Bordered in the South by KwaZulu-Natal and in the East by Swaziland, lies the Grass and Wetlands region of Mpumalanga. This whole region is one of extreme natural beauty, dotted with its hundreds of lakes and rivers. The Grass and Wetlands region is a magnet for bird watchers from all over the world. Numerous horse and hiking trails are available starting from Carolina and Volksrust – most of these are day trails, though there are several two-day trails where trailers stay overnight in a trail hut.
Perhaps the two most popular venues in the Grass and Wetlands region of Mpumalanga for birding enthusiasts are Chrissiesmeer or Lake Chrissie, the largest freshwater lake in South Africa, and Wakkerstroom, a small town near to the KwaZulu-Natal border. Near to Chrissiesmeer you can also find a giant footprint embedded in rock – this matches a similar footprint to be found in Canada. Locals also re-enact an Anglo-Boer battle that was fought near to Lake Chrissie. There are a number of sites of historic interest in the vicinity of Chrissiesmeer, notably the Dumbarton Oaks Hotel built in the late 1800s, and Billiard Cottage, which was transported by ox wagon all the way from Bloemfontein and served as a recreation mess for British soldiers in the 2nd Anglo-Boer War.
Wakkerstroom attracts birding enthusiasts from all over the world, and there are lakes and pans in the Mpumalanga wetlands where hundreds of flamingo can be seen. Primarily though the whole of the Grass and Wetlands region is an important farming and forestry region. Much of the area abounded with indigenous hardwoods like yellowwood and kiaat, and where this has become depleted large plantations of pine and wattle have been planted. The South East around Piet Retief developed into a very important center for the timber industry, with woodworking developing as a secondary industry.
The whole of the wetlands region is host to any number of outdoor pastimes – fishing, sailing, boating, water-skiing are some of the more obvious pastimes associated with the water of the region, but there are other activities, some quite unusual, that one can indulge. Examples of these are the “frogging” expeditions and stargazing weekends. There are numerous venues for 4x4s, quads, horse trails and hiking, and for exploring the sites of ancient pictures drawn on rocks by the San people. You can also visit the lost Legoya nation’s huts, still standing 1000 years after they were constructed.
Unknown to many, the Barberton area has four 'secret' nature reserves, each of which is dedicated to the conservation of a single rare species of flora. Locations are kept secret n an effort to protect plant samples from would-be plant thieves. Three species of aloe and one of cycad are given special protection in these reserves.
Intaba lodge is situated between Carolina and Machadadorp in the picturesque Mpumalanga Province in the Doornkop Wildlife and Fish Resort. At Intaba Lodge, six luxurious, spacious en-suit bedrooms await you. It is an African experience in comfort, style
Emahlathini Guestfarm is the ideal place to stay! Whether for work or pleasure. Emahlathini farm is 18 km out of Piet Retief towards the Swaziland border. It's tranquil and peaceful environment makes it the ideal stop-over for the tired rep on the
Self catering units (fully equipped) in separate building, each with own entrance. Three double/triple and one family unit. Tastefully and comfortably decorated with individual Dstv. Deposit will secure booking.
At Wetlands Inn we offer affordable accommodation for business & leisure travelers. We offer value for money and warm service. Our 14 en suite rooms offer a comfortable and refreshing stay and are equipped with a double bed, shower & toilet, te
This is the ideal place for any tourist or businessman who either want to relax or enjoy a good night's sleep in one of our 28 en-suite rooms/chalets. Our rooms offer a view over the dam, satellite television, braai facilities, laundry facilities...
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.
Pennylane is ideally situated, just off Kerk Street, close to all amenities and restaurants making it ideal for business travelers and tourists. Our aim is to provide a high standard of accommodation in a relaxing and comfortable environment.
11 individually decorated double bed rooms with either showers or baths. Tea & coffee facilities in every room. TV with M-Net and DStv in every room. Superb English or continental breakfast. Evening meals. Laundry facilities available.
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.
Wandersheim offers 3 comfortable self-catering cottages where up to 22 people can be accommodated, ideal for large gatherings with friends and family. Two of the cottages are Standard cottages the third has luxury rooms.
Situated in the heart of the small town of Piet Retief, Mpumalanga and roughly 30km from the border of Swaziland lays a quiet, homely guesthouse well situated for all - the weary business man, looking for that home away from home, group travelers seeking
Sunbird Cottage and Sunbird House are situation on the farm Glen Athol between Volksrust and Wakkerstroom, roughly 30km from each. We offer a chance to get away from it all on a working farm offering unsurpassed views of the surrounding mountains includin
In our homely manor we offer you the following; Personal service and attention. 13 Tastefully furnished bedrooms. Bedroom en-suite. Generous English breakfasts or health breakfasts. Television with M-Net in each room and safe secure parking.
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.