The Highlands Meander Region, Mpumalanga

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.

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.

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.

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Destinations in the Highlands Meander Region

Belfast

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Near the Drakensberg escarpment and 210km east of Pretoria, you’ll find the town of Belfast. Belfast is one of the coldest places in South Africa, but it’s wonderful and homely atmosphere will make up for that. Belfast is also well known for its cattl...

Burgersfort

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Although it is officially situated in the scenic province of Mpumalanga, Burgersfort is located very close to the Limpopo border too. This part of South Africa is characterised by rolling vistas of unspoilt countryside, lush plantations, and verdant valle...

Dullstroom

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Staying overnight in Dullstroom makes for an ideal family holiday in South Africa; not only because this area is so beautiful, but also because it has plenty to do and offers a variety of accommodation options. Dullstroom is home to one of South Africa’s ...

Lydenburg

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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 mountain ranges. Lydenbu...

Machadodorp

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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 healing qualities and ...

Roossenekal

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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 the Elias Mots...

Schoemanskloof

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Schoemanskloof is a somewhat undiscovered location, tucked away in Mpumalanga, South Africa. This is the ideal location to unwind, de-stress and relax in perfect tranquility and delightful hospitality. Guided tours of the crocodile farm in the Schoeman...

Steelpoort Valley

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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 remote, part of ...

Waterval Boven

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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 foo...

Waterval Onder

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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 ...

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