My family loved travelling when I was younger. We always loved doing road trips to our favourite places, like Sodwana Bay, but every now and then it was time to explore new places and find out what else the wonder South Africa has to offer. On this trip, we stayed in a town called Hazyview just outside Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Hazyview is a few km away from all the adventures in Graskop so we head out the the small town for a day to experience what the town had to offer.
If you are spending a day in Graskop, Mpumalanga, here are my top things to do in and around the main cities.
Start off your morning at the Skyway Trails Aerial Cable Car and Tree Top Adventure.
If you are looking for an adrenalin activity, then the aerial cable car is the way to go. Experience the freedom of gliding over the forested valleys along the Sabie River adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The aerial cable trail takes you down into the valley basin, stopping along the way on a number of elevated platforms to admire the natural vegetation, birdlife and the views of the forest floor below. Or you could stay a little closer to the ground in the tree top obstacle course.
Have lunch at the famous Harrie’s Pancakes Restaurant in Graskop.
Have you ever heard of Harrie’s Pancakes? Niether had I, but you have got to try them! Harrie’s is a small restaurant the specializes in all things pancake and they are made to perfection. They have been serving delicious pancakes for over 18 years, and so they have had plenty time to perfect their pancake recipes.
Head over to the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve and experience the beauty that the reserve has to offer.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes - Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
This natural water feature, where they Blyde and Treur River meet, forms the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Thousands of years of swirling whirlpools that occur as the 2 rivers meet caused waterborne sand and rock to grind out cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.
The informative visitors centre details some of the interesting natural and socio-historic features and is the starting point of the 700m walk to the potholes which consists of a network of pathways and footbridges allowing visitors to explore the potholes.
Take in the breath taking scenic splendour through God’s Window - Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
This is the place where everyone takes the iconic landscape photo of the view from God’s Window. On a clear day the 900m high view allows you to see all the way to the Kruger National Park and Mozambique.
Take a 2km walk to Wonder View, the highest point in the province. Wonder View has an altitude of around 1700m.
End the day with a bang and conquer your fear on the Big Swing.
The Lowveld is full of adventure activities and the Big Gorge Swing has to be one of the most popular with visitors looking for an adrenaline rush.
This 68-meter fall is over in under 3 seconds and is one of the world’s highest gorge swings. Not keen on the ‘free’fall’, experience the breath taking scenery on a 90m long high wire ‘foefie slide’ or do the 50m abseil.
Across the gorge is the Edge Bar, affectionately known as ‘Courage Corner’. If you are not keen on participating, sit back, enjoy an ice cold drink and watch the jumpers.