About Maria Moroka Game Reserve

One of the only game reserves named after a woman - Dr Maria Moroka was a hero from the struggle against apartheid – the Maria Moroka Game Reserve lies close to the large mountain, and little town, known as Thaba Nchu, roughly 70 kilometres outside of Bloemfontein.

Did you know? This reserve is named for Dr Maria Moroka, a hero from the struggle against apartheid.

The Maria Moroka Reserve is also one of several nature reserves in the Free State that has, as its heart, a large dam.

This particular dam is called the Montloatse Setlogelo Dam and it is set in amongst soft grassy plains, wooded hills and a wide open, almost constantly blue, sky. Of course it is the large Thaba Nchu (black mountain) that predominates in the Maria Moroka reserve that also lies close to the Lesotho mountains.

On the plains you will find zebra, black wildebeest, the white rhino and a variety of antelope that include springbok and red hartebeest.

Impressive are the sightings, sometimes of large flocks, of blue cranes, whilst the 8 kilometre hiking trail to the mountain is easily do-able on a day visit and not beyond the average hiker.

You can both walk and drive in the reserve and there are picnic spots for sunrise breakfasts or lunch time feasts, whilst the dam is a popular spot to launch a boat for sundowners or to catch a fish or two. Also take a game drive with an experienced ranger.

Visit the reserve as a day trip from Bloemfontein or if you are en route between Bloemfontein and Lesotho. The N8 that links one with the other also passes through the southern parts of the town of Thaba Nchu, and takes one to the Thaba Nchu Sun.

Need to Know

WhereMaria Moroka Game Reserve, Thaba Nchu, Motheo District, Free State, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

OvernightStay in Thaba Nchu Accommodation, Free State


Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.


If this is your reserve, you can let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies, by email. We regret, we do not have any other information, please contact the provider if you have questions.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options in Motheo Region

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Accommodation near Maria Moroka Game Reserve

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Free State Accommodation / Motheo Region Accommodation / Thaba Nchu Accommodation

Thaba Nchu as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with SA-Venues.com
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Thaba Nchu property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
Game Reserves
Destination Thaba Nchu
  • By type in Thaba Nchu
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay

SA-Venues.com® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.

Never miss a deal

Subscribe for the latest special offers and travel inspiration.

And, we'll send you a R200 voucher to use on your next booking.