Mpumalanga - Grass & Wetlands
Grass and Wetlands Travel Directory
Below the Savannah of the Highveld and the forested Lowveld, lies the high marshlands of Mpumalanga’s Grass and Wetlands region. This is a large area of hilly to mountainous grasslands with many wetlands ranging from sedge and reed marshes, forest patches, rolling hills and sheltered gorges.
Several bird species are endemic to the region, and the wetland conditions, part of a fragile, crucial ecosystem, are renowned for their environmental importance and superb birdwatching conditions. Perhaps the two most popular venues in the Grass and Wetlands region for birding enthusiasts are Chrissiesmeer, the largest freshwater lake in South Africa, and Wakkerstroom, a small town near to the KwaZulu-Natal border.
This region is also an important farming and forestry area. It is abounded with indigenous hardwoods like Yellowwood and Kiaat, and where this has become depleted, large plantations of Pine and Wattle have been planted.
Activities in the Grass and Wetlands Region
This whole region is one of extreme natural beauty, dotted with its hundreds of lakes and rivers. There are numerous horse and hiking trails which are available starting from Carolina and Volksrust, are only but a few of the many activities that visitors to this region can experience.
The whole of the wetlands region is host to any number of outdoor pastimes for example, fishing, sailing and water-skiing. There are other activities, some quite unusual, that one can indulge in. Examples of these are the frogging expeditions, which happens at night where one searches for 13 different frog and toad species in Chrissiesmeer. Stargazing weekends are also popular, in which many people travel from all over to spend the weekend watching stars.
The Songimvelo Game Reserve is situated in the North Eastern corner of the region. It is a historical marvel with 3.5 billion year old volcanic sediment scattered around the 50 000 ha reserve. It also boasts large game species like Buffalo, Zebra, Elephant and Rhino.
The historical sites in the Grass and Wetlands include the famous San people’s caves and homes littered with rock art dating back more than a thousand years. Then there's the colonial Dumbarton Oaks Hotel and the yearly reenactment of the Battle of Chrissiesmeer.
Accommodation in the Grass and Wetlands Region
This region offers visitors a range of accommodation options ranging from Bed and Breakfasts, Self-catering units as well as Hotels. Please view our accommodation directory
Please view our accommodation directory for more information on the accommodation in the area.
For information on the businesses you can find in the Grass and Wetlands region of Mpumalanga, please view our business directory.
The Grass and Wetlands region offers a variety of restaurants to suit every taste.