For the equestrian enthusiast, Van Reenen offers the ultimate thrill; from polo and riding lessons or international tournaments at Oaklands to adventurous Lost Valley outrides. The Great Gatsby Horse Race is an annual “bush race” set in an idyllic background. The area offers a traditional English Drag Hunting event, which is open to all to come and enjoy a little English pomp. Tour guides can take you birding, to see a Sangoma or visit a Zulu/Sotho kraal and entertain you with Zulu dancing and cultural dishes. There are many yellow fish/trout fishing farms, dams and rivers. The mountainous landscape offers terrific hiking, mountain biking, motor bike and 4×4 trails.
Visit The Little Church at Van Reenen which is the smallest Church in the southern hemisphere. The “Barefoot Lady” monument tells a beautiful story about the role of women during the Great Trek. You can discover the legacy of a tiny, shy and very rare bird; the White-Winged Fluff Tail. Moordraai Gravesite, another attraction, tells a contentious history of some remarkable characters.
The area offers a range of family-run accommodation establishments. Oaklands Country Manor is a must-see boutique hotel, set on a beautiful polo estate. The area is home to some of the legendary historic establishments such as The Green Lantern Inn, Riverview Country and The Pyramids Motel. For self-catering or B&B’s set on authentic working farms, book at Wyford Farm, Strawcroft Cottage, Bernig Martin B&B or Mount Olive Stables Cottage. For business travel, the area is home to four-star establishments; Montrose Protea Hotel and La La Nathi Country Guest House, which are directly accessible from the N3. For the adventurous try out Gina’s Self Catering, Seletwane and Perth Farms. For an overnight stopover, try Mikes Cottage, Llandaff Oratory and Cyara B&B. There is physically-challenged friendly accommodation at Nudawun House. The area offers a bush camp at Yellowwood Camp (the trip to the bottom of the valley is not for the faint-hearted) or backpackers and farm self-catering lodge at Appin where abseiling and rock-climbing are a must.
The Van Reenen/Swinburne communities are renowned as palette pleasers. The local chefs excel in home cooked, hearty meals with a dash of entertainment. Visit the Green Lantern Inn to taste their specialty oxtail or enjoy a true pub lunch. Oaklands Country Manor serves some of life’s greatest rewards from their kitchen including tempura prawns, Valley Pork Eye Rib Roast, Thai Curry and culinary artistry desserts. The Little Church Tea Garden is home to the best tea and scones on the N3. Montrose Country offers a variety of Famous Brand 24-hour take-away outlets as well as relaxed all-day breakfasts or light lunches at the House of Coffees. At Swinburne, you can find real country cooking at the Hound and Hare Pub. Each and every accommodation establishment welcomes guests with their slow cooked signature meals and a mission to delight guests with a promise to make food with love’.
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