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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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Sheri’s Lodge & Backpackers

Backpackers / Youth Hostel Accommodation in Graskop

Graskop, a small forestry town on the edge of the escarpment and is home to Sheri’s Lodge & Backpackers.

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Sleeps: 10

Unit 88A Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Machadodorp

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.

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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...

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From R 3 120,00
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Valley of the Rainbow S/C

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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.

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Sleeps: 8
From R 1 000,00
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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.

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Sleeps: 38 in 7 units/rooms

Rainbow Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Belfast

We have 6 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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Valley of the Rainbow B&B

Bed & Breakfast 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.

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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: 22 in 8 units/rooms
From R 290,00
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Blyde Chalets

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

Located in central Graskop, Blyde Chalets offers one an ideal location from which to explore the tranquil town of Graskop, as well as a base station from which to explore the scenic wonders of the region.

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From R 2 500,00
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Retreat @ Kloppenheim

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Machadodorp

Kloppenheim Retreat offers comfortable accommodation on an estate located on a farm outside Machadodorp.

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Sleeps: 8

Colwyn Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Colwyn Cottage, situated in Colwyn Close, is one of four beautiful houses in this exclusive, secure estate. Surrounded by a lovely extended garden area the front patio is private and peaceful.

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Linga Longa Country Guesthouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

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...

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From R 425,00
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Lisbon Hideaway

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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

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From R 770,00
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Le Quartier

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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 ...

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Sleeps: 20 in 5 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Drakenzicht Country Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

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From R 1 600,00
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Verlorenkloof Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Lydenburg

Verlorenkloof Estate is a well-established and highly regarded shareblock development and holiday destination in the heart of the trout triangle in Mpumalanga, offering a variety of nature-centered activities for the discerning holidaymaker. Situated in a

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Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms
From R 850,00
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Kliphuisjes

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

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From R 395,00
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Absolute Leisure Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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.

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Sleeps: 28 in 5 units/rooms
From R 585,00
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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.

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From R 590,00
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Milly's of Machado

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

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