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Mt Everest Private Game Reserve (Eagle Mountain), Harrismith

The Mount Everest Game Reserve is a small privately owned reserve situated 20 kms from Harrismith in the Eastern Free State Highlands. It was formerly also known as Eagle Mountain, but it is more commonly known as Mt Everest, which is again its official name after a change of ownership.

The reserve is named after a sandstone formation called Mt Everest, and all other reason’s aside, the reserve is worth a visit to climb the formation and get your ‘I’ve climbed Mount Everest’ T-shirt.

Animals that can be seen on the Reserve include Rhino, Zebra and Waterbuck, but the main attraction is the climbing.

The reserve features many sandstone crags and boulders that make for unique and interesting climbing. Each formation also has a name according to its shape, and so climbing them will add some colourful details to ones climbing CV. There are over 20 climbing routes that vary from easy to difficult, and they are free along with many other activities from mountain biking, to hiking and fly-fishing. Mountain bikes and fishing equipment are available for hire. Please also note that while this reserve is popular for climbers, it does not have equipment or instructors. You must bring your own equipment and you climb at your own risk.

There are also team-building and conference facilities on the Mt Everest Reserve.

Accommodation is offered in huts and chalets and there are also camping facilities at R70 per person per night. Basic provisions can be bought at a small shop on the Reserve, but Harrismith is very close with its shops, butcheries and restaurants, as is the Montrose Country Highway Complex with a number of restaurants and take-outs.

For more info and to book (no website).

Getting there: From Harrismith take the N3 to the R722 intersection where you will see a sign for ‘Mt Everest / Verkykerskop’. Follow the R722 for 13 km to the intersection with the S1204 and turn right on to a. Travel along the dirt road for about 6 km to the entrance to the Mt Everest Private Game Reserve.

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