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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: 98 in 39 units/rooms
From R 355,00
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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.

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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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From R 800,00
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Valley of the Rainbow Tented

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, South Africa.

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Sleeps: 27 in 5 units/rooms
From R 2 200,00
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Blue Crane Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Blue Crane Farm is a spectacular holiday destination for any person with a love for nature. It is situated approximately 10 minutes' drive from Dullstroom with all amenities, including shops, restaurants and attractions.

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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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Sleeps: 23 in 8 units/rooms
From R 1 120,00
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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 ...

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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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Sleeps: 34 in 10 units/rooms
From R 890,00
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The Kingfisher Country Cottages and Trout Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Machadodorp

Welcome to the Kingfisher Lodge - Where good fishing, food and friends unite. Situated in the Highland of the Trout Triangle, The Kingfisher offers the synergy of comfort, sophistication, luxury, simplicity and relaxation as well as exciting and rewardi

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Sleeps: 68 in 34 units/rooms

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.

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Sleeps: 23 in 9 units/rooms
From R 520,00
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Bergwaters Eco Lodge & Spa

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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

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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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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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Sleeps: 31 in 10 units/rooms
From R 535,00
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The Sabie Town House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation 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.

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Sleeps: 6
From R 250,00
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A Sunset View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Sunset View is conveniently situated on the outskirts of the main village of Dullstroom and is an easy 15 minute stroll into the centre. The contents of the home go well beyond "basic" furnishings and finishes: it is a beautifully finished and decorated h

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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

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From R 1 300,00
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Komati Gorge Lodge

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation 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.

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From R 405,00
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The Woodsman Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

Nestled within the tranquil environment of the Sabie Valley, The Woodsman Bed & Breakfast offers a choice tudor style suites, a superb restaurant, and lively pub.

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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 425,00
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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 ...

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Sleeps: 2
From R 1 250,00
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The Highland Cottage @ Critchley

Room Only / Limited Self Catering 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

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