Grass and Wetlands

The Grass and wetlands region is located in the south eastern part of Mpumalanga and shares its borders with Swaziland, KwaZulu Natal and the Free State provinces

Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsThe Grass and Wetlands

The Mpumalanga Grass and Wetlands region is a birding paradise.

Where? The Grass and Wetlands, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Overnight? See Grass and Wetlands accommodation, in Mpumalanga

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.

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.

Popular Towns of the Grass and Wetlands


Overnight? Accommodation in Amersfoort
Amersfoort is an interesting little town. It grew up around a Dutch Reformed church way back in 1888, during the period of Dutch colonisation of South Africa. The church is still there, on Route 35, the stone church's spire visible...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Badplaas
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...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Carolina
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...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Chrissiesmeer
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...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Ekulindeni
This lovely little town lies on the Southern border of the picturesque Songimvelo Nature Reserve and it is from this nature reserve that it derives most of its economic benefits. The Songimvelo Nature Reserve boasts an area of over...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Ermelo
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...

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Overnight? Accommodation in 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...

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Piet Retief

Overnight? Accommodation in Piet Retief
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...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Volksrust
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...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Wakkerstroom
Wakkerstroom offers the birder the best of South Africa’s grassland endemic and other grass-loving bird species. A good cross-section of water birds and a reasonable complement of forest birds are found throughout Wakkerstroom and make...

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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.

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