Highlands Meander

Dubbed the 'Trout Mecca', the Highlands Meander region has an abundance of pristine fishing waters that never cease to lure fly fishers in their droves.

Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsThe Highlands Meander

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.

Where? The Highlands Meander, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Overnight? See Highlands Meander accommodation, in Mpumalanga

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.

Popular Towns of the Highlands Meander


Overnight? Accommodation in Belfast
Belfast is also well known for its cattle, dairy and sheep farming and the fact that it has the oldest bluegum plantation in South Africa. Avid fishermen are very familiar with Belfast thanks to its excellent fishing opportunities. The cold...

More information and photographs: Belfast Information


Overnight? Accommodation in Burgersfort
Burgersfort is a small town in the Spekboom River Valley, taking maximum advantage of these pretty surrounds. As such, it is home to a plethora of plant species, as well as many birds and other animals. This makes it a delight for outdoor...

More information and photographs: Burgersfort Information


Overnight? Accommodation in Dullstroom
Dullstroom has everything you need to have the perfect family vacation - Beautiful scenery, great activities, and a population that’ll welcome you to their lovely town. Dullstroom is home to one South Africa’s finest trout fishing...

More information and photographs: Dullstroom Information


Overnight? Accommodation in Lydenburg
Lydenburg is a town abuzz with new developments and the atmosphere is charged with excitement and interest. Lydenburg is situated at the foothills of the famous Long Tom Pass and surrounded by the Steenkampsberg and Mauchsberg...

More information and photographs: Lydenburg Information


Overnight? 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 have powerful...

More information and photographs: Machadodorp Information


Overnight? Accommodation in Roossenekal
Fewer than 100 kilometres from the large, industrial town of Middelburg in the Mpumalanga Province, is the little village of Roossenekal. It has a total area of just over 2.5 square kilometres, and is home to about 2 700 folk. It is part of...

More information and photographs: Roossenekal Information


Stay? Accommodation in Schoemanskloof
Schoemanskloof is also the starting point of the annual Lowveld Crocodile Canoe Marathon, held in February which brings a flurry of visitors to the area to take part in and support the race. Many of the other activities are those that bring...

More information and photographs: Schoemanskloof Information

Steelpoort Valley

Stay? Accommodation in Steelpoort Valley
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 remains a quiet, relatively...

More information and photographs: Steelpoort Valley Information

Waterval Boven

Stay? Accommodation in Waterval Boven
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 in the very...

More information and photographs: Waterval Boven Information

Waterval Onder

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 developed into a town like...

More information and photographs: Waterval Onder Information

Did you know?

A hugely popular tourist route, the Highlands Meander might not have quite the impact of the Panorama Route, but is as popular for its beauty. It lies in the higher reaches of the escarpment and is renowned as the place to go for trout fly fishing, surrounded by imposing mountains and rivers.

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