HAZYVIEW ATTRACTIONS & LOCATION

Hazyview History

 

Hazyview is situated at an altitude of 1740ft (530m), 35kms east of Sabie and 17km west of the Kruger National Park, midway between the spectacular scenery of the great escarpment and the world-famous Kruger National Park - a town on a crossroads, where six major roads, all leading to different tourist attractions, converge.

 

Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger Gates are the three closests entry gates to the Kruger National Park. The Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world, and the greenest with magnificent views and drops as deep as 3000ft (1000m) is half an hour away, as are God's Window, a sweeping view over the Lowveld from high up on the escarpment, Bourke's Luck Potholes - where the Blyde and Treur rivers meet, causing fascinating rock foundations - and Pilgrims Rest, the restored gold rush town, home of Jock of the Bushveld.

 

The first recorded mention of Hazyview was by Harry Wolhuter, the famous Kruger National Park ranger. His life was saved here by Perry, a French-Canadian member of Steinaecker's Horse, a cavalry regiment in the Anglo-Boer War. Wolhuter was suffering from Black Water fever.

 

Perry was granted a farm on the Sabie River by the government and there he founded a trading store. He had no family and on his death he willed the farm to Wolhuter, who was obliged to sell it to liquidate his debts.

 

The village of Hazyview was officially promulgated in 1959 when the first Post Office was established and Hazyview station came into being when the old Selati line was re-routed outside the Kruger National Park at Kaapmuiden in the late 1960's.

 

Hazyview is now not only a tourism hub, but also a thriving farming community - a centre for the farming of bananas, coffee, avocados, mangoes. lychees, citrus fruits and macadamias among other things. More than half of the world's bananas are grown within 100km of Hazyview and the ground is so fertile it is said that if you planted a gum boot you'd grow a rubber tree! The bananas were planted in the 1950s and since then the number of farms has grown and grown.

 

Hazyview is the perfect place for a base for a holiday - golf, tennis, bowls, horse-riding, squash, river-rafting, bird-watching, hiking, mountain biking, history tours and magnificent game-viewing are all available and to be strongly recommended.

ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND HAZYVIEW

 

MonkeyBirds Zoo & Restaurant

MonkeyBirds in Hazyview offers a wide variety of fascinating monkey species and exotic, colourful birds, there is something for young & old! The restaurant is situated next to a peaceful dam that is  home to our family of swans, giving it a tranquil experience while  providing a tropical paradise for children to play in. Escape from your daily hustle & bustle and enjoy the tranquility of the lush gardens, water and animal sounds.

MonkeyBirds is home to close to 120 exotic monkeys and more than 50 pairs of rare and exquisite birds, MonkeyBirds in Hazyview truly has plenty to offer the inquisitive minded and lovers of nature.

 

 

While visiting MonkeyBirds, be sure to pay special attention to  Bobby and Katryn, two very entertaining black-capped Capuchins who simply love to mingle with the guests. Some of the very rare species also include black and white Geoffreys Marmosets from the rain forests of Brazil.

 

Location  Just off the R40 on the outskirts of town

GPS   25° 02' 28"S | 31° 07' 41"E

Times  Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 14:00

Sat: 09:00 - 16:30

Sun: 10:00 - 15:00

Booking  013 764-1177

 

 

 

Perry's Bridge Reptile Park

Perry's Bridge Reptile Park opened  in 2008, and widely recognised as one of the largest reptile collections on display in South Africa, it's not to be missed during your visit to South Africa's Lowveld region!

 

Centrally located in Hazyview main road, they  are conveniently situated whether you are en-route to Kruger Park, or visiting the magnificent Panorama Route. They are merely 70 kms from Nelspruit, and with so many activities in the area, it is a great option for a day trip whilst exploring the surrounds.

Children will love to meet the potbellied pigs PumPum, Peaches and Pumpkin, their goat friends Daisy and Gandalf, the peacocks Letitia and Lancelot, as well as a variety of ducks and geese. The gardens are a bird haven attracting many local species such as the spectacular purple crested touracos and resident woodland kingfishers.

