Mpumalanga is in the north-eastern region of South Africa, and it’s northern most side, borders on Mozambique.
When one thinks of Mpumalanga, you immediately think of Kruger National Park, Sabie and Skukuza – which it is most famous for. A landlocked province, but nonetheless not boring by any stretch of the imagination harbouring beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Mpumalanga has rolling grassland savannah and beautiful mountainous areas. The province’s iconic Blyde River Canyon, among the world’s largest, is known as a green canyon because of its subtropical foliage.
There is a section known as the Panorama Route, known for its scenic mountains, awe inspiring natural beauty and waterfalls. This entire section is also pet-friendly, except for Bourkes Luck Potholes! And if you’ve ever visited Bourkes Luck, you’ll understand why. It is the most massive natural potholes carved by water – which are even dangerous for humans! (except if you stay on the demarcated route of course).
Mpumalanaga therefore has only one classification in our book, and that is Mountain getaways. 🙂
Some of our favourite destinations include: Graskop, Dullstroom, Gods Window, Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrims Rest
|Out & About||Only some restaurants around Mpumalanga allow dogs. There are at least a handful along the Panorama Route that do allow dogs. Some of these beautiful scenic destinations allow dogs, but be careful when hiking or visiting and always keep your dogs on lead. The big nature reserves are Big 5 territory, and keep in mind that most of the rivers are crocodile infested, so keep an eye on your dogs. Unfortunately Sabie and KNP are not pet-friendly, however there are many campsites, and lodgings around the area where you can bring your furkids.|
Mpumalanga is richly abundant in outdoor excursions for you and your dog. There are many hiking trails and even 4x4 routes to explore. The area of, and leading up to Graskop, is particularly dog-friendly. No trip to Graskop will be complete without paying homage to Jock of the Bushveld. Please note that most the waterfall routes/hikes are not fenced, and if you're too close to the edge can fall. So please keep your dogs on leash when exploring.
Dog Friendly Hiking Trails & Attractions
- Sudwala Caves - The caves are apparently the oldest known in the world and home to some very interesting stalactite, stalagmite and flow stone formations that date back millions of years. Dogs are allowed inside on a leash and you must clean up after them.
- Lisbon Falls - on the Panorama route en-route to Graskop.
- Berlin Falls - on the Panorama route en-route to Graskop. A short walk, and about 45 meters high.
- Mac Mac falls - At the bottom of the falls there is a very deep pool. This is off limits, but about 2km back you’ll find the Mac-Mac Pools. Here you can swim, cool off under the trees, picnic and relax.
- Horseshoe Falls - unusual falls, although not very high, are horseshoe shaped - hence where the name comes from.
- Bridal Veil Falls - It is 146m high. It is situated just outside Sabie and is accessible by car, with parking and picnic area on the grounds. From there an easy footpath runs through bush scenery for about 1 km directly to the waterfall.
- God’s Window and Wonder View - is a viewpoint on the Mpumalanga Escarpment.
- Three Rondawels - is a wonder in the Blyde River Canyon. They are three round mountain tops with slightly pointed tops, very similar to the traditional round African huts by the same name.
Dog Friendly Restaurants
- Harrie’s Pancakes - Graskop & Dullstroom - savoury and sweet pancakes that really hit the spot! Well behaved dogs are allowed to sit outside.
- God’s Window Restaurant - Graskop - open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Burgers and pizzas, dogs may sit outside.
- Abe’s at The Glass House - Graskop - open for lunch and dinner. Good home cooked meals, dogs may sit outside.