Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Mpumalanga (8.4 km from Sabie)
Lone Creek Falls is a well-known spot and is part of the waterfall route in the area of Sabie, Mpumalanga.
A short 200 m walk from the parking will take you to the foot of the waterfall. If you'd like to experience the falls in solitude and away from the crowd there is a path from the parking leading to the top of the falls. The walk is not too difficult and the viewpoint will not disappoint you.
Graskop (20.3 km from Sabie)
The Three Rondawels are also known as 'The Chief and his Three Wives'. The flat-topped peak to the right is named Mapjaneng - the 'Chief', whilst the three wives are named Maseroto, Mogoladikwe, and Magabolle.
Towering in isolated and massive splendour behind them is the 1944 m high peak named Mareiepskop, which forms the southern portal of the canyon mouth. To the north of Magabolle is the magnificent, almost arrogant, jutting profile of the Swandini Buttress, which forms the northern portal of the canyon mouth. It offers a superb example of the powerful effect of wind and water on raw rock interspersed with layers of shale.
Pointing roughly northeasterly and virtually surrounded by the lake is the mountain named Thabaneng (the mountain with the shadow that moves) by the locals and the Sundial.
Blyde River Canyon (21.6 km from Sabie)
This is the spot where everyone takes their shots. Serious shutterbugs will be reaching for their polarising filters and best wide angle lens. Choose a clear day and you can see all the way to the Kruger National Park and Mozambique. Glance towards the east and you’ll see the Three Sisters, also known as the Three Rondawels. Just two kilometres north is Wonder View, the highest viewpoint in the region.Spend some time here and soak up the spectacular panoramic Lowveld landscape from God's Window in the lush Blyde River Canyon. The largest vegetated canyon in the world, Blyde is third in size only to the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon.This beautifully green paradise has numerous plant and animal species and is a major core of endemism. And it's also the place where Africa split from Madagascar and Antarctica during the break-up of the Gondwanaland millions of years ago.
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Pan for real gold in the Pilgrim’s Creek just like the diggers did in the 1870’s. An exciting activity and great fun for one and all! Keep what you find.
Lydenburg (24.4 km from Sabie)
The Sterkspruit Nature Reserve is situated just outside of Lydenburg in Mpumalanga. The reserve's escarpment incorporates highveld grassland, forested kloofs, wooded stream banks, and quartzite cliffs. The natural habitat is perfect for fly fishing, bird watching, and hiking.
The reserve is home to a variety of mammals, including porcupine, aardwolf and the Cape clawless otter. There are over a hundred and fifty bird species, such as the ground woodpecker, bush blackcap, and blackwinged plover. The hiking trails offer stunning views of the majestic hills surrounding the reserve, and the Sterkspruit River is filled with rainbow trout for the enthusiastic fisherman.
Graskop (27.9 km from Sabie)
At 92 m, the Lisbon Falls are the highest in the area. The river separates into three streams as it plunges into the pool below. These falls are located just north of Graskop.
Hazyview (28.1 km from Sabie)
Sabie Valley Coffee has been producing Arabica coffee for over 25 years. The farm grows and produces coffee as well as provides coffee tours, showing the complete method of manufacturing coffee, including the roasting process and allowing a chance to taste the finished product at the Espresso Bar.
The Gift shop has the Sabie Valley Coffee for sale so that guests may purchase this great taste to take home with them.
Graskop (30.1 km from Sabie)
Visit an active silk farm and be amazed by the silk making process at this unique African development venture. After taking an interesting tour, you can spoil yourself purchasing silk clothing, silk-filled duvets or even silk skincare products.
Guided one-hour tours are offered on the farm for a minimal fee. These tours take place from Monday to Sunday.
After the silk farm tour visitors can relax at the Deck Restaurant for light meals and refreshments. The ice-cold homemade gingerbeer is a winner.
Mpumalanga (30.3 km from Sabie)
Berlin Falls is located in the Blyde River Canyon area on the Panorama route in Mpumalanga. Shaped in the form of a huge white candle, the falls flow down for 80 m into a deep dark green hole surrounded by red cliffs.
