Activities

Whether you are seeking an adrenalin rush with your machine on one of our trails, adventure trail running, hiking, walking your dog in the mountains or chilling on your veranda, you are bound to be exhilarated by the picturesque beauty of the farm’s views and landscapes. Put on your hiking boots or jump on your vehicle and you are on a myriad of trails right from your door.

In summer, stroll through the stunning settings of nature; in autumn, enjoy the colourful pops of poplar trees; in winter, try snow-boarding at Afriski or quietly sip ghluwine at your crackling fireplace amongst snow-covered mountain peaks.

4x4 Trails

1. Old Mill Drift Mountain Pass / Level 4
Extreme terrain, a grade 3/4 that goes over the mountain to Rebellie and on to R712 back
to Clarens. Approx 45km from the farm over the mountain to Rebellie and Bokpoort, then left just before Clarens (R711) and back to farm (or back to the farm descending the mountain).
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2. Pilgrims Rest / Level 2
A beautiful easy scenic drive for beginners from OMD, east across five farms to where the road crosses over the river (the start of the trail to Rebellie and Monansa) to an idyllic picnic spot just before the river crossing  – a truly beautiful spiritual place.
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3. Worlds End / Level 3
The road takes you over the mountains to where you can go no further. Drive straight past where you turn left to go up the Old Mill Drift Mountain Pass. In the region of about a 4 – 5 hr drive to the end and back to the farm.
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4. Monansa Border Post / Level 3/4
(Depending on river crossing).
Over the Caledon river, a natural river crossing winding up some incredible terrain and out at Monansa border post (passports required to exit), past Phuthaditjhaba and back via Golden Gate. A 154km round trip from the farm past Clarens
and back to the farm.
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5. Old Mill /  Level 5
A short technical trail on one of our mountains east of the accommodation.
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6. 4×4 Training Course
There is also a 4×4 training course.
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For more information:
Please email us with the course number, name and we will send you detailed course map including pictures of your chosen route.
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Adventure Motorbiking

Travel east across five farms to where the road crosses over the river. Loose yourself along 14km of winding Caledon River to the most idyllic place just before the river crossing – a truly beautiful, spiritual place. Your backdrop is a magnificent 20 storey high vertical sandstone wall, truly where the eagles soar. Venture further to bushmen paintings and humble shepherds kraal.

Adventure Trail Running

7. Immersed in land that is flat, rugged, rolling, open, wooded, gorged with mountains and lakes, waterfalls and rivers, there is certainly something for every level of runner. Whether you yearn to simply reconnect to source and take in breath catching views or seek great adventure and certainly challenge, our mountains are sure not to disappoint. You are most welcome to bring your furry friend to run with you. Our longest trail is a 54km run with a 2.1 km elevation.

1. Red Trail Blue
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2. Trail Yellow
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3. Trail Green
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4. Trail White
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5. Trail Orange
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6. Trail Light
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7. Blue Trail
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Birding

(Pentad: 2835¬_2825) There are over 100 bird species in the area:
Large birds that soar around the crags of Old Mill Drift include Black Stork, Bald Ibis, Cape Vulture, Black and Martial Eagle, Jackal Buzzard, Rock Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and Lanner. The endangered Bearded Vulture is the bird everyone associates with our Maluti Mountains. Black and Alpine Swift are common species spotted in our skies. Highland species are Sentinel and Cape Rock-Thrush, Drakensberg Siskin, African Rock Pipit, Grey-wing and Redwing Francolin, Mocking Cliff- and Buff-streaked Chat, Wailing and Lazy Cisticola, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Malachite, Ground Woodpecker, Wing-snapping (Ayre’s), Greater Double-collared and Southern (Lesser) Double-collared Sunbird and Orange-breasted Rockjumper. At night, you are sure to see or hear one of our owl species.

Enduro Biking

Go anywhere off-road or follow one of our trails.

1. Old Mill Drift Mountain Pass / Level 4
Extreme terrain, a grade 3/4 that goes over the mountain to Rebellie and on to R712 back to Clarens
Approx. 45km from the farm over the mountain to Rebellie and Bokpoort, then left just before Clarens (R711) and back to farm (or back to the farm descending the mountain).

