Day Trips
WEST of Hazyview

Panorama Route Waterfalls
Sabie God's Window
Graskop Blyde Canyon
Pilgrim's Rest Three Rondawels

have a picnic &
enjoy the pancakes


Day Trips West of Hazyview
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Getting There
Total Distance: 280km (return)
Time Required:  All day

From the centre of Hazyview town drive north on the R40 towards Bushbuck Ridge.  At the last stop street in town (at Perry's Bridge Trading Post) turn left on the R536 towards Sabie.

          Trip Advice
Rain & mist on the Escarpment may hamper the Panorama Route trip. Suggest you check the Graskop & Sabie weather forecast before setting out. Alternative Day Trips to consider for bad weather on the Escarpment would be North, South or East of Hazyview. 

Sabie Town:
Continue on the R536 westwards until you reach the town of Sabie (45km from Hazyview).

Forest Industry Museum:
The Forest Industry Museum is in the centre of Sabie town, on the corner of Ford and 10th Street.

Bridal Veil Falls:
Drive in the direction of Graskop, turn left at the last 4-way stop in Sabie and follow the old Lydenburg tar road for 2km. Turn right just before the York Timbers Sawmill and follow the gravel (part tar) road across the Sabie river for 3km.

Lone Creek Falls:
Continue along the old Lydenburg Road.  This tarred road ends at Lone Creek Falls, 9km from Sabie town.

Horse Shoe Falls:
On the way to Lone Creek Falls you will find the gravel turnoff to Horse Shoe Falls on the left.

Sabie Falls:
As you exit Sabie town (direction Graskop on the R532) you cross a bridge over the Sabie River. Turn left immediately after the bridge and then left again for the parking lot at the Sabie Falls.

Mac Mac Pools:
Continue along the R532 (direction Graskop).  The turnoff to Mac Mac Pools is on the right, 13km from Sabie town.

Mac Mac Falls:
Continue along the R532 (direction Graskop).  The turnoff to Mac Mac Falls is on the right, 14km from Sabie town.

Jock of the Bushveld Memorial:
Continue along the R532 (direction Graskop).  The Jock of the Bushveld Memorial is on the left, 15km from Sabie town.

Pilgrim's Rest Town:
Continue along the R532 (direction Graskop), until you reach a fork in the road (23km from Sabie). Turn left on the R533 towards Pilgrim's Rest.

Graskop Town:
From Pilgrim's Rest you return on the R533 until you reach a fork in the road.  Keep to the left.  Graskop town is another 5km along this road.

Pinnacle Rock:
From Graskop town you head north on the R532.  3km From Graskop town turn right on the R534.  The Pinnacle Rock is another 3km on the right.

God's Window:
From the Pinnacle Rock you continue northwards on the R534.  God's Window is another 8km along this road on the right.

Wonder View:
From God's Window you continue another 1km northwards on the R534 for the Wonder View turnoff on the right.

Lisbon Falls:
From Wonder View you continue along the R534 to where it meets the R532.  Turn left at the T-junction (direction Graskop).  Continue another 1km for the turnoff to Lisbon Falls on the right.

Berlin Falls:
From Lisbon Falls you return to the R534 and turn left.  The Berlin Falls turnoff is another 2km on the left (after the R534 turnoff)

Bourke's Luck Potholes:
From the Berlin Falls you return to the R534 and turn left, heading north towards Ohrigstad.  The turnoff to Bourke's Luck is another 26km on the right.

Blyde River Canyon & Three Rondawels:
From Bourke's Luck Potholes you return to the R534 and turn right, heading north towards Ohrigstad.  The turnoff to the Blyde Canyon and Three Rondawels viewpoint is another 8km on the right.

Heading Back to Hazyview:
The best way back to Hazyview from the Three Rondawels and the Blyde Canyon viewpoints is is to drive south on the R532 to Graskop town and then down Kowyn's Pass on the R535 to Hazyview.


St. Peter's Church

Sabie Town

Sabie is a tranquil holiday destination that caters for the whole family - with hiking & back packing, fly fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, white-water rafting, rock climbing & abseiling, bird watching, 4x4 trips, sightseeing, and shopping for African arts, crafts & curious.

