The Top Ten ‘Must See or Do’ along the Cultural Heartlands Route


Here are our top ten things you simply must experience in the Cultural Heartlands:

#1) The Ndebele one of the most recognisable tribes in Africa. Their beautiful beadwork and painted homes are a joy to behold and are the quintessential signature of the Cultural Heartlands. Spend a morning transforming into an Ndebele and learning about all the traditions behind the clothing  at Little Elephant Craft Market. Where beautiful Ndebele art is created before your eyes and makes the perfect genuine souvenir to remind you of your stay.

#2) 50m abseil at Buffalo Gorge takes guts. As while the section you repell down might only be 50m, from the top it looks far more as the cliff face drops away to the valley floor many 100’s of m’s below. The initial lean over the edge of the cliff takes nerves of steel but once you have caught your breath you can enjoy some of the most impressive views of this magnificient part of Mpumalanga. 

#3) The Ghost Tour uncovers some of Middelburgs most fascinating stories and colourful characters. So whether you believe in the paranormal or not, it is a great excuse to look around some of the towns oldest houses and iconic buildings. What’s more you’ll make friends along the way – maybe not all of the humankind!

#4) Highveld Mall and the Ridge Entertainment Centre, this list wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Mpumalanga’s biggest mall. With designer brands found nowhere else in Mpumalanga, entertainment experiences that will keep the whole family amused and the chance to ‘Win Big!’ you would be a fool to miss it.

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#5) Hiking at De Voetpadkloof with their range of hiking trails catering for every fitness level and age De Voetpadkloof is this region’s premier hiking destination. Beautiful lookouts have been combined with natural features to create enchanting trails where there is always something new coming in to view. With a huge bird count as well, this really is a nature lovers dream come true.

#6) Historical Tour showcases Middelburgs rich and varied history. This town has something for every kind of history fan. Rich in Anglo-Boer War history there is the house that Louis Trichardt signed the peace treaty with the British, forts, armouries and monuments to the concentration camps.  There is also World War history, religious history, folk song history and of course a lot of cultural history tied into this small yet fascinating town.

#7) Sunset cruise on Loskop Dam a key attraction in the Cultural Heartland region, Loskop Dam offers the perfect mix of recreation and conservation. Providing a range of adventures in nature and relaxing surroundings, allowing you to create a tailormade experience. Yet it is the sunset cruise that really showcases the region, as the dam dwarfs the mountains and provides some of the most impressive sunsets in the Lowveld.

#8) Mhuzi Township Adventure will show you a different side to life in the Cultural Heartlands. A mix of opulence and poverty, a vibrant community with a large soul and plenty of interesting attractions. Enjoy the shabeens, consult the sangoma and enjoy heart felt moments with the disabled school children being given a chance to succeed.

#9) The Yalla Yalla experience enjoy a night in award winning accommodation. Where you can sleep in a different country every night and service excellence comes as standard. Yalla Yalla is a boutique hotel with a difference, offering the kind of service you seldom get outside of a capital city.

#10) Family Fun at Pienaardam, where white lions and camels rub shoulders with Highveld antelope species. Where a beautiful setting has been paired with a range of activities guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained. Whether it is pony rides, paddle boats, game drives or go karts. Pienaardam is a place adults can relax while the Children go wild.


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