After an incredible two weeks exploring everything the Highlands Meander region of Mpumalanga has to offer, it is time to wrap up this campaign! However, this would be impossible to do without one more blog. A blog for the ‘Bucket Listers’ amongst us, one for the ‘attraction seekers’ or those simply looking for a recommendation of what to do while visiting this uniquely beautiful part of the province
One of the biggest mistakes to make with the Highlands Meander is to believe it is nothing more that the route from Gauteng to Kruger and the Lowveld. A seemingly never-ending road, that just goes on and on and on, as you make the ‘great-trek’ from the traffic and smog of the cities, to the warmth and freedom of the Lowveld.
When it comes to shopping in South Africa, Malls reign supreme! They are convenient, air conditioned and provide easy parking but let’s face it, whether the malls is in Durban, Cape Town or Gauteng they are all very much the same. You see one, you’ve seen them all. The shops are the same, the merchandise is the same and the food spots are the same, which can leave you feeling flat and underwhelmed.
The Lowveld has it’s famed ‘Big 5’, but here in the Highlands Meander it is all about the ‘Big F’s’: Fireplaces, Fine Foods, Flora & Fauna, Fishing, and Fun!
Thirty minutes’ drive from Middelburg, just off the N11 on the way to Loskop Dam is uBhetyan Game Lodge.
The Cultural Heartlands might be better known for its power stations and coal mines, however it is also home to an important grassland ecosystem that supports a myriad of plant and animal species.
Follow the coordinates 25º 56’ 789”S, 29º 16’ 080”E to one of the Cultural Heartland’s best kept secrets. The road will take you to a secluded bay on the banks of Witbank Dam and here you will find Steve’s Place. Just an hour out of Gauteng on the R544, just off the N12, Steve’s Place is the perfect get away for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and exchange it for a bit of relaxation and recuperation.
eMalahleni, formally known as Witbank, has been home to a number of recognisable faces, from former Miss South Africa Anneline Kriel, well known trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Welterweight SA Boxing Champion Leslie van Rooyen and international sporting legend and Springbok Captain Francois Pienaar. eMalahleni is the place where Winston Churchill successfully hid from the Boer’s and is now known as a hub for South Africa power production.
When you arrive at Highveld Mall its hard not to be impressed, after all this is the biggest shopping and entertainment hub in Mpumalanga.