Grass & Wetlands

The Grass & Wetlands are the best places for those who would like to go stargazing and for those who are in search of rare birdlife.



This tranquil region is filled with spectacular mountains, lakes and ancient rock formations. When you visit the region you can also learn about the Battle of Chrissiesmeer, see the Bushmen rock paintings and see the evidence of the ancient Legoya nation.

Towns

Amersfoort

Amersfoort, which is named after a city in central Holland, welcomes curious Dutch tourists eager to learn about its beginnings as a Dutch Reformed Church settlement. Yet the town, located in the Vaal River basin, also tells tales of the hidden Kruge...

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the one in South Africa, is best known for its extensive stone age rock tool collection and Goliath's Footprint – a six-foot-high geological feature shaped like a human foot.Travellers are often astounded when they discover...

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Badplaas

eManzana, formerly known as Badplaas, has much to boast about – hot mineral baths set in the bowl of the Dhlumudhlumu Mountains; a short distance to the province's largest game reserve, Songimvelo; and a network of underwater tunnels set in...

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Breyten

The Batwa Valley region surrounding Breyten is brimming with San history that is seldom told. These stories are narrated on a private tour through the geological features and historic sites of the valley.Breyten lies at the foot of Klipstapel, ...

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Carolina

Carolina is on the doorstep of the Komati Gorge Wildlife Reserve and the Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve, which are frequented for birdwatching, game spotting and various adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. Yet few know that it’s also the restin...

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Chrissiesmeer

This peaceful, countryside retreat in Mpumalanga’s grasslands and wetlands region is an ideal family getaway and a birder's paradise. Chrissiesmeer is the place to go to get away from it all and the friendly locals will make you want to ext...

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Ermelo

Ermelo played a pivotal role in South Africa’s liberation struggle as it was a stop over for the ANC’s Umkhonto weSizwe members who were travelling to Swaziland and Mozambique, and it also experienced forced removals during the 1960s. But...

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Hendrina

Hendrina's location midway between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park has made it a favoured rest stop for travellers, but perhaps Antiek-Sjiek, an antique collector's haven, has something to do with that too.Hendrina is sit...

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Morgenzon

Morgenzon, meaning ‘morning sun’ in Dutch, is a sleepy farming town situated along the banks of the Osspruit River, midway between Standerton and Ermelo. It's the place to visit if you're looking for peace and quiet to unwind fr...

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Perdekop

When in Perdekop it's compulsory to go horse riding, but don't leave before you visit Roodedraai Museum – one of South Africa's largest collections of Anglo-Boer War memorabilia. The small town of Perdekop, meaning '...

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Piet Retief

Set in the surrounds of pine forests near one of South Africa’s largest dams you’ll find Mkhondo – the gateway to KwaZulu-Natal Province and Swaziland. Heyshope Dam, found on the Assegaai River and surrounded by pine forests, is one...

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Volksrust

It was in Volksrust that human rights activist Mahatma Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba, were arrested on numerous occasions, alongside other Indian protestors, for peacefully marching against the Black Act and Immigration Law. Gandhi’s Satyagra...

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Wakkerstroom

Wakkerstroom, which is set in a peaceful valley overlooked by Ossewakop Mountain, is a world-renowned destination. As the second oldest town in the province, Wakkerstroom is brimming with history that is only rivalled by its natural splendou...

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