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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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Valley of the Rainbow S/C

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

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

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

Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris

Self Catering House / Cottage 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 ...

Sleeps: 30 in 4 units/rooms
From R 180,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Blaauwbosch Trout Inn

Self Catering House / Cottage in Waterval Boven

You can do fly-fishing, birdwatching, mountain biking (bring your own bike) or a walk in the mountains looking at the ancients ruines. This is all available on the property.

From R 390,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Suikerbekkie

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

Lake Heron

Self Catering House / Cottage in Dullstroom

Situated in the Elands Valley just 19 kilometers from the village of Dullstroom, San - Solina Cabin is a luxury cottage on the farm of Lake Heron. It is ideally suited for the keen fisherman or just a quiet, romantic weekend away.

Doornkop Chalet 79

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

Sleeps: 10 in 1 unit/room

Vlettershof Gastehuis

Self Catering House / Cottage 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...

Graded:
From R 1 100,00
Per unit, per night.

Komati Gorge Lodge

Game Reserve Accommodation in eNtokozweni

The Lodge offers luxury accommodation throughout, with 4 double suites boasting impressive views of the Komati River and gorge, three self-catering cottages and 6 romantic self catering units for 2, four of which have spa baths.

Le Quartier

Self Catering House / Cottage 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: 55 in 16 units/rooms

Log Cabin & Settlers Village

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

Sleeps: 15 in 4 units/rooms
From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.

Sabie Self Catering Apartments

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

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.

90 Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve

Self Catering House / Cottage in eNtokozweni

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.

Summit Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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.

Sleeps: 120 in 30 units/rooms
From R 1 600,00
Per unit, per night.

Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Self Catering

Self Catering House / Cottage in Machadodorp

There are 10 elegant self-contained lodges, which are fully equipped and sleep four people. Each unit has two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. The second bathroom has a shower, toilet and vanity.

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

The Sabie Town House

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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.

Valley of the Rainbow B&B

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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.

Klitz-gras Chalets and Chapel

Self Catering House / Cottage 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 ...

Sleeps: 68 in 34 units/rooms
From R 1 215,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Machadodorp

With 14 twin lakeside suites and 20 gorgeous twin estate rooms, each beautifully appointed room has a magnificent view of the rolling hills.

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.