Rolling M Ranch is tucked away in its own valley near the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range in KwaZulu-Natal, where many a war has been fought between Boer and the British. The ranch itself extends for more than eight kilometres either side of the mighty Tugela River. From the ranch you can see where some of the battles unfolded and enjoy spectacular views over the wide-open landscapes below.
The Rolling M homestead is a lovely old colonial farm where your hosts Mike Bentley breed Appaloosa and Pinto horses, and top-quality Brahman cattle. It is a down-to-earth haven for people seeking a genuine Natal farm experience - the ranch is packed with livestock, from dogs and cats to guinea fowl, geese, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, even duikers and warthog! Accommodation is comfortable - there are rooms within the main ranch house, and, for those seeking greater privacy, there are several small cottages with their own bathroom facilities and kitchenettes.
Outrides will take you across the ranch's indigenous thorn bushveld terrain, which is perfect for really good riding. You'll be climbing up mountains, wading across rivers and enjoying exhilarating canters across the plains. The going can be fast and the landscape stunning. During your rides you will have the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the region, from the battlefields of the Anglo-Boer War to the ruined kraal of the legendary witchdoctor Mathlalo. All the horses on the ranch are well schooled and the ranch can cater for all levels of rider.
Mike is a real character and love to entertain their guests. The atmosphere on the ranch is informal and relaxed. Mealtimes in the dining area on the stoep - and afterwards in the ranch's small bar - are a sociable and delightful experience. We recommend Rolling M for a relaxing, informal and fascinating riding experience in KwaZulu-Natal.
The ranch is situated a mere 30-minute drive from the Spioenkop Nature Reserve where rhino, giraffe and zebra can be sighted. The central range of the Drakensberg Mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site, are within 45 minutes drive. Non-riding activities available on the ranch itself include tubing down the Tugela river and hiking. The towns of Ladysmith and Dundee are within easy driving distance, with excellent museums devoted to the Anglo-Boer War history of the region.