Activities

Hiking

Explore the breathtaking valley and surrounding Witteberge Mountains on foot with an invigorating hike. There are two full-day hiking trails on the farm, including the Kututsa Trail, and plenty of shorter walks. Visit the nearby cave and sit a while by the tinkling waterfall, or check out the bushman paintings on our neighbouring game farm for a truly noteworthy experience in nature.

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Mountain biking

EarthRise Mountain Lodge is proud to offer visitors a most spectacular set of mountain biking trails, from an easy loop for beginners to thrilling downhills and single tracks for seasoned riders. Our trained staff members are on hand to introduce you to these specially developed routes and assist you in any way. You’re guaranteed an exhilarating afternoon in the saddle, against one of the most beautiful backdrops in South Africa!

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Horse riding

Next door to EarthRise Lodge, a short walk from the front door, is the Franshoek Polo School – one of the first established in South Africa, and one of the country’s finest. The school’s horses roam freely on the farm. Watching them graze in the shadow of the mountains as the sun rises makes for a wonderful start to the day. When they’re not preparing for polo matches or training the horses are available for outrides, on request.

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Yoga, meditation & fishing

Far from the hubbub of the nearest town of Ficksburg and nestled in the peaceful heart of Rustler’s Valley, EarthRise Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to relax and spend some time with your thoughts. Whether you want to simply sit in nature and reflect, do some yoga or bring along your fishing rod and head off to one of the nearby big mouth bass-stocked dams, you’ll find the ideal spot for some soul searching – and our kitchen staff will be happy to fry up your fish when you get back!

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