TRAVEL SHOP
Ficksburg

Ficksburg is situated in the Eastern Free State between the Maluti Mountains. Ficksburg is the closest town to the Lesotho border. This small village is not only a busy trading town - but is well known for it's scenic game farms.

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EarthRise Mountain Lodge Hotel
As you move around the Earthrise Mountain Lodge and Rustlers Valley Farm you will get a sense of what has been achieved since the reconstruction and development work commenced. From the outset, our emphasis on social change meant inviting and engaging with local community members and family based enterprises as far as possible in the renovation project. In every aspect of the work thus far - from the buildings, the furnishings, the fittings, the landscaping, them water supply, and much more there are wonderful human stories, achievements and lessons behind
them. Beyond the reconstruction phase, the Trust, in consultation with the Naledi Village Development Committee, Afrigrow and the Seriti Institute, created a strategic partnership pursuing a holistic approach towards food security and nutrition, sustainable livelihoods, land rights and community wellbeing. We will happily share with you the why and the how of our vision to create a vibrant, inclusive, locally-driven economy sustained by a community working together building a positive future for our children. The primary school and crèche established.

the community is earmarked for special attention in order to create a safe sacred space for teaching and learning. Work on an upgrade in the partnership with all stakeholders has commenced. This is a labour of love and work in progress for all stakeholders committed to creating a brighter future for our children.

The lodge will be modelled and structured along the lines of a local social enterprise embedded in the community that lives on farmland surrounding the lodge. A portion of the lodge’s income will go towards supporting the social and community development objectives of the Earthrise Trust on the adjacent Rustlers Valley Farm. Therefore, as an esteemed guest of the Earthrise Mountain Lodge you will be directly contributing towards local development.
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EARTHRISE MOUNTAIN LODGE HOTEL
Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve
Moolmanshoek provides an unique South African environment. This is a special place for that fairytale wedding or break-away you have been promising the family. A private nature reserve of over 3 500 hectares, Moolmanshoek was developed from a conservation area into a natural heritage site. It is situated in the district of Ficksburg in the Eastern Free State at the foot of the Witteberge Mountains.

Enjoy the rich wild and birdlife or experience the hiking trails on and around the farm. Fishing in the clear spring water or experiencing breathtaking views from horseback are but few of the activities available on the farm. For the adventure-lovers there is the Visierskerf 4x4 Eco-route and a variety of hiking trails. Steeped in rich history dating from before the Great Trek, the farm is skillfully managed by its friendly staff.

Whether it is a conference, meeting, team building, wedding or any other function, Moolmanshoek provides a high standard with facilities and catering to suit your requirements. A large conference hall seating up to 30 persons is available as well as a "break-away" room, library and sun deck room, each seating 10 persons. Overhead projectors, flipcharts, TV/video and a large screen are at your disposal. Catering from tea and coffee breaks to full lunches and dinners are available as well as a bar. For functions there is a large reception hall seating 150 to 180 persons with an exclusive bar and braai area. A local professional photographer is available and music can be arranged. A custom-built chapel seating 65 inside and 140 outside is available.  Relax in the thatched-roofed restaurant, with its excellent cuisine and bar facilities and end off your day in one of the luxury modern sandstone suites for a peaceful night's sleep.
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MOOLMANSHOEK PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

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