Location  R536 turn-off to Sabie

(At Perry's Bridge Trading Post)

GPS   25° 02' 09"S | 31° 07' 30"E

Times  10:00 to 17:00 - daily

Educational Demo: 11:00 & 15:00 daily

Crocodile Feeding every Sunday at 14:00

Booking  013 764-1177

 

Shangana Cultural Village

Mid-way between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, the residents of the traditional villages of Shangana invite guests to share in the culture of the Shangaan people. The picturesque villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland, and are open every day.

Experience the different facets of the Shangaan lifestyle, including their cultural history and customs, initiation ceremonies, the practice of polygamy, the outfits and weapons of masocho (warriors), their homes, ornate bead work clothing, and their food preparation. Guests are invited to touch, feel and participate in what is happening in the village, and the guide will explain the necessary etiquette to ensure the privacy of the family is not disturbed. You even get to consult the resident Traditional Healer.

Shangana has been created and built by local Shangaan people, and forms a place of great pride and a way of preserving a rich heritage for us, and an example of South Africa's great cultural diversity.

Location  R535 towards Graskop

(5km from Hazyview)

GPS   25° 00' 35"S | 31° 05' 29"E

Times  Daytime Tours: 09:00 - 16:00 on the hour - daily

Midday Tours: By prior arrangement

Midday Festival: 11:00 to 14:00

Evening Festival: 17:00 to 20:00

Booking  013 764-1177

 

Elephant Sanctuary

 

Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary homes African elephants and offers elephant interaction and elephant back riding. They offer hands-on educational elephant interactions with smaller groups of guests. This provides their guests with a far more intimate experience with these remarkable animals. Their dedicated staff is committed to the using positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result they have relaxed elephants who enjoy interacting with their guests.

 

Location   Next to Casa Do Sol Hotel

(8km from Hazyview)

GPS   25° 02' 55"S | 31° 04' 49"E

Booking  013 764-1177

 

Elephant Whispers

 

Witness the intelligence, compassionate nature and the sheer delight of these majestic animals whilst interacting with their human counterparts. The Elephant Interaction offers guests the opportunity to feel their constantly curious trunks, touch their rough skin, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats, while learning about their behaviour and history from the Elephant Handlers. An Elephant Back Ride offers a different perspective; embark on a journey which was once a privilege reserved only for kings!

For those seeking a unique and memorable wildlife encounter, an Elephant Interaction and Ride at Elephant Whispers is an exciting and touching experience not to be missed.

Situated in the Sandford Conservancy on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, Elephant Whispers offers an Elephant Experience of a lifetime which will leave you with a renewed respect and admiration for these gentle giants of Africa.

Location  R40 towards Graskop

(2km from Hazyview)

GPS   24° 55' 01"S | 30° 50' 47"E

Booking  013 764-1177

 

 

Skova Research Owl Tours

The Skova Owl Research Project is situated the centre of Hazyview. There are only 12 owl species in South Africa. The species we usually see at night are the common Barn Owl and the Spotted Eagle Owl.

The Spotted Eagle Owl is South Africa's 2008 "Bird of the Year".

An identification brochure with descriptions of all 12 owl species is available at the Tourism office at Perry's Bridge Centre in Hazyview.

If owls fascinate you, a visit to The Skova Owl Research Project is an absolute must!  Bookings in advance essential.

6 Visvangerdraai Street in Hazyview

 

Africa Silks Farm

At Africa Silks you will once again be reminded of the wonders of nature. Visit Africa Silks and you will be amazed to see how the silkworm cocoons are processed into the most beautiful threads. These are then hand-woven to produce a variety of products for clothing and interior decorating.

