Mount Anderson

Review Date: September 2011 Updated on:

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  • Value for money: 6.0
  • General Quality of the Trial: 7.0
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Mt Anderson is situated a short drive outside Lydenburg in Mpumalanga, which is an area which is well known for its mountainous terrain.

The fact that Mt Anderson is a catchment reserve should give you a clue to the fact that it is based on the very top of these mountains, with some of the trails at a lung straining 2234m high!

Mt Anderson is certainly a very very beautiful place, in a harsh sort of way. It is big scenery country, with lots of grassland and bushy valleys and gullies. Its also a place that has a very interesting history in the form of gold mining and all the evidence which has been left behind in the form of old mining villages, equipment, tunnels and gravel heaps, the latter of which have been used as part of the trails which is a nice touch.

Mt Anderson Lodge is a luxurious affair and is finished in a classic old style that is hard to find nowadays. Belonging to the Rattrays of Mala Mala fame, you know that you are in for a treat, and with Mt Anderson this is no exception. It’s a very relaxed vibe too which is great. No stuffiness here. If you would like a beer, you are welcome to get it yourself. Its your lodge.

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Test Crew Wisdom

If you know you are going somewhere that’s far from anywhere, like Mt Anderson, it helps to take some spare stuff with you. With so much shale on the trails, we would even suggest taking a spare tyre, along with sealant and plugs, so that you can enjoy your time here and not have to sit out a ride to drive to Lydenburg while your mates hit another trail.

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Cool

  • Amazing scenery
  • Riding with animals
  • The fact that this is a water conservancy
  • Catered tea and lunch stops
  • Being guided on the trails
  • History of the mining on the property
  • The lodge is seriously awesome and luxurious
  • Monica’s cooking

UnCool

  • No marked routes to ride by yourself
  • Trails can be very rough on a hardtail
  • A bit far from Jhb
  • It is not a cheap weekend
  • Sharp shale cutting your sidewalls

What's on offer

  • 3 guided trails
  • Tea Garden which is open first Sunday of every month
  • Picnic sites
  • Toilets
  • Nice wilderness walking trails for families
  • Horse riding
  • Yellow and Trout fishing