Exciting Things to do in Waterval Onder, Mpumalanga

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Much like South Africa as a whole, Mpumalanga is a melting pot of cultures. It means “the place where the sun rises”, and while it may be one of South Africa’s smallest provinces, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in spectacular natural diversity. Mpumalanga is home to the world-famous Kruger National Park, the Blyde River Canyon and the region is also dotted with numerous nature reserves teeming with flora and fauna.

Many of these site are in proximity to each other so a well planned day out will enable you to see many of these beautiful splendours.

Things to do in Waterval Onder, Mpumalanga

Stone Circle Museum

All the stone ruins are circular and are not stand-alone structures. They are part of a very large cluster of ruins, all connected to each other by strange channels, that may resemble pathways in aerial photographs. Agricultural terraces seem to hold all of these ruins and channels together like a gigantic spider’s web. This is an unimaginable building achievement comprising of more than 10 million stone ruins, that cover large parts of mostly South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Great Zimbabwe ruins fall into this same group of ruins.

Kaapsehoop Wild Horses

From far and wide people come to see the wild horses of Kaapsche Hoop. And though they find some wandering through the village, those herds are merely a fraction of the population. For the true wild horses along the escarpment are as elusive as the gold once found in this region; their origin as vague as the outline of the mountains when the mist rolls over the plains.

Elands River Waterfall

These falls used to be known as Waterval Boven and are situated at the village of Emgwenya, which once had the same name as the falls. The Elands River Falls are 70 metres (or almost 230 feet) high, which makes them spectacularly impressive to witness from up close. It is owing to these awesome heights that the falls are frequented by rock climbers.

Dullstroom - 79km

Undeniably the most famous of all the Highlands Meander Towns, Dullstroom is a tourist mecca that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is South Africa's premier flyfishing area.

Sudwala Caves & Dinosaur Park - 65km

The Sudwala caves are the oldest caves on earth and encase the oldest dolomite chamber in the world. At the Dinosaur park you will stand below the knee-height of life-size dinosaur models in a museum of life. Replica's of reptiles will keep an enquiring mind alive.

Pilgrims Rest - 135km

Pilgrims Rest is a living musuem - the entire town has been declared a national Monument - taking the visitors to the day of old Transvaal Gold Rush.

Mac Mac Falls - 143km

Tumbling 70m in two double streams with water rainbows, white spray and a deep, dramatic pool, this is what waterfalls are supposed to look like. The falls are just as beautiful and unspoilt there is a viewing platform so you can step out over the ridge and get a real sense of the plunge.

Gods Window - 167km

Gods Window - 167km The Zenith of the Panorama Route, this is such a picturesque view point that it has been called “God’s Window”, due to the sheer natural beauty contained in one view.

Bourkes Luck Potholes - 186km

This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River causes waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.

Graskop Gorge Glass Lift - 159km

The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is centrally located on the Panorama Route and is an ideal stop over point, whether it be for the view, the forest, the food or the various adventure activities, guided tours and hikes in the surrounding areas