In the 'hood, Rosendal as a destination

The little farming town of Rosendal lies 43 kilometres north of Ficksburg in a valley surrounded by the Witteberge - part of the Drakensberg range of mountains. It used to be that Rosendal was little more than a 'dorpie' through which to drive in the eastern Free State Highlands, and then only en route to Senekal or Paul Roux, if you chose to take the R70. Yet today it shares the map with places ... cont.

Beatrix Farm, Rosendal, Thabo Mofutsanyana, Free State, South Africa

Directions to Mosamane Guest Farm

Mosamane Guest Lodge is about 330km from Johannesburg (about three hours' drive) and 230km from Bloemfontein (about two hours' drive). The closest town is Rosendal (6km away) on the R70, which can be accessed via the N5.

From Gauteng (Johannesburg):
1. Take the N1 to Kroonstad. When passing Kroonstad, look for the R76 towards Bethlehem, then follow this road towards Steynsrus / Bethlehem.
2. At Steynsrus, turn right towards Senekal on the R720 and later left onto the R70. Drive through Senekal on the N5 towards Bethlehem.
3. Some 5km beyond Senekal turn right onto the R70 to Ficksburg / Rosendal. Exactly 6km past Rosendal, turn left at the Mosamane board. Follow the road and signs for 2km until you get to the log house to collect your keys (unless you've arranged to go straight to the Lodge).

From Durban:
1. At Harrismith, turn onto the N5 towards Bethlehem. In Bethlehem, turn left at Commissioner Street towards Fouriesburg / Ficksburg onto the R26.
2. Go straight on the tar road towards Ficksburg from Fouriesburg (for approximately 40km). Some 3km before Ficksburg, you turn right onto the R70 towards Rosendal. Continue straight for exactly 33km, then turn right at Mosamane board. Follow the road for 2km until you get to the log house to collect your keys (unless you've arranged to go straight to the Lodge).

Scenic road via Clarens:
1. When approaching via Harrismith, turn left onto the R712 towards Phuthaditjhaba a few km outside Harrismith on your way to Bethlehem. This road passes the Sterkfontein Dam on route to Golden Gate.
2. Drive through Golden Gate National Park and just before Clarens, turn left onto the R711 towards Fouriesburg. At Fouriesburg, you turn left onto the R26 towards Ficksburg.
3. Then follow the directions as described above (“From Durban”) under point 2.

From Bloemfontein:
1. Take the N1 to Winburg. Just past Winburg, take the N5 offramp towards Senekal. Drive through Senekal on the N5 towards Bethlehem.
2. Some 5km beyond Senekal, turn right onto the R70 to Ficksburg / Rosendal. Exactly 6km past Rosendal, turn left at the Mosamane board. Follow the road for 2km until you get to the log house to collect your keys (unless arranged to go straight to the Lodge).

From Ficksburg:
On the Ficksburg / Fouriesburg road, turn left onto the R70 towards Rosendal. Follow the road for 33km, then turn right at the Mosamane board and follow it for 2km until you reach the log house to collect your keys (unless you've arranged to go straight to the Lodge).

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