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What climatic conditions can be expected?

The summers are sunny and warm and ideal for outdoor activities. The winters are cold, though the days are usually sunny.


The landscape, plants and animals

Situated at the foot of the Thaba ‘Nchu Mountain, the Moutloatse Setlogelo Dam is surrounded by the Maria Moroka Reserve. The undulating grassy plains embraced by wooded hills, with the mountain standing guard in the north, is our own Serengeti.

The clear night sky with millions of stars so close you may touch them, earned this area the name of “BIG SKY COUNTRY”

Well-known wildlife species such as zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and white rhino are found here. More than a hundred species of birds, including a variety of aquatic­ species, have been recorded in the Reserve, and large flocks of blue crane can, from time to time, be seen.

Fish species include carp, barbel, yellow fish and mudfish.


What facilities are available?

The day visitor to the Reserve/Resort will find a well designed hall, picnic area with braai facilities and an ablution block for your convenience.

  • Fully equipped 6 luxurious self catering chalets with carport and braai areas:
    • Five 4-bed chalets – 1 double bed and two single beds
    • 1 x Rondavel chalet – four single beds


Luxurious accommodation, as well as a variety of activities such as tennis, mini golf, gambling and cabaret shows are available at the Thaba ‘Nchu Sun Hotel.


Recreational activities

  • The Reserve offers an eight km hiking trail to the Thaba ‘Nchu Mountain, where the hiker will learn more about Tswana culture and history.
  • The Moutloatse Setlogelo Dam is a popular angling area.
  • Day and night wildlife sightseeing tours
  • Functions in a traditional Tswana stone lapa are arranged by the Thaba ‘Nchu Sun Hotel.

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Who do I contact?

Ms Victoria Ramotsabi

Reserve Manager

Maria Moroka Resort

PO Box 246

Thaba ‘Nchu



Tel: (051) 873 2427

Fax: (051) 873 2466

Cell: 060 968 3302


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What, where, when?


  • Hours: Gate: 07h30 – 16h00
  • Office: 07h30 – 16h00


The Park is located approximately 70km east of Bloemfontein alongside the popular Thaba ‘Nchu Black Mountain Hotel.