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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: 28 in 5 units/rooms
From R 1 290,00
Per unit, per night.

Highland Giants Estate

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

From R 580,00
Per unit, per night.

Fox's Hill

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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: 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.

Graded:
Sleeps: 23 in 8 units/rooms
From R 940,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Stonecutters Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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 ...

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.

Sleeps: 23 in 9 units/rooms
From R 420,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bergwaters Eco Lodge & Spa

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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

From R 790,00
Per unit, per night.

Field And Stream

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

The Valley View Lodge

Guest House / Bed & Breakfast 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...

Graded:
From R 1 100,00
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Komati Gorge Lodge

Bush Lodge (Self Catering) (GAME NEARBY) in Machadodorp

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.

Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms
From R 700,00
Per unit, per night.

Kliphuisjes

Self Catering House / Cottage in Dullstroom

"KlipHuisjes" is situated in the top notch, easily accessible, area in town. It's located in a safe environment hidden amongst huge Blue Gum trees, tarred and paved all the way! Total capacity of 4 units: up to 14 guests on the premises.

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Doornkop 10B Fish & Wildlife Estate

Self Catering House / Cottage in eNtokozweni

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

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.

Cpirit Country Haven

Self Catering House / Cottage in Dullstroom

Cpirit Country Haven is a beautiful, tranquil farm set in a mountainous region with stone-clad self-catering cottages. The spring fed trout dams provide exclusive fly fishing while the seasonal harvest of peaches and walnuts provide a perfect setting

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms
From R 1 075,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Saragossa Game Reserve

Bush Lodges (Catered) (GAME NEARBY) in Waterval Boven

A luxury boutique hideaway, Saragossa Game Lodge is nestled in the heart of the reserve, surrounded by dams, streams, savannah and bushveld. The original homestead, built in the 1920s, was recently restored to preserve its old world atmosphere and origina

Anglers Court

Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse 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.

Sleeps: 20 in 5 units/rooms
From R 580,00
Per unit, per night.

Drakenzicht Country Lodge

Self Catering House / Cottage 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.

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.

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

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

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 ...