It took me forever to post about our trip to Mpumalanga. Zethu and I traveled there a few weeks back. The drive to Mpumalanga took us four and a half hours from Jo’burg. I hate long drives but this was not too bad considering the beautiful scenic views we saw on our way there. This was my first time visiting that province. I am a planner, so naturally I had a list of all the the tourist sites I wanted to see and activities that I wanted to do.
We left on a Friday and got to Hazyview just in time before check -in closed. We were booked at the Rissington Inn, situated in the heart of Hazyview and 10 minutes away from The Kruger National park. I would say our accommodation was a great choice. We spent a weekend in Mpumalanga and we vowed that we would be coming back and stay a little bit longer and obviously when we do come back, we will be staying at the Rissington again. Our accommodation was absolutely stunning. It gets my recommendation. We had so much fun that weekend that we didn’t capture enough moments on camera. I had planned to post some videos on the blog, but I was so in the moment and wanted to take it all in, that we hardly took enough footage.
After we had breakfast that Saturday morning. We decided to go zip-lining, which is an aerial cable trail that takes you down into the valley basin, stopping along the way on a number of elevated platforms to admire the natural vegetation, bird-life and the views of the forest floor below. Each section of the trail varies in length from 70 to 230m linking a total of 10 platforms. The total length of the trail is 1.2km making this the longest trail in Mpumalanga. It took us half of the day to do this activity. I was petrified on my first trail, which was 230m to the next platform. I kept thinking “what if this cable breaks? I am too young to die”. Nonetheless I said a little prayer and took a leap of faith. Oh my it was an amazing experience. Adrenaline pumping and feeling like you’re flying overlooking the forest and the Sabie river. I will definitely be doing that again.
The following day I put on my corny tourist outfit hahaha!! Camera in hand and we headed to God’s window. Walking up that mountain was tough, but absolutely worth it as with every step you take you are met by one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.
Later that day, we visited the elephant park, My highlight of the trip. We went to go interact with the elephants and I was pretty overwhelmed at how gorgeous these animals are. Incredibly majestic. I was humbled. I have shared some pictures 🙂