Sabie Travel Guide

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Sabie Highlights

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     Fresh mountain atmosphere 

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     nothing bad here 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great place to stop on the way to Kruger! Worth at least a couple of days. 

Sabie Things to Do

  • Experience the picturesque beauty of...

    To go and view the waterfalls.Experience the picturesque beauty of nature in and around Sabie - a small country town nestled in the majestic Drakensberg escarpment mountains of the Mpumalanga province, South Africa.Sabie - a tranquil, malaria-free holiday destination that caters for the whole family - with hiking & back packing, fly fishing,...

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  • Forest Industry Museum:

    Sabie's pride and joy is the SAFCOL Forest Industry Museum. This museum is the only one of its kind on the African Continent and is well worth a visit. Not only is it educational, but it's displays fascinates both old and young alike

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  • Need money?

    Two banks (First National and Standard) are fully represented in Sabie, each with ATMs and foreign currency exchange services

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  • Walking around

    Sabie have more that 20 restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, pancake bars, biltong delicatessens and fast food outlets catering for all culinary delights. For the self catering enthusiasts the supermarkets, butcheries, bakeries and liquor stores will keep your pantries and picnic baskets well stocked. With nature on their doorstep, the town of Sabie is...

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  • Just walk around

    Sabie have more that 20 restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, pancake bars, biltong delicatessens and fast food outlets catering for all culinary delights. For the self catering enthusiasts the supermarkets, butcheries, bakeries and liquor stores will keep your pantries and picnic baskets well stocked. With nature on their doorstep, the town of Sabie is...

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  • Three Rondavels

    The Three Rondavels are a rock formation at the northern end of Blyde River Canyon named for the way the rocks resemble the local style of architecture. Too bad for the size restrictions on photos here at VT. This photo looks much better when enlarged. The Rondavels are the hut-like formations in the center of the photo.

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  • God's Window

    The 2nd stop on the loop road off of R532, north of Sabie & Graskop is God's Window. There's a short footpath from the parking area through a forested area with several lookout points. It's a nice place to take a walk and take a few pictures. There's also a shopping area where local crafts are sold.

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  • The Pinnacle

    Off of the R532 heading north from Sabie and Graskop, there is a loop road that will take you by some popular scenic vistas at the southern end of Blyde River Canyon. The Pinnacle is the first stop on the loop. There's also a nice waterfall to the right of the Pinnacle where you can walk right up to the edge.

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  • Waterfall at The Pinnacle

    Here's the waterfall to the right of the Pinnacle viewing point. It goes much further down than you see here, but I'm too chicken to get too close to the edge!

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  • Mac Mac Falls

    A short drive north of Sabie is Mac Mac Falls, named for the people of Scottish descent who once settled there. At 70 meters high, it's an impressive sight, but unfortunately access is restricted, so you're not supposed to go right up to it. There's a roadside pull-off, with an impressive local craft market and a short trail to a viewing platform.

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  • 'God's Window'

    Another of the lookout points along the Panorama Route, God's Window offers one of the best views of the 3000 foot difference in elevation to the Lowveld, gateway to the big game roaming in Kruger National Park. Among the reasons that many small towns sprung up in the Drakensbergs was that the cooler air of the higher altitudes not only felt more...

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  • The Three Rondavels

    The Blyde River Canyon in the northern Drakensberg Mountains is 33 km (20 miles) long and, even though I saw Arizona's Grand Canyon a few years later, I still rate it as a fantastically impressive sight! We were unfortunate to be there on an overcast day with the odd shower and an early summer haze - so my photos were nowhere near as good as they...

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  • The 'Pinnacle'

    The day after we had been to 'The Three Rondavels' broke sunny and fresh, so we headed back into the mountains for one more pass before continuing onward to Kruger. We drove on what is known as the 'Panorama Route' in the Drakensbergs, where we came upon the Pinnacle. This is one of the many sites on this Route that is famous for its view out over...

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  • African Blossoms

    Finally, it was time to descend into the heat of the Lowveld! As we came down off the Drakensbergs and headed for the southern gate into Kruger National Park, we passed through the small village of Hazyview. There, we simply had to pull over to the side of the road to take the photo that you see. These three trees bring back such great memories -...

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  • Pilgrim's Rest - a Preserved Town

    Due to its cooler temperatures and malaria-free conditions on the slopes of the Drakensbergs, Sabie was a prime choice for white settlements in the 1800's. From here, hunting trips and other expeditions could be made in the less hospitable area of the Lowveld. In the 1870s, one of these hunters accidently struck a rock with a bullet, revealing a...

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Sabie Restaurants

  • Banana on Pizza!

