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.
Here are some adrenaline pumping things to do on 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.
+27 (0) 13 764 2682; +27 (0) 83 966 5089; [email protected]
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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.
+27 (0) 13 764 3377; +27 (0) 73 375 1817; [email protected]
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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.
- For helicopter trips contact Seasons in Africa or the Mpumalanga Helicopter Co.
- For microlighting contact Wally van Welie at Aviation Adventures Flying Club on +27 (0) 83 310 5293
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4. On a Bike
The Lowveld is cycling heaven but quad biking is a good halfway option for those of us who want to explore but just aren’t fit enough for 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.
+27 (0) 82 463 2334; +27 (0) 13 492 0071; [email protected]
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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.
+27 (0) 72 351 5553; [email protected]
Words and Photography Sue Adams