The waterfall's name comes from European miners who came to try their luck in the days of the gold rush, and named individual falls after towns and places in their home countries.
Visitors can enjoy a swim and a picnic around the falls, and explore the surrounding areas.
Four By Four Trails
Nelspruit (30.3 km from Sabie)
Do you have true grit? Don't mind dirtying your shiny urban 4x4? Test your driving skills through a series of extremely steep ascents and gripping descents on one of the leading 4x4 trails in South Africa.
The Riverwild 4x4 Off-road Recreation Experience offers several routes with a variety of challenging natural obstacles – try the River Rat Run, Croc Crossing and Shongololo, the ultimate long and winding bush tunnel.
Safety, vehicle care and enjoyment are the cornerstones around which the Riverwild 4x4 trails were developed. Cross-country drives and trips in the scenic surrounding forest are available for off-road vehicles without low range. A wide range of exciting adventure and recreation activities are also offered.
Sudwala Valley (30.6 km from Sabie)
The Sudwala Caves are an incredibly deep system of caverns lying in the Mpumalanga region of the Drakensberg escarpment. Considered the oldest known caves in the world, this astonishing unplumbed complex of passages and giant chambers extend into the mysterious Mankelexele massif.
The caves are situated in the Precambrian dolomite rocks of the Malmani Group, formed over a period of some 3 000 million years, capturing in stone an era when this place was a shallow inland sea.
The very earliest known life forms are preserved in fossil form in these rocks. In the cave are fossils of the first oxygen producing plants on the earth called collenia – fossilised bacterial colonies that date back 2.2 billion years! And there's a Dinosaur Park too. Kids will love the life-size monsters guarding the cave entrance.
Keen for adventure? Time your visit on the last Saturday of the month and join one of the popular Crystal Tours inside the deeper chambers. You will be required to crawl through some sections be prepared to get wet. It lasts for six hours and bookings are essential.
+27 (0) 13 733 4152
Galleries and Museums
Lydenburg (33.1 km from Sabie)
The Lydenburg Museum focuses on the cultural, archaeological and ethnographic history of the Pedi area. The museum’s current location is in the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve, home to a variety of indigenous antelope, small mammals and birds of the typical grasslands habitat.
The museum features excellent exhibits of early human occupation of the area, the most notable being the Lydenburg Heads. Other displays feature early gold mining and military history along with many cultural exhibits.
Hazyview (33.5 km from Sabie)
Meet the Elephant Sanctuary’s gentle giants. During the “Trunk in Hand” programme, an experienced guide introduces visitors to the elephants. Guests are able to touch, feel, feed, interact and walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants.
After the interaction visitors can opt for a short elephant ride – a privilege historically reserved for kings! It is a truly awesome experience to ride these magnificent animals.
This amazing sanctuary provides a halfway house for young African elephants in need of a temporary home. The sanctuary’s vision is to release all their elephants into an environment where they can be more independent when they are mature.
The Elephant Sanctuary is conveniently situated 5 km from Hazyview and 10 km from Kruger National Park’s Phobeni Gate. Facilities include elevated wooden walkways, beautifully constructed decks overlooking the river and a curio shop. View www.elephantsanctuary.co.za for bookings and details of various experiences.
Hazyview (33.7 km from Sabie)
At the core of Shangana Cultural Village is a busy African market where local craftspeople work and trade their crafts.
Trained guides take guests on informative and interactive trips to villages during the daytime as well as midday tours with lunch and the famous Evening Festival in the Chief's Kraal.
Shangana was created and built by the local Shangaan people and is a source of great pride. The village preserves their rich heritage and is an example of South Africa's great cultural diversity.
White River (34.8 km from Sabie)
White River Country Estate is a scenic golf course situated on the outskirts of White River and not far from Kruger National Park. The 18-hole course offers a good mental and physical challenge for golfers of all skill levels.
With Gary Player behind the design of the course, White River Country Estate is considered a world-class facility. The estate also offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.