Africa Silk Farm offers an informative guided tour, covering all the aspects of silk production, including South Africa's own indigenous Mopani worm silk with its own unique roughness. See how the silkworm cocoons are processed into the most beautiful threads. These are then hand-woven to produce a variety of products for clothing and interior decorating. More than 50 previously unemployed women in the area are involved in spin projects in their villages.

On the R533 – 37 km from Hazyview

 

Austrian Coffee Estate

At a mere 25 km east of Graskop you can visit one of the largest coffee farms in South Africa.  Taste different coffee blends from other coffee growing areas at their coffee tasting facility and learn how coffee experts taste and evaluate the characteristics of coffee, similar to the way this is done with wine.

Approximately 25 hectares is planted with Arabica coffee of which about 15 hectares is presently in production, yielding an average of about 2.5 tons per hectare. During the 45 minutes tour visitors are shown all aspects of coffee production from the growing of the plants in the nursery through to the roasting and evaluation of the end product.

R533 near Graskop (41 km from Hazyview)

 

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.

 

The Centre is actively involved in:

 

The breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species

The release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild

The treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals which are brought to the Centre

The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation activities

Eco-tourism

 

A hands-on Student's Programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

Following an introductory presentation on the Centre, day visitors are treated to an in-depth tour of the Centre. Open safari vehicles with experienced guides move between the enclosures to view cheetah, wild dog, lions, the black-footed cat, African wild cat, ground hornbills, sable antelope and much more.

A great treat is experiencing the feeding sessions of various rare African vultures as they swoop down into the “vulture restaurant” to feed on the remains of carcasses. This area attracts White-backed Vultures, Hooded Vultures, occasionally the Lappet-faced Vultures and Cape Griffons, the Marabou Storks and Bateleur Eagles.

Visitors may also participate on an elephant-back safari. Conducted early morning and late afternoon, guests enjoy close contact game viewing from the vantage point atop the massive pachyderm.

There is a tea garden and curio shop at the Centre.

Location

R40 near Hoedspruit (76 km from Hazyview)

GPS

24° 30' 50"S | 31° 01' 56"E

Times

09:00 to 15:00 on the hour - daily

Booking

013 764-1177

 

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1991. A businessman from Pretoria in South Africa, Mr Strijdom, owns the farm on which the Centre is situated, and he in turn asked Brian Jones to establish and run the rehabilitation centre for him. Brian already had a Crowned Eagle in his possession and his reputation for the work he did with wild animals had spread rapidly. Brian Jones has been helping and caring for injured and orphaned animals from the age of four and thus he brought a great deal of knowledge and experience to the establishment of this rehabilitation centre

Very soon a variety of animals were being brought to him that were either orphaned, injured or poisoned and in need of help. The plight of Africa’s animals and our natural system has always been the main concern at Moholoholo and the philosophy is that awareness must be spread if we are to save our wildlife.

At Moholoholo they are often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, they have a number of ‘permanent residents’ that reside at the centre at their own cost and are used as ‘ambassadors’ for their species. Members of the public are therefore able to get an ‘up close and personal’ experience of these incredible creatures.

Moholoholo is a refuge to South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and is a highly regarded contributor to wildlife in our country. The animals who cannot be returned to the wild due to the nature and extent of their injuries, are cared for at the Centre and are used for educational purposes. A multitude of interesting wildlife such as Lion, Leopard, Serval, Lynx, Honey Badger, Eagles, Vultures and many baby animals. Two tours per day (Mon to Sat) lasting 2 to 3 Hours.

Location  R531 near Hoedspruit (80 km from Hazyview)

GPS   24° 30' 23"S | 30° 54' 09"E

Times  09:30 and 15:00 Monday to Saturday

15:00 Sundays (long weekends & school holidays)

Booking  013 764-1177

 

Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

A unique lifestyle destination with tranquil gardens, more than 30 quirky independent shops and fantastic entertainment spoils against a background of perfectly manicured gardens.

Visit the sculpture foundry, orange winery, chocolatiers, Antjie Newton's Pottery studio, or shop for candles, glassware, jewelry, furniture or feminine Lila Rose sleepwear and lingerie, to name but a few.

