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EarthRise Mountain Lodge

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EarthRise Mountain Lodge
Location & Contact Details
Address: Off the R26 between
Fouriesburg & Ficksburg
Free State
Contact : Reservations
Local Tel : 051-9332828
INT Tel : +27-51-9332828
Local Fax : 051-9332828
INT Fax : +27-51-9332828
Cell : 087-8082709 (satellite number)

Creating Social Impact - What your stay with us means

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 just over a year ago. 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, the 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 by 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.

Your support and constructive ideas are most welcomed.

Should you wish to be part of a new journey, demonstrating what is possible when we learn, share, work, build and solve problems together, then please feel free to initiate contact with Jappie Lephatsi, the Lodge Manager, Analeigh Ross, the Assistant Manager or Anton Chaka, the Chair of the Naledi Village Development Committee.



Simple Directions by Road to EarthRise Mountain Lodge (ex Franshoek Mountain Lodge and Rustlers Valley Farm)

Please Note:
To enjoy your drive to this beautiful part of the country we suggest good planning before you leave home. Note that the ideal arrival time at the lodge is around 12h00. Check out Google maps if needed for more detailed route details and distances. If you're using a GPS navigator, that's fine. These directions are for those without one. Either way we suggest you print this out as a back-up. Much needed road works is currently underway on the R26 (by far one of the most scenic roads in SA especially when you hit sandstone mountain terrain) so please be alert. Note that cell reception is not great because of the mountains. If you need to call the lodge use the 087 satellite phone number.

FROM BLOEMFONTEIN (about 2 and a half hours)

Take the N8 towards Botshabelo and stay on this road until you connect with the R26 that passes through Ladybrand, Clocolan and approximately 196 kms later you will pass Ficksburg on your right. Stay on the R26 in the direction of Fouriesburg. A few kilometres after Ficksburg be on the lookout for the Rustlers Valley/Nebo/Franshoek sign. Turn left into S384 gravel road and stay on this road for approximately 10kms until you come to a crossroads. Proceed straight and 3km later after you pass Naledi Village on your right and Franshoek to your left you will arrive at the lodge.

FROM JOHANNESBURG (about 4 hours)

Take the N3 (Durban Highway) and take the 2nd turn off to Villiers (this is the one just after the Engen Garage and just before the toll gate). Turn right to Frankfort and bypass it (you are now on the R26; stay on it until the Rustlers turnoff). Just after you cross the bridge keep left following the sign to Reitz, Tweeling & Bethlehem.
About an hour later you arrive in Bethlehem and as you pass Wimpy/Engen/Nandos on your left you will come to a 4-way stop street. Turn right into Eufees St (R26) and head down towards the town centre. Turn left into Commissioner Street (you will see the KFC and Tren Tyre signs). Drive for 30 minutes to Fouriesburg and bypass it. About 23km after Fouriesburg you will pass the Malutizicht Farm. Look out for the S385 and turn right onto the gravel road. Travel over a railway line and 8.5km later you come to a crossroad. Turn right again and travel 3km to the main gate.

From Durban (about 5 and half hours)

If you're travelling from Durban please plan your route carefully. You may want to phone the AA before you depart. The normal recommended route is to take the N3 to Johannesburg and turn off at Harrismith and proceed on the N5 towards Bethlehem. When you arrive in Bethlehem follow the directions from Eufees into Commissioner and follow the directions as above. However on the N5 between Kestell and Bethlehem there are major road works with stop/go breaks. You may want to consider taking a scenic route via R712 Phuthadijhaba - Clarens - Fouriesburg. After you pass Fouriesburg you turn left on the R26 to Ficksburg and then as you pass Malutizicht Farm look out for the S385 and follow the directions as above.

GPS: S / E

  • Payment Methods
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Languages Spoken At Establishment
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • Sotho
  • Zulu
  • Bed Configuration
  • Various (Sleeps 20) x 12
    • Room 1 - double
    • Room 2 - double
    • Room 3 - double
    • Room 4 - double
    • Room 5 - double
    • Room 6 - double
    • Room 7 - double
    • Room 8 - twin
    • Room 9 - double
    • Room 10 - double
  • Facilities
  • airport (less than 15km)
  • airport transfers
  • babysitting service
  • bar/cocktail lounge
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • braai/barbeque (some units)
  • conference venue onsite
  • exercise facilities (less than 5km)
  • fireplace
  • fishing (less than 3km)
  • fishing onsite
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • generator
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • hunting (less than 30km)
  • internet facilities
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • kitchenette (some units)
  • laundry facilities (less than 2km)
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • lock-up safe
  • microwave (some units)
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail (less than 2km)
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • private airfield (less than 15km)
  • restaurant (less than 5km)
  • restaurant onsite
  • rock art (less than 20km)
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • washing machine onsite
  • wi-fi / hotspot
  • Special Categories
  • Conference Venue Accommodationdetails
    Accommodates how many people?
    Capacity : 50

    The following apply
    Exclusive / preferred service providers on call
    Restroom accessible
    Kitchen accessible
    Audio – visual equipment (request details)
    Food / beverage facilities for catering purposes
    Crockery and cutlery available for hire
    Catering done in-house
    Designated parking area
    Sufficient parking space
    Fully staffed (cleaning, servers etc.)
    Internet connection
    Wireless internet connection
    Air conditioning
    Good lighting that can be operated independently
    Liquor license
    Bar on-site
    A purpose-built and dedicated back entrance available for equipment loading and offloading
    Wheelchair friendly
    A specified area for coaches and buses to stop to allow delegates and guests to embark and disembark safely
    Dedicated storage space that can safely store event materials and equipment overnight
    Individual lockable storage available for storage of more valuable items
  • Fresh-Water Fishing Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Fishing equipment for hire
    Can bring own fishing equipment
    Boat available for use
    Boat available for hire
    Can bring own boat (no petrol motors)
    Catch and release
    Catch and keep
    Limited number of fish per day allowed
    Fly fishing
  • Pet Friendly Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Small dogs
    Big dogs
    Dogs have to be on lead whilst outside
    Kennels provided
    Kennels must be used
    Other animals on the property
    Horse stables – bedding provided
    Horse stables – bedding not provided
    Horse paddocks
    Grooms available
    Parking area for horse box / float
  • Quad/4x4/Bike Trails Accommodationdetails
    The following apply
    Bring your own bicycle
    Bicycles to hire
    Bicycle set trails
    Bicycle - free to explore
    Bring your own quad bike
    Quad bikes to hire
    Quad bike set trails
    Quad bikes – free to explore
    Bring your own off-road motorcycle
    Off-road motorcycles to hire
    Off-road motorcycle set trails
    Off-road motorcycle – free to explore
    4x4 vehicle set trails
    4x4 vehicle – free to explore
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodationdetails
    Your establishment has capacity to cater for groups of 10 or more.
  • Wedding Venue Accommodationdetails
    Capacity Information
    Overnight accommodation for how many people? : no information
    Max people allowed at the venue? : no information

    The following apply
    Reception area
    Area for wedding ceremony
    Undercover area for signing the register
    Fully catered
    Couple must provide own catering
    In house events coordinator (compulsory)
    In house events coordinator (not compulsory)
    Liquor license
    Fully stocked bar
    Cutlery and crockery rental
    Cleaning / serving staff
    Bridal suite
    Honeymoon suite
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