Kaapsche Hoop Holidays - Kruger National Park & Lowveld, Mpumalanga
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Nestled on the top of a misty Mpumalanga mountain pass on the Drakensberg escarpment, Kaapsche Hoop (Cape's Hope) lies in an area of intense scenic beauty. Rich in history, this small Kruger National Park & Lowveld town was established after the discovery of gold in the surrounding streams. The gold has long since dried up, but the town still flourishes with the economy now based on the commercial forests around the town, and from tourists who come to see the many attractions that make Kaapsche Hoop so popular.
Kaapsche Hoop is a haven of peace and tranquillity, with an air of the mystical that lives through the herd of 200 wild horses that roam the southern slopes of Kaapsche Hoop. The locals revere the wild horses which ramble freely through the little Mpumalanga town, with stories of their origin still debated as to whether the horses were abandoned after the gold rush, or whether they really are simply a rare herd of wild horses who have chosen to make Kaapsche Hoop home.
Besides the wild horses, Kaapsche Hoop is also home to beautiful Blue Swallows, an endangered species which now flourishes in the Kaapsche Hoop Blue Swallow Natural Heritage Site - a pristine 460 hectare grassland just outside the village of Kaapsche Hoop.
Adding to the Kaapsche Hoop magic, there are many ghost stories, particularly centred around the local pub which regularly experiences strange phenomena. Visitors to Kaapsche Hoop can take the Kaapschehoop Ghost Tour, and feel for themselves the eeriness of murder, mystery and intrigue that still lingers from the town's shady gold mining past.
With a magnificent landscape resplendent with rolling hills, long grass, valleys, rivers and forests, Kaapsche Hoop is a nature lovers dream, filled with opportunities to horse ride and walk through the Berlin Forest, where the heavy scent of Eucalyptus permeates the air. For the more energetic, take the Kaapsehoop Escarpment Walk, and hike through a maze of unusual rock formations, and you'll find yourself rewarded with jaw dropping views at the edge of the Kruger National Park & Lowveld Mpumalanga Escarpment.
Or, just amble around the charming town of Kaapsche Hoop, and enjoy the local art, unusual shops and restaurants, then step back in time with a carriage ride that takes guests down memory lane. With its diverse history, incredible vistas and many activities, Kaapsche Hoop makes for the perfect Mpumalanga holiday destination.
Other things to do in Kaapsche Hoop:
Horse ride through the Eucalyptus trees with Kaapsehoop Horse Trails
Stand under the cascades at Battery Creek Falls
Educate yourself on the Kaapsehoop History Tour
Visit towns near Kaapsche Hoop:
Mbombela (formally known as Nelspruit) - 30.7km from Kaapsche Hoop
Barberton - 49km south of Kaapsche Hoop accommodation