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About Mara Farm

On the outskirts of Fouriesburg, close to the Lesotho border and deep in the heart of the Eastern Free State highlands of South Africa you will find a special guest farm, Mara Farm.

This beautiful homestead is in the final stages of conversion into comfortable, homely and affordable accommodation and events venue for groups and individual parties.

Mamatela is now the new owner and host and with more than 10 years in the hospitality industry she will make your stay comfortable. If you require a home cooked meal, she has more than 20 years of catering and she will make you a delicious African meal or any of your choice.

Small functions, picnic baskets, themed dinners and parties are expertly catered. Mamatela invites you to contact her to discuss your menu requirements.

Mara overlooks the majestic Maluti Mountains and our view tower is the ideal spot to drink in the beauty of valleys and sandstone precipices over a champagne breakfast, or leisurely sundowners after a day of exploring this fascinating region.

Clarens, en-route to the Golden Gate National Park, is a 30 minute drive as is Bethlehem and Ficksburg, home of the Cherry Festival. The closest border post to Lesotho is just 8km away making Mara the perfect base for visitors to this fascinating mountain kingdom. The Afriski ski resort and Katse Dam is an easy day trip for those not able to overnight in Lesotho.

We also offer tour packages of local attractions, 3 day tour, starting in Butha-Buthe, then Katse Dam and visit the Kome Caves from R800 per person sharing,( accommodation, meals, and Transport) and 5 day tour of conquering Sani Top to Semonkong( The place of smoke)

if u have a small car, do not worry leave it at the Guest House & let us drive you in one of our 4 x 4 vehicles.

We look forward to welcoming you to our special corner of this remarkable country.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 12 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 20
  • Check-in: 02:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 15 Reviews


  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • No TGCSA Grading

Important Information

Due to the nature of the dwelling, no pets can be allowed on the premises

Room availability and prices

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              Reviews for Mara Farm

              15 guest reviews Reviews of

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              Johan Wessels, South Africa
              15 February 2016

              Very disappointed no hot water or any lights their power was cut i think because they did'nt pay their bills  also things seem to be in a state of neglectit shows on your ad that Sally is the hostess but it is now mamatela and we could'nt contact them to confirm our stay before our arrivalI hope they can improve on thisregards Johan Wessels

              Melissa Davidson, South Africa
              04 January 2015

              We spent a wonderful, relaxing week at Mara Farm over Christmas. Enjoyed some lovely walks, amazing stargazing, and many happy hours under the cool thatched lapa!

              Lynette Schoeman, South Africa
              27 November 2014

              Very good experience lovely hosts. Good beds and clean linen. All we could ask for, for a very reasonable price. Will def go there again.

              Linda Schoeman, South Africa
              06 May 2014

              The house is a lovely large farmhouse, with more than enough space for a large family to spend time together. We enjoyed the lapa area to braai and the children enjoyed the large grassed area to play. The negative side is that the house definitely needs a good spring clean. The large kitchen is lovely to work in, but everything had to be washed before it could be used. Lots of cobwebs and dust in the house.

              Jim Elwell, South Africa
              24 March 2014

              Very enjoyable 3 day stay. Accommodation good, hosts Steve and Sally very accommodating. Thank you.

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              Mara Farm Map

              Mara Farm is 3.7km from the centre of Fouriesburg , the nearest airport 119.9km (Moshoeshoe I International Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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