About the Farm and Game
Mount High is situated on the Natalshoop Farm, high up in the mountains of the South African province of Mpumalanga. It is made up of vast grassy plains that are surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, which are a delight to explore.
The farm is also home to an array of species; showcasing this country’s fauna and flora to perfection. In addition to some spectacular vegetation, there are wilder residents too. These include the golden wildebeest, nyala, bushbuck, black impala, sable and reedbuck. The night cameras have even revealed elusive leopards, elegant servals, and the brown hyenas, which are important predators that add a magical quality to the game drives.
Of course, the Arabian horses also have their home on the farm, and these elegant residents love meeting and interacting with visitors from all over the world. They offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy some real, simple interaction with these very special animals.
The farm is situated some 1 600 metres above sea level. This does not only mean that it is home to a unique selection of plants and animals, but also that the views that it affords at this elevation are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Bird watchers and wildlife photographers are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding places to enjoy the sheer abundance of South Africa. The area around the farm is the natural breeding ground of the African vulture (also known as the white-backed vulture), which makes for a very exciting find for those that spot it.
The many mountain biking trails take avid cyclists or those that simply want to explore the surrounding prettiness at a different pace through a wonderful world of splendour. There are a number of different routes, which range in length from 1.8 kilometres to 18.4 kilometres and are at various elevations. More information on these routes is available under the Activities tab. This is also a prime hiking spot, as the surrounding mountains are just brimming with paths and trails to explore on foot.
The farm is situated near Lydenburg, which is a small, but bustling town in the foothills of the Long Tom Pass. It is surrounded by the mountain ranges of Steenkampsberg and Mauchsberg. It is a fantastic little town to visit for a taste of the local culture and history.
The flora of the region includes some very rare alpine species of wild flowers, as well as a close relative of the South African national flower, the protea. These adorn the sloped hills that create the impressive mountain ranges, and occupy the banks of the mountain streams. The stream water is clear and chilly, refreshing for thirsty hikers and scenic for those that want to dip their toes in. The Spekboom River is nearby and is a popular spot for fly-fishing, thanks to its resident population of rainbow trout.