Escarpment, Mpumalanga Tourism
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Located in the heart of the Mpumalanga Escarpment, Graskop is known as the gateway to the spectacular Mpumalanga Panorama Route, which begins 3km north of this historic little Mpumalanga town, making Graskop the ideal base from which to kick off a breathtaking scenic adventure.
All roads from Graskop lead somewhere magic in Mpumalanga. Venturing north from Graskop finds you feeling small and insignificant as you gaze from God's Window onto the endless savannah of the lowveld, then go a little further north to Blyde River Canyon - a majestic sight, and more awe-inspiring evidence of God's handiwork. Lying in a bowl of hills just minutes away from Graskop and Blyde River Canyon is the fantastic natural wonder of the Lisbon Falls, one of Mpumalanga's most dramatic waterfalls, and nearby are the Berlin Falls, which are just as sensational.
Graskop owes its origins to the 1880s gold rush, when those with gold dust in their eyes flocked to Graskop to make their dreams come true, Graskop is also famous for the enduring 1885 'Jock of the Bushveld' story, where the adventurer Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his faithful staffie Jock explored the Mpumalanga area. Today Graskop is surrounded by the world's biggest man-made forest, with pine and eucalyptus plantations stretching as far as the eye can see.
Exciting activities near Graskop include the Big Swing and zip slide across the Graskop Gorge, and if that's not enough to take your breath away, try abseiling alongside Sabie Waterfall. Also try the hiking and 4x4 trails, horse riding, quad biking and much more!
When looking for Graskop accommodation, stay in superb Graskop Hotel accommodation at Flycatcher Castle - a magnificent masterpiece set in the style of a 17th century Italian Castle. Besides 'out of this world' lodgings, here guests can indulge their senses with specially prepared Bohemian cooking and classical music at the Rosenkavalier Restaurant.
Graskop Bed & Breakfast accommodation is the sort of place where memories are made, and for longer stays, Graskop Self Catering accommodation is the ideal location from which to explore the wonders of the region. Graskop Holiday Resort accommodation is superbly situated just 50 metres from the Graskop Gorge Falls, with a magnificent view over the Mpumalanga Lowveld.
Visit the WhereToStay Graskop accommodation page for more info on Graskop accommodation (Special Categories), which caters for those who need Graskop Conference Venue accommodation and Graskop Wedding accommodation. For the larger family, Graskop accommodation (Sleeps 10 or More) will accommodate the whole family. Also see Graskop accommodation (Star Graded) for more upmarket establishments.
From Graskop step west, back in time, to Pilgrim's Rest and the romantic gold rush atmosphere of the 1880s. The quaint historical village of Pilgrim's Rest is a living museum reflecting the colourful lives of the hard playing men and women of the period.
30km south of Graskop finds you in stunningly scenic Sabie, with its mountainous backdrop and thundering waterfall. Likened to a jewel set in a deep valley, Sabie is a charming village surrounded by the largest man-made forests on Earth. Mpumalanga, Sabie is renowned for its hiking and cycling trails, fishing and abseiling among a host of other activities on offer.
For the golf lover, Sabie Country Club's picturesque 9 hole golf course lies at the foot of the Drakensberg mountain range. Resplendent with beautiful views, this makes Sabie a great stopover for an enjoyable round of golf, bowls or squash.
Stay in Sabie Bed & Breakfast / Guest House accommodation within walking distance of Sabie Village, with its selection of shops and a very good choice of restaurants. Sabie Self Catering accommodation is situated on the edge of the Sabie Valley, and Sabie Tented accommodation promises to keep the kids busy with putt-putt, a heated rock pool, rim-flow pool and a play-park.
Eat out in Graskop at the Canimambo Restaurant, a Mozambican / Portuguese, South African cooking fusion. This family run restaurant prides themselves on authentic cuisine, friendly service and a cozy atmosphere.
East of Graskop leads you down the spectacular Kowyn's Pass, which offers stunning views and an altitude drop of 512m, to the Lowveld and the renowned Kruger National Park. Enter the Kruger Park via the Kruger Park Phabeni Gate - 50.7 km from Graskop accommodation via R535.
