Exploring the gems of Mpumalanga
With the number of long weekends in April, Meletso decided to take a roadtrip to the Lowveld at the end of April. We stayed in Hazyview a few km's from the world famous Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is best to see the big five. This time of year is the best time to safari, it is a warm in the afternoons but a little cool in the morning and evening, make sure you pack your sunblock and caps and drink lots of water. The Elephant sanctuary is about 2 km's from Hazyview Cabanas.
My favorite thing to do in the Lowveld is to visit the numerous natural wonders. Our first stop was Sudwala Caves which are regarded as the oldest caves in the world, the caves were formed 240 million years ago. Sudwala Caves is a great sightseeing trip for the whole family.There a number of rock formations in the caves. Namely: the screaming monster, the three nuns and the rocket. It is amazing to explore and discover a piece of history and the tour guides offer some interesting facts as you explore the caves. Entrance fee is R70 per person and is open from 08:00 am to 16:00 pm.
The Dinosuar Theme Park/ P.R Owen museum is right next door to Sudwala Caves. The park consists of life size sculptures and live crocodiles. The sculptures were created by Jan van Zijl who also designed the black wildebeest on the old South African 2 cent coin. Entrance fee is R70 and the park is open daily from 08:30 am to 17:00 pm.
There are a number of Waterfalls to see on the Blyde River panoramic route. Mpumalanga is also known for having the most number of waterfalls in one province. We visited Lisbon Falls and Berlin falls, Berlin falls is the highest waterfall in the Mpumalanga Province. The cost is R10 per car to compensate the security and is open from 08:00 am to 18:00 pm.
Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world. Blyde River translates to River of Joy. Bourkes Luck Potholes are found where the Treur River (River of Sorrow) joins the Blyde River at the start of the Blyde River Canyon. Bourkes Luck Potholes, is a breathtaking site which is waters power to shape a landscape, where centuries of river activity have carved out dramatic rock formations and pools. The entrance fee is R50 per person and is open from 08:00 am to 16:00 pm. Be on the lookout for baboons as they roam freely around this area.
The most underrated view point is Wonder view. Wonder view is the highest view point in the Lowveld, at an altitude of 1,730 m to be precise. It is 2km from the famous God's window. Entrance is free and you do not have to walk far as the view point is a view steps from the parking. On a clear day one can see over the Blyde River Nature Reserve and the border of Mozambique.
One cannot go to Graskop and not stop and the famous Harrie's pancakes. Be prepared to wait 15-20 minutes for a table as this place is really popular.Our pancakes were fluffy and delicious and I love that you can have almost anything from sweet to savory fillings.