshoek served primarily as a crop farming area, reflecting a common practice of the 20th century. Over the past four decades, under the stewardship of Willie, a transformative and ecologically conscious shift has occurred, leading to the conversion of the land into a private game reserve and wetland habitat. This conversion involved a comprehensive restoration effort, driven by Willie's recognition of the imperative to preserve a natural ecosystem that had been disrupted by years of farming activities.

Today, the reserve teems with a diverse array of wild animals freely roaming the plains and mountain slopes, including numerous antelope species. Guests also have the opportunity to encounter other 'residents' such as the black-backed jackal, caracal, porcupine, mongoose, and meerkat. The reserve boasts a rich avian population, with recorded bird species including the black eagle, jackal buzzard, bald ibis, grey heron, and eagle owl.

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