The Mpumalanga province stretches across diverse geographical regions of the Country that encompass parts of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Highveld, the Lowveld, and the Lebombo Mountains. Something that many people don’t know, is that the province boasts more waterfalls than any other province in South Africa. With its prime location, Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge offers visitors the opportunity to explore some of the most breath-taking waterfalls in the province. From delicate cascades to towering drops, these waterfalls are a must-see for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike.
Here are some of the top waterfalls to see when visiting Crystal Springs:
Lone Creek Falls: This beautiful waterfall is located near Sabie, just a short drive from Crystal Springs. The waterfall drops 68 metres and is surrounded by lush greenery. It is a landmark waterfall that should not be missed, and it is a popular spot for picnics and hiking.
Bridal Veil Falls: Located in the Sabie area, this waterfall boasts a 70-metre drop and is known for its delicate appearance. The waterfall cascades down a rocky cliff, creating a stunning veil-like effect. It is a great spot for photographs.
Mac-Mac Falls: This is one of the most popular waterfalls in the area and country alike, and is located just a short drive from Crystal Springs. The waterfall was originally a single stream and was split in two when gold miners blasted the river in order to reach the gold-bearing reef over which it dropped. This resulted in the twin waterfalls that we adore today. The waterfall drops 65 meters and is surrounded by scenic beauty. There are also multiple pools at the base of the waterfall which made it a perfect location for swimming.
Horseshoe Falls: This waterfall is found along the Sabie River and gets its name from its distinctive horseshoe shape. Their circular appearance earned then their name and recognition as a national monument. The waterfall is not very high but their unusual shape make for a very unique sight. You can enjoy a relaxing excursion by bringing your picnic basket, swimwear, and fishing equipment, as the waterfall is a perfect spot to unwind at a nominal fee.
Lisbon Falls: This dramatic waterfall is the highest in province with an impressive height of 94 metres. This waterfall is located near Graskop and is surrounded by rugged cliffs and is a popular spot for hiking, boasting wonderful birds, trees and areas for a nice picnic with family and friends.
Berlin Falls: This waterfall is another of the highest in the Mpumalanga province falling 80-metres down a cliff into a round basin that is a beautiful green colour. It is shaped like a huge candle and special platform was built so that visitors can get an unobstructed view of this natural wonder. It is surrounded by beautiful indigenous forest and is a great spot for birdwatching and is also found in the Panorama Route near God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon and is among a cluster of many other waterfalls making for a very scenic adventure.
Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge is surrounded by some of the most beautiful waterfalls in South Africa. These waterfalls are a must-see for anyone visiting the area, and are sure to leave you in awe of their natural beauty. So pack your bags, put on your hiking boots, and start chasing the stunning waterfalls of Mpumalanga!