Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsBerlin Falls
Where? Graskop, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga
How? Call +27 (0)13 759-5300
South Africa is a land abundant in natural attractions and treasures, each of which exudes its own charm and splendour, no matter how big or small. The Berlin Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the province of Mpumalanga, an area in the eastern segment of the country that was once part of the Transvaal. This province is known for its magnificent landscapes, and Berlin Falls testifies to the wonders that can be found within its borders. The part of Mpumalanga in which this waterfall is found is known, quite aptly, as the Panorama Route.
These falls tumble down in a single drop for some 80 metres, or about 260 feet, before crashing dramatically into a round basin that is an irresistible jade colour. Seeing the green waters set off by the red cliffs around them is something quite unforgettable and is best enjoyed from the observation platform above. The water comes from the Sabine River, which is popular for the bass fishing opportunities it presents.
In addition to the loveliness of the falls themselves, this waterfall is also a popular stop on the way to many other attractions in the immediate vicinity. These include Godís Window and Blyde River Canyon as well as a number of other waterfalls (Lisbon Falls being the highest in the province). The world-famous Kruger National Park is nearby and offers visitors unrivalled wildlife experiences, bringing many of them back to South Africa year after year to be enjoy wonderful safaris and camping.
Those visiting Berlin Falls need to keep an eye out for the stunning proteas that can be found growing in the region. This is especially true of the endemic Blyde River protea, which is a gorgeously vibrant bloom that is both hardy and elegant. There is also plenty of bird life and those with a keen interest in avian species should bring their binoculars and identification books along.