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Escarpment

The greater Escarpment of Mpumalanga is one of the most important tourist areas of Southern Africa. The Escarpment stretches from the Limpopo Province in the North and follows the Drakensberg Mountain Escarpment to Swaziland in the South. Views from the edge of the Escarpment are quite spectacular, the ground dropping almost vertically for up to 2000 metres. On a clear day it is possible to see beyond the Kruger National Park and over the Lebombo Mountains into Mozambique.

On the inland side of the escarpment lie a number of important trout fishing resorts, including Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenberg, Machadodorp and Waterval Boven. In 1871 the region was flooded with settlers – diggers, fortune hunters, and all the followers-on that miraculously appear with the discovery of gold. The restored gold-mining village of Pilgrims Rest makes a fascinating stopover with its museums and restored buildings. The gold rush instigated many stories, the most famous of which is Jock of the Bushveld, a story about a dog and its owner that has become world famous. A little to the South of Pilgrims Rest is the scenic village of Graskop, which makes an ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas. Just outside the village are the Panorama Falls, one of the more spectacular waterfalls of the Escarpment. Sabie village to the South of Graskop is nestled in a deep valley among some of the largest man-made forests on Earth. The town sits below Mount Anderson, the highest peak of Mpumalanga at 2284 metres. A whole day can be spent visiting the many beautiful waterfalls of the Sabie region.

Along the edge of the Escarpment overlooking the Lowveld to the East are several areas that are a "must" for the visitor. There are Worlds, the Three Rondavels – natural rock outcrops on the edge of the Escarpment, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon. Just a few kms to the West of Worlds End are the Echo Caves, where evidence of the early inhabitants of the area has been found. There has been much evidence of the presence of the San people some 25000 years ago. There are a large number of rock art sites and stone arrow heads and simple tools from the Stone Age confirms their early presence.

There are plenty of pursuits for the adventure tourist on the Escarpment as well. White Water Rafting takes place, mostly in summer, on the Blyde River. Canoeing and Kayaking is offered at riverside resorts, though prospective participants should be prepared to take their own equipment. There are numerous sites for Rock Climbing in the mountains of the Escarpment, and routes can be obtained from the Nelspruit Mountain Club. It is most important that rock climbers should register where they propose to climb before commencing the climb. This is purely for their own safety and is most important. The weather can change quite rapidly on the mountains of the Escarpment and climbers should be prepared for this possible eventuality. Hikers can also make excellent use of the numerous hiking trails throughout the region. Hiking trails are being developed and added to frequently to satisfy the demand. Mountain Biking is a fast growing sport which can be carried out on the Escarpment , and the forests around Sabie offer some challenging and picturesque trails, many of which have been marked out in the plantations.

Accommodation of all types can be found on the Escarpment, from camping sites to bed and breakfasts, from luxury lodges to hotels. As the area is so popular it is a good idea to plan and book ahead if you can.

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Sleeps: 134 in 7 units/rooms
From R 480,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Waterval Boven

Enjoy the warm embrace of the Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge, which offers good value, tranquil surroundings and wholesome food. Shamrock Arms is also the perfect base from which to explore many places of interest and scenic beauty in Mpumalanga.

Sleeps: 106 in 43 units/rooms
From R 320,00
Per unit, per night.

Mogodi Lodge

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Graskop

Superbly situated just fifty metres from the Graskop Gorge Falls with a magnificent view over the Mpumalanga Lowveld. An ideal location for guests to enjoy the abundant natural beauty.

The Rose Cottage & Co B&B

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Dullstroom

We offer 5 suites all with fully equipped kitchens, en-suites bathrooms comfortable living rooms all with DSTV, private patio's and safe under cover parking.

Sleeps: 23 in 9 units/rooms
From R 420,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bergwaters Eco Lodge & Spa

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Waterval Boven

Family owned and managed, Bergwaters not only offers luxury accommodation, epicure meals, and a bliss boosting experience, supreme personalized service is guaranteed

Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Machadodorp

Everything is provided own pool towels are required. There is a hot and cold swimming pool at reception as well as a restaurant and shop. There are 8 trout fishing dams with catch and release options.