GPS   25° 05' 53" S | 30° 46' 44" E

See the Sabie web site for more info


Snow on the mountains
above Sabie


Church - Built entirely
from matchsticks

Forest Industry Museum

At the Komatiland Forest Industry Museum in Sabie visitors take a self-guided tour for a unique look into the South African forestry history dating back to the origin of forestry to the present day. The exhibits explain how modern technology has influenced the development of forestry over the years and the museum serves as an information centre about the forestry industry in a fun and interactive way.

Location  In the town of Sabie
GPS  25° 05' 53" S | 30° 46' 44" E
Times   Mon - Fri: 08h00 to 16h30
Sat: 08h00 to 12h00
Closed public holidays & Sundays
Contact  013 764-1058





Bridal Veil Falls

The Bridal Veil Falls - resembling a bridal veil - is 6km from Sabie town.  A challenging 750m walk through an indigenous forest leads to the 70m high waterfall. Public toilets are available. Not wheelchair friendly.

Location  6km from Sabie Town
GPS  25° 05' 01" S | 30° 43' 41" E
Times   08:00 - 17:00



Lone Creek Falls

One of the well known landmarks of the area, 9 km from Sabie on the old Lydenburg tarred road.  A short (200m) walk through an indigenous forest takes you to the bottom of the falls.

This waterfall is a declared National Monument and is 68 m high. Toilet and picnic facilities available, but no braai facilities. Easy access for tour busses.

GPS   25° 06' 10" S | 30° 42' 38" E
Times   08:00 - 17:00



Horse Shoe Falls

The aptly named Horseshoe Falls is in the shape of a horseshoe. Located 6.8 km from Sabie town with the last 3.6 km on a gravel road that can be very dusty when dry and muddy when wet.

GPS   25° 07' 50" S | 30° 41' 41" E
Times   08:00 - 17:00



Sabie Falls

Situated on the the outskirts of Sabie town, under the new bridge across the Sabie river. A short walk brings you to a viewpoint where the waterfall plunges 73m down the Sabie gorge. The foundations of an old hydro-electric plant - from where Sabie obtained it's electric power in 1907 - can still be seen at the bottom of the falls. Ample parking space - also for tour busses. Negotiable by wheelchair with some assistance.

GPS   25° 05' 19" S | 30° 46' 41" E



Mac Mac Pools

Located 13 km from Sabie on the R532 road to Graskop. The Pools are in a shallow rocky stream with drops into a series of pools. Swimming in the pools are now prohibited. Excellent picnic and toilets facilities, but no braai facilities. The circular 3 km Secretary Bird Walk begin and ends here. Facilities at the Pools are (mostly) wheelchair friendly.

GPS   25° 00' 30" S | 30° 49' 22" E (Turnoff)
Times   08:00 - 17:00


Mac Mac Falls

The 65 m high Mac Mac Falls is 14km from Sabie on the R532 road to Graskop. The falls was declared a National Monument in 1983. A long stone step pathway (wheelchair unfriendly) leads from the curio stalls down to a viewpoint above the falls.

GPS   25° 00' 08" S | 30° 49' 11" E (Turnoff)
Times   08:00 - 17:00


Transport Riders Memorial &
Jock of the Bushveld Topograph

The Transport Riders memorial is located next to the R532 road to Graskop, 15 km from Sabie at the turnoff to the Mac Mac Forest Retreat. The ceramic floor tiles depict the rivers and the routes of the area as used by the coaches and transport riders during the gold-rush days.

By lining up the hub of the wagon wheel with the ceramic name tags, these tags indicate the exact direction of towns and prominent geographical features of the area. A Jock of the Bushveld way marker is located at the entrance to the memorial.

GPS   24° 59' 40" S | 30° 48' 47" E
Note:   This memorial has been badly vandalised.



Pilgrim's Rest Town

The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s.

