• View from mountain
  • White storks on a summer burn catching food at Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat & Conservancy between Ficksburg and Clocolan in the Eastern Free Sate

Activities

Walks, hikes, birding, small mammals, cycling, swimming with awesome 360 degree views, quiet afternoons curled up in front of a blazing fire reading a good book or sharing a game of chess and a glass of wine, scenic beauty in the seclusion and privacy of the 420 acre Retreat & Conservancy. Great day drives, close by golf and quaint villages, galleries and eateries, the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, stream train rides, crop festivals, San rock art, cherry wine cellars.

Amohela ho Spitskop Country Retreat & Conservancy, rural, with great quietness and scenic beauty and well appointed self catering cottages, is the perfect place to take a deep breath and slow the hectic pace of life. With laid out walks on the 420 acre Conservancy-Retreat, climbs into the stunning little mountain, swimming, a bird list of some 250 species, small mammals, amazing stars at night, privacy and seclusion, indeed a very special place.

We have taken great care to retain the authenticity of a farm reservoir, whilst still creating a really lovely swimming experience, in cold borehole water, filtered and cleaned daily. It is very special to sit surrounded by the vast Spitskop Valley with 360 degree views, the breeze through the grasslands, the sound of birds, insects, above you the clear blue sky with drifting popcorn clouds floating by.

In winter the snowy mountains, crisp clear air, an awesome stunning time, when you can sit on your deck and watch snowstorms chase each other across the majestic Maluti Mountains or spend quiet afternoons curled up in front of a blazing fire reading a good book or sharing a game of chess and a glass of wine.

Locally there are day drives of much beauty, small and quaint villages to visit, good eateries, in the village a golf course where plains game wander, San rock art, luminosity of light  attracting both painters and photographers alike, cycling on the property or locally on gravel roads, the awesome views spectacular on long or short rides.

 Each year in March there is a cultural festival with vintage tractors, ploughing with a team of Nguni cattle and much more and a well run mountain cycle race over four days. In late October the cherry picking season starts, and in mid November each year the Cherry Festival, the oldest crop festival in South Africa, is held in Ficksburg with participating cherry and asparagus growing farms.

Within comfortable driving distance from Amohela at the beautiful Sandstone Estates can be found the the largest private collection of a 2 foot narrow gauge railway in the world with steam train rides around their estate.

With the proximity to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, take a day drive to huge Katse dam or Afriski Ski Resort through mountain passes and valleys of exquisite beauty, passports are required.

Birding

With a birding checklist of over 250 species, we have a superb variety to suit all interests, grassland, montane and waterfowl.

» More About Birding

Food and the Art of Doing Nothing.

Let us do THE DO and you DO THE NOTHING.

» More about Food

Activities

  • Walks/Hikes
  • MTB Trails
  • Star Gazing

Nearby Activities

  • Lesotho Day Trips: i.e. Katse Dam  Afriski  Dinosaur Footprints
  • Clocolan Golf Course
  • San Art
  • Sangoma Tribal Trust
  • Local Eateries and Shops
  • Clarens Village

Festivals

  • Cherry Festival: The oldest crop festival in SA held in November each year.
  • 3 Mountains Cycle Race in conjunction with Vintage Tractor Fair held in March each year