The 70m high Mac Mac Falls is found right next to the Graskop Road, ±14 km north of the town of Sabie. The Falls derived it's name from the Scottish gold prospectors who joined others in the gold rushes in this region in the late 1800's. Being Scots, many had surnames starting with "Mac".
Members of the local rural community trade handmade curios from permanent stalls near the falls. A paved path and steps lead down to a viewing platform which extends a short way over a cliff. The platform is placed above the ravine into which the waterfall plunges, a little way from the actual falls. This vantage point satisfies most visitors.
The more adventurous can walk to the top of the falls by taking the tarred road a 100 metres or so and then following the stream to the falls. We have also found that the locals at the curio stalls will gladly point out an informal footpath leading down into the ravine and to the pool at the bottom of the falls. The path is overgrown and difficult to spot if you don't know where to find it. It is a rather rough hike and you have to bundu-bash a bit. Of course, If you follow any of these alternative pathways you do so entirely at your own risk.
The German-guided version of our tour that covers the highlights of South Africa (link to English tour provided as well). It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. The southbound tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , Transkei , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Stellenbosch , Paarl , Cape Town .
The 3-Day Kruger National Park Safari departs Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It includes two nights in the Kruger National Park (Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp) and various game drives in your tour vehicle. There’s also an option of joining an ‘open’ 4x4 full-day game drive in the Park (own account).
Highlights: Kruger National Park .
Graskop is a small logging town situated on the Mpumalanga Highveld, right on the edge of the escarpment with easy access to the Lowveld. Graskop is an Afrikaans word meaning "head of grass" or "grassy hillock". It is the perfect base from which to explore the magnificently scenic Panorama Route.
Sabie is a small logging town next to the Sabie River on the mountainous escarpment of the Mpumalanga Highveld. It is centrally located near Lydenburg via the Long Tom Pass, the Panorama Route via Graskop and the Lowveld via Hazyview. The town lies within one of the largest man-made forests (plantations) in the world.
The scenic Panorama Route, with various viewpoints, runs along the top of a section of the escarpment between the Mpumalanga Highveld and Lowveld. It offers incredible views, we strongly recommend it. The Route may be approached from Ohrigstad or from the logging town of Graskop.
God's Window, part of the popular Panorama Route, is a viewpoint on the Mpumalanga Escarpment with beautiful vistas of the Lowveld below. God's Window is clearly signposted from the R534. It's a 50m walk from the car park to the edge of the escarpment.
The village of Pilgrim's Rest in Mpumalanga Province exists because of the discovery of alluvial gold in the small stream in the valley where the village was later founded. The discovery was made in 1873 by Alex 'Wheelbarrow' Patterson. He was a gold prospector (panner) and arrived in the area with all his belongings on a single wheelbarrow.
The Lisbon Falls is located on the Lisbon River, near Graskop in Mpumalanga - South Africa. The 92m (300ft) high waterfalls are located just off the popular Panorama Route and can easily be incorporated into the latter. It is in close proximity to The Pinnacle, God’s Window and Wonder View.