GPS   24° 54' 31" S | 30° 45' 26" E

See the Pilgrim's Rest web site for more info




Graskop Town

Graskop is a small forestry town perched on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. At an altitude of 1,400 m above sea level, it has a temperate climate with a high rainfall and is often misty in the summer months. Graskop is a popular tourist destination and is renown for it's pancake bars and curio shops.

GPS   24° 55' 55" S | 30° 50' 27" E

See the Graskop web site for more info


Photo: Andy Tinker

Pinnacle Rock

A tower-like freestanding quartzite buttress which rises 30 meters above the dense indigenous forest, 6 km north of Graskop on the R534 road (a scenic loop off the R532 road). To the right of the Pinnacle Rock is the first of eight small waterfalls in the Ngwaritsane stream.

GPS   24° 54' 44" S | 30° 51' 16" E



God's Window

God's Window - so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld (and in the distance the Kruger National Park) more than 900 m below - is 9.2 km north of Graskop on the R534 road. From the parking area a steep footpath along the edge of the escarpment leads to the actual view site where there is a Wild Nature Reserve at an altitude of 1 829 meters. Curio stalls and toilet facilities are at the parking area. Choose a clear day to best enjoy the view.

GPS   24° 52' 36" S | 30° 53' 18" E



Wonder View

Wonder View is the highest viewpoint on the escarpment accessible to the motorist. It has an even more magnificent view of the Lowveld than at God's Window. It is 1.3 km north of God's Window (10.5 km from Graskop), still on the R534 road. Entrance to this viewpoint is free of charge.

GPS   24° 52' 07" S | 30° 53' 47" E


Lisbon Falls

Where the R534 rejoins the R532 road, you turn left (back towards Graskop) for 800 m and then right onto a gravel road. The falls is a further 2.2 km. At 92 m the Lisbon Falls is the highest waterfall in the area. 

GPS   24° 52' 32" S | 30° 50' 58" E (Turnoff)
Times   08:00 - 17:00

Berlin Falls

From Lisbon Falls you drive back to the tar road (R532) and turn left (north). Drive for 2 km (past the R534 turnoff) and then turn off left. Drive past the old Berlin Sawmill and at 2 km from the main road, turn left and park at the parking area. A short walk takes you to a vantage point overlooking the 45 m high Berlin Falls.

GPS   24° 51' 39" S | 30° 50' 55" E (Turnoff)
Times   08:00 - 17:00



Bourke's Luck Potholes

This world renown landmark is 35 km north of Graskop on the R532 road at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers. Over millions of years waterborne sand and rock scoured huge cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.

The main building houses a Visitor's Centre displaying a model of the Blyde River Canyon, a permanent exhibition of the fauna and flora of the area, as well as the cultural and historical aspects of the Nature Reserve. The offices of Mpumalanga Nature Conservation have a laboratory for biological research and a well equipped herbarium open to the public during office hours.

The 700 m walk to the actual potholes start at the main building (wheelchair unfriendly). There are also two short circular hiking routes (Bourke's Luck Potholes Interpretive Trail and the Bushman Nature Trail) that start at the main building.

GPS   24° 40' 23" S | 30° 48' 25" E
Times   08:00 - 17:00




Blyde River Canyon

The 25 km long Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and was formed by rivers cutting deep into the escarpment and eroding millions of tons of rock which were carried to the Lowveld and beyond to the Indian Ocean. More than 700 m below the 370 ha Blyde River Dam is visible towards the lower end of the canyon at the confluence of the Blyde and Ohrigstad Rivers.

GPS   24° 35' 41" S | 30° 47' 10" E (Turnoff)

The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels can be seen from the same viewpoint. There is, therefore, only one entrance fee for both.



Three Rondawels

The three well known gigantic peaks of quartzite and shale with their sheer rock walls tower more than 700 m above the surrounding landscape. These peaks are named after the three most troublesome wives of Chief Maripi Mashile - they are (from left to right) Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto. The word "Rondawel" is a South African word that refers to a round hut-like dwelling (usually with a thatched roof).

GPS   24° 35' 41" S | 30° 47' 10" E (Turnoff)

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