Adventures in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga, meaning ‘the place where the sun rises’ lies in eastern South Africa. Adventurers are drawn to this region by magnificent scenery and unparalleled fauna and flora.

Mpumalanga is divided into two distinct areas. The westerly half, the highveld, is high altitude grasslands with its distinct afternoon thunderstorms. The highveld terminates in an immense escarpment that plunges hundreds of meters down to a low-lying area called the lowveld. Here you find some of the most…

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Adventures in Mpumalanga
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Mpumalanga, meaning ‘the place where the sun rises’ lies in eastern South Africa. Adventurers are drawn to this region by magnificent scenery and unparalleled fauna and flora.

Mpumalanga is divided into two distinct areas. The westerly half, the highveld, is high altitude grasslands with its distinct afternoon thunderstorms. The highveld terminates in an immense escarpment that plunges hundreds of meters down to a low-lying area called the lowveld. Here you find some of the most famous game reserves in the world. This natural border, the Drakensberg Escarpment, creates spectacular scenery and provides plenty of opportunities for adventure seekers.

The area around the escarpment is also known as the Panorama Route. This route has breathtaking vistas around every mountain corner and waterfalls plunging down sheer rock faces. Start the route in the tiny town of Graskop where your first adventure activity is a gorge swing. Further south, the Sabie River offers excellent river rafting opportunities. Caving in Sabie is also popular and the many waterfalls in the region are just waiting to be explored on a kloofing adventure.

The spectacular Blyde River Canyon with the Blyderivierpoort Dam below forms the northern part of the escarpment. This 25 kilometer long canyon, the second largest in Africa and third deepest in the world is the perfect place to go kloofing, quad biking or to enjoy a boat trip. Viewpoints with fitting names such as the Three Rondavels and God’s Window are spectacular stops on this adventure route.

The lowveld is Big Game Country. This is the setting for sanctuaries teeming with wildlife. The Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, became South Africa’s first national park in 1926 and is today part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park that links this park with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique. Choose between the many camps and lodges and go on safari in an open vehicle for a world class game experience. Alternatively try a walking safari which gives the added benefit of an unparalleled adrenaline rush when you are up close and personal with some of Africa’s largest mammals.

Mpumalanga Adventures

Abseiling

Close your eyes for a moment and picture yourself like this: You are strapped into a climbing harness, walking backwards to the edge of a cliff. You pause for a moment, allowing yourself to take in the breathtaking scenery and to control your heart beat. Then you begin the descent down the sheer cliff...

Aerial Cable Trail

Feeling stressed and trapped in the demands of everyday life? Take a trip to Mpumalanga and experience the freedom of gliding over a forested valley on an Aerial Cable Trail. An Aerial Cable Trail is a series of connected platforms. The trail is built in natural surroundings so you can admire the natural...

Big Swing

Are you the type of person that likes to live in the fast lane? Does 0-160 km/hr in 2-3 seconds sound fast enough for you? Head to the tiny forestry town of Graskop in Mpumalanga for an adrenaline rush that will satisfy your need for speed. The Big Swing is Mpumalanga’s highest cable Gorge Swing...

Caving

Mpumalanga is the home of several caves where you can go Caving or Spelunking. The biggest and most well known cave system is the amazing Sudwala Caves. In the early 1900’s, during the Second Boer War, Sudwala Caves were used to store ammunition. Legends also claim that the caves may be the hiding...

Fly Fishing

Anglers flock to Dullstroom, Waterval Bowen, Lydenburg and Machadodorp in Mpumalanga for tranquil surroundings in the fresh escarpment air, wonderful family run lodges – but most importantly for the excellent Fly Fishing.

Gorge Swing

Experience the adrenaline of a 68 metre freefall from 0-160 km/hr in under 3 seconds on a Gorge Swing while taking in the breath-taking Graskop Falls on your way. The tiny town of Graskop on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment is home to one of Mpumalanga’s most extreme greatest adrenaline rushes...

Hiking

Ever since the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo became Mpumalanga’s first national park in 1926, nature lovers have come here to enjoy the amazing flora and fauna. Today, the park offers avid hikers an experience of a lifetime on a Hiking Adventure. Join experienced rangers on a mornings...

Hot-Air Ballooning

There are times in your life when you just have to tick off that once-in-a-lifetime, unforgetable adventure box. A Hot Air Ballooning adventure in Mpumalanga will allow you to tick of this box and more. Gliding effortlessly and soundlessly along a clear sky while watching the world wake up below is...

Kloofing

Tumbling rivers carving out a route through rugged mountains: This is the pristine wilderness of Mpumalanga - Perfect for a Kloofing Adventure! Kloofing is an adventure activity that involves a descent of a ravine or watercourse. You may use all manner of walking, scrambling, plunging, jumping or abseiling...

Mountain Biking

Take in Mpumalanga’s spectacular scenery from your saddle. Mountain bikers here are spoilt for choice. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Panorama Route or drive into the Kruger National Park where you have a choice of Mountain Biking routes suited for all levels of experience. Here, near Olifants...

Paragliding

Ever since Leonardo da Vinci tried to find a practical solution to flight, adventure seekers have been dreaming of soaring the skies. Today, this dream can come true on a Paragliding Adventure in Mpumalanga. Experience the magic of free flight under an African sky with a tandem paraglider or sign up...

Quad Biking

Mpumalanga may be one of the smaller provinces of Mpumalanga, but it is home to a vast variety of adventure activities. The Drakensberg escarpment divides Mpumalanga into high altitude grasslands, known as the highveld and the lower lying savanna habitat, the lowveld. A Quad Biking adventure is an...

River Rafting

Mpumalanga offers thrill seekers a variety of River Rafting Adventures. From its source in the Drakensberg mountains, the Sabie River flows eastward through Mpumalanga into the lowveld. It crosses the Kruger National Park, flows into the Corumana Dam in Mozambique and joins the Komati river before it...

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing is the warm sun on your back, hard rock in front of you and nothing but thin air behind you. In other words it is an adventure sport fit for those with no fear of heights and a need for a serious adrenaline kick. Mpumalanga has an abundance of rugged cliffs and soaring mountains and is...

Walking Safaris

Awesome scenery goes hand-in-hand with awesome adventures on a Walking Safari in Mpumalanga. Get your adrenalin pumping while walking in Mpumalanga’s amazing wilderness. Spot crocodiles, hippos and other local residents while you learn about plants, spoor and tracking. For the ultimate bush experience...

White Water Rafting

Take a leisurely approach to White Water paddling on the Sabie River in Mpumalanga on a scenic adventure with Grade 2 to 3 rapids testing your skills, mixed with swimming, bum-sliding or wave surfing. Alternatively, for an adrenaline pumping adventure, try out the White River Rafting on the Blyde River....

Zip Line

A Zip Line Adventure gives you that exhilarating feeling of flying. As you, strapped into a safety harness, glide along a solid stainless steel cable, the ride is smooth and you feel weightless. There is no feeling of jerking or falling, and this makes a Zip Line Adventure suited to all, even those...