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Wild Horses Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 February 2013

We had a wonderful three days at Wild Horses, which was too short.The nature reserve is amazing. We did very nice hikes.
The food, wine and atmosphere at Wild Horses were perfect.
We will certainly come again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Heerke
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

We have just spent five wonderful days at Wild Horses. The natural beauty of Wild Horses coupled with the excellent hospitality made our stay really memorable. Our hosts and all their staff went out of their way to provide the most excellent food and comfortable and relaxing environment. Our first approach along the 16 approx. km unmade road had us wondering whether we had made a good decision to come here, the answer was most emphatically a resounding YES!

Room Tip: View across lake was terrific.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Charleskydd
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

We went to the Wild Horses Mountain Guest Lodge for a romantic get away and thats exactly what it was - absolute brilliant service and location.

It felt like we were the only couple catered for as the attention to detail from the breakfast to the dinner was custom made just for us.

This is a rare find in South Africa and we will return over and over again!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank George G
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

A precious gem right on the Sterkfontein dam, with the most fabulous view and 5 star service. We have been to Wild Horses four times over the last 6 months and every time has been truly amazing. The view is spectacular so even if the weather is not great there is nothing better than sitting on the patio with a drink soaking in the view and great company of our hosts, Esmeralda and Van Heerden. They are extremely accommodating even with my difficult dietary requests. Our last visit was to celebrate our 15th anniversary on 2 Nov. Wthout a request from us they went out of their way to make it special. After a gourmet meal from Van Heerden who could easily take on any top restaurant in the country, we were pleasantly surprised with a romantically decorated room with rose petals and candles. If you are looking for a romantic dinner ask for the quaint wine cellar which they decorate with flowers and candles and background music. The wine selection is equally impressive. On some occasions owners John and Trish add to the positive experience. We went out for the most amazing boat trip to Silent Valley with John. To add to this fairy tale experience, John's herd of beautiful Apaloosa horses roam freely and are the friendliest horses I have ever come across.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank NatureLoverSA
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

What makes Wild Horses Mountain Lodge special is its location within the Sterkfontein nature reserve adjacent to the Sterkfontein dam. There are very few places on earth with such a special setting. The views are breathtaking and there are many ways in which to enjoy what nature has to offer when visiting this lodge. We went kayaking during our visit and enjoyed every minute.

I went on an outride with John and this was the highlight of my stay. One could not ask for a better backdrop than the Drakensberg mountains when riding. The horses are very affectionate and you can spend as much time with them as you wish.

On our last day we went for a boat ride. Service at the lodge is friendly and the boat ride was scheduled at a time that suited us. The boat ride was very serene and we recommend that you try and fit this into your itinerary.

Dinner was superb and the chef went out of his way to accommodate our requests. Lunch and breakfast was also very enjoyable.

I am giving the experience a five star rating.

If you have certain expectations with regards to small luxuries in your room I would inform the lodge in good time. I am sure they will do their best to accommodate your requests in order for the room to meet your five star expectations.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view of the dam.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank CuriousMeerkatjie
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

We spent my wife's birthday for the weekend of the 26th October 2012 at Wild Horses Mountain Lodge. The scenary on route to the lodge was breath-taking. Upon arrival we were welcomed by the very friendly Esmeralda and taken in to complete the formalities. Thereafter she showed us to our room and everything I had requested, from the rose petals on the bed, the bouquet of flowers and the bottle of wine was all perfectly in place. My wife was pleasantly surprised and I was really impressed. I must add that the wine, which I left in her capable hands, tasted absolutely divine. The evening progressed with a dinner which was all romantic and private in the winner cellar and it just made the evening so much more special. The Chef, Van Heerden has great talent and we were really impressed with the 3 course meal whicch we were served. It was great not having to choose from a menu and we were pleasantly surprised with the presentation and more importantly the taste of the food. Day 2 was just as great and we definitely enjoyed Esmeralda and Van Heerden's company that evening. We will definitely go back to Wild Horses and will recommend it to anyone looking for a time out or a romantic getaway from all the hustle and bustle.

Room Tip: The Sunrise Room has a good view of the Sterkfontein dam and surroundings...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Iceman_108
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

Absolutely fabulous, quiet,lovely surroundings,beautiful comfortable and clean accommodation..............FANTASTIC food............and the nicest couple on earth to look after us ! Thank you Esmerelda and Van Heerden.........you were just the perfect Hosts !

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Angela D
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Additional Information about Wild Horses Lodge

Address: Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith 9880, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Free State > Harrismith
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Harrismith
Price Range: £214 - £244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Wild Horses Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Eastern Free State's pristine Sterkfontein Nature Reserve at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, Wild Horses Lodge is the perfect location for an African breakaway. With its panoramic views of the majestic Platberg Mountain and the vast Sterkfontein Dam, the Lodge is a masterpiece of architectural design in local sandstone and offers luxury accommodation, exquisite cuisine and a variety of activities centred around the dam and the abundant wildlife of the reserve. ... more   less 
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