2. Madala’s
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3. Pilgrims Rest / Level 2
A beautiful easy scenic drive for beginners from OMD, east across five farms to where the road crosses over the river (the start of the trail to Rebellie and Monansa) to an idyllic picnic spot just before the river crossing – a truly beautiful spiritual place.
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4. Worlds End / Level 3
The road takes you over the mountains to where you can go no further. Drive straight past where you turn left to go up the Old Mill Drift Mountain Pass. In the region of about a 4 – 5 hr. drive to the end and back to the farm.
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5. Monansa Border Post / Level 3/4
Depending on river crossing.
Over the Caledon river, a natural river crossing winding up some incredible terrain and out at Monansa border post (passports required to exit), past Phuthaditjhaba and back via Golden Gate. A 154km round trip from the farm past Clarens and back to the farm.
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6. Old Mill Level 5
A short technical trail on one of our mountains east of the accommodation.
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Fauna & Flora

The vegetation of Old Mill Drift can be divided into grassland and small areas of woodland/forest. The Afromontane forest is restricted to sheltered ravines. While in the valleys and on the south-eastern aspect of some of the slopes the vegetation is dominated by Leucosidea sericea (ouhout). The two dominant veld types are Highland-Sourveld and the Themeda-Festuca veld.

Fishing

Old Mill offers a variety of local fishing experiences for all ages and all skill levels. Fish the mighty Caledon, some of the best river fishing in South Africa and Lesotho. Of the species caught are Large- and Smallmouth Yellowfish, Rainbow Trout, Black Bass and Carp in the surrounding dams.
Most venues are catch and release.

The water:
Our 14 km’s of river frontage provides both fast and slow waters, flowing into large rocky pools
with eddies.

Geology

The farm land has yielded quartz crystals, dinosaur fossils and bushmen paintings.

Zeolite crystals delight rock collectors and reward eagle-eyed hikers.

Hiking Trails

Immersed in land that is flat, rugged, rolling, open, wooded, gorged with mountains, lakes, waterfalls and rivers, there is something for everyone.

Horse Riding

– Pony Rides
– Riding Lessons
– Horse Spelling
– Enduro Horse Riding

Bring your own horse for a well-deserved break. Gallop tracks, and trails aplenty.

Come and train for that enduro race or simply offer variety to your stale or happy horse.

Stabling available.

Pony rides and lessons for children.

Mountain Biking

Our mountain biking trails are a work in progress but we are sure that you if you have an adventurous exploring spirit, you will be well rewarded. With over 665ha to explore, whether you care for a gentle bumble along our 14km of river frontage or seek big climbs for those in rigorous training, you are sure not to be disappointed.

Palaeontology

Stand in the very spot where a brand-new dinosaur species was discovered at Old Mill Drift. Named Aardonyx, meaning ‘earth claw’ this 7m-long herbivore is shedding light on the origins of the biggest dinosaurs ever, the Sauropods and explains how evolution moved from smaller biped animals to bigger, heavier quadruped animals. The skull and jaws show signs that it had a wide gape and could bulk-browse, taking in huge mouthfuls of vegetation in each bite.

Picnicking & Bonfire

Diverse, beautiful picnic spots for a day out to remember for everybody, young and old to spend memorable, quality time together. Set up at one of our many sites along the river so the kids can swim and build rafts, or cool down in the pools in the mountains along one of our 4 natural springs.

Bonfires

All units are equipped with either a fire pit or fire urn, granting access to the essential element fire – the perfect setting for a romantic evening or
a group singalong.

Quad Biking

With scenery as beautiful as it is fascinating, Old Mill Drift offers eventful and memorable adventure trails.

River Tubing

Bumble on our most beloved old Massey Fergusson tractor and trailer to a drop-off upriver. Before setting off, strap on that cooler box with thirst and hunger quenchers. Have a mud fight on one of the islands or pan for diamonds in the many gravel beds where you could possibly truly find an alluvial diamond.

Tubes for rent.

Star Gazing

This remote location where the sky is free of pollution and ambient light is sure to reveal a nocturnal rainbow of stars which display themselves with astounding clarity. Be sure to catch a shooting star, search for supernovas and black holes, skies which will absorb your attention and reveal all the wonders of the southern skies. Observe stellar constellations and neighbouring galaxies where the Milky Way swathes the sky. A stunning celestial treat with unobstructed views of a surreal and magical night sky. 

Swimming

For the adventurous, bask naked in remote hidden natural pools high in the mountains or picnic next to the Caledon river where the kids can swim or build rafts with natural materials. Teach the kids how to play “kleilat”, start a mud fight or sculpt a keepsake with clay from the banks of the river. The stuff memories are made of…

Old Mill Drift Guest Farm
C : 066 466 2106
F : 086 660 4988
E: bookings@oldmilldrift.co.za