The Lisbon Falls, Mpumalanga
Did you know?
You'll find proteas if you look carefully in this area. They're a long way from where you'd usually expect to see them in and around Cape Town, but do occur here too. The Blyde protea (Protea laetens) is endemic to this area.
You'll find the dramatic Lisbon Falls north of the little town of Graskop in Mpumalanga, just outside the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. It's situated in a very rich waterfall area - in fact, there are more waterfalls here than in any other part of southern Africa.
The Lisbon Falls lie within the popular Panorama Route, where you can visit some of the very best natural attractions in the region, including the Pinnacle, God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and some of the other waterfalls in the area including the Mac Mac Falls and Berlin Falls.
They're named after the Portugese capital of Lisbon, which is also the name of a large farm in the area. Nearby, you'll also find the Berlin Falls, which are just as spectacular. The names mark the provenance of some of the gold miners who flocked to this area in the late 1800s after gold was discovered at nearby Barbeton and Pilgrim's Rest: miners rushed from all over the world in the hope of striking it rich.
Set in a bowl of hills, the Lisbon Falls is a great place to start your sightseeing on the Panorama Route, or to unwind after a day's hectic sightseeing in the area. Pack a picnic and relax under shady trees in one of the most scenic picnic places in the area. Watch out for some fascinating birdlife including tiny colourful sunbirds.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel:+27 (0)13 767 1886
How to get here
The Lisbon Falls are a few kilometres north of Graskop, off the R532. Look out for the signposts.
Around the area
Nearby attractions include God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon and other waterfalls such as the Berlin Falls.
Tours to do
Lisbon Falls are part of the Panorama Route, which you can do on your own or with a guide.
What will it cost
There is a small fee per car (or if on foot per person).
Length of stay
You'll probably only want to spend 30 minutes or so at the falls. Spend a few days in this area if you can as there is so much to see and do.
Where to stay
There are plenty of accommodation options in and around the town of Graskop, including hotels, lodges, B&Bs and guesthouses. Hazyview, which is a little further away, also offers many accommodation options.
What to eat
There are restaurants and fast-food outlets in Graskop.
Souvenirs include local curios, traditional art and leather goods.