The delightful Highlands and Escarpment regions in the province of Mpumalanga are situated east and northeast of Johannesburg. Rolling highland grasslands and dramatic mountains are intermingled with cascading waterfalls, forests, pristine rivers and breathtaking vistas across the Lowveld. Roughly midway between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park, the Highlands and Escarpment areas offer plenty of great spots to pause for lunch, overnight or spend a few days. The charming village of Dullstroom is the heart of South Africa’s angling scene and attracts trout fishing enthusiasts from around the world. The Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes are must-see’s along the Panorama Route which makes its way through the beautiful Escarpment. The quaint town of Pilgrim’s Rest, swept up in gold rush fever in the late 1800’s, adds a fascinating historical perspective to your journey.
Destinations in South Africa
Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
There is a room in the bowels of the Ditsong Natural History museum in Pretoria. A secret room filled with treasure. It has a fairly innocuous name. In fact, to the casual passer by…it might be mistaken for a storage closet containing a janitor’s cleaning supplies.
Tropic of Capricorn
An interesting comparison exists at three notable crossings of the twenty third parallel within this phenomenal portion of Africa. They call it The Tropic of Capricorn…a line of latitude passing through Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia from Indian to Atlantic Ocean and defining the southern edge of Africa’s tropics.