Attractions in the Mpumalanga Lowveld
The Mpumalanga Escarpment region is world renowned for its scenic splendor and beauty, with a host of waterfalls and majestic view points of the Lowveld below, as well as the Blyde River Canyon. The distance indicated is from Graskop.
The Pinnacle - 4km
Located only 4km from Graskop, this 30m high quartzite "needle" rises dramatically out of the fern clad ravine, created by the Ngwaritsane River, over countless millennia. To the right and below, the viewing plateau from which can be seen only the topmost of eight waterfalls which take the river down approximately 450m in a series of alternating falls and cascades.
God's Window - 11km
Dramatic views to the South and East from various placed viewpoints, overlooking the almost sheer 300m drop into indigenous forest clad ravine. Being 250m higher than the pinnacle viewpoint, the total drop to the lands below is approximately 750m.
Lisbon Falls - 8km
At 92m, the Lisbon Falls are the highest in the area. The river separates into three streams as it plunges into the pool below.
This national monument is 45m high and came into being when over many eons the soft sandstone rock was eroded.
Mac Mac Falls - 16km
The twin 56m drop, the second highest in the region, which can be seen was originally a single fall, but in their eagerness to get gold some miners tried to divert the falls below. An over enthusiastic application of dynamite created the second fall, but whether it helped to find more quantities of gold was not recorded.
Mac Mac Pools - 19km
These are naturally formed swimming pools, and also a very popular picnic spot. The secretary bird hiking trail also starts from this point, which stretches from 1 - 2 hours, ranging from pristine forest to grasslands.
Bourke's Luck Potholes - 32 km
This Natural wonder marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless years the swirling whirlpools, which occur as the Treur and Blyde Rivers meet, caused waterborne sand and rock to grind cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river. The informative Visitors Center details some of the interesting natural and socio-historic features and is the starting point of the 700m walk to the potholes.
The Three Rondavels - 52km
Opening from South to North the majesty of the third largest and only green canyon in the world opens up for your delight. The Canyon is located in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve which covers an area of 22 664 hectares. Of interest is the fact that the view point is around 1 380m above sea level, whilst the level of the dam when full is 665m above sea level.
Sabie and its waterfalls - 32km
The town of Sabie boasts 4 waterfalls, these being Lone Creek Falls, Sabie Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. There is also a variety of activities, including a golf course to occupy one's time.
Pilgrims Rest and Environs - 15km
The town was declared a living museum in 1973, and has a comprehensive museum and Information centre, which can assist you in great depth. The town also boast a 9 hole golf course and a huge variety of shops and restaurants to suite all walks.
Kruger National Park - 50km
This world renowned wildlife sanctuary is virtually on your doorstep and offers one the ideal opportunity to view the Big 5 in their natural environment.
White Lion Project - 110km
The first one of its kind, this project breeds what is known as the Timbavati White Lions, which are indigenous only to this region. Here one will have the opportunity to view these majestic cats in a controlled environment.
Breeding Centre for Endangered Species - 100km
Previously known as the Cheetah Breeding Centre, the sanctuary has broadened its wings to house most of the endangered species in our country. These include White Rhino, Wild Dogs, African Wild Cat and the Ground Hornbill. Here one will learn more about these fascinating animals and their environment.