Day Trips
SOUTH of Hazyview

Go Sailing Shop at Casterbridge
Cuddle a Rabbit Plant a Tree
Win a Million Bucks Talk to a Chimp
Africa's Stonehenge Go Underground


Day Trips South of Hazyview
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Getting There\
Total Distance: 260km (return)
Time Required:  All day

From Hazyview town drive south on the R40 towards White River.

Map - South of HazyviewDa Gama Dam:
The turnoff to Da Gama Dam and Hulala Lakeside Lodge is on the left, 15km from Hazyview.

Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre &
Farmyard Petting Zoo:

Continue with the R40 towards White River. The turnoff to Casterbridge and the Farmyard Petting Zoo is on the left, 37km from Hazyview and just before entering White River town.

Emnotweni Casino:
Continue on the R40, through White River town towards Mbombela (Nelspruit).  The turnoff to Emnotweni Casino is on the left just after the Riverside Mall.

Lowveld National Botanical Garden:
Continue with the R40 towards Mbombela (Nelspruit). The turnoff to the Botanical Garden is on the left where the Sabie road (R37) joins the R40.

Chimpanzee Eden:
Continue with the R40, though Mbombela (Nelspruit), towards Barberton.  The turnoff to Chimpanzee Eden is on the left, 16km from Mbombela (Nelspruit).

Kaapsehoop Town:
From Chimpanzee Eden, return on the R40 back to Mbombela (Nelspruit).  Turn left onto the N4 (direction Pretoria) and after 2km left onto the Kaapsehoop road.  The town of Kaapsehoop is 30km from Mbombela (Nelspruit).

Sudwala Caves & Dinosaur Park:
From Kaapsehoop town, continue with the Kaasehoop road to the N4.  Turn right on the N4, heading back to Mbombela (Nelspruit). Continue past Montrose (where the Schoemansdal Road joins the N4) for another 4km before turning left onto the Sabie/Sudwala Caves Road.  The Caves & Dinosaur Park is a further 7km on the right.

Heading Back to Hazyview:
The best way back to Hazyview from Sudwala Caves is to return to the N4. Turn left towards Mbombela (Nelspruit) and then left onto the R40 towards White River and Hazyview.


Hulala Lakeside Lodge

Sailing on the Da Gama Dam

Da Gama Dam & Hulala Lakeside Lodge

The most popular activity at Hulala Lakeside Lodge is boating. No power boats are allowed on the water, which maintains the ambience of peace and tranquillity. They have a fleet of two-man canoes, peddle boats, rowing boats, bass boats for the anglers, and the ever favourite "Sundowner Cruise".

The Da Gama Dam is also home to the Forest Sailing Club.

Location  On R40, 15km from Hazyview
GPS  25° 09' 41" S | 31° 00' 18" E (turnoff)
Contact  Hulala Lakeside Lodge: 013-764-1893
Forest Sailing Club: Des Drake 083 225-8359


Sundowner Cruise on Da Gama Dam

Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

A unique lifestyle destination with tranquil gardens, more than 30 quirky independent shops and fantastic entertainment spoils against a background of perfectly manicured gardens.

Visit the sculpture foundry, orange winery, chocolatiers, Antjie Newton's Pottery studio, or shop for candles, glassware, jewellery, furniture or feminine Lila Rose sleepwear and lingerie, to name but a few.

Casterbridge motor museum is home to a large collection of immaculately restored vintage motor cars and bikes.

Enjoy a culinary treat at any of the restaurants open from breakfast to dinner.

Location  On R40 near White River, 37km from Hazyview
GPS  25° 18' 26" S | 31° 01' 54" E
Times  Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 16:30
Sundays: 09:00 - 16:00
Cost  Entry is free of charge
Contact  013 751-1540



Casterbridge - Vintage Motor Car


Farmyard Petting Zoo

Children (and adults) are encouraged to cuddle the farmyard friends...bunnies, ponies, dwarf goats and more.  Quad bikes, pony rides, jumping castle, playground, supertube and kid's paintball are guaranteed to keep the children entertained for hours, while you catch up on some relaxation.

Location  At Casterbridge on the R40 near White River
GPS  25° 18' 26" S | 31° 01' 54" E
Times  Tues - Sun: 09:00 - 17:00. Closed on Mondays Open Public Holidays
Contact  013 750-2678




Sausage Tree

Water Lilly

Lowveld National Botanical Garden

Set in spectacular scenery at the confluence of the Crocodile and Nels Rivers, the 159 ha Lowveld National Botanical Garden boasts a Visitor's Centre, Indigenous Nursery, man-made African Rainforest, Tea Garden and a Restaurant.

