The ge­ol­ogy is very unique here. As the light changes, so does the colour of the cliffs.

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to say good­bye to Mike with a heavy heart. There is still much more to ex­plore in the park, but there is also lots to see in the rest of the East­ern Free State.

An old favourite

If you are an off-road lover, you shouldn’t miss Mool­man­shoek when you visit the East­ern Free State. It is an old favourite among the 4x4 com­mu­nity and sev­eral peo­ple have rec­om­mended it to me in the past. So nat­u­rally, I didn’t hes­i­tate to call the man­ager, Nik­laas Aran­g­ies, to make an ap­point­ment. “We sell quiet­ness here,” he tells me when we meet. I al­ready got a sense of that when I drove down to the farm through a val­ley be­tween the Wit­te­berg Moun­tains, but here on the veranda of the charm­ing old farm house, the world around me is al­most in­de­scrib­ably serene. It might have some­thing to do with the fact that the farm is not open to day vis­i­tors. And if you re­ally get tired of do­ing noth­ing, there are more than enough ac­tiv­i­ties for lovers of the great out­doors. At Mool­man­shoek you can keep busy with hik­ing trails, game drives, moun­tain bike routes, ab­seil­ing and fish­ing. Be­sides this, there are about 300 stun­ning Arab and Bo­er­perd horses, as they breed them here. Nat­u­rally, horse rid­ing is one of the most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at Mool­man­shoek. There are four 4x4 routes here, but a horse is still part of your ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause the guides lead you on horse­back. “They’re the best 4x4s on the farm!” ex­plains Nik­laas. My guide, Sampie Mokoakoe, ar­rives on a gor­geous Bo­er­perd named Rodeo. I fol­low him up the moun­tain. He knows the land­scape like the back of his hand and from atop his “4x4” he shows me how and where to drive us­ing hand sig­nals. When we reach ob­sta­cles he nim­bly hops off the horse to show me which line to take. It’s clear he knows al­most ev­ery stone and bush on the route, be­cause he leads the Amarok so pre­cisely over the sand­stone banks that I never have to worry about tak­ing the wrong line. On the other side, Sampie gets back on the horse and bounces in the sad­dle as he leads me fur­ther. Mool­man­shoek has three dif­fer­ent routes, all of which are more or less a grade 3. The Kloof route is the long-

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