Casterbridge motor museum is home to a large collection of immaculately restored vintage motor cars and bikes.

Enjoy a culinary treat at any of the restaurants open from breakfast to dinner.

On R40 near White River, 37 km from Hazyview

 

Farmyard Petting Zoo

Children and their parents are encouraged to interact with the farmyard animals...bunnies, ponies, dwarf goats and more.  Quad bikes, pony rides, jumping castle, playground, super tube and kid's paintball are guaranteed to keep the children entertained for hours, while the adults can enjoy a culinary treat at any of the restaurants.

At Casterbridge on the R40 near White River

 

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

The character of the Lowveld Botanical Garden is shaped by the two main rivers that cut across it, namely the Crocodile and Nels Rivers. Before these two rivers converge in the Garden, they form spectacular waterfalls which can be viewed at the Cascades and the Nels viewpoints. When the Crocodile River is low, interesting geological formations are visible.

When in bloom the clivias at the Garden's main entrance are a beautiful and welcoming sight to visitors.

Walking through the enchanting African Rain Forest enables one to cross the Crocodile River across the famous suspended bridge, where the cascading waterfall can also be viewed.

 

The South African Forest contains fascinating vegetation from the Coastal Belt as well as the Limpopo Province.

 

Location  R40 near Mbombela (Nelspruit),

54km from Hazyview

GPS   25° 26' 41" S | 30° 58' 16" E

Times  September to March: 08:00 to 18:00 - daily

April to August: 08:00 to 17:00 - daily

Contact  013 752-5531

 

Emnotweni Casino

Since 1997 Emnotweni Casino established  itself as a premier entertainment destination in Mpumalanga and within the Riverside Park area.

 

 

Over the years the casino has staged a myriad of world-class events, shows and golf tournaments which have attracted many visitors to the city.

The casino has 425 slot machines offering a wide variety of games and denominations. There are 18 gaming tables - 9 American Roulette Tables, 5 Blackjack Tables, 3 Poker Tables and a TouchTable MultiPLAY Roulette. The Salon Privé offers serious gamers privacy and exclusivity.

 

R40 near Mbombela (Nelspruit),

53km from Hazyview

 

Chimpanzee Eden

Chimp Eden was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. This JGI chimpanzee sanctuary brings the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education end eco-tourism.

 

The goal of the chimpanzee sanctuary is to rescue chimpanzees that have survived the bush meat trade, been orphaned, traded in the illegal pet market, or rescued from being traumatised for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and night clubs.

The chimpanzees at Chimp Eden are the lucky ones, living out their lives in a risk free environment free of poaching and being provided with the necessary attention to recover from the trauma they have experienced. The chimpanzees spend their days in semi-wild enclosures, and show normal social interaction and behavioural patterns as group members.

There are currently three different chimp groups and enclosures at the South African sanctuary. There are viewpoints overlooking the forest and “foraging areas’ from which visitors and volunteers can observe and study the chimpanzees.  Guided tours of 1½ hours are on offer.

Adopt a Chimpanzee and keep track of him/her on the Institute's Webcam.

Location  R40 between Mbombela (Nelspruit) & Barberton

GPS   25° 33' 46" S | 30° 58' 21" E (turnoff)

Times  10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 - daily

Feeding times: 10:00 and 14:00

Booking  013 764-1177

 

Kaapsehoop Town

Kaapsehoop (Kaapschehoop) is a small  town in  Mpumalanga, South Africa. Situated 1486 m (4878 ft.) above sea level on the Highveld escarpment, about 25 km from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. The name of the town derived from the fact that when gold was discovered in the town, the find created hope for the early inhabitants of the geographically nearby De Kaap Valley – The Cape Valley – of attaining great wealth.

 

Kaapsehoop is set out between large natural clearings in the rock fields near the top of the escarpment overlooking the lush De Kaap Valley situated some 800 meters below, with distant views towards Barberton and Nelspruit.

