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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 47 in 11 units/rooms
From R 950,00
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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

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Sleeps: 6

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 375,00
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Dankhof Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Lydenburg

Dankhof Guest House and her personnel strive to make your stay homely and comfortable as possible. With a lot of combined hospitality experience, the staff is here to serve you and make sure of your future return.

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From R 575,00
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Wayfarers Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

Wayfarers Guest House consists of six beautifully appointed and spacious en-suite bedrooms, a breakfast area and dining room and a magnificent Guest Lounge.

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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 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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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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Gabrielshoek Country Escape

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

The farm offers an affordable getaway with comfortable accommodation, whether it is for friends or family in the fully equipped Rose Cottage. Secluded, private and very cozy. Glorious views of the valley. Situated between 2 dams. Open plan lounge...

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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: 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 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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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: 15 in 4 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Sabie Self Catering Apartments

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

Welcome to Sabie Self Catering Apartments. Situated in the edge of the Sabie Valley, Sabie, Mpumalanga. The Apartments are situated with-in easy walking distance of excellent restaurants and shops.

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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: 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 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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