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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: 16 in 2 units/rooms
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Vlettershof Gastehuis

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

Vlettershof Guest Farm offers stylish accommodation in a tranquil and uniquely appointed country setting.

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From R 1 700,00
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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.

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From R 700,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Amani Boutique Hotel & Conference Centre

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Lydenburg

Amani is a dream come true, offering discerning guests a place in nature with amazing views on the mountains and valleys, as well as the Mpumalanga Parks Board dams. We are situated on the border of the town.

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Sleeps: 16

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: 14 in 7 units/rooms
From R 595,00
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Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Waterval Boven

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.

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From R 495,00
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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.

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Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms
From R 850,00
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Kliphuisjes

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

"KlipHuisjes" is situated in the top notch, easily accessible, area in town. It's located in a safe environment hidden amongst huge Blue Gum trees, tarred and paved all the way! Total capacity of 4 units: up to 14 guests on the premises.

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From R 420,00
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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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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: 43 in 10 units/rooms
From R 1 100,00
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Greystone Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Dullstroom

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

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Sleeps: 23 in 8 units/rooms
From R 2 560,00
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Stonecutters Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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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From R 300,00
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Aqua Terra Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Lydenburg

Aqua Terra means 'Water and Earth' in Latin, this is clearly portrayed as the Sterkspruit River flows along the outskirts of this one hectare property, amidst shady willow trees and rolling lawns. We do breakfast, lunch box and dinner on request and cater

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Sleeps: 34 in 6 units/rooms
From R 630,00
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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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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 ...

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Sleeps: 50 in 10 units/rooms
From R 1 599,00
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Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Machadodorp

There are 10 elegant self-contained lodges, which are fully equipped and sleep four people. Each unit has two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. The second bathroom has a shower, toilet and vanity.

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From R 420,00
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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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Sleeps: 6
From R 385,00
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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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