 

Kaapsehoop Road, off the N4, 30 km from Mbombela (Nelspruit) & 87 km from Hazyview

 

Sudwala Caves & Dinosaur Park

The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world. The incredible caverns are situated in Pre-cumbrian dolomite rocks of the Malmani Group, formed over a period of some 3000 million years, capturing in stone a time when the area was covered by warm shallow in-land seas. These are amongst the second oldest known sedimentary rocks on the earth, and represented in the cave are fossils of the first oxygen producing plants on the earth, known as Collenia.  Besides the awesome rock displays the caverns also boast an array of calcium formations, aged but active, anciently and patiently still growing

The Sudwala Dinosaur Park is located next to the Sudwala Caves. Scientifically accurate, life-sized models of prehistoric animals are on display. The park tells the story of the development of life on earth and exhibits animals as diverse as the ancient amphibious and mammal-like reptiles, dinosaurs, extinct mammals, prehistoric humans and more. On the cliffs above the park stands Austrolopithicus africanus, better known as Mr. or Mrs. Pless.

In 2011 the Sudwala Caves became the first venue in Mpumalanga to offer a Garra Rufa Fish Spa. The spa is picturesquely situated out of doors, with a panoramic view of the valley below.

 

Garra Rufa fish, also known as ‘nibble fish’ and ‘doctor fish’, originate in the river basins of the Northern and Central Middle East, mainly in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Sudwala’s fish come from Singapore, where they are bred for export.

 

These minnow-like fish are famed for their habit of gently nibbling away at and consuming dead skin – and only dead skin. For centuries, people with psoriasis and other skin disorders have visited outdoor hot springs near Kangal, Turkey, where the Garra Rufa live and breed. Once they have consumed dead areas of the skin, healthy skin is free to re-grow. As a bonus, in the process, acupuncture points on the soles of the feet are stimulated, and blood circulation improved.

 

The water in the Sudwala Spa fish baths is constantly filtered through bio-filters, and UHF rays are used to kill any bacteria in the water. Customers are also required to wash their feet in an antiseptic bath prior to dipping them into the fish bath.

 

Location  Off the R539, 35km north-west of

Mbombela (Nelspruit)

GPS   25° 22' 34" S | 30° 41' 33" E

Times  Daily Guided Cave Tours: 08:30 - 16:30

Contact  Sudwala Caves: 013 733-4152

               Dinosaur Park:  013 733 5267

 

Sabie Valley Coffee Farm:

Coffee Farm Tour

The Sabie Valley Coffee Tour kicks off at Three Rivers, where the Sabie, Sabaan and Mac Mac rivers converge, and 10 km from Hazyview on the R536 road towards Sabie.

They've been producing Arabica coffee since 1984. Sabie Valley Coffee  is grown, processed, roasted to order, and specially packed for customers to ensure its freshness, character and first class value.

 

Sabie Valley Coffee is owned and managed by Tim and Kim Buckland, and situated in Hazyview, Mpumalanga near the Kruger National Park, in South Africa.

GPS   25° 01' 52" S | 31° 01' 29" E

Times   Every Wednesday at 14:00

Contact  013 737 8169

              082 751 3400

 

 

St. Peter's Church   Sabie Town

Sabie is a tranquil holiday destination that caters specifically for family holidays - with hiking & back packing, fly fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, white-water rafting, rock climbing & abseiling, bird watching, 4x4 trips, sightseeing, and shopping for African arts, crafts & curious.

The St. Peter's Church was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, built by a team of Italian stonemasons under the leadership of a Mr. Gemignani, and funded by the local community. The building was completed in 1913, and the church has been used for local worship every Sunday since that date.

GPS   25° 05' 53" S | 30° 46' 44" E

 

Forest Industry Museum

Located close to the Sabie Motors in Sabie, the Komatiland Forest Industry Museum allows tourists to take a self-guided tour and gain a unique look into the forestry history of South Africa.

