Shumba is where the fun starts!
Join us for a quiet stress free holiday. Surrounded by the Maluti mountains with beautiful views.
Shumba Valley Guest Farm – Focussed On Family FUN! Nestled in the farmlands of the Brandwater basin near Clarens in the Eastern Free State, Shumba Valley offers lovers of the great outdoors a fantastic variety of adventures. Set in spectacular mountains with the Rooiberg on the west side, the Witteberg on the north and the majestic Malutis, the panoramic view across our northeastern and southern side, the landscape is awesome. We offer many other activities to complement our extreme adventures. Our mission is to ensure that all family members can have as much fun as possible. Holidays are for fun, relaxation, variety, and comfort. We at Shumba make sure you have the “cherry on the top” too, for we love to spoil our guests. Personal service and attention to your needs is our specialty.On the farm, we offer a variety of accommodation. Top class comfort in our two luxury self-catering cottages. One 8-sleeper and one 6-sleeper. Two comfortable self-catering caravans that are fully equipped, a small campsite catering for 20 people, and our homely, comfortable B&B accommodation for 16 people. Inside the main lodge is a comfortable lounge with DSTV, a lovely sunny dining room, and a “conversation piece” pub. The garden is a haven for bird life and a relaxing spot to while away the day with a good book. This is home to a unique herd of horses, specially trained to nurture and delight even the most fearful of riders. The horses are calm and relaxed with people. They enjoy watching the aircraft fly in, and land, delight in the thrills and spills of the quadding and off-road activity, but prefer to offer wonderful rides for those who want to be with them! Fishing on the farm and nearby is great in the summer months. Bream, bass, trout, and yellows can be caught, along with the inevitable barble!The area is a delight for photographers and artists. Enquire about our wonderful mid-week artists’ safaris. Our photographic weekends are professionally organised together with one of SA’s leading photographic magazines. These are great fun and very informative. Our school children group excursions are special encounters with horses and the environment, packed with fun while learning. The unique itinerary is designed to ensure that each scholar leaves the farm well-informed and with a deep desire to ensure the longevity of the planet. Maximum of 30 and a minimum of 10 scholars at a time. Scholars from 8 – 16 years are welcome.
Vital Information: We are in a Malaria-free zone, but we still have mosquitos, so bring insect repellant. Also, a good idea to bring sunscreen for those scorching summer months.
- From 45 to 380
Stay as long as you like! You will find that you have such a good time that you may want to extend your stay with us. So just pack in a few days’ extra clothing just in case.
- We can accommodate up to 150 quadders and horse riders, 20 microlights and 50 for the 4x4’s. When your body aches from all the action we welcome you to our Balanced Health Wellness Centre for rejuvenation.
- Lots of mid-weekers. Great specials all year round.
- Suitable clothing for quadding, horse riding and hiking would be long pants and closed shoes. Bring very warm clothes for those cold winter months (May to October). Bikinis in June are not required!
- Spectators are very welcome. Come along and witness the fun and adventure. Just be warned that you may feel tempted to get involved!
- It is advisable to book about 4 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.
- On the Lesotho Border. Great Lesotho excursions and quad safaris.
- Great Deal
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Quad and Off-Road Trips And Safaris
One of our specialties. Carefully planned excursions take bikers on trails with loads of variety. Some trips are for beginners and others for those who like to be challenged. And we can combine the trail for the whole family. We offer both guided and unguided trips. Day trips range from 30 km to 150 km. Our quadding safaris range from 2 nights to 6 nights away from the farm in the mountains, with rustic accommodation, and tons of fun! Our snow quad trips into Lesotho are spectacular. One can book to participate with a large group on an annual family excursion in June or one can book on smaller, more intimate excursions, where a maximum of 20 riders is given the opportunity to spend more time with the village people off the beaten track. Shumba offers a number of specialised trips where the riding is exclusive to Shumba visitors only. All quadding excursions done with Shumba are for residents only and are planned to limit environmental pollution wherever possible. Quad hire is for residents only. Our farm track is carefully laid out for all to use and enjoy with plenty of challenges. Own quads and off-road bikes welcome. This is 4×4 and quadding paradise. The trails are self-drive.
Horse Riding and Safaris
Take your mind off the hustle and bustle of city life and ride off into the sunset! Horse riding is one of the best mediums of relaxation, especially when our horses love giving you this relaxation. Our horses are trained to offer riders of all levels a wonderful, safe and comfortable ride in the mountains, along rivers and over rolling farmlands. All our horses are in wonderful condition and are a special part of the Shumba Valley Family, and are trained to be obedient with all levels of riders. Our saddles are general purpose and the equipment of the highest quality. Book for hour rides, champagne breakfast rides, sunset rides, all day rides, half-day rides or 2-10 day riding safaris. We also offer moonlight rides and night walks for riders and non-riders. The rides are therapeutic and offer that human-horse bond. Ski Safari’s are also available seasonally!
