The Grass & Wetlands Region, Mpumalanga

The Mpumalanga Grass and Wetlands region is a birding paradise. This serene region is located in the south eastern part of the Mpumalanga Province and shares its borders with Swaziland, KwaZulu Natal and the Free State provinces.

Did you know? Mpumalanga’s ‘Lake District’ has at its heart Lake Chrissie, the country’s largest natural, freshwater lake, with a surface area of 1043 hectares. Around it are some 320 lakes and pans, mostly on private land, that give rise to a host of birds (Lake Chrissie is home to 20 000 lesser and greater flamingos alone), butterflies and frogs.

Highlights of the region include the hundreds of lakes and forgotten hamlets in the central area, rock formations and splendid scenery of the imposing mountains. It is in the Grass and Wetlands region where one can engage in unusual activities like "frogging expeditions" or watch stars during "stargazing weekends".

Fierce battles were fought in the past, with the most notable being the battle of Chrissiesmeer that is annually re-enacted. In the region, you can discover and marvel at the lost legoya nation's huts that are still standing after a millennium, as well as Bushmen paintings.

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Destinations in the Grass & Wetlands Region

Amersfoort

Just across the KwaZulu Natal border in Mpumalanga, Amersfoort lies about 30 minutes' drive from Volksrust, in the heart of the country's energy, mining and transport base. Standerton is just west of here, whilst the N11 passes right through town, interse...

Amsterdam

Despite being named after the city in the Netherlands this pretty little town, virtually on the border with Swaziland, was originally settled by the Scottish when 300 of them arrived with a man named McCorkindale who did not just want to settle here, but ...

Badplaas

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Lying nestled at the foot of the Ndlumudlumu Mountains between Machadodorp and Carolina in the grasslands of South Africa, Badplaas has become known as a resort town, due in no small part to the hot, suplphurous spring that spews 30 000 litres of warm, he...

Carolina

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Carolina lies in the Grass and Wetlands region of Mpumalanga, South Africa. This entire region boasts exceptional natural beauty and dotted with an abundance of shimmering lakes and rivers. There was a rather vital wagon route from Johannesburg to the...

Chrissiesmeer

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Situated in the very heart of South Africa’s shimmering lake district is the historic town of Chrissiesmeer, otherwise known as Lake Chrissie. Lake Chrissie, is the largest freshwater lake in South Africa. It is said that the Chrissiesmeer area was fir...

Ekulindeni

Formerly known as Eerstehoek, eKulindeni is situated in the Grass and Wetlands region of Mpumalanga in South Africa. This lovely little town lies on the Southern border of the picturesque Songimvelo Nature Reserve and it is from this nature reserve th...

Ermelo

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Situated in the Grass and Wetlands region of the Mpumalanga province lies the town of Ermelo. Two of South Africa’s most famous musicians come from Ermelo, namely Jennifer Ferguson and the late Lucky Dube. Ermelo was established on the site of a church...

Lothair

The little town of Lothair, close to the towns of Chrissiesmeer and Amsterdam, lies just outside the border with Swaziland. The economy of the small town is driven largely by forestry and logging, and pine and eucalyptus plantations make much of the surro...

Piet Retief

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Situated in the south eastern corner of Mpumalanga lies the picturesque town of Piet Retief. Surrounded by beautiful plantations of Bluegum and Wattle trees, Piet Retief is a place where travellers can relax before carrying on with their journey to Pongol...

Volksrust

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Volksrust is a quaint South African town with plenty of history and cultural sights. Situated close to many famous battle sites, Volksrust became a municipality in 1904 and is currently the commercial center of an area where maize, wool, sorghum, sunflowe...

Wakkerstroom

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A once sleepy village, Wakkerstroom is set in a peaceful valley surrounded by panoramic views. Nowadays, an ever-growing stream of visitors and holiday makers wanting to get away from city life, are coming to Wakkerstroom to indulge in the many excit...

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