Very high up on my favourite destinations in South Africa is Mpumalanga.
I must have been about 10 years old when I recall a long bus ride through the province on the way to a relative living near the Kruger National Park. I remember looking out of the window of the bus in wonder of the vast mountain ranges that we were meandering through. As a ten year old, a world this perfect looked glorious and yet extremely… unattainable.
Beautiful to look at but never dare to reach out and touch it…
It did not help that I could literally hear the fear in my mother’s breathing who was sitting beside me. You see, my mother hates two things – bad drivers and heights (lol actually she’s an African woman she hates a whole lot but for the purposes of my story we will focus on these two). So it is no wonder that she dreaded the bus ride through the mountains of Mpumalanga but I on the other hand – was right in my element. I love a good view and adventure and that is exactly what the journey between the mountains of Mpumalanga are. I always knew I would be back there – lets just say I had unfinished business with the place. Trust me to deliberately go after things and places that seem unattainable… its what I do. So as we wrapped up the end of 2016 and the squad finally got it together (trust that we weren’t short of any of the drama I touched on recently in my Squad Deep post), we headed for a roadtrip through Mpumalanga.
10 – year old excitement again! Oh yes!
For those who don’t know Mpumalanga is a province in South Africa where the sun rises first. It doesn’t often get a lot of attention which is sad taking that it is a beauty… real Africa is you will. It is serene and yet close enough to Johannesburg to drive down for a weekend yet it is still far away enough for you to truly escape reality for a while. Taking that Mpumalanga means ‘the place of the rising sun’ we knew we had to be there at sunrise to enjoy its glory… however African time laughed at our ambitions. But nonetheless we made it to Sabie in time for breakfast with a view and all the other specialties of Mpumalanga. Everything from Waterfalls to pancakes, small towns and people that look like God kissed them when He was done. Woooh there is something in that water…
Our first stop in Sabie was the Mac-Mac falls which are found along the Panorama Route of Mpumalanga. The Mac-Mac Falls belong to a cluster of lovely waterfalls in Mpumalanga’s Sabie area, on the stunningly scenic Panorama Route. Its twin falls plunge dramatically 70km into the gorge below as rainbows dance over the white spray.” – South African Tourism . After driving through forests and long winding roads we were excited to get our hike on! Okay given, its not such a hike per se but a little voyage to the viewing point.
View of Mac-Mac Falls
I believe that Mpumalanga South Africa is one of the best routes for a road trip honestly and there is so much see. After our voyage to the Mac-Mac falls viewing point we took the hike back down and made our journey to Graskop town. This little town hosts all the splendor of what you would expect from a small town with a beautiful mountain range to match. We managed to do some shopping (we never need an excuse lol) before we journeyed back on the scenic road to God’s window to make a couple of wishes for 2017.
According to gal, one lady went through the worst misfortune and in the midst of her misfortunate life, she visited the window. She prayed over her life, tossed a coin over her prayer and needless to say one year later she’s happily married and living her dream. Myth or fact – we weren’t going to pass up on the chance of our dreams coming true (or being happily married) so we had to follow suit…
As the last province before you cross over into Mozambique – we spent the remainder of the trip in Xai Xai Mozambique. Bringing the New Year in with a bang which @mgeezy90 captured phenomenally well in the video below.
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Video by: McGee Gede
Location: Mpumalanga South Africa & Xai Xai Mozambique
I think its safe to say that I accomplished what I wanted to in Mpumalanga. I beat the notion that mountains cannot be tackled, that everything is attainable and being high up is not anything to fear. Matter fact – the view is so much better from the top!
Here’s to a year of the rising sun – 2017!