Mount Melsetter Karoo House and Hunt, between Middelburg and Steynsburg, is set in one of the Karoo’s most scenic areas.
The Great Brak river flows through it and the tall iconic hill that gives the farm its name dominates the landscape. From certain points on the farm, there are beautiful views of the equally distinctive Teebus and Koffiebus flat-topped hills.
It’s a place that calls out for long walks, birdwatching, game-spotting, or long afternoons lounging around the pool.
Mountain biking on the farm has become a serious attraction.
So much so that the farmstay is linked with Great Karoo Cycling, which organises spectacular leisure cycle trails through remote and interesting parts of the Karoo, starting and finishing at Mt. Melsetter.
For those seeking more restful activities, there are many gentle rambles and places to explore, like the fossil-lined river bed
Perhaps the sheep are being sheared in the nearby barn – always a sight worth seeing. During winter, hunting safaris can be organised.
Your hosts are Candy and Mike Ferrar. It is a real treat going on a late afternoon walk with these hospitable, knowledgeable Karoo people and their charming English Springer Spaniels.
Melsetter was once famous for producing thoroughbred horses, thanks to the Karoo’s characteristically calcium-rich soils which helped build strong bones.
It is a place full of history, and your host Mike can tell you the stories over a few drinks at the delightfully named Saddlebum pub before dinner. Candy is a great cook.
Mt Melsetter has seven spacious guest bedrooms, four en suite, and the remaining three sharing two full bathrooms close at hand.
There are several lounges (with roaring fires in winter) with cosy armchairs and full bookcases.
Mount Melsetter is a splendid place to explore the Karoo’s palaeontological, historical, technical, architectural, floral and faunal heritage.