High above the Dam in the mountains that surround the gorge, in which the Dam was built, is a very special habitat. It is where two ecosystems collide, the lush bushveld scrub of the Lowveld and the rolling grasslands of the Highveld, producing both spectacular vistas and numerous wildlife opportunities.
At over 230 square kilometres Loskop Country has the space for you to immerse yourself in nature and throw off the shackles of modern life. With a selection of reserves to choose from, including the expansive Loskop Dam Nature Reserve run by Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency with its rustic charm and wilderness appeal and the eight Forever Resorts properties each tailored to offer a different guest experience. There truly is something for everyone when it comes to experiencing this beautiful slice of Mpumalanga.
By far the best time to explore it is at sunrise. The early morning light gives everything a warm glow bathing the spectacular vistas in golden sunrays that appear to ripple through the iconic Highveld grasses. Whilst the encircling mountain’s rugged rocky outcrops, valleys, gorges and sheer sides provide a patchwork of textures, patterns and habitats to explore and delight in.
Three of the ‘Big 5’, white rhino, buffalo and leopard roam these hills. However it is the plains game that provides the picture perfect sightings. Silhouetted sable antelope with their unmistakable curving horns, delicate orbi and herds of wildebeest and zebra are just some of the 70 species of mammal recorded here.
The variety of habitats that make up Loskop Country is a hit with birders. Grassland species like the magnificent Secretary Bird, Lesser Kestrel and Tawny Eagle are regularly sited here. While the bushveld plays host to an assemblage of Kalahari-highveld species as well as the Striped and Bushveld Pipit. Regionally threatened and restricted species like the African Grass Owl, Kurrichane Thrush and White Bellied Sunbird can also be found here.
While 4x4 adventurers are the main mode of transport for exploring the Loskop Reserves changes are afoot. Hiking trails, trail running and mountain bike routes are gaining in popularity. The new 65km mountain bike route unveiled by Forever Resorts takes riders through 6 of their magnificent properties and already has the mountain bike community abuzz. While the 6km and 10km hiking trails are a great challenge as you make you way over two hang-bridges, through river sand ravines, up steep koppies and into dense riverine vegetation before it opens onto the pristine grassland ecosystem this area is renowned for. Along the route two beautiful waterfalls and a swim at the ravine will help cool you down while stimulating your senses.
Loskop country is a totally different experience to Loskop Dam, but both will leave you refreshed, reinvigorated and wanting to come back for more.