Did you know?
There are more than 30 000 maize farms in the Free State
Fouriesburg in the eastern Free State is where you will find the Mont Plaisir Guest Farm horse trails.
This peaceful farming area offers the ideal weekend getaway for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Surrounded by vast fields of maize – the area forms part of South Africa's so-called 'maize triangle', where a substantial proportion of the country's maize is grown – it is also perfect for those who enjoy exploring on horseback.
Guests can embark on a two-day horse-riding expedition, which includes a night at a campsite on the farm. Those who haven't ridden before can also take a two-day training course and, provided they are confident enough after this, can then embark on trail rides.
For those whose interest lies in archaeology, the sandstone hills of the region are home to a variety of rock art dating back centuries. Game spotters are also in for a treat: a variety of antelope, zebra and wildebeest can be spotted while riding through the grassy terrain.
The colours of the landscape in Fouriesburg vary considerably between seasons, with bright green summers and golden brown winters. Watching steam rise from rivers and dams on winter mornings is an enchanting experience, one that you would do well to capture on camera.
Mont Plaisir Guest Farm offers various forms of accommodation, including a farmhouse, field cottage, rondawel (round house) and a chalet. There is more accommodation available in Fouriesburg.
Other activities to consider in the Fouriesburg area include fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking and even asparagus tours.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Mont Plaisir Guest Farm
Tel: +27 (0)78 894 9368
How to get here
From Johannesburg take the N1 south toward Bloemfontein, turning off on to the Fouriesburg road (R70) and follow the signs to Mont Plaisir. From Bloemfontein, take the N1 north and then the R70.
Around the area
Afri Ski, one of the very few ski resorts in Africa, is a 65km drive from Fouriesburg. 4X4 trips can be arranged from Mont Plaisir Guest Farm to the snowy slopes. The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is also a short drive away.
Given the rural location of Fouriesburg, you will need your own vehicle.
What will it cost
A two-day cross-country ride at Mont Plaisir costs R800 per person, which includes meals and accommodation. A two-day training course costs R240 per person.
Length of stay
Mont Plaisir is perfect for a weekend getaway.
What to pack
Warm clothes are essential for the winter months between April and September. And always bring plenty of sunscreen and hat, no matter the season.
Where to stay
Mont Plaisir Guest Farm has a variety of accommodation options available.