Elands River Falls

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks in or near Waterval Boven, Highlands Meander in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsElands River Falls

Where? Waterval Boven, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga

Overnight? Stay in Waterval Boven, in Mpumalanga

The Panorama Route is littered with massive waterfalls, which create just one of the natural gems that attract outdoors enthusiasts to this part of the country year after year. The Elands River Falls are included in this selection of beautiful sights and certainly promise to be spectacular. These falls split into three dramatic drops as they flow majestically over the cliff, creating a fantastical vision indicative of nature’s unadulterated scale and power.

These falls used to be known as Waterval Boven and are situated at the village of Emgwenya, which once had the same name as the falls. The Elands River Falls are 70 metres (or almost 230 feet) high, which makes them spectacularly impressive to witness from up close. It is owing to these awesome heights that the falls are frequented by rock climbers. In fact, Emgwenya is one of South Africa’s top rock climbing hotspots and is a hub of activity amongst passionate climbers from all over the country and the world. The best climbing conditions are from autumn to early spring; that is, from around April to October. However, the rest of the year is pleasant for climbing too.

For those that would prefer not to witness the power of the falls from the excitement of some harnesses, there is a wooden observation deck, which is situated against the cliff face. The views from here showcase Elands River Falls to perfection.

These are close to many of the other waterfalls that make this part of South Africa so special. When visiting the Elands River Falls of Mpumalanga, be sure to include the others (such as Bridal Veil Falls and Lone Creek Falls) on your itinerary to make your experience of this country one that is both memorable and awe-inspiring.

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