Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

This stunning 260-sq-km reserve centres on the 30km-long Blyde River Canyon, where epic rock formations tower above the forested slopes and eagle-eye views abound at the dramatic meeting of the Drakensberg...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Blyde River Canyon

Three Rondavels Viewpoint

The area's highlight, with a staggering view of these enormous rounds of rock, their pointed, grassy tops resembling giant huts carved into the side of the canyon. There are short walks in the surrounding area to...

Top ChoiceNatural Feature in Blyde River Canyon

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

These bizarre cylindrical holes were carved into the rock by whirlpools at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers. Bridges span the rivers, providing impressive views. There’s a small museum providing...

Monument in Barberton

Painted Stone Garden

These rocks at the entrance to town are painted in the style of 'outsider' artist Nukain Mabuza, who turned his humble labourer's accommodation on a nearby farm into a fantastic rock garden by colourfully...

Bird Sanctuary in Dullstroom

Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre

This centre, south of town off Rte 540, teaches visitors about raptor species and the dangers facing them – you can even spend a morning learning the art of falconry (R400). There are regular flying displays...

Viewpoint in Blyde River Canyon

Lowveld Viewpoint

Affords stunning views up the canyon, to the glistening Blydepoort Dam at the far end surrounded by forested slopes. The rocky cones of the Three Rondavels formations are just visible, and you can see over the...

Museum in Lydenburg (Mashishing)

Lydenburg Museum

The town museum is well worth a stop, going back to the Pedi, who arrived here in the 18th century, and the Voortrekkers, who founded the town the following century. Exhibits include Pedi clothing, Voortrekker...

Viewpoint in Graskop

Graskop Gorge Lift

This glass viewing elevator travels 51m down the sheer cliffs of Graskop Gorge, with views of the Big Swing opposite, to an elevated forest boardwalk, which leads 500m to a 70m-high waterfall via suspension...

Historic Building in Barberton

Belhaven House

This beautifully restored prefab house, built between 1899 and 1904, shows the lifestyle of the privileged in the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. The central corridor leads to the grand dining room and...

Animal Sanctuary in Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Chimp Eden

This is a sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees, which have survived everything from the bush-meat trade to being traumatised for entertainment in circuses, beach resorts and nightclubs. You can see the primates in a...

Gardens in Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

North of the city centre, this 2-sq-km botanical garden (established 1969) is home to tropical African rainforest and is a nice place for a stroll among the flowers and trees. Over 240 bird species have been...

Museum in Barberton

Barberton Museum

The town museum has interesting exhibits on local history, culture and geology, including a great black-and-white photo display of Barberton through the years, covering everything from the gold rush to the local...

Museum in Pilgrim’s Rest

Diggings Museum

Just southeast of town along the Graskop road is the open-air Diggings Museum, where you can see how gold was panned. You need to visit on a tour, which you can arrange through the information centre.

Museum in Barberton

Barberton History and Mining Museum

In the old Transvaal Hotel (1882), this treasure trove of local history exhibits a hotchpotch of items from weaponry and greenstone samples to some fool's gold and an old R1 note bearing Jan van Riebeeck's face.

Viewpoint in Blyde River Canyon

God's Window

A viewpoint offering amazing vistas. Take the trail up to the rainforest (300 steps), where you might spot rare birds, including the elusive loerie, on the boardwalk to the viewpoint.

Waterfall in Blyde River Canyon

Lisbon Falls

This waterfall is a highlight of the Blyde River Canyon area, especially in summer (October to March), when the water flows hardest.

Wildlife Reserve in Barberton

Songimvelo Game Reserve

This beautiful 560-sq-km reserve sits in lowveld country south of Barberton, with high-altitude grassland areas on its eastern edge along the mountainous Swaziland border. There are no lions, but there are...

Village in Hazyview

Shangana Cultural Village

This touristy recreation of a traditional Shangaan community features – depending on the time of day – a market, farming activity and house building. There are also displays of masocho (warriors) uniforms and...

Museum in Sabie

Komatiland Forestry Museum

This museum has displays on local forests and the history of the South African timber industry. There's a historical examination of the use of timber and the introduction of plantations to protect indigenous...