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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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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.

90 Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Machadodorp

The house is situated up against a hill with stunning views of the mountains, valleys and fly fishing dams. Very private as the house is build on a hectare stand, within the greater resort.

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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: 106 in 43 units/rooms
From R 345,00
Per unit, per night.

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.

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

The Highland Cottage @ Critchley

Room Only 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

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: 10

Vlettershof Gastehuis

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Two trout dams - 2 hectares in extent, Holiday home - big living room, fireplace, lovely view of dam and mountains, well equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, covered veranda, jetty on the dam...

Summit Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Graskop

We guarantee that our level of service and facilities are equal to that of a standard South African Three Star establishment. We offer 13 en-suite garden rondavels, 2 wooden cabins, and 2 large family units plus a pub, restaurant & back packers.

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: 68 in 10 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Fox & Hound Self Catering Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Situated in a quiet part of Dullstroom, close to the wetland walking trail, Fox & Hound is a brand new addition to our accommodation portfolio and offers upmarket, luxury accommodation in seven bedrooms, all en-suite.

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.

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

Doornkop Chalet 79

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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.

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.

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.

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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 ...

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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 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.

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.

Sleeps: 24 in 6 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Rainbow Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Belfast

We have 5 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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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.

From R 870,00
Per unit, per night.

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.