    Smokey's was the first place that caught our eyes as we drover into Sabie from Johannesburg. We were starving! From the outside, you first notice the rail car and the windmill. As you enter, you'll see the little boy statue/fountain peeing into a pot. Inside the decor is wooden and rustic. We sat on a porch in the back with a view of a small fish...

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  • Pancakes, pizzas, potjiekos etc

    More pancakes? No. Here we tried the pizza and it is great. Part of the restaurant is in the train and than there is also a beautiful outside area with plants and water features. Very quiet and relaxing. Staff is friendly and patient. On a previous occasion Rian (he was 3 then) knocked over milkshakes and virtually destroyed everything on the...

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  • More pancakes

    Graskop and Sabie seem to be the pancake mecca of the lowveld.From previous travels I remembered Petena's and couldn't wait to get to Sabie for the pancake.s(A pancake is a very popular south african dish. I know the French calls it crepe's. Pancakes are thicker and can be filled with any savoury or sweet filling. Traditionally it was eaten with...

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  • Fine Dining in Sabie

    On checking into our Hillwatering B&B accommodations, we asked the owners where they would recommend to eat in Sabie. They immediately gave us the directions to the Loggerhead and made a 7 PM booking for us. We had no problem finding the place, Sabie is not very big, and were soon sitting down to enjoy our meal on a not very busy mid-week...

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  • Get Some Interesting Pancakes Here!

    This was a nice little restaurant with all sorts of pancakes and other items. I didn't know you could do so many variations on pancakes! Notice they served lettuce and tomato with my pancake entree... not something you'd get in the US =) They were very tasty, though!

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  • Breakfast in the Fresh Air

    As per their high standards, breakfast at Hillwaterings was first class! It was served outdoors on their deck area surrounded by a profusion of flowering plants and vines. As you can see, it started out with orange juice (covered with doilies to keep the insects out) accompanied by paw-paw. This was followed by the main course of an omelette served...

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Sabie Transportation

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    Climbing Into the Drakenbergs

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Feb 4, 2004

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    As we drove out of Jo'burg toward Sabie, the 4-lane divided highway changed into a 2-lane divided highway and then into just a 2-lane highway. Nevertheless, the roads in SA were great wherever we went. After some hours of driving on relatively flat terrain, we knew we were getting close to Sabie as we started to climb into the Drakensberg Mountains after passing through Lydenburg. Here, as we reach Long Tom Pass, we had to stop to admire the views that were starting to open up!

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Sabie Shopping

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  • South African art and crafts

    The vendors at the Mac mac falls have most of the crafts you can buy at the shops at half the price. Local art and crafts Less than in the art and crafts shops

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  • Local Crafts

    At many of the scenic vista stops on R532, local merchants and craftspeople sell their wares at very reasonable prices. Most merchants will bargain. We got some great stone and wooden carvings at a tiny fraction of what we might pay at a gallery at home. Official signs at the scenic vistas state that the merchants are officially sanctioned and that...

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Sabie Local Customs

  • Sabie's Post Office Tiles

    Sabie's Post Office building is decorated on its exterior walls with two panels of hand-painted tiles that depicts the Region's geographic Map and also the local Wildlife Animals.

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  • Tarzan Rediscovered !

    While walking along the trail to Lone Creek Falls, not far outside of Sabie, we passed through an area of hanging lianas that was just too hard to pass up! I had to check out how efficient this mode of transportation was! By the way, do not be deceived by "Kenmerk's" cheap imitation on his Wan Seng page in Burma ! Everyone knows that Tarzan would...

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Sabie Off The Beaten Path

  • God's Window

    Take a drive to God's Window and experience the beauty of the Blyde River Canyon (third largest in the world)

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  • Kruger Park

    Less than an hours drive away so if you did not book to stay in the park, why not get a very early start, be at the gates at 6am and you have untill 6pm to enjoy the beauty and animals of the park.

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  • MacMac waterfalls

    The Mac Mac waterfalls are most propably the best known falls. Around Sabie you will also find many exciting waterfalls. Mac Mac is about 13km from Sabie. There is a permanent Fleamarket before you enter the falls with typical African arts and crafts.A steep walk along a cement pathway (with many steps) takes you to the viewing platform above the...

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  • Blue skies and flowers everywhere

    The thing that struck me most about South Africa was the wild flowers. Everywhere we went, there were the most gorgeous flowers growing wild, many of which I see at my local garden shop for good money. It must be all that wonderful sunny weather!

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  • A Nice Town!

    Sabie was a pleasant little town to stay in for a couple of days. Its wide and treed streets with angle parking on both sides, as well as the construction of its shops and businesses reminded us of the good old days in Luanshya, Zambia. My wife had brought traveller's cheques with her and had to take them into a bank to be cashed. I waited outside...

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