Maloti to Majuba: A Cycling Odyssey…

“You’re too young to…” This is a statement you won’t hear cyclist Anton Apps using when he addresses his aspiring-rider son Elliot. In fact, this dad encourages him to do what other 12-year-olds could only dream of… Like going on a 6-day MTB trip. Cycling Off the Beaten Trail That’s right! Who says you have […]


We’re Going… Going… Off the Grid!

Oaklands Country Manor is proud to announce that we’ve recently embarked on a process to go off the grid – starting with a network of solar-powered geysers! Earth-Loving Oaklands One of the reasons we decided to set up shop in the Drakensberg was beautiful, untouched terrain of the areas surrounding Oaklands. As you can imagine, […]


We’re Hiring! Administrator Wanted

Imagine waking up to the Drakensberg Mountains everyday for 6 months? Oaklands Country Manor is looking for a countryside-loving person to join the team as an Administrator. Administrator Job Description Oaklands Country Manor is seeking to employ an administrator to look after the day-to-day management of guests. The role entails: Answering the phone Administration Taking […]


Achieve Personal Excellence with Etsko Schuitema

Looking to improve your personal and professional lives? With Etsko Schuitema’s Personal Excellence Programme, you can realise this goal in as little as 5 days… or at least be well on your way to achieving it after attending this course. Venue: Oaklands Country Manor, Free State Dates: 16 March – 20 March 2015 1 June […]


A Warm, Autumn Wedding at Oaklands

While the weather may be cooling down, autumn is, nonetheless, full of warm colours. And what could be a warmer occasion than getting married? This makes autumn a go-to season for tying the knot… Securing the Perfect Autumn Venue So you’ve recently gotten engaged! Congratulations! Now it’s swiftly onto the wedding planning. Experts say that […]


New N3 Route to Devastate the Drakensberg

The N3 highway isn’t the only thing that will be shortened with the new plans to reroute it. There’s also the lifespans of the various animals that live in the area earmarked for its construction to consider. At Oaklands, we’re always pro-development and things that improve our beautiful South Africa, but not at the expense […]


Birdwatching: the Perfect Family Activity

With over 240,000 hectare of wilderness lying at its feet, the Drakensberg offers a birdwatching experience that is hard to beat. Birdlife in the Drakensberg The Drakensberg is home to a host of natural terrains – sprawling wetlands, vast forests, rolling valleys, steep cliffs… By default, it’s also home to a wide variety of indigenous […]


Enjoy a Horse-Riding Holiday at Oaklands

Located in the middle of Durban and Johannesburg, Oaklands Country Manor makes for an ideal weekend vacation spot. Only a three-hour drive from either city, far enough to make you really feel like you’ve gone away, but short enough that the kids won’t get antsy during the trip. In addition to the doable drive, Oaklands […]


A Romantic Valentine’s Day at Oaklands

Roses are red, Valentine’s Day, too! Here are some romantic things at Oaklands for you and your beau to do. With its picturesque location, the Drakensberg makes the perfect breakaway for a Valentine’s Day holiday. Far away from the city lights, the area offers uninterrupted starry skies and spectacular views of the vast landscape. It […]


Polo for Beginners

Got a passion for horses and sport? Bring the best of both worlds together in a polo lesson for beginners. Oaklands Country Manor has three packages to get you saddled up and galloping toward a new, thrilling hobby… Perhaps even a career. Polo Lessons for Beginners They say good things come in threes. With our […]