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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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Doornkop Chalet 79

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Machadodorp

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.

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

Absolute Leisure Cottages

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse Accommodation in Machadodorp

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.

Sleeps: 24 in 4 units/rooms
From R 786,00
Per unit, per night.

Little Troutbeck

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Dullstroom

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

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.

Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Doornkop

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.

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: 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

The Valley View Lodge

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

Valley View Lodge 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...

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.

Milly's of Machado

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge 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.

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.

Wagendrift Guest Farm

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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.

Klitz-gras Chalets and Chapel

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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 ...

Le Quartier

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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 ...

Lisbon Hideaway

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse 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

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

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

Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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 Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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 ...

Valley of the Rainbow S/C

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow 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.