10 things to do in Mpumalanga

  1. Dullstroom is a cosy little town where fly-fishing reigns supreme. An array of fully-stocked dams and lakes offer rainbow and brown trout. There’s no off-season, but the best time to enjoy the still waters of Dullstroom is between July and September. If your fishing gear needs replenishing, there are many shops in the area that will help you stock up. You do need a permit. https://dullstroom.co.za/
  2. The Sudwala Caves, which are regarded as the oldest caves in the world. The Crystal Tour takes you 2,000 metres underground, into the heart of the caves. The bravest adventurers will go on to the Crystal Chamber, a cavern filled with spectacular aragonite crystals. For everyone else, there’s the Sudwala Dinosaur Park where you can see life size models of pre-historic dinosaurs along with the real life Nile crocodiles. http://sudwalacaves.com/
  3. Wild About Whiskey has the largest collection of whiskey in the Southern hemisphere. Take a whiskey tasting tour and learn about ‘the water of life’ from three self-confessed whiskey fanatics. If whiskey isn’t your thing, they also stock a limited selection of gin, brandy, craft beer and wine. Something for everyone. https://wildaboutwhisky.com/
  4. Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route stretches from Nelspruit to the Swandini Forever Resort, with some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country. This self-driving route winds through the province’s highlands along the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. Graskop is a well-loved section of the route, with attractions such as Pilgrim’s Rest, Lisbon Falls, Blyde River Canyon and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. http://www.mpumalanga.com/
  5. At the zenith of the Panorama Route is God’s Window, a lookout point at the top of the escarpment. Named for the sheer natural beauty contained in one view, God’s Window is located just north of the charming town of Graskop, where you can stop before or after taking in the stunning vista for a meal and little shopping. http://www.mpumalanga.com/
  6. E-Bikes are taking the world by storm and Kaapsehoop Outdoor has incorporated this craze into tours with three options – of the village, the forest and a combination of the two. http://www.safcol.co.za/what-we-offer/ecotourism/kaapsehoop-outdoor/
  7. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon and watch the day unfold around you. Let the wind drive you over wild bush and farmland with 360 degrees of spectacular views. And after you touch down, grab breakfast at a nearby lodge. https://www.dirtyboots.co.za/operators/sun-catchers-hot-air-ballooning
  8. Hop aboard a semi-automatic quad bike and explore scenic riverine areas, indigenous bush and farmlands in and around the Sabie River Valley. No license required. http://idleandwild.com/quad_bike_trails.html
  9. Learn more about man’s closest living relative at Chimp Eden, where rescued chimpanzees are able to live out their lives in a risk free environment and are provided with the necessary attention to recover from the trauma they have experienced. https://www.chimpeden.com/
  10. The aim of the Dullstroom Bird Of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre is to teach the public about raptors. During the twice-daily flight displays visitors receive dazzling, up-close encounters with these magnificent birds. Stroll through enclosures and well-manicured gardens, and let kids loose on the playground. http://www.birdsofprey.co.za/