In addition to approximately 600 plant species occurring naturally in the Garden, more than 2 000 additional species have been planted. Of the approximately 1,000 tree species indigenous to South Africa, over 650 can be seen in the garden - this includes numerous species from sub-tropical southern Africa.

In terms of visible biodiversity, the Lowveld National Botanical Garden must surely rank as one of the most rewarding of South Africa‚Äôs national botanical gardens. It  has the highest avian diversity of all national botanical gardens, with 242 birds having been recorded so far.

Location  R40 near Mbombela (Nelspruit),
54km from Hazyview
GPS   25° 26' 41" S | 30° 58' 16" E
Times  September to March: 08:00 to 18:00 - daily
April to August: 08:00 to 17:00 - daily
Contact  013 752-5531

More info on our Biodiversity Page


Blood Lilly

Large-fruited Bushwillow

Sacred Coral Tree

Emnotweni Casino

Strike it lucky on the range of 353 slot machines, 10 Blackjack and Roulette tables - including Mpumalanga's only electronic Roulette table, and the Salon Prive which caters for those with deeper pockets.

Or catch the latest releases from Nu Metro at the movies in the adjacent Riverside Mall. With more than 10 movie theatres, you'll be able to see the latest blockbusters straight from Hollywood on the big screen.

Location  R40 near Mbombela (Nelspruit),
53km from Hazyview
GPS   25° 26' 22" S | 30° 58' 00" E



Chimpanzee Eden

Set on a 1,000 hectare game reserve, the world renowned Jane Goodall Institute established the JGI Chimpanzee Eden - a home to chimpanzees that have been misplaced from their natural habitat. The Institute has made this tranquil venue their South African sanctuary and has committed itself to the rescue and care take of chimpanzees in need of refuge.

It is the only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. This venue brings the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education, tourism and modern technology.  Guided tours of 1½ hours are on offer.

Adopt a Chimpanzee and keep track of him/her on the Institute's Webcam.

Location  R40 between Mbombela (Nelspruit) & Barberton
GPS   25° 33' 46" S | 30° 58' 21" E (turnoff)
Times  10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 - daily
Feeding times: 10:00 and 14:00
Booking  013 764-3399



Kaapsehoop Town

Kaapsehoop (also known as Kaapshehoop or Kaapschehoop) is a fairytale village with a rich gold-mining history.  It is located high-up in the cool mountain air in the foothills behind Mbombela (Nelspruit) at an altitude of 1,600 meters and the town is often shrouded in mist.

The town is well known for it's herds of wild horses - be on the lookout from them in the surrounding grassveld, as well as in the streets of town. 

Here you can shop for exotic, handmade crystal, gemstone and silver jewelry. Or select from an enchanted array of collectable objects at The Gold Mine shop. Kaapsehoop is a delightful place to have a pancake or light lunch.

Kaapsehoop is also the home of Adam's Calendar. It resembles Stonehenge and is reputed to be the oldest man-made structure on Earth. A giant stone observatory build more than 75,000 years ago that precisely recorded the solstices, equinoxes and days of the year.

Location  Kaapsehoop Road, off the N4, 30km from Mbombela (Nelspruit) & 87km from Hazyview
GPS   25° 35' 39" S | 30° 45' 57" E


Adam's Calendar

Stone Man at
Adam's Calendar Site


Dinosaur Park

The Sudwala Dinosaur Park is situated next to the Sudwala Caves. On display are realistic, life size models of pre-historic animals, ranging from amphibious reptiles, ancient reptiles, dinosaurs, pre-historic mammals, pre-historic man and more. There are also a number of live Nile Crocodiles, perfectly adapted to survival and not much changed from their ancient relatives.

The park is set in a lush sub-tropical forest garden, where monkeys and red-breasted cuckoos abound. The magnificent viewing deck overlooks the Rainforest Valley (National Heritage Site # 167) - with occasional glimpses of wild chacma baboons.

Location  Off the R539, 35km north-west of
Mbombela (Nelspruit)
GPS   25° 22' 34" S | 30° 41' 33" E
Times  Daily 08:30 - 17:00
Contact  013 733 5267



Sudwala Caves

The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world. The incredible caverns are situated in Pre-cumbrian dolomite rocks of the Malmani Group, formed over a period of some 3000 million years, capturing in stone a time when the area was covered by warm shallow in-land seas. These are amongst the second oldest known sedimentary rocks on the earth, and represented in the cave are fossils of the first oxygen producing plants on the earth, known as  Collenia.  Besides the awesome rock displays the caverns also boast an array of calcium formations, aged but active, anciently and patiently still growing

Location  Off the R539, 35km north-west of
Mbombela (Nelspruit)
GPS   25° 22' 34" S | 30° 41' 33" E
Times  Daily Guided Tours: 08:30 - 16:30
Contact  083 446 0228


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