Things To Do In The Heart Of Africa
You’re sick of the cold weather from your region? Then you’d better plan a trip to Africa…
Once you’ve lazed around at Lion Sands, why not take the opportunity to delve into some of the other attractions in the Heart of Africa, Mpumalanga?
We suggest a few ways of keeping entertained while you’re in the Place of the Rising Sun.
The Dulltroom/Belfast/Machadodorp area is renowned for its flyfishing opportunities.
Officially called the Highlands Meander by the Mpumalanga Tourism authority, it is also dubbed the ‘Trout Mecca’ but you can also indulge in adrenaline pumping activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, hot air ballooning and paragliding, to mention a few.
Major highlights of the region include a vibrant arts and crafts community.
Add some colour
Highlights of the area around Witbank, Middelburg, Groblersdal and Siyabuswa (known as the Cultural Heartland) include colourful Ndebele arts and culture, crafts and curios.
In the villages such of Kwaggafontein, Matibidi, Waterval and Twoline, community tourism is on the rise, allowing visitors to enjoy authentic South African rural life.
Stop by the village of Botshabelo, where the Bible was translated for the first time from English into Ndebele.
Cosmos Country includes the towns of Secunda, Delmas, Leandra, Bethal, Standerton, Balfour and Greylingstad.
Known as the ‘energy belt’ of Mpumalanga, the region houses a number of power stations that supply energy to most southern African countries. Despite the serious industrial activity, the open grasslands of this region transform into a kaleidoscope of colour with a carpet of cosmos flowers blooming in late summer, hence the name Cosmos Country.
Visitors are also attracted to the region by the annual Potato Festival and the search for fortunes at a casino located in the area.
Get a new view on things
The magnificent Panorama Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. One of the major highlights of the region is The Blyde River Canyon.
Nature Sanctuary, home to spectacular wildlife, birdlife and plant-life and some of the best views in the country.
Don’t forget trails left behind by the Voortrekkers in regions such as Lydenberg and Orighstad, ancient artistic footprints left by indigenous peoples of Africa and the Gold Rush territory of Pilgrim’s Rest, home to the early gold prospectors.
The Wild Frontier hosts archaeological discoveries dating back more than three billion years.
Include a visit to the historic town of Barberton (a fascinating reminder of the old gold rush days) and Komatipoort, a major southern African crossroad in the region, linking Africa’s diverse people.
The Grass and Wetlands region is a birding paradise. You can also engage in unusual activities like “frogging expeditions” or watch stars during “stargazing weekends”. Fierce battles were fought here in the past, with the most notable being the battle of Chrissiesmeer that is annually re-enacted.
The Lowveld is home to the seat of the provincial administration in Nelspruit, White River and the township Kanyamazane.
You will find the oldest dolomite caves in the world, housing the famous Sudwala Caves.
Don’t miss the quaint village of Kaapsehoop and its wild horses, the mesmerising butterfly garden in the White River area and the Lowveld Botanical Gardens that offers several hiking trails, an enormous collection of cycads and an African rainforest.