Where to Play | Speelplekke

Rosendal and relaxation go hand-in-hand: long walks in the unspoilt countryside, mountain biking on quiet trails, leisurely tennis in the afternoons or simply putting your feet up while you take in the view. Easy visits close to the village include Waaipoort farm’s permaculture project & San paintings, Mosemane’s hiking & cycling routes, and Holhoek’s hiking & cycling trails.
For the latest events taking place in and around Rosendal, click here to see our public Facebook page.
For a complete list of the opening times and contact numbers, click here.
Whichever way you choose to relax, this is the place to come and play. But don’t leave town without acquiring some delicious plattelandse produce from the area. Click here to see what is available.



Baie gesellige kroeg, restaurant en optreeplek vir musikante in die hart van die dorp. Oop vanaf 10vm tot laat, Dinsdae tot Sondae. Join locals and visitors alike for drinks and meals at the c/o Kriek/Van der Merwe streets. Live sport events screened.
Kontak: Yolanda 082 660 5443 of Lorraine 062 828 1425

Chrisse winkel, teater & stoeprestaurant

‘Ligvanger’ photographic art works, antiques and books as well as an intimate theatre. Restaurant bedien koffie, koek en ligte etes h/v Kriek/Kerkstraat. Keep an eye on Facebook for theatre performances and special meals. Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm, or on request.
Kontak: Chris op 083 444 2354

Benjamin’s deli, geskenkwinkel & restaurant

For beautiful gifts, free wifi, and the best sweet and savoury wafles in the Free State. Langtafel-etes vir spesiale geleenthede is ook beskikbaar op aanvraag. Hoek van Kerk/Hertzogstraat.
For more information, click here


Turksvy Trading

No visit to Rosendal is complete without ambling through Turksvy’s remarkable collection of collectables! Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 4, but contact 082 371 2137 should you be interested in viewing it outside of these hours.
For more information, click here


Waya Waya Tavern

One of the hidden secrets of Rosendal is the Waya Waya Tavern in Mautse. It is the place to visit for the largest, most inexpensive beers in the Eastern Free State and the best way to meet the locals of Mautse.
Contact: 058 211 0902.


Artists in Rosendal

Rosendal’s creative spirit is captured by many of the talented artists that have made Rosendal their home.
For more information on the artists and their galleries, click here


Kaboedel Craft

This shop in Botha Street offers visitors a variety of textile and glass products, made locally by the talented Dewald and Zaria.
Contact: 083 725 2080

Waaipoort Permaculture farm

Farm Waaipoort, just outside Rosendal, is home to an intentional community of permaculture enthusiasts who have pooled their resources and intellectual capital to create a best practice model of a sustainable agro-ecological farm. Explore this beautiful place, including its nursery and San rock art.
Click here for more on the farm

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Hiking in and around Rosendal

Ambling through the village is the best way to explore Rosendal. For the more adventurous, you can hike in the mountains, discovering amazing kloofs, rivers and views. These properties belong to farmers, so please contact Sybrandus 084 660 4252 for information.
For longer hikes and cycling tours around the Witteberge, click here to see Sungazer Pilgrimage



Anglers are welcome to cast their rods into some of the dams in and around Rosendal! Some farmers don’t allow angling, so please ask locals where fishing is permitted. It’s a great way to soak up the serenity of our unique and peaceful village. Die munisipale dam aan die onderkant van Kerkstraat is vir almal toeganklik.



Black Anvil handgemaakte messe

Handmade knives by master craftsman Simon Streicher. His hunting knives, penknives, biltong, butter and cheese knives are all beautifully crafted using forged steel with wooden, bone or horn hilts, and it is possible to see his studio by prior arrangement.
For more information, click here


Mountain bike

Studio Ben crafts & bicycle hire

Environmentally friendly soaps and textiles produced by Andre Loots on site are available and can be viewed by prior arrangement. Studio Ben also hires out bicycles – discover Rosendal and the surrounding country-side.
Contact: 058 211 0629

Land Rover glamping

Go glamping, on you own or guided, in a classic, fully-equipped Land Rover 110 in the Eastern Free State or Lesotho.
For more information, click here.


Horse riding at Moolmanshoek

Just 20km outside Rosendal on the Ficksburg road is the spectacular game farm of Moolmanshoek. Magnificent horse riding trails, and quality accommodation.
For more information, visit www.moolmanshoek.co.za


Mosamane hiking and mountain biking trail

On the beautiful farm Beatrix, on the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Eastern Free State you will find Mosamane Guest Lodge.  Mosamane Guest Farm is an eco-friendly, self-catering lodge. 
For more info, click here


Rosendal tennis club

The Rosendal Tennis Club invites all visitors to come and play on Saturday afternoons from 2pm onwards. Rustige, sosiale wedstryde met koel drankies en sport op die grootskerm.
For more info, click here

Lapeng Centre and accommodation

Stop at Lapeng (meaning home) for information regarding Rosendal and tours of the immediate area. You can also have your car or tekkies washed. Furthermore, affordable accommodation and skills training are available.
Open from 8:00 to 18:00. Contact Lerato 082 689 5047


The Rosendal Cycle Club is an amateur group that welcomes all participants and skill levels. Routes vary every week and cover the regional and farm roads, with distances – ranging between 20 and 70km – depending on interest and conditions. Fietsryers kom om 6vm (of later in winter) voor Benjamin’s bymekaar vir ‘n rustige gruisrit.
Kontak: Celeste 072 604 3716 of Peter 082 818 2461