The Best Things to do in the Lowveld

In the far eastern part of South Africa, lies everyone’s favourite holiday destination: the Lowveld.

Well-known for its absolute beauty, its unbelievable weather, and its many, many things to do, those who are planning a holiday in the Lowveld are spoiled for choice, whether it is their hope to have a laid back vacation or an action packed adventure!

Choosing what you want to actually do when visiting the region can be a little tricky, because the list is long and your time here is likely not going to be long enough to really be able to do all of the things you’ve hoped to do.

But not having enough time is really just a great excuse to make a return visit!

The Lowveld is possibly most famous for being home to the Kruger National Park, but there are plenty of other things to see. The Lowveld is known for having the most waterfalls in the country and you can easily spend a full day exploring the sights and scenes of the Panorama Route. And then there are historical attractions of all kinds and more action filled activities than you’d know how to fit into your days here.

And if you are struggling to fill out your itinerary, these are our recommendations for the best things to do in the lowveld.

  • The Kruger National Park

Let’s get this one out of the way, before we jump into anything else.

The Kruger National Park is quite easily the only attraction that most of those coming to the Lowveld are going to want to experience. As one of the biggest and most famous wildlife parks on the planet, the Kruger is a place where the days are spent enjoying safari drives, while the nights are spent enjoying nothing but the beautiful sounds of nature and the sight of the Milky Way.

A trip here is guaranteed to become one of your most memorable trips, so if you have not yet been here, then be sure to add it to your list.

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  • The Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail

Don’t be fooled by the name, you won’t need a 4×4 vehicle to enjoy this trail that is designed to take a billions of years back in time.

The mountains surrounding the ancient mining town of Barberton are known to be some of the oldest in the world. In fact, they are so old that they are regarded as a fairly accurate portrait of what the earth looked like around 3 billion years ago. The Geotrail has been built to show people the best geographical highlights of the area. There are various lookout points all along the way, complete with interesting information, and the views are just indescribable.

The Geotrail is suitable for all ages, and it’s free!

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  • Gold Panning in Pilgrim’s Rest

The very foundation of the Lowveld was built on the gold mining industry.

Gold rushes characterise the history of most of the area, and to this day, there is gold in the mountains around Barberton, up in the sleepy village of Kaapsehoop, and in Pilgrim’s Rest, which is considered to be the best place to try your hand at gold panning. At a place called Diggings in Pilgrim’s Rest you can learn about the history of the Pilgrim’s gold rush, and you can get in on the action by going down to a nearby creek and panning for gold that still sits beneath the waters.

To experience this activity, you will need to buy a ticket at the museum in town.

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  • Fly over Blyde River Canyon

Did you know that the Blyde River Canyon, which is around 3 hours away from the area’s capital city Nelspruit, is the world’s only green canyon?

The third largest canyon in the world, the Blyde River Canyon is a unique place not only because of the natural rock formations, but also because of the sheer variety of vegetation. On top of the canyon as well as within it, is natural Lowveld forest, while around the canyon, on various slopes, is drier grassland. The area also has fynbos in places where the forest give way.

The best way to see the canyon is from the air so have a look at the local helicopter companies offering flights, there are a few.

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  • Horseback Rides in Kaapsehoop

In the forested mountains around Kaapsehoop, lies the Kaapsehoop Horse Trails. The village is already quite well known for having a big wild horse population, who are the descendants of horses left behind by those who travelled to the region while in search of gold. The Kaapsehoop Horse Trails offers a once in a lifetime trip through the mountains and forests of Kaapsehoop. There are various trails to enjoy and all are done in the company of a guide.

To book a horseback ride, you can contact the company for more information.

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  • Skyway Trails

If heights are not something that scares you and if you are big on collecting unique experiences, a day spent at Skyway Trails is something you should definitely add to your list of things to do. Situated just outside of Hazyview, the company makes it possible for guests to glide along the canopy of one of the last natural forests in the area. From the aerial cable trail, you can observe and learn more about the wildlife and the plants that spot as you move from one tree platform to the next.

If this sounds like something you want to do, you can book a trip by visiting the official website – Here.

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  • White Water Rafting

The Blyde River, the Sabie River and the Olifants River are all places where you can enjoy the utter thrill of a trip down a fast flowing river, while seated in a rubber boat. Along with your companions, you’ll navigate the waters, with a guide up front who will take you safely to the end of the trail.

There are various companies offering such an adventure, so it is best to shop around.

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  • Visit the Sudwala Caves

Much like the mountains around Barberton, the Sudwala Caves are one of the oldest geological sites on earth. The caves are a great place to spend the day and there are various guided tours to take part in. One attraction, and something that is really magical, is the crystal tour, which you can sign up for when booking your tour.

Head over to the Sudwala Caves website (Here) for more information and to make your booking.

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And so, our Best Things to do in the Lowveld list comes to an end. We hope that this article provided you with valuable information that resulted in an amazing adventurous experience.