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Weekend Breakaways: Free State
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Korannaberg/Van Zoelenshoek is located at the Koranna Mountains in the Eastern Free State about 30km east of Excelsior. Distances to a few of the bigger centres are: Bloemfontein 135km, Welkom 155km and Kroonstad 162km.

The magic of the Koranna Mountains! Forming part of the foothills that lead up to the legendary mountain kingdom of Lesotho in the Eastern Free State, these magnificent sandstone ravines and rolling grasslands are truly one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Korannaberg is a nature lover's playground with extensive grasslands, lush valley forests and rocky terrain.


The hiking trails, manage to convey the history, magic and versatility of this region into one well-rounded experience. The area boasts a variety of 769 plant species, 52 kinds of trees species and 277 bird species. Base Camp and Holkrans 18 hikers.

Base camp: Ideally suitable for backpackers and hikers merely seeking a bed, the stables were also taken and refurbished into sleeping quarters. Each stable can accommodate 6 guests. (3x Stables) Separate ablution facilities for gents and ladies. Basic equipped kitchen cutlery and crockery provided.

The Holkrans Overnight: This is an overhanging cave surrounded by trees and secluded by a waterfall. Here you lose yourself and relax in the palm of nature's glory. Mattresses are provided, bring own gas stoves, food and beverage. Shower under the freshly waterfall, and using the long drop, makes it a memorable experience. Bucket, kettle and wood provided.

DAY 1: 11 km to the Holkrans, DAY 2: 8 km back to the Base camp


Built before the Boer War (in the 1800's) from sandstone, completely restored in a relaxed and comfortable farm atmosphere, the house consists of: 2x double en suit, bedrooms, 2x family rooms, 3 and 4 sleepers sharing a bath room, 1x family en suit "outside" room, but still attach to the guesthouse. Fully equipped self-catering kitchen, living room with a fireplace and lapa. Ideal for the family.

The 3 Silo's, which were used in previous years as fodder storage facilities, are beautifully revamped to 3x three leveled thatch roof, self-catering units. Each unit sleeps 6, with a main double bedbedroom for 2, a family room with 1x double bed and two stack single beds. Sleep 4 guests. Fully equipped open plan kitchen / dining room / living room and a bath room with a hot/cold gas shower, hand basin, and one toilet. Private braai areas outside.

Our camping ground offers 10x camp sites, separate ladies and gents ablution facilities with warm water. (donkey boiler) Each with two flush toilets, two hand basins, and two hot/cold showers. Running water and braai facilities.

Adventures and Activities:
Perfect for those group weekends to get the team spirit going or simply to break-away to a tranquil setting, were you soak up Mother Nature. Take into account our ideal location, we are geared to offer you an adrenaline pumping, sole-rebuilding, "wees-lus-vir-die-lewe" stay with us. Korannaberg Adventure is the perfect ecotourism destination where exhilarating driving and adventure activities (like abseiling and a 210m long, 86m high foefie slide) combine to guarantee you an experience of a lifetime.

4x4 / 2x4:
Routs - There are 3 different routes (obstacles optional) and 2 playpens for fun and for the "ladies" Minimum vehicles: 3, Maximum vehicles: 15.
Route distance: 3 options (half and full day), Grading: 3 - 5

There are 3x 44/2 routes at Korannaberg/Van Zoelenshoek, each offering spectacular scenery and challenges to the newcomer and more experienced driver alike. Before you set out, we suggest that you spend some time at the playpen along the way, honing your skills on the roller-coaster inclines. After this you'll be warmed up for the challenges to come.

Quad Bike Adventure:
Bring along your own quad bike, and have great fun in the playpen. Dirt, mud and dust will tingle you and call you back for another round of excitement!

2x Scenic Abseiling: 45 50m 1 Easy going for non-experienced and 1 for the more advanced and experienced. Safe anchor points. "Holkrans" Abseiling: 30m for all levels. No unguided / facilitated abseiling allowed.

210m long and 86m high (in the base camp) Facilitated.

Horse Riding:
There are 5x well trained horses available for all level of riders. All out-rides are guided by experienced horse riders. Rates charged per half hour/ hour, see our tariff list.

Exciting "battlefield". Rates charged per half hour/ hour, see our tariff list.

Please book well in advance.

A most enjoyable break away awaits you!

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