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Royal Natal to Biddulphsberg

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Distance about 251 km.

Leaving Royal Natal also meant leaving the Drakensberg area. After making a phone call, we decided to go to Senekal in a wide sweep through the Free State to try out the Biddulphsberg Farm Mountain retreat. We were tired of cold and rain and needed a place where we can dry out a bit...

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Posted on 6 May 2008 by Linx

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Royal Natal to Biddulphsberg

Biddulphsberg, about 16km from Senekal in the Free State at the foot of the mountain, Biddulphsberg, offers a down-to-earth outdoors experience. This rustic resort is tucked away on a game farm, set in an unspoilt Free State farm setting. The accommodation and campsites are visited by a variety of birds and game. Guests can enjoy the panoramic views from the mountain after a short and relaxing climb up Biddulphsberg (Biddulph's Mountain). Or you can take some easy and relaxing nature walks along with the Bontebok, Springbuck, Waterbuck and others that you find in the game ranch.

Accommodation The comfortable rustic units will make sure that all your self-catering holiday needs are taken care of. The units provide all the basic requirements and you can also enjoy a social braai in the Lapa, which also has two fridge/freezers for your convenience. The resort comprises of two 2-bedroom units and a 3-bedroom unit with a variety of sleeping arrangements. There are also caravan and camping sites available. There is no radio or TV in the units and almost no cellphone coverage. Your unit is cleaned every day.

Activities The most popular activity at Biddulphsberg is undoubtedly hiking. The grand prize is the fantastic views of the hilly Easter Free State flats from Biddulphsberg. Once you have summited the mountain, you can see several Free State townlets with their inevitable grain silos from the top. Take your knife and a fork with to enjoy one or more prickly pears that grows on the mountain.

After climbing the mountain, you can go back to the camp and enjoy a cold one before you make the fire for the evening braai. Make sure you also take a stroll along the foot of the mountain to see the animals that roam the resort.

Read our first hand experience of the reserve at the top left corner of this page.

Reservations: - Tel: (058) 481 2302, Cell 083 259 6071, Email, Borrie Erasmus (borrie@lantic.net).