Sabie, Panorama Route

Sabie is a tranquil and attractive malaria-free town situated in Mpumalanga in South Africa. Sabie lies in the centre of one of the largest man-made forests in the world.

The town is named after the Sabie River which is well known for its fearful crocodiles as well as harsh currents. Sabie originated as another gold rush town, all due to an accidental discovery during a picnic in 1895. A bottle shooting practise revealed gold specks in the rock where the bullets had glanced off. And so the gold rush began … Yet, the earliest inhabitants of the eastern escarpment region of Sabie were the Bushmen or San people. This was deduced from the rock paintings, engravings, artefacts and stone tools found in the area.

Sabie it is the ideal holiday destination that caters for the whole family. There is something here for everyone and it is virtually impossible to be bored. Sabie boasts an abundance of exciting activities including 4x4 Trips, swimming, fishing, abseiling, archery, hot air ballooning over the shimmering valleys, bird watching, boating and sailing, Helicopter Flips, white-water rafting, rock climbing, hiking and so much more!

Patches of indigenous forest survive in some of the valleys, and the banks of streams are covered with beautiful wild flowers and ferns. The Bridal Veil Falls, the Lone Creek Waterfall and the Horseshoe Falls can all be reached from the scenic forest track along the south bank of the Sabie River.

The Bridal Veil Falls resembles a bridal veil and is approximately 6km from the town. After a challenging but enjoyable 750m walk through the lush indigenous forest, one can hear the sounds of the roaring waterfall.

The Bridal Veil Falls is truly spectacular and over 70m high! The Horseshoe Falls was aptly named so as it is in the shape of a horseshoe and is also an exquisite sight! With nature on their doorstep, the town of Sabie is an inspiring environment for a growing number of artists and craftsmen. There are plenty of unique curio shops which all stock a fine selection of African Art, Crafts and Curios.

Sabie boasts a few wonderful hotels and guest houses as well as excellent restaurants such as the The Woodsman Pub & Restaurant and the Fig Tree, serving up fresh local trout as their speciality. Experience the picturesque beauty of nature in and around Sabie. Sabie is a must visit for all and promises an unforgettable experience!

Additional Reading

For more info about Sabie see our articles at: Sabie Valley Coffee - Spilling the beans. 8 Waterfalls of the Secret Sabie Waterfall Route.

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I visited Sabie and stayed at Jock Sabie.. I totally enjoy my stay there would stay there again. The staff is welcoming and helpful. Went on a tour thru the Panorama route its a must see. Am coming back again

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