Take a Hike in The Lowveld

If you are a nature lover, you probably already know that The Lowveld offers some of the best outdoor adventure activities and scenic landscapes in South Africa. There is of course no better way to experience its spectacular forests and mountains, natural waterfalls and diverse plant and animal life, than by exploring it by foot.
 
With more and more day- and overnight trails opening every year, it is clear that hiking is becoming one of Mpumalanga’s most popular tourist attractions, and for good reason.
 
While there are hundreds of spectacular hiking trails on offer in the Lowveld, lasting anything from several hours to several days, here is but a few ones we like to recommend to our guests.
 
 

Blyderivierspoort Hiking Trail

The Blyderivierspoort hiking trail is one of the most beautiful trails in the Lowveld as it runs through the third largest canyon in the world – The Blyde River Canyon.  This trail is marked by spectacular views, diverse fauna and flora and a variety of animal life.

The trail is 60km long and starts at God’s Window and ends at Bourke’s Luck. Conquering this trail will take you three to five days as it can be adapted depending on your preference.

Blyde Rivier Hiking
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Queen Rose Hiking Trail

Tucked away in the Nelshoogte Forest Reserve between Barberton and eManzana (Badplaas), the Queen Rose trail is naturally designed to provide one of the best up-and-down hiking experiences with breathtaking views and interaction with fauna and flora.

The two-day, 26km, hike takes you amongst the mountains of the eastern escarpment where the Queens and Montrose rivers meet, indigenous forests, over mountain passes, through the Montrose timber plantation and along the Queens River.

While wildlife and the 350+ species of bird found in the area is enough attraction for animal lovers  lovers, the 20 river crossings, a suspension bridge, foefie slide and a number of pools ensure this trail in packed with enough adventure for the wild at heart, too.

 

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Fanie Botha Hiking Trail

The Fanie Botha Hiking Trail is situated in the Sabie area in Mpumalanga, and is considered by many to be one of the best trails in South Africa and should be high on every hiker’s bucket list.

While this trail is especially favoured by by bird lovers, the unique forest vegetation and natural water features will leave all kinds of adventurers in awe of its beauty. It does contain its fair share of strenuous sections, so proper training beforehand is necessary to enjoy the hike fully.

A highlight of this trail is the spectacular 70 metre highMac Mac and Lone Creek Falls, that is often considered as a once-in-a-lifetime experience by new and experienced hikers alike.

The Fanie Botha Hiking Trail has various trail options ranging from two – to five-night trails. The shortest route on this trail is 17,1km and the longest route is 58,8km.

 

Various Day Hikes

If you have limited time on your hands and are only interested in day hikes, the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) hiking trails, such as the Belvedere Day Hike from Bourke’s Luck is a great option. This full-day hike include steep downhills that lead to the beautiful Dientjie Falls at the foot of the Blyde River Canyon, where wildlife is abundant. The Bourke’s Luck area also offers a number of day trails.

Another option for day hikers is the newly-reinvented Jock of the Bushveld Day Hike, running along the edge of the escarpment, taking in Paradise Camp from the famous book “Jock of the Bushveld” and offering great bird sightings along the banks of the many beautiful streams.

Sabie offers the popular Bridal Veil hike, a gentle wander along the Sabi River to this popular waterfall, with some challenging detours for the more adventurous, and the walk to the Forest Falls, known for being the only falls in Mpumalanga to be wider than they are high.

The Kruger National Park offers numerous trails with possibly the most exciting being the opportunity to backpack the length of the park in a rigorous hike, broken up into 100-kilometre sections. The SANParks Honorary Rangers are offering this as a chance to ‘Follow in the Footsteps of the Giants’.

 

 

 

Source: Kruger Lowveld Tourism

 

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day – A Romantic Couple’s Photoshoot Atop Our Hill

We are working together with Hughsten Photography in Nelspruit to bring you something special just in time for Valentine’s Day.

We are giving you the opportunity to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day by booking a romantic couples photoshoot at the top of the hill at our guest house, with the stunning Nelspruit city lights as backdrop. We will provide champagne and delicious snacks to enjoy as Hughsten Photography captures your precious memories.

Check out Hughsten Photography’s Facebook page for more information or email info@hughsten.co.za. Unfortunately there are limited spaces available, so make sure to book your photoshoot as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to hosting you and your partner this Valentine’s Day!

 

Why Spring is the Perfect Time for A Lowveld Getaway

With Spring being just a few days away in South Africa, there is a sense of excitement in the air, because anyone who’s ever visited Nelspruit this time of year will know, the Lowveld in Spring is simply spectacular. To be fair, most parts of Mpumalanga is beautifully green and warm all year round, but at Vineyard on the Hill, we find this time of year is especially thrilling as we emerge from the depths of Winter into the warm light of Spring.

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Meet the Team

At Vineyard on the Hill, the four of us work together as a team to take care of your every need, to ensure that your stay with us is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service to everyone who walks through the doors of our guest house, while we focus on a high standard of quality and attention to detail. No matter what we do, we make sure we do it with a warm smile to create a space that you can call your home away from home.

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SABC 2 Spyskaart Video | Inside our Guest House

A few weeks ago, we hosted the crew of SABC 2’s Spyskaart TV Program in collaboration with Safarinow.com, and to show their gratitude, they created this lovely video of our guest house.

This video will take you on a tour of our guest house where you will catch a glimpse of the beautiful interior of our guest house, the lush gardens, as well as the amazing view from the top of the hill.

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Garden Kitchen Tea at Vineyard on the Hill

We love making your party or special get-together as memorable as possible. From preparing delicious food and drinks, setting up the decor and flowers to providing the professional staff to ensure everything runs smoothly, we pride ourselves on putting together beautiful events.

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