5 Ways to Get Active in the Lowveld

The Lowveld of Mpumalanga is renowned for its bush, game viewing and animals but there is so much more especially if you are an action junkie…

Words and Pictures: Sue Adams

Here are some ways to enjoy the Lowveld:

1. Fishing Frenzy

The Sabie River has a stretch of water that fishing enthusiasts from across South Africa cannot wait to try out. Andrew Kanaris of the well-known Big Sky Fly Fishing in Sabie – where you’ll find all the outdoor and fishing gear you need – is the local expert and fanatic. If you are like Andrew and believe there are two times to fish – when it’s raining and when it’s not – bring your rod to Sabie. www.bigskyoutdoor.co.za

2. Tobogganing 

Yes, we know we don’t get snow in the Lowveld but Misty Mountain Lodge (between Sabie and Lydenburg) has just built a fabulous toboggan run through the grasslands of their farm. This is a single-rail toboggan based on an Austrian design, and is 1.7km of adrenalin – I promise you once won’t be enough. The lodge has a great view and excellent food so at least stay for lunch after your ride. Booking is advisable. 013 764 3377

3. Flying High 

A helicopter ride along the escarpment, with a stop for a picnic, will have wannabe explorers and pioneers feeling like the real thing. You are liable to set foot where no one has been before and the odds are you won’t see another soul. Or, if you want to stay a little closer to the ground, take a microlight from Hazyview and follow the Sabie River. You might even spot some game.

4. On a Bike 

The Lowveld is cycling heaven but quad biking is a good half-way option for those of us who want to explore but just aren’t fit enough to the mountains of the area. Induna Adventures takes you on guided trails through indigenous forests and bluegum plantations, stopping at scenic spots and waterfall viewpoints. Be prepared to get muddy. Induna Adventures: 013 737 8308

5. Wild about Water 

Ever heard of geckoing? It’s riding the river in a tube with a base like a small boat and you use your hands to steer. Great fun. And for braver adventurers, Kestell Barnard also offers kloofing at Mac Mac Falls, abseiling down waterfalls and, if you don’t mind tight spaces, caving by candlelight.  Kestel Adventures: 072 351 5553, www.kestelladventures.com

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