Friday, 5 December 2014

Mount Anderson Reserve South Africa

Introducing Mount Anderson Reserve
Mount Anderson Reserve is a unique and exclusive mountain retreat set on 7 300ha (20 000 acres) of dramatic landscape in the Mpumalanga escarpment, west of the Kruger National Park. It is an idyllic getaway for those seeking refuge from the rigors of everyday city life and offers the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in one of South Africa’s most exquisite and private nature reserves. The property is blessed with spectacular scenery and mesmerizing views while still offering access to rare and endangered wildlife and some of the most unique vegetation in the country. Mount Anderson is steeped in history and is the site of the largest gold nugget ever found in South Africa.
Proclaimed in 1990 as South Africa’s first ever private water catchment reserve, Mount Anderson Reserve is also a classic conservation success story. Once overgrazed cattle and sheep country, it has been fully restored to its original ecological splendour. Today it protects not only the major river catchments that are the lifeblood of the Kruger National Park but also conserves unusual antelope such as eland and black wildebeest and charismatic predators including the brown hyena, leopard and aardwolf.
Golden Cottage, the reserve’s luxury lodge, was painstakingly crafted from hand-hewn rose shale and features graceful rooms with tall ceilings and airy windows. Situated in a secluded valley, it overlooks crystalline trout ponds and while you might occasionally hear the bark of baboons from the cliff tops, the only disturbance to one’s solitude is the sound of Africa’s game approaching the streams to drink.
Mount Anderson Reserve is an idyllic retreat with a wide range of outdoor activities available in the company of a qualified guide and host. These include trout fishing, horse riding on well schooled “boer perd” ponies,  some of the most exhilarating mountain bike riding in South Africa,  wildlife safaris on foot or in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, hiking trails ranging from gentle river-side ambles to a challenging hike. Clay pigeon shooting, treasure hunts and picnics are ideal for younger guests whilst relics of the gold mining era of the 1920’s, ruins of the ancient Pedi tribes and San rock art will keep the inquisitive satisfied.

A trip to Mount Anderson Reserve can easily be combined with MalaMala Game Reserve, offering a unique wildlife and adventure experience, contact