Escarpment

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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: 23 in 8 units/rooms
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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: 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 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.

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Sleeps: 14 in 7 units/rooms
From R 530,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in eMgwenya

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.

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 ...

Sleeps: 22 in 8 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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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.

From R 870,00
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Field And Stream

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Field & Stream consists of two elegant 6-8 sleeper stone cottages overlooking a beautiful dam and weir, and a more upmarket 10 sleeper lodge with private waters and excellent views.

Sleeps: 38 in 7 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Rainbow Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Belfast

We have 6 self catering country cottages (towels and bedding provided) sleeping between 2 and 6 people each depending on your requirements. The lodges are ideal for couples looking to get away for a romantic weekend or for families with kids and ...

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Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Dullstroom

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

From R 850,00
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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: 8
From R 2 310,00
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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: 20 in 5 units/rooms
From R 580,00
Per unit, per night.

Drakenzicht Country Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Schoemanskloof

The Drakenzicht Country Lodge and Moutain Links Golf Course is set high up on a mountain top right on the edge of the Drakensberg Escarpment where the grasslands of the Mpumalanga Highveld meets the warm Lowveld.

Lisbon Hideaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

We have 3 luxury 6-sleeper chalets consisting of two spacious bedrooms each. The chalets are complete with a bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a lounge with a double bunker bed. In addition, we have a 2-sleeper miner's cottage

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.

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 ...

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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 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Berken Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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

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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From R 2 250,00
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Walkersons Hotel & Spa

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Dullstroom

Walkersons Hotel & Spa, outside Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, South Africa. This fine country hotel is ideal for the fly fishing enthusiast, and those discerning guests who are expecting fine cuisine in a spectacular setting.

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Sleeps: 18 in 6 units/rooms
From R 850,00
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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 ...