Flycatcher Castle

Hotel/ Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Graskop

Currently there are five suites which are all individually decorated in styles of end of the 19th century composer's such as Strauss in frivolous pink, Gounod in striking Art Deco and Mozart in red velvet and gilded wallpaper.

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Sleeps: 23 in 8 units/rooms
From R 940,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Stonecutters Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Dullstroom

Stonecutters Lodge is a holiday, trout fishing & conference venue of exceptional quality. Travel to the Mpumalanga Highlands, just 2.5 hours from O.R. Tambo airport and stay in this four star graded lodge. The lodge lies between Dullstroom ...

Valley of the Rainbow Tented

Tented Accommodation in Dullstroom

Valley of the Rainbow Estate and Nature Reserve is an exclusive property located in valleys surrounded by mountains, near the picturesque town of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Sleeps: 22 in 8 units/rooms
From R 530,00
Per unit, per night.

Blyde Chalets

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Graskop

Located in central Graskop, Blyde Chalets offers one an ideal location from which to explore the tranquil town of Graskop, as well as a base station from which to explore the scenic wonders of the region.

Sleeps: 120 in 30 units/rooms
From R 1 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Self Catering

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Machadodorp

There are 10 elegant self-contained lodges, which are fully equipped and sleep four people. Each unit has two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. The second bathroom has a shower, toilet and vanity.

Cpirit Country Haven

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Dullstroom

Cpirit Country Haven is a beautiful, tranquil farm set in a mountainous region with stone-clad self-catering cottages. The spring fed trout dams provide exclusive fly fishing while the seasonal harvest of peaches and walnuts provide a perfect setting

Anglers Court

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Dullstroom

5 Luxury suites situated in the heart of Dullstroom within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, Pendle Hill Cheese shop and pubs.

From R 580,00
Per unit, per night.

Fox's Hill

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Dullstroom

Fox's Hill: The luxury apartment is situated in the main house with a private entrance and secure parking. The stylish living area is downstairs and is fully fitted with coffee and tea facilities, CD player, TV, video machine and fire place. This ...

Sleeps: 30 in 4 units/rooms
From R 180,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Blaauwbosch Trout Inn

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Waterval Boven

You can do fly-fishing, birdwatching, mountain biking (bring your own bike) or a walk in the mountains looking at the ancients ruines. This is all available on the property.

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

Bush Lodges (Catered) (GAME NEARBY) in Lydenburg

Forest Creek nestles in a gorge of the Steenkampsburg Mountains, set in a Private Nature reserve of the Mpumalanga escarpment. The gorge is softened only by a blanket of shrubs and trees which have grown in this malaria-free zone

Sleeps: 15 in 4 units/rooms
From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.

Sabie Self Catering Apartments

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

Welcome to Sabie Self Catering Apartments. Situated in the edge of the Sabie Valley, Sabie, Mpumalanga. The Apartments are situated with-in easy walking distance of excellent restaurants and shops.

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Berken Guest House

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Dullstroom

Berken is a self-catering guest house nestled amongst silver birch trees in the town of Dullstroom, in the heart of South Africa's Mpumalanga highlands. It offers the best of both worlds being situated close to the centre of town, restaurants and tourist

Sleeps: 16 in 5 units/rooms
From R 550,00
Per unit, per night.

Forest View Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

Forest View Guest House is the perfect choice for travellers exploring the Kruger National Park and Lowveld Panoramic Route, including attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Pilgrim's Rest and numerous Waterfalls.

Sleeps: 31 in 10 units/rooms
From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.

The Sabie Town House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

The Sabie Townhouse is within walking distance of Sabie village with its selection of shops and a very good choice of restaurants. Sabie is a small, relaxed and friendly town set among the pine covered Drakensberg mountains of Mpumalanga.

From R 390,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Suikerbekkie

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Dullstroom

A cosy self catering cottage for a maximum of 4 people, with a beautiful private garden situated in a peaceful part of Dullstroom, close to the wetland and within walking distance from coffee shops, restaurants and other shops.