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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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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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Sleeps: 14 in 7 units/rooms
From R 555,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in eMgwenya

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.

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.

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.

From R 1 495,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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: 47 in 11 units/rooms
From R 950,00
Per unit, per night.

Greystone Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Greystone Lodge offers three star accommodation and facilities on a private nature reserve in the Mpumalanga Highlands. Situated just off the N4 between Belfast, Machadodorp and Dullstroom and within easy reach of the Blyde River Canyon

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.

Sleeps: 8
From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Doornkop Chalet 79

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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: 23 in 9 units/rooms
From R 520,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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

Klitz-gras Chalets and Chapel

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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 ...

From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Jock's Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Our cosy, fully-equipped cottages offer you a home away from home, providing outstanding accommodation (up to 16 people), activities and atmosphere just a short walk away from Dullstroom's charming main street.

Sleeps: 6
From R 550,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Berken Guest House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Berken is a self-catering guest house nestled amongst silver birch trees in the town of Dullstroom, in the heart of South Africa's Mpumalanga highlands. It offers the best of both worlds being situated close to the centre of town, restaurants and tourist

Sleeps: 6
From R 290,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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

From R 540,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Milly's of Machado

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in eNtokozweni

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.

Sleeps: 51 in 16 units/rooms
From R 540,00
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.

Sleeps: 22 in 8 units/rooms
From R 290,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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.

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: 10

Unit 88A Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in eNtokozweni

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.

Sleeps: 34 in 10 units/rooms
From R 800,00
Per unit, per night.

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

From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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 ...