The Kruger National Park is by far the most important game reserve in Southern Africa, and certainly one of the best places in the world to see the Big Five. The Kruger Park is a vast area 400kms from north to south harbouring 147 species of mammal, over 500 bird species, as well as numerous species of reptile, fish and amphibians, to say nothing of the 336 species of trees
In this vast and endless wilderness epitomizing the true quality of Africa, Mpumalanga, Kruger Park accommodation lies in the land of baobabs and marula trees. Kruger Park Game Reserve accommodation offers a wealth of rest camps which provide an authentic wildlife experience, and exquisite panoramic views over the Kruger Park bushveld. Stay in the finest Kruger National Park Bush Lodge accommodation lying on the banks of the Crocodile River, where guests can watch a variety of wildlife drink at the water's edge from the comfort of a rendezvous point on the upper deck. Plentiful Kruger Park Self Catering accommodation is available to suit all budgets in the heart of the wild Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga frontier.
Visit the WhereToStay Kruger Park accommodation page to see all accommodation options, as well as Special Category accommodation which includes Kruger Park accommodation (4x4 / Quad/Bike Trails) and Kruger Park accommodation (Fresh-Water Fishing).
Just 18 minutes from the Kruger Park Phabeni Gate entrance, and 40km from Graskop accommodation, lies Hazyview on the banks of the picturesque Sabie River. This thriving Mpumalanga town derives its name from the shimmering haze that lingers over the eastern escarpment in summertime. Hazyview is renowned for growing the best bananas in the world, which is evident in the row upon row of banana trees stretching into the horizon.
For the 'adrenalin junkie', Hazyview, Mpumalanga is known as the 'adventure hub', and offers the rush of a lifetime for those who love to hot air balloon over the colourful Mpumalanga countryside, ride elephants and experience the thrill of Africa's longest aerial cable trail (1,2km).
There's an abundance of Hazyview accommodation on offer, as in Hazyview Bed & Breakfast accommodation, where golf lovers can find Hazyview, Mpumalanga lodgings at the exclusive 4 Star Graded Lions Rock Golf Lodge located on the banks of the Sabie River. At Hazyview Self Catering accommodation (Bush Lodges), guests are guaranteed a peaceful African bushveld experience. Fun for the whole family can be found at Hazyview Holiday Resort accommodation, with tennis courts, a large crystal clear swimming pool, games room, volley ball, trampolines, a jungle gym swings and slide to keep the kids busy on those long summer days.
Guests looking for Hazyview Self Catering accommodation are spoiled for choice between luxurious chalets tucked into the mountains of the Sabie River Valley, or Self Catering accommodation in Hazyview located on a working litchi and banana farm with views of the Mpumalanga mountains.
Visit the WhereToStay Hazyview accommodation page for Hazyview accommodation with special category options, to suit the big family, golfer, fisherman and wedding guest.
Down south, Mpumalanga, White River lies about an hours drive from Graskop accommodation.
White River is a favourite holiday destination for both locals and foreigners looking to enjoy the beauty of the Lowveld Crocodile River Valley. Home to numerous craftsmen and Mpumalanga artists, White River is also a great base from which to explore the waterfalls, historic sites and hiking trails of the Mpumalanga Escarpment, and is in close proximity to the Kruger National Park.
In White River, stay in Star Graded White River Bed & Breakfast accommodation on the White River 18 hole championship parkland golf course, or White River Safari accommodation on magnificent Kruger Park game farms, or choose White River Self Catering accommodation set among beautiful indigenous trees and bustling birdlife.
See the WhereToStay White River accommodation page for more on these options, as well as White River accommodation with Special Categories that cater for more specific holiday needs.
White River, Mpumalanga offers guests an abundance of activities, enough to satisfy even the most enthusiastic outdoor enthusiast. For more info on cycling, abseiling, archery, hiking, quad biking, White River rafting, zipline and more, visit the WhereToStay White River Activities page for more info.