Mount Anderson Water Reserve is a unique and exclusive mountain retreat set on 7 300ha (20 000 acres) of dramatic landscape in the mountains above Mashishing (Lydenburg) in Mpumalanga. It is an idyllic getaway for those seeking refuge from the rigors of everyday city life and offers the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind in one of South Africa’s most exquisite and private nature reserves. The property is blessed with spectacular scenery and mesmerizing views while still offering access to rare and endangered wildlife and some of the most unique vegetation in the country. Mount Anderson is steeped in history and is the site of the largest gold nugget ever found in the region.
Proclaimed in 1990 as South Africa’s first ever private water catchment reserve, Mount Anderson Water Reserve is also a classic conservation success story. It was once overgrazed cattle and sheep country but has been fully restored to its original ecological splendour. Today it protects not only the major river catchments that are the lifeblood of the Kruger National Park but also conserves unusual antelope such as eland and black wildebeest and charismatic predators like leopard, brown hyena and aardwolf. It is also an important sanctuary for threatened mammals like the oribi and critically endangered species like the tiny, rough-haired golden mole. Recently, a new species of the Callilepis flower was discovered 100 metres from Golden Cottage.
Golden Cottage, the reserve’s luxury lodge, was painstakingly crafted from hand-hewn rose shale and features graceful rooms with tall ceilings and airy windows. Situated in a secluded valley, overlooking crystalline trout ponds, the cottage comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 3 luxury twin room and 2 triple family rooms.