Highlands Meander, Mpumalanga
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The Mpumalanga Highlands Meander is situated in the higher reaches of the escarpment and it is sandwiched between the Cultural Heartland and the Panorama Route regions and includes the towns of Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Machadodorp and Waterval Boven.
The Highlands Meander is a region for both nature lovers and the adventurous at heart. Dubbed the 'Trout Mecca' this region has an abundance of pristine fishing waters that never cease to lure fly fishers in their droves.
The imposing mountains and rivers of the Mpumalanga Highlands presents the opportunity for adrenaline pumping activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, hot air ballooning and paragliding to mention a few.
Major highlights of the region include a vibrant arts and crafts community.
Destinations / Town & Suburbs of Mpumalanga Highlands
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Machadodorp
Machadodorp is a small town situated above the escarpment in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, with the world famous Elands River running through the town. There is a natural radioactive spring here and is reputed to ... Machadodorp information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Schoemanskloof
Schoemanskloof is a somewhat undiscovered location, tucked away in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is the idea location to unwind, de-stress and relax in perfect tranquility and delightful hospitality. Guided tours of the ... Schoemanskloof information
Where to Stay: Steelpoort Accommodation
The Steelpoort Valley is situated just south of Sekhukhuneland in the magnificent South African province of Mpumalanga on the border of Limpopo. This entire area was once part of the old Transvaal Province, and ... Steelpoort Valley information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Waterval Boven
Established in 1898 as a railway depot, Waterval Boven is Dutch for Above Waterfall and is named after the waterfall in the Elands River. The village of Waterval Boven is nestled in the Drakensberg Mountains on the ... Waterval Boven information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Waterval Onder
Waterval Onder is a small village situated at the base of the escarpment on the banks of the Elands River below a magnificent 228m waterfall. Hence the name which means ‘Below the Waterfall’. The village has not ... Waterval Onder information
"Must See" Attractions in Mpumalanga Highlands
The Berg-en-dal Monument is located just outside the town of Belfast in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Erected in 1935, the monument honors those killed at the Battle of Berg-en-dal in Belfast, onew of the largest battles of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa ... more information
The Dullstroom Nature Reserve receives little publicity, which is something of a bonus for those who happen to stumble across the reserve and its accompanying dam, and are only too pleased to have the place more or less to themselves. There is little other than word of mouth to vouch for its existence at all, but ... more information
This has to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The reserve is 2200 hectares and the Klipgatspruit cuts the mountainous area into a deep valley. The main habitats include thornveld and bushveld on the low-lying areas, and montane grassland on hillsides and plateaus with protea ... more information
The exquisite Horseshoe Falls are found along the Sabie River in Mpumalanga. These falls are found 4kms off the Old Lydenburg Road, signposted on the left side. A short walk through the beautiful terrains affords one the opportunity to spot magnificent birdlife and other wildlife. The trail soon leads to the ... more information
The Long Tom Pass gets its name from the Long Tom cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war. The original Long Tom Pass was a treacherous one, steep hairpin bends and hair-raising drops. It was originally the route followed by pioneer wagon drivers transporting goods from Mozambique to Lyndenburg ... more information
Fly fishing is an activity that is as mesmerizing to watch, as it is to partake in. Whilst its predominantly enjoyed by the older generation, fly fishing is fast catching the attention and interests of a whole new generation of enthusiasts. The incredible art of fly fishing was initially developed as an angling ... more information
Rocky Drift is a private nature reserve 290 kilometres from Johannesburg in Waterval Boven – a beautiful enclosed valley that preserve 257 hectares of mountain country. Through the reserve runs the Joubert Spruit tributary fed by water from the surrounding mountain tops that has not ... more information
The Skurweberg is particularly beautiful – visitors travel the pass not merely to get between Machadodorp and Badplaas, but to drink in the views. In the mountains is the Wathaba Wilderness Area, an area rich with waterfalls, streams, pools and overgrown kloofs filled with mosses, lichens, ferns ... more information
The Steenkampsberg Nature Reserve, outside the town of Dullstroom, provides sanctuary for the rare wattled crane which is a major attraction, tourists from all over the world flock here to watch this magnificent bird and its definitely a sight that would make any bird watcher realise just why they took up ... more information
The smallish, yet incredibly pretty Sterkspruit Nature Reserve lies right next to the scenic Long Tom Pass, the horizon dominated by Mount Anderson and Mauchsberg, roughly 10 kilometres outside of Lydenburg. It lies on the Sterkspruit River, which is stocked with rainbow trout introduced to the river ... more information
One of the few places in the country to breed all three of the world’s endangered cranes, the Verloren Vallei (lost valley) Nature Reserve lies roughly 13 km outside Dullstroom, a beautiful, peaceful part of the Steenkampsberg plateau that includes rolling grasslands and sensitive wetlands. Guided tours around ... more information
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