Westlodge is ideally situated, close to Mpumalanga’s’ top tourist attractions

The regions’ twisting mountain passes, steep valleys, rivers and pristine forests have given rise to some of the most dramatic views and stunning natural phenomena.  Within a radius of about 50km you can visit numerous spectacular sites, such as; The Pinnacle, Gods’ Window, Wonder View, Lisbon and Berlin waterfalls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon (reputed to be the 3rd largest in the world), Forest Falls (which requires a short hike), Jock of the Bushvelds’ memorial site, Mac Mac Falls, Mac Mac Pools, Lonecreek Falls, Bridal Vale and Horse-shoe Falls, and many more.

The mountainous terrain around Graskop, with all its natural wonder offers unparalleled cycling, walking and hiking trails, as well as numerous tranquil trout fishing sites.

For the gold enthusiasts, there is a well maintained, 9-hole golf course set in the historic and beautiful surroundings of Pilgrims Rest.

The Kruger National Park is a mere 58km from Graskop, entering at Phabeni gate just outside of Hazyview.  Also within an easy drive from Westlodge are the animal rehabilitation centres near Hoedspruit.

lone creek falls

Graskop and Hoedspruit

The Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is situated along the Mpumalanga Drakensberg Escarpment and covers an area of about 30 000 hectares.  Extending from The Pinnacle and Gods’ Window in the south to beyond Mariepskop and The Three Rondavels in the north, where the Blyde Canyon end at Swadini.

Flora and Fauna

Mpumalanga means ‘the place where the sun rises’ and while it may be one of the smaller provinces in South Africa it offers the most in geographic diversity.

Bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland to the east and Gauteng to the west, Mpumalanga is situated on the high plateau grassland of the Middleveld, which roll eastwards for hundreds of kilometres.  The landscape rises towards mountain peaks in the northeast and then terminates in an immense escarpment with densely forested ravines and waterfalls.  This scenery then changes again where it drops hundreds of meters to the low-lying subtropical area known as the Lowveld.