Mpumalanga DestinationsWaterval Boven, Highlands Meander
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 fringe of the escarpment, at the foot of the South Hills. It is rich with historical sites and buildings which are now proclaimed national monuments.
There is also the old Tunnel and Five Arch Bridge, as well as President Paul Kruger's official residence where he resided in 1900 before going into exile in Europe. The Elands River Waterfall is visible from the mouth of the old Railway Tunnel. Horse riding and trout fishing are popular pastimes in the region. Among a number of hiking trails, the Elkandskrans Trail includes a 30-minute train ride between Waterval Boven and Waterval Onder.
There are numerous fly fishing dams and rivers of the Waterval Boven Trout Association for the fly fishing enthusiast. The Elands River Fly Shop caters for all fly fishing equipment and will be more than happy to give you some pointers as to which spot will give you a better experience and what you should do to snag that big one.
For the more adventurous, the world-renowned rock climbing cliffs offer challenges to the extreme outdoor enthusiast. If you want something a bit more relaxing, then you can try hiking or even swimming in the many mountain swimming holes that can be found.
Accommodation in Waterval Boven ranges from budget and backpacker to upmarket chalets and stylish guest houses and bed and breakfasts, each to suit your specific needs and budget. You are really spoiled for choice in this beautiful location with plenty to do and accommodation that will make you feel right at home. You will soon find that your first visit to Waterval Boven will not be your last.