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 ou skoolkoshuis. Oop vanaf 10vm vir ontbyt, middagete en aandete tot laat, Dinsdae tot Sondae. Join locals and visitors alike in the old school boarding house for drinks and meals from 10am to late, Tuesday to Sunday. Live sport events also screened.
Contact: Yolanda 082 660 5443 or Bertus 083 672 6208

Chrisse winkel, teater & stoeprestaurant

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

Benjamin’s deli, geskenkwinkel & restaurant

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


Turksvy Trading

No visit to Rosendal is complete without ambling through Turksvy’s remarkable collection of collectables!
Kriek Street, Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10h00 – 16h00, but contact Joyce on 073 242 1839 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 have made their home in Rosendal.
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.

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Mountain biking in and around Rosendal

The undulating terrain of the village itself is perfect for those who prefer easier mountain bike rides, however, if you want to be punished, several gravel roads lead out of the village, providing more challenging mountain bike routes!



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.


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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.


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



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


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: www.moolmanshoek.co.za


Rosendal tennis club

The Rosendal Tennis Club invites all visitors to come and play on Saturday afternoons at 2pm. Farmers and locals play very relaxed, non-competitive tennis on our well-maintained courts. We have a well-stocked bar, and sport events are shown on the big screen inside our rustic clubhouse. Braai facilities are available, and the locals will prove to be an entertaining source of information about the village and its surroundings. New balls are provided on Saturdays but not during the week. Appropriate clothing and shoes must be worn at all times.
Once-off fees: Adults R50, Under 16 R30
Monthly: Adults: R200
Families: R350 (children under 18)
Contact: Jan 073 210 9141