Our airstrips are picturesque and 650-metres in length. The Ficksburg strip is close by and is a lovely tarmac strip about 2km long and with all the modern necessities. Once landed, pilots and crew are shown to their accommodation just metres away from their parked aircraft. This offers pilots a unique opportunity of making the most of their flying time.
In the spring, a flight over the Rooiberg at 6:30 am is a memorable experience. A flight of 2-hours, back for breakfast, a day of relaxing and exploring the area, another evening flight, and then a wonderful braai under the stars, chatting to fellow pilots and crew – this is living! Corporate packages, small company functions and unusual birthday or anniversary packages, are also offered. Each one can be tailor-made for your requirements.
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For the mountain bike fraternity this is heaven. We have excellent routes along the Caledon river that put your fitness to the test. Great day trips into Lesotho too if you really feel adventurous.
Explore Dedibeng nature reserve and sandstone tunnels on foot or by 4×4
There are a number of serious 4×4 routes to explore that are not for the faint hearted.
If you enjoy Bass fishing there is a huge dam nearby that will keep you busy all day.
If you need a bit of fresh air how about a horse ride at nearby Ventersberg Stalle
A visit to Walbri glassworks is a must.
Afri Ski in Lesotho is only 90Km away and is operational as a ski resort from June to September but a scenic trip to it out of season is just as invigorating.
Take a walk or a drive around Fouriesburg and explore all the beautiful old sandstone buildings
An original block house used during the Anglo-Boer war is to see in the grounds of the beautiful N G Church.
Bushman paintings are to be seen in a number of places in the area.
Visit nearby CHEETAU and play with a baby lion or see the adult lions, black panthers and Bengal Tigers
Nearby Ficksburg and Bethlehem have 18 hole golf courses for the golfing enthusiast.
Clarens is a quaint little town nestled in the mountains with many Pubs and Restaurants.
The town has many Arts & Craft shops.
Try the Clarens brewery with its many varieties of locally made craft Beers and Ciders.
You can do a tour to the local bushman paintings and Dinosaur foot prints.
Go white water rafting down the Ash River or try your hand at abseiling.
Visit Golden Gate National park and the nearby Basotho cultural village. Experience Basotho culture at its best.
A 18 hole golf course is just waiting for you to try your hand at.
If you like Trout fishing this is the place
Go on a game drive nearby.
Visit the Fertility caves and one of the live in residents will take you on a tour of the biggest overhang in the Southern Hemisphere.
self catering, sleeps 5+3
The Falcon Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 main with double bed and bunk beds with ensuite bathroom with a bath and separate shower, the second bedroom has 3 single beds, there is a 2nd bathroom with a shower, well equipped kitchen and nice big comfortable lounge with sleeper couch suitable for 1 adult or 2 kids. A lovely fire place to keep off the winter chill and nice big covered veranda that has a built in braai where you can sit and lsiten to the peaceful sounds of the birdlife in the lovely surrounding garden or look out at the stunning views.
self catering, sleeps 6+1
The Franklin Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 with a double bed with a ensuite bathroom with a seperate bath and shower, the 2nd bedroom has 2 single beds and a 2nd bathroom with a shower, there is a fully equiped kitchen and a lovely big lounge with sleeper couch There are bunk beds in Dining section that can sleep 2 adults or 2 children. A nice fire place to keep you warm and cosy on cold winter nights. There are 2 covered veranda’s, one which has a built in braai where you can sit and have drinks and watch the beautiful sunsets and the other one has a lovely view of the garden and the sunsets.
Cosmos self catering unit
The Cosmos self catering unit has a queen bed and bunk bed suitable for children and full bathroom en suite. The open plan lounge has a fully equiped kitchen with built in braai on the veranda which has a magnificent view of the mountain. It has safe covered parking.
Sunflower self-catering unit
The Sunflower self catering unit has a main bedroom with king bed or two single beds. It has a full bathroom with bath and shower. The lounge has two single beds as well. It has a fully equipped kitchen. It has safe covered parking. Built in braai on veranda leading to a beautiful and peaceful garden with views of the mountains.
Zebra self catering unit
Unit is an open plan room. The Zebra self catering unit is a room with queen bed, bathroom ensuite and open plan kitchenette. It has a built in braai on the veranda leading to a beautiful garden with an awesome view. It has safe covered parking.
Camping at Shumba Valley is a place of glorious peace, perfect fresh air and wonderfully clean water! The views are breath taking from every site. We have 20 sites with braais and power points. The sites are grassed and most are partially shady to very shady. The ablutions are excellent. Shumba Valley Camp site is a perfect place for outdoor lovers who want to hear the birds and totally soothe the soul! Stunning walks around the farm and down on to, and along the river.