Berlin Falls, Mpumalanga
Did you know?
There are more waterfalls in this region of Mpumalanga than anywhere else in southern Africa.
When you think South Africa, you almost certainly think big game, Kruger National Park, Cape Town and the Winelands. But there’s a surprise in store for you if you are on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga's Blyde River Canyon – the Berlin Falls.
The Berlin Falls are among a cluster of Sabie waterfalls comprising the Horseshoe, Lone Creek and Bridal Veil Falls, the Mac-Mac Falls, and South Africa’s highest waterfall: the 90m Lisbon Falls.
Start your waterfall tour in Sabie, work your way round the other falls, before you finally reach the Berlin Falls, not far from the spectacular viewpoints of God’s Window. The falls plunge into a deep dark green hole surrounded by rugged red cliffs, some 80m below the observation platform on which you’ll stand.
You’ll quickly see why the falls are likened to a candle. The water pours through a natural sluice in the rock, plunges straight down for a few meters (this is the candle wick), then widens into a broad torrent which falls in a straight line down to the pool (the candle itself).
Why the Berlin falls, it’s not an African name? The answer lies with the European miners who came to try their luck here in the heady days of the gold rush. They named the individual falls after towns and places in their home countries – hence the Lisbon Falls, named by the Portuguese miners, and the Berlin Falls nostalgically named by the German diggers.