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Fly Fishing

Five kilometers of the Mooi River flow through the estate, an easy walk from the homestead. This is the upper Mooi and is characterized by long, slow deep pools and stretches of riffled pocket water. The banks are mostly clear and apart from the odd Willow Tree the going is relatively easy.

In addition to the river there are six still waters on the property of varying size. You’ll need a vehicle with good clearance to get to some of them, which are situated in spectacular settings with breathtaking views. All of the dams can be fished from the bank, but a float tube would allow for more water to be covered. The dams are regularly stocked and well managed. The fishing is good all year round with the best months being during spring and autumn. A wide variety of still water flies have been successful namely, Woolly Buggers, Lake dragons, Red Eye Damsel’s, Mrs Simpsons’ and Walkers Killers’.
The dams are open for fishing all year round, however the river is closed during June, July and August for conservation purposes. The hotels policy on trout fishing policy is strictly “ Catch and release” using barbless hooks.
Rods and Flies are available from the Fly Fishing and Birding Shop in Nottingham Road and they are for coaching for beginners.

Hiking And Mountain Biking

There is more than 30km’s of trails which can be explored either on hiking or by mountain bike. These will take you to any one of the estates six dams, or up to the “ Roof Of Africa” a savannah – like plateau 300 meters above the level of the homestead. Here you can find rare Oribi, and mountain Reedbuck as well as common Reedbuck and Blesbuck. The silver backed jackal, porcupine and various smaller predators can also occasionally be spotted. The Birding is exceptional – more than 200 species of birds have been spotted on the estate including the very rare Wattled Crane, the Ground Hornbill, Cape Vulture, Secretary Bird, Narina Trogan and several species of raptors.

Other Activities

4X4 / Mountain Bike Trails
Tubing down the river
Walking trails – Take a walk through our walking trails in the forest and to our Dams.
Children’s activities

Dear Denis, Sheila, Ayanda and team. There are not enough words to describe how grateful we are to have had our wedding at The Bend. You guys really outdid yourselves and the staff, food, venue etc. were just outstanding. We made many memories that weekend and will definitely be back soon for a breakaway. Thank you dearly from Michael and Sally.

Sally Lovell
Rating: 5

We did a wedding there the weekend of 22 April. There would never be the right words to explain our absolute gratitude to every single staff member from the management right down to the gentleman that lets the sheep out. You were all so accommodating, friendly and kind. Well done and congratulations. For any bridge looking for a venue to have a forever always memory and a wonderful wedding, The Bend country house is a must.

Deborah Scholfield
Rating: 5

My husband and I have just returned from an overnight stay at the Bend. Lovely authentic country house in beautiful surroundings. Comfortable room and tasty meals. A really lovely break from the business of our normal lives. Thank you Sheila, Dennis and the rest of the staff. We will definitely be back.

Rating: 4
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