 

The exhibits explain how technology influenced the development of forestry and the museum is an information centre about this industry. On display at the museum you will be able to see a miniature set of shoes carved out of wood by an Anglo-Boer war prisoner on St Helena, the oldest known South African used frame saw and a hand-made clothes peg made by gypsies in Ireland over 100 years ago.

Location  In the town of Sabie

GPS  25° 05' 53" S | 30° 46' 44" E

Times   Mon - Fri: 08h00 to 16h30

Sat: 08h00 to 12h00

Closed public holidays & Sundays

Contact  013 764-1058

 

Bridal Veil Falls

The Bridal Veil Falls - resembling a bridal veil - is 6km from Sabie town.  A challenging 750m walk through an indigenous forest leads to the 70m high waterfall. Public toilets are available. Not wheelchair friendly.

Location  6km from Sabie Town

GPS  25° 05' 01" S | 30° 43' 41" E

Times   08:00 - 16:00

 

Lone Creek Falls

One of the well-known landmarks of the area, 9 km from Sabie on the old Lydenburg tarred road.  A short (200m) walk through an indigenous forest takes you to the bottom of the falls.

This waterfall is a declared National Monument and is 68 m high. Toilet and picnic facilities available. Easy access for tour busses.

 

GPS   25° 06' 10" S | 30° 42' 38" E

Times   08:00 - 16:00

 

Horse Shoe Falls

The aptly named Horseshoe Falls is in the shape of a horseshoe. Located 6.8 km from Sabie town with the last 3.6 km on a gravel road that can be very dusty when dry and muddy when wet.

GPS   25° 07' 50" S | 30° 41' 41" E

 

Sabie Falls

Situated on the outskirts of Sabie town, under the new bridge across the Sabie River. A short walk brings you to a viewpoint where the waterfall plunges 73m down the Sabie gorge. The foundations of an old hydro-electric plant - from where Sabie obtained its electric power in 1907 - can still be seen at the bottom of the falls. Ample parking space - also for tour busses. Negotiable by wheelchair with some assistance.

GPS   25° 05' 19" S | 30° 46' 41" E

 

 

Mac Mac Pools

Located 13 km from Sabie on the R532 road to Graskop. The Pools is in a shallow rocky river with drops into a series of pools. The crystal clear, cool water makes for refreshing swimming and splashing after a hot day's sightseeing. Excellent picnic and toilets facilities. The circular 3 km Secretary Bird Walk begin and ends here. Facilities at the Pools are (mostly) wheelchair friendly.

GPS   25° 00' 30" S | 30° 49' 22" E (Turnoff)

 

Mac Mac Falls

The 65 m high Mac Mac Falls is 14km from Sabie on the R532 road to Graskop. The falls was declared a National Monument in 1983. A long stone step pathway (wheelchair unfriendly) leads from the curio stalls down to a viewpoint above the falls.

GPS   25° 00' 08" S | 30° 49' 11" E (Turnoff)

 

Transport Riders Memorial & Jock of the Bushveld Topograph

The Transport Riders memorial is located next to the R532 road to Graskop, 15 km from Sabie at the turnoff to the Mac Mac Forest Retreat. The ceramic floor tiles depict the rivers and the routes of the area as used by the coaches and transport riders during the gold-rush days.

By lining up the hub of the wagon wheel with the ceramic name tags, these tags indicate the exact direction of towns and prominent geographical features of the area. A Jock of the Bushveld way marker is located at the entrance to the memorial.

GPS   24° 59' 40" S | 30° 48' 47" E

 

Pilgrim's Rest Town

The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s.

GPS   24° 54' 31" S | 30° 45' 26" E

 

Graskop Town

Graskop is a small forestry town perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. At an altitude of 1,400 m above sea level, it has a temperate climate with a high rainfall and is often misty in the summer months. Graskop is a popular tourist destination and is renowned for its pancake bars and curio shops.

