Things To Do in Karoo

activities and Attractions at Mount Melsetter | Karoo

Bird Watching

  • A bird list of over 150 species.
  • Varying Bird Habitats – mountain grassveld, hillside scrub, valley acacia, karoo grassveld and riverine bush.
  • Comprehensive library of Bird Books to refer to.
  • The Heide Hole bird hide, and riverine walk

Mountain Biking in the Karoo

There are a number of ways to mountain Bike in the Karoo. One is to base oneself at a suitable Karoo venue, from where one does a series of day rides, returning “home” at the end of each day. Another is to start at the venue, and ride to the end point of your riding, a distant destination, via a number of overnight venues, along the way. At Mount Melsetter, one can do either.

Through our Partners, Great Karoo Cycling , www.gkcycle.co.za, we are able to arrange a number of trails, some starting here at Mount Melsetter and ending at the iconic Karoo towns of either Graaff Reinet or Cradock, and other trails around the Gariep Dam, Colesberg and Bethulie. Either contact us, or go direct to Great Karoo Cycling.

Under our banner, Melsetter MTB Tours, Mount Melsetter offers a series of Day Rides of varying distances, from 20kms to 60kms or further, through farms, on quiet district roads, into the Suurberg mountains, through irrigated pastures, with a back-up vehicle, & brunch or lunch stops at different farmsteads or lodges. After a day’s exertions one returns home to Mount Melestter, to refresh in the pool, take an easy walk along the river, perhaps to the Heide Hole bird hide, and gather round the Saddlebum Bar for a drink before Dinner in the evening. Contact us to arrange.

Our partners in cycling – visit:  https://www.gkcycle.co.za/


English Springer Spaniels

  • Mount Melsetter, home to Mican Kennels.
  • KUSA registered breeders of quality working strain English Springer Spaniels. References available.
  • Litters available once annually; pre-booking required. Click here to read more
  • Write to Mike, at info@mountmelsetter.co.za to get onto their waiting list.

Mount Melsetter Library

The Melsetter Library is a lovely tranquil room, under the gaze of a handsome Fallow Deer Buck. The library contains a wide selection of Fact and Fiction, reflecting a broad interest in spheres biographical, political, historical, travel, sport, some humour, and more, together with classic and contemporary fiction for both young and old. The books in the library are, in the main, to be found on the shelves in the Library, but also a selection of books are in each bedroom, and on the shelves flanking the lovely stone fireplace in the main Lounge. Guests are welcome to browse and read at their leisure.

Great Karoo Safaris

  • Trophy and Biltong Hunting.
  • Ethical hunting – Fair Chase and Walk & Stalk.
  • Eight species of Antelope.
  • Full spectrum of services and facilities available.
  • Licensed Outfitter, and Professional Hunters available.
  • Dads & Lads courses available for new hunters.
  • Comprehensive Library on African Game and Hunting.
  • Price list available on request.
  • Every 7 years , we do not hunt our game on Melstter at all. This gives the Game respite from the pressures of hunting. (See Exodus 23:11).
  • Click here to read more.

Other activities

  • Swimming
  • Tennis (Clay Court)
  • Croquet