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.
Greystone Lodge offers three star accommodation and facilities on a private nature reserve in the Mpumalanga Highlands. Situated just off the N4 between Belfast, Machadodorp and Dullstroom and within easy reach of the Blyde River Canyon
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.
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 ...
5 Luxury suites situated in the heart of Dullstroom within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, Pendle Hill Cheese shop and pubs.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
With 14 twin lakeside suites and 20 gorgeous twin estate rooms, each beautifully appointed room has a magnificent view of the rolling hills.
Valley View offers 4 spacious suites en-suite with separate entrances. Facilities include separate guest lounge, bar and dining room, a large covered veranda overlooking a sparkling pool and lush garden...
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 ...
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.
Little Troutbeck is a 209ha working farm, set high (1900M above sea level) in the mist belt, 19Km from Dullstroom. It has a magnificent view overlooking the Elands River valley
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.
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
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.
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...
This AA Recommended self catering accommodation is found in the quaint, unspoilt village of Machadodorp, situated just off the N4 Maputo Corridor, an easy two and a half hour drive from Gauteng.