Escape to Loskop

07 December 2015 by Katy La Grange

The working week is drawing to a close, the commute, the grind and the pressure can all be left behind. But, what now? Collapse in front of the televions and wait for the next working week to loom up like a storm on the horizon? Or, throw off the shackles, chase a dream and let the adrenaline embrace you and the memories be formed. Enjoy time to yourself or share it with friends, recharge your batteries, invigorate your body and brain and banish those workday blues!

Loskop dam is the perfect destination. One of the biggest manmade dams in Southern Africa, you are guaranteed to find a secluded fishing spot, picnic site or place to put down anchor. This haven for bird life is a twitcher’s dream and an anglers paradise, with silverfish, carp, bream and barbel all common additions to a fisherman’s hook!

However, there is much more than just the dam to explore. Game drives, hikes, trail runs and mountain bike route allow you to stretch yourself in the mountains that surround Loskop Dam. The wild expanse of Loskop Country makes it the perfect place to leave the worries of the world behind you and reconnect with nature, whether it is on foot, by bike or even in a 4x4.

For those looking for a weekend retreat, Forever Resorts Loskop provides the ideal setting. With a wide offering of activities from sunset cruises along the dam with informative guides, to early morning hikes where you can take in spectacular sunrises from vantage points that look over the whole of Loskop Country. This is any nature lovers paradise.

With a huge selection of activities for the young and old, this is the perfect getaway for the whole family. As kids will enjoy the put-put, adventure playgrounds, fishing spots, cycling routes and of course the warm and cold swimming pools that look over the Dam as much as the adults.

For me it is these hidden gems that make the Forever Loskop experience so memorable. Like our midmorning excursion to the hidden waterfall at Forever’s Waterfall Lodge. The Lodge itself is set amongst the ravines of Kranspoort Mountains providing a bird‘s-eye view of the valley below and is the starting point for the 15 minute waterfall walk. 

My guide Eugenie du Plessis was the perfect hiking companion, taking time to show me interesting feature along the way. The route is perfect any time of day thanks to the canopy of trees that keep the sun at bay, and produce the most beautiful dappled light to walk in.  While the route itself is not overly strenuous, there are a couple of places where you need to climb over a fallen tree or scramble across a rock or two. This is something walkers should bear in mind. 

The sound of the waterfall  hits you first, the babbling gurgle of water running down rocks before hitting the pool at the bottom with the familiar waterfall splash. The magical ambiance  builds with the calls of the resident baboon troop and the the backbeat jungle vibe of the insect buzz. Then the colour, the vivid purple splashes of the Jacarada tree flowers overlaying the myriad shades of green making a spectacular entrance to the waterfall

The waterfall itself is by no means the biggest, tallest, widest or even most spectacular in Mpumalanga, “the land of waterfalls”. Yet there is something really quite special about this waterfall. It has an almost magnetic property, that draws you along the walk and makes it hard to leave once you have arrived.

So while the walk itself is only 15 minutes, the adventure remains forever! My advice would be to pack a picnic, take a book and enjoy the moment. It is one of those special places where you can feel completely forgotten by the trials and tribulations of suburban life and can rejuvenate your senses with a deep dose of natural beauty.

For more information check out: www.foreverloskopdam.co.za, or contact: loskopres@foreversa.co.za | +27 (0)13 262 3075. GPS Coordinates Latitude: -25.438058& Longitude: 29.4929141