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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: 106 in 43 units/rooms
From R 345,00
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Mogodi Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

Graded:
From R 950,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Komati Gorge Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in eNtokozweni

The Lodge offers luxury accommodation throughout, with 4 double suites boasting impressive views of the Komati River and gorge, three self-catering cottages and 6 romantic self catering units for 2, four of which have spa baths.

From R 695,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Lake Heron

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Situated in the Elands Valley just 19 kilometers from the village of Dullstroom, San - Solina Cabin is a luxury cottage on the farm of Lake Heron. It is ideally suited for the keen fisherman or just a quiet, romantic weekend away.

Purple Gecko Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Lydenburg

Purple Gecko Guesthouse is situated at the foothills of the spectacular Longtom Pass in the picturesque town of Lydenburg, and offers comfortable and luxury accommodation.

Gabrielshoek Country Escape

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

The farm offers an affordable getaway with comfortable accommodation, whether it is for friends or family in the fully equipped Rose Cottage. Secluded, private and very cozy. Glorious views of the valley. Situated between 2 dams. Open plan lounge...

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Akabeko Boutique Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Lydenburg

Tranquilty through Nature, Luxury by Design. "Luxury by Design" translates directly from the uncomparable design of Akabeko Botique Hotel's Architecture.

Sleeps: 6
From R 275,00
Per person, per night sharing.

A Sunset View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Sunset View is conveniently situated on the outskirts of the main village of Dullstroom and is an easy 15 minute stroll into the centre. The contents of the home go well beyond "basic" furnishings and finishes: it is a beautifully finished and decorated h

Klitz-gras Chalets and Chapel

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lydenburg

Not using a single tin of paint, all the chalets have been build using natural rocks found on the estate. Situated on the bank of a large dam, with wide open spaces, green grasses and invigorating fresh air! Enjoy a sundowner on your own private ...

Sleeps: 8
From R 2 310,00
Per unit, per night.

Colwyn Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Colwyn Cottage, situated in Colwyn Close, is one of four beautiful houses in this exclusive, secure estate. Surrounded by a lovely extended garden area the front patio is private and peaceful.

Sleeps: 50 in 10 units/rooms
From R 1 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in eNtokozweni

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.

Sleeps: 2
From R 1 200,00
Per unit, per night.

The Highland Cottage @ Critchley

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Dullstroom

At the cottage you can expect a king size bed, block-out curtains, a wood fireplace, 2 Lazyboy recliners, a flatscreen TV with a hotel bouquet (includes sporting and movie channels), a coffee/tea station, a wine-cooler fridge, a bathroom with a corner bat

From R 595,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Anglers Court

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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.

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.

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Jock's Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Our cosy, fully-equipped cottages offer you a home away from home, providing outstanding accommodation (up to 16 people), activities and atmosphere just a short walk away from Dullstroom's charming main street.

From R 510,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Milly's of Machado

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Machadodorp

Milly's is perfectly situated along the N4 between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park and provides the ideal stop over for the travel weary businessman or tourist.

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Sleeps: 23 in 8 units/rooms
From R 1 030,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Stonecutters Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 ...

Sleeps: 49 in 15 units/rooms
From R 620,00
Per unit, per night.

Log Cabin & Settlers Village

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

All chalets have daily servicing; outdoor verandah and barbeque area, fridge, stove, microwave, TV, cutlery and crockery, heating and parking we also have general office facilities and a laundry service.

Valley of the Rainbow Tented

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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: 18 in 8 units/rooms
From R 1 130,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Saragossa Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in eMgwenya

A luxury boutique hideaway, Saragossa Game Lodge is nestled in the heart of the reserve, surrounded by dams, streams, savannah and bushveld. The original homestead, built in the 1920s, was recently restored to preserve its old world atmosphere and origina

Valley of the Rainbow S/C

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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.