Free State

OVERVIEW
Previously an extensive mission station, dating back to the early 1800s, St Augustines is still run by the Anglican Church. Today, guests come for conferences and spiritual retreats. There are five sacred sites here, among them a cave where the first missionaries lived, San rock paintings and an interesting graveyard. There is a fascinating library with many antique books.

On your bike
Guests and day visitors are welcome to bring their bicycles and ride a 25 km route along quiet public dirt roads used to access farms in the area. Follow the Modderpoort railway line along the S513, turning left over the mountain and up over a short pass on the S36 into Ladybrand. At the top of the pass there is a stunning view directly into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Don’t go downhill into Ladybrand so fast that you miss stopping for tea and cake or bacon and eggs at any one of the friendly B&Bs in town. To return, ride 11km along the 57, parallel to the railway line out of Ladybrand, back to St. Augustines.

Off the bike
Visit the five sacred sites of the mission which are; the San paintings on the sandstone rock overhand behind the mission, the Cave Church built under the same overhang, the grave of the Prophetess Mantsopha, the Chapel of st Augustines, the graveyard of the mission founders and Mantsopha’s Well.

CONTACT:
Address: PO Box 225, Ladybrand, 9745
Telephone: +27 (0)82 550 4555
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.saintaugustines.co.za
GPS: 29˚06.719’ South / 27˚26.854’ East

18/11/2019

St Augustines MTB Trail

OVERVIEW Previously an extensive mission station, dating back to the early 1800s, St Augustines is still run by the Anglican Church. Today, guests come for conferences and spiritual retreats. There are five sacred sites here, among them a cave where the first missionaries lived, San rock paintings and an interesting […]
18/11/2019

Rebellie Game Farm MTB Trail

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Platberg Nature Reserve MTB Route

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Meulspruit Dam MTB Trails

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Langberg MTB Trails

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Golden Gate National Park MTB

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Fouriesburg – Dorpsdam Route

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Bokpoort Cowboy Ranch MTB Trail

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Di Bus Stop Farm Trails

OVERVIEW Bergwoning Farm, situated in a tranquil valley, between the beautiful Maluti Mountains and bordering the Golden Gate National Park, is surrounded by characteristic sandstone and basalt formations, making for a mountain biker’s paradise. On your bike Above the Clouds is an 18km off-road ride available on request, since the […]
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