Activities on the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve include hiking, fishing, swimming, paddling, biking & plenty of outdoor activities involving clean country air and sunshine. Please note that these on site activities are offered exclusively to guests staying overnight and are not open to the general public or to day visitors.
The following activities are available at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve:
Hiking in our Private Mountains
The reserve offers several trails, from mountain fynbos & protea hikes to kloof hikes along wooded streams. Hiking trails are not open to the public, and are exclusively for the enjoyment of our overnight guests which means that guests can walk or hike in complete safety. Each cottage has a detailed map of our trails. Beautiful scenery awaits the nature lover!
Please remember to never hike alone, and to be prepared with enough food & water, good hiking boots, common sense and a jacket. Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints. Hikes take 3-5 hours and can be difficult.
Enjoy a guided hike with a qualified tour guide and learn about the abundant species of flora and fauna found on the nature reserve. Hikes are between 3 and 4 hours in duration. Min. 2 adults for a guided hike @ R300 per person, discount for larger hiking groups.
Fishing, Swimming & Paddling in our Dams
Our freshwater mountain dam is a short walk from the cottages. The dam wall is lawned with shade, plus a large jetty from which you can fish or jump. There are row boats, a single & double kayak is included for our guests. Life vests & oars are at the hall. Bring along your fishing tackle for bass & Kurper (Tilapia) fishing on a strict catch & release basis.
In 2014 we installed a large 4x9m saltwater swimming pool complete with martini seat facing the spectacular mountain view, and a wide shallow step where young children can cool down under supervision. The charcoal pool usually warms up naturally and reaches 25-30 degrees C in summer. The pool is surrounded by rolling green lawns with shade sails and sun loungers for the diva in you.
Fauna & Flora on our Reserve
There is an abundant range both fauna & flora (including a rare protea Vexatorella Latebrosa), as well as bird life on the nature reserve (approx. 150 different species). Bring your own binoculars!
Guided Wine Tours
Enjoy a personalized tour of the Robertson Wine Valley with a qualified tour guide, whilst staying at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve. A personalized tour incorporates a visit to 3 or 4 wineries, an award winning Olive Oil producer and also incorporates a lunch stop. Tours typically depart at 10h00 and return by 15:00. Bookings essential via our office Tel 023 626 2033 24 hours in advance.
We have two Axis 90 mountain bikes with front suspension & Shimano 18 speed parts. These bikes are great quality and very comfortable – so try out some fun mountain bike action over the weekend or explore the Klaasvoogds valley by cycling to nearby restaurants for breakfast or drinks. Bike rental is R200 per day/ R150 for a half day incl. helmets.
Mountain Biking in the Area
Bring along your own mountain bike or hire one from us while staying at Pat Busch and explore the Klaasvoogds Meander. There are a few trails to explore – please ask for a map when booking or find one in the cottage!
ACTIVITIES ON THE KLAASVOOGDS MEANDER AND ON THE ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY ROUTE
We are perfectly situated to explore the wineries on the Robertson Wine Valley Route, which happens to be the longest wine route in the world, with over 40 wine estates within 30 minutes of the Pat Busch Mountain Reserve. CLICK on Activity titles for more information
Beauty & Spa Treatments
Rosendal Spa offers beauty pampering such as manicures, facials & full body treatments as well as relaxation treatments such as massages. Tel 023 626 1570 www.rosendalwinery.co.za
The Dharma Centre
The Dharma Centre The only full-time residential Zen centre in Africa offering a daily practice schedule with teaching support. Monthly retreats also offered and vary in length from 2-7 days, as well as a one-month retreat once a year. Tel 023 626 3515
Day trips on the Breede River offered with experienced guide. Visit www.raftingroute62.co.za
Boat Trips on the Breede River
• Viljoensdrift Boat Cruises : Deli-style picnic baskets available, 1 hour cruise. Tel 023 615 1017 www.viljoensdrift.co.za • Kolgans Boat Cruises: Lunch or sundowner cruise, home-made South African cuisine. Tel 082 744 2580 www.nerinaguestfarm.com
Montagu Tractor Trips
Montagu tractor trip to the summit of the Langeberg mountain. Lunch included. Tel 023 614 2471 www.proteafarm.co.za
For the more adventurous… www.skydive.co.za
Burcon / Nerina Horse Trails Tel 082 744 2580 www.nerinaguestfarm.com
The Langeberg offers a stunning variety of mountain climbing / rock climbing routes and grades for beginners and the experts. Qualified & experienced guide Justin Lawson offers half or full day guiding. Also an ideal team-building activity. Tel 082 696 4067. www.montaguclimbing.com
Golf at Silwerstrand
This championship 18-hole golf course is friendly yet challenging with excellent greens. The restaurant and bar have a relaxed atmosphere and offer great meals with a cozy fireplace for the colder winter days. Tel 023 626 1090
Avalon Springs – Visitors can enjoy and relax in several Hot Spring Pools & Spa Baths. Only a 30 minute drive from Robertson.
Olives & Olive Oils
Marbrin Olive Growers – Tours & Tastings Klaasvoogds East Tel 078 916 3606 www.marbrin.co.za Olyfberg Eilandia Tel 023 342 5096 Willow Creek Olive products & Olive Oils, Nuy Valley Tel 023 342 5793
Free Range Pork Products
Happy Hog Farm On the R60 outside Ashton. Tel 023 615 1928
Saggy Stone Restaurant & Pub Outside Roberton, AgterVink Rivier. Tel 083 4533526 www.saggystone.co.za