Mpumalanga Escarpment – South Africa

Mpumalanga – A Scenic Wonderland

Carved by the meticulous hand of Mother Nature herself and overflowing with the pioneering spirit of Africa, the artistically dramatic heights of the Mpumalanga

Escarpment is a mountainous panoramic landscape filled with golden hues and earthful browns. From these heights, cascading waterfalls flow into shimmering rock pools, surrounded by the serenity of indigenous evergreen forests and the echoes of the African wildlife. Exuding tranquility, the escarpment and its surrounding areas are home to some of the most striking, inspirational and romantic scenery in Africa.

Known as the Land of the Rising Sun, Mpumalanga Escarpment is the ideal destination to relinquish the stressors of modern living and unwind as you journey through the dreamlike scenes of imposing altitudes and caving depths.

The Blyde River Canyon and its many crevasses have been birthed by the elements of nature, and the patience that come with the passing of millennia, which give rise to the third largest canyon in the world. Astonishing viewpoints are littered throughout the escarpment and with titles such as God’s Window, Wonder View and The Pinnacle, there is no doubt that these uniquely African scenes have been forged by the forces that transcends our mortality.

The Sudwala Caves are hidden within the mountain valleys of the Mpumalanga Escarpment and is yet another outstanding draw card within the deck of African marvels. These caves are believed to be the oldest known to man and it is rumoured that with its gloomy confines, the legendary treasure know as the Kruger Millions are hidden away.

The best season for Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga’s Lowveld is graced by a subtropical climate, with much cooler temperatures in the Highveld. Expect hot and humid rainy summers. Winters are generally humid and warm during April to September.

Rain falls mostly in the summer months starting in October to March, with up to 500 mm (30 in) rainfall year. The dry season sets in from April to September with pleasantly warm days and cool to cold nights.

Suggested Stay

Mpumalanga Escarpment is a scenic wonderland, as such, due to its many cultural and historical sites, we suggest about a weekend?s journey. If you plan to explore the Kruger National Park as well, suggest a 5 to 6 night stay at various lodges.


Advice from Safari Russ:

“An explorer’s paradise – the mountain valleys, evergreen forests and many spectacular waterfalls are reached by meandering trails. Journey through pine forests and discover the cascading waterfalls; swim in glistening rock pools and picnic alongside the romantic visions of nature’s best.

Highlights of Mpumalanga

ADRENALINEJUNKIES: In the tumbling currents of the Blyde River you will get the chance to ride the rapids. White water rafting, canoeing and kayaking is offered, and with the astonishing scenery that surrounds you, there is no doubt that you would want to experience the rush again and again. The Mpumalanga Escarpment lends itself to rock climbing too, that’s if you brave enough to reach soaring heights.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK: Enter the southern regions of the world renowned Kruger National Park and discover Africa’s Big Five. Many lion prides, leopards, cheetahs, antelope and zebra are found in the park and its southern areas contain the most prolific concentration of wildlife, with black rhino scattered throughout.

PANORAMA ROUTE: Ideal as a self drive destination, the Mpumalanga Escarpment has some of the most beautiful sights in South Africa. It is by exploring the Panorama Route that you’ll undoubtedly marvel at the escarpment’s splendour, cultural heritage and surreal magnitude. This superb road si also one of South Africa’s great motorcycle rides, with sweeping curves and open stretches along the wide, excellently paved road.

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