GPS   24° 55' 55" S | 30° 50' 27" E

 

 

Pinnacle Rock Tower

A tower-like freestanding quartzite buttress which rises 30 meters above the dense indigenous forest, 6 km north of Graskop on the R534 road (a scenic loop off the R532 road). To the right of the Pinnacle Rock is the first of eight small waterfalls in the Ngwaritsane stream.

GPS   24° 54' 44" S | 30° 51' 16" E

 

God's Window

God's Window - so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld (and in the distance the Kruger National Park) more than 900 m below - is 9.2 km north of Graskop on the R534 road. From the parking area a steep footpath along the edge of the escarpment leads to the actual view site where there is a Wild Nature Reserve at an altitude of 1 829 meters. Curio stalls and toilet facilities are at the parking area. Choose a clear day to best enjoy the view.

GPS   24° 52' 36" S | 30° 53' 18" E

 

Wonder View

Wonder View is the highest viewpoint on the escarpment accessible to the motorist. It has an even more magnificent view of the Lowveld than at God's Window. It is 1.3 km north of God's Window (10.5 km from Graskop), still on the R534 road.

GPS   24° 52' 07" S | 30° 53' 47" E

 

Lisbon Falls

Where the R534 rejoins the R532 road, you turn left (back towards Graskop) for 800 m and then right onto a gravel road. The falls is a further 2.2 km. At 92 m the Lisbon Falls is the highest waterfall in the area.

GPS   24° 52' 32" S | 30° 50' 58" E (Turnoff)

 

Berlin Falls

From Lisbon Falls you drive back to the tar road (R532) and turn left (north). Drive for 2 km (past the R534 turnoff) and then turn off left. Drive past the old Berlin Sawmill and at 2 km from the main road, turn left and park at the parking area. A short walk takes you to a vantage point overlooking the 45 m high Berlin Falls.

GPS   24° 51' 39" S | 30° 50' 55" E (Turnoff)

 

Bourke's Luck Potholes

Bourke's Luck Potholes are without doubt a icon, this world renowned landmark is 35 km north of Graskop on the R532 road at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers. Over millions of year’s waterborne sand and rock scoured huge cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.

The main building houses a Visitor's Centre displaying a model of the Blyde River Canyon, a permanent exhibition of the fauna and flora of the area, as well as the cultural and historical aspects of the Nature Reserve. The offices of Mpumalanga Nature Conservation have a laboratory for biological research and a well-equipped herbarium open to the public during office hours.

The 700 m walk to the actual potholes start at the main building.

GPS   24° 40' 23" S | 30° 48' 25" E

 

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment.  It is 25 kilometers in length and is, on average, around 750 meters deep.The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and was formed by rivers cutting deep into the escarpment and eroding millions of tons of rock which were carried to the Lowveld and beyond to the Indian Ocean. More than 700 m below the 370 ha Blyde River Dam is visible towards the lower end of the canyon at the confluence of the Blyde and Ohrigstad Rivers.

GPS   24° 35' 41" S | 30° 47' 10" E (Turnoff)

 

Three Rondawels

The Three Rondavels are three round mountain tops with slightly pointed tops, very similar to the traditional round or oval African homesteads made with local materials called rondavels.

 

The three well known gigantic peaks of quartzite and shale with their sheer rock walls tower more than 700 m above the surrounding landscape. These peaks are named after the three most troublesome wives of Chief Maripi Mashile - they are (from left to right) Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto. The word "Rondawel" is a South African word that refers to a round hut-like dwelling (usually with a thatched roof).

GPS   24° 35' 41" S | 30° 47' 10" E (Turnoff)

Total Distance: 280 km (return)

Time Required:  All day

From the Centre of Hazyview town drive north on the R40 towards Bushbuck Ridge.  At the last stop street in town (at Perry's Bridge Trading Post) turn left on the R536 towards Sabie.

 

 

 

 

 

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