A tourist in my own country

Last weekend I enjoyed a weekend away in Mpumalanga. Mpumalanga (Zulu for “the place where the sun rises”) is a province in eastern South Africa, bordering the nations of Swaziland and Mozambique. It embraces the southern half of Kruger National Park, a huge nature reserve with abundant wildlife including big game. The province’s iconic Blyde River Canyon, among the world’s largest, is known as a green canyon because of its subtropical foliage.

It’s a mere 4 hour drive from Johannesburg to Sabie, a beautiful, little town in Eastern Transvaal.  The weekend away was one of those spur of the moment ideas, the ones that usually turn out the best. On arrival, at our destination, Merry Pebbles Resort, this is what we found… cabin on river

Crystal clear river water passing by our lodge…  We set up camp. My husband and my son insisted on sleeping in a tent next to the lodge. MEN! 🙂   It’s hardly camping with all the conveniences of ‘home’ in the lodge alongside the tent.  However, I let the boys be boys and together, we enjoyed a marvelous weekend together.

Saturday morning, we went fishing for our lunch.  The trout farm was something out of a picture book…

trout dam

The farm was so beautiful, it was like walking into a picture..  Right next to the farm, Horseshoe trout farm is Horseshoe falls.  horseshoe fallsHorseshoe falls is one of many, many waterfalls in the area – (All withing 10km driving range).   What an amazing weekend in darkest, deepest Africa. *big smile* – SO – if you need to get away to a fairly affordable weekend away, Sabie, Eastern Transvaal might be for you.

If you would like a review of your venue, simply send me an email via renee.everett7@gmail.com.


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