Hazyview adventures, Mpumalanga
Did you know?
Hazyview is so named for the haze that settles over the area in summer.
Hazyview lies in the north-eastern corner of Mpumalanga province. The Sabie River dominates the area, including the neighbouring towns of Sabie and Graskop, where rolling green hills, beautiful forests, waterfalls and deep gorges abound.
The Skyway Trail, Africa's longest aerial cable trail, is a major Hazyview attraction. It takes you 1.2km down into the Sabie River valley basin, through spectacular indigenous forests, past streams and among abundant bird and wildlife. The cable is linked by 10 platforms, which afford you ample opportunity to take in the sheer beauty of the surrounds.
You can continue your aerial adventures at Sabie, with a 30m swing off the Sabie Falls Bridge into the valley below, and at Graskop, where the famous big swing sees you free-falling 68m into the gorge before the swing ropes kick in.
For a calmer ride, try the Graskop zip slide. At 131m long and 80m above the ground, it provides awesome views of the Graskop Falls and gorge. A 60m abseil is also available here.
The Sabie River valley and the surrounding forests offer numerous hiking and bird watching trails. Quad biking is another popular visitor activity and specialised quad biking tracks have also been established. One-hour, half-day and overnight quad trails are available, with the latter taking in the Mac Mac Falls and providing accommodation in rustic log cabins.
The Sabie River at Hazyview is also a great river rafting spot, with lots of flat water and a couple of grade two and three rapids to get your adrenaline pumping. Geckoing (or tubing) is oodles of fun too and takes advantage of the smaller grade one rapids.
Some river trips also feature kloofing (or canyoning), which involves exploring the canyons on foot and then hiking back out again. Rock jumping 8m down into the river is sweet reward after all the hard slog.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)13 737 6747
Tel: +27 (0)13 737 8308
Graskop Big Swing & Zip Slide
Tel: +27 (0)13 767 1621
Sabie Bridge Swing
Tel: +27 (0)13 764 2111
How to get here
Fly direct from any of South Africa’s major cities to Mbombela (Nelspruit). If you’re driving, from Johannesburg take the N12 to Nelspruit, from Cape Town take the N1 to Johannesburg and then the N12 to Nelspruit, and from Durban take the N3 to Ladysmith, the N11 to Middleburg and then the N12 to Nelspruit. From Nelspruit follow the signs to Hazyview.
Best time to visit
The Hazyview area is an all-year-round destination – summers are hot to very hot with spectacular afternoon thunderstorms, while winter days are mild and the evenings cool.
Around the area
Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the quaint Victorian mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest.
To fully explore the area at your own pace, self-drive is the best option. There are, however, plenty of tour operators in the area if you don't feel like driving yourself.
Length of stay
A weekend is the bare minimum to explore the area; a week or longer is best.
What to pack
Plenty of sunscreen and a hat are musts, in both summer and winter.
Where to stay
There are a number of accommodation options in the area, best of them being the various game lodges that border the nearby Kruger Park.
The Sabie Experience mountain bike race at Sabie in December; Big Induna Mountain Bike Race at Hazyview in June; Sabie Forest Fair at Sabie in October.
African curios and art at the nearby Shangana Cultural Village, leather and metalwork at Delagoa African Arts & Crafts at Graskop.