Mpumalanga DestinationsWaterval Onder, Highlands Meander
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 developed into a town like its sister town of Waterval Boven which is above the waterfall but is still a popular South African getaway spot.
There is a legend about a “ghost tree” in Waterval Onder that attracts many visitors to this location to learn more about this mysterious tree. The legend tells of two lovers who were split up after meeting under the tree for over 6 decades, and then one of them passes away… Without giving away the ending, that’s the start of the legend of the ‘ghost tree’. A visit to Waterval Onder will explain more on this intriguing story.
Holiday accommodation in Waterval Onder includes Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Self Catering Cottages, Houses and Chalets. There is ample choice for accommodation in Waterval Onder - so much so, that you’d be able to stay in a new place each time you visit! One of the more popular accommodation types in Waterval Onder, are the holiday farms. The hosts are warm, welcoming and always fun to converse with and know all the best places to visit and see in the area. Many of these farms also offer horseback riding along mountain trails - arguably the best way to see the area.
Whatever you chose to do, wherever you chose to stay, Waterval Onder is a beautiful area and you will find the relaxation it has to offer hard to match.