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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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Suikerbekkie

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

Wagendrift Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lydenburg

Wagendrift is situated in the heart of Mpumalanga on the banks of the Spekboom River, 11kms east of Lydenburg on the Ohrigstad road, in a valley surrounded by rolling hills with breathtaking views.

Sleeps: 6
From R 660,00
Per unit, per night.

Linga Longa Country Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

Linga Longa offers either a bed and breakfast option, or a self catering option. The house has two double bedrooms, one bedroom with two single bunk beds, ONE and a half bathrooms, a lounge with a fire hearth and fully equipped kitchen. Relax on a...

Sleeps: 8
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Doornkop 10B Fish & Wildlife Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Machadodorp

This 8-sleeper Thatch Stone house offers: 4 Bedrooms (King, Queen and Singles), 3 Bathrooms, Situated on a hectare on the Swart Spruit river looking onto a mountain, 300m from the Trophy Dam, Under-floor heating and Morso fireplace

Le Quartier

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

The cottages are decorated and themed according to renowned artists, Picasso, Renoir, Monet and Van Gough. Each cottage has paintings and décor suiting the era as well as the artist style. Each experience at Le Quartier is aimed at ...

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

The Sabie Town House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

Graded:
Sleeps: 18 in 6 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

Our luxury self catering chalets, have their own gardens with barbeque facilities and secure undercover parking. Each fully equipped chalet includes either one or two bedrooms, a lounge with fireplace and satellite television to get our local ...

Ellis Nest

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Ellis Nest has 3 cosy bedrooms with plush carpeting and heaters. Two bedrooms have double beds and en-suite bathrooms and the other bedroom has 2 single beds and a separate bathroom. The spacious living area features underfloor heating, a ...

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms
From R 1 075,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Saragossa Game Reserve

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Waterval Boven

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

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...

Sleeps: 8
From R 1 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Doornkop Chalet 79

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in eNtokozweni

Doornkop unit 79 is your home away from home. This unit easily accommodates six people with its two en-suite main bedrooms and loft room with own bathroom for four children. Share the bush experience with friends or family.

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.

From R 580,00
Per unit, per night.

Fox's Hill

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

Dullstroom Inn

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Dullstroom

The Dullstroom Inn is a home away from home, a delightful find, offering gentle comforts. We open our quaint doors wide to welcome you, seven days a week

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

Blyde Chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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: 28 in 5 units/rooms
From R 1 290,00
Per unit, per night.

Highland Giants Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

A Country Estate that offers you privacy; peace & quiet; panoramic views; a large variety of bird life and renowned fly fishing; as well as pet friendly accommodation.