Historical buildings within a ten-minute drive of Heysbrook include the Five Arch Bridge, the Kruger Hof museum, where Paul Kruger last lived before going into exile in Europe, and numerous turn-of-the-century buildings in Waterval Boven.
Stone Circle Tours, run by Michael Tellinger takes you on a guided visit of the Bakoni ruins and/or Adams Calendar, perhaps the oldest man-made structure on earth.
Day trips from the lodge
Many of the Mpumalanga tourist highlights, including the Panorama Route, are within a comfortable day trip of Heysbrook. A day outing could include a number of the following: Pilgrims Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Long Tom Pass, Kaapsehoop, Barberton, Sudwala Caves, the Berlin Falls and the Bridle-veil Falls. A guided tour of Berg-en- dal, where the heaviest artillery bombardment of the Boer War took place can be scheduled.
Some outings which we specifically recommend include:
Mountain Strings Zipline
In a neighboring valley.
Coffee and curios in Dullstroom
Dullstroom is some 50km away. A tourist town with numerous coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries and antique shops is also close to the golf course at Highland Gate. Graskop, Sabie, White River and several other tourist towns within easy reach.
Kaapsehoop is famous for its wild horses which roam freely around the village, various B&B’s, wedding venues and artist studios, we can recommend this pretty 50km drive from Heysbrook culminating in a pancake lunch at one of several restaurants in the village.
Well worth the 60km journey, a guided tour of the caves and a meal at one of the restaurants makes for a pleasant day out, particularly when you have children.
A day through Swaziland
A two hour drive from Heysbrook brings you to the Royal Swazi Spa. A further one and a half takes you past Piggs Peak to the Josefsdal/Bulembu border post, whereafter a meandering drive over the spectacular pass via Barberton and Kaapsehoop takes up another 2 hours. We’ve done this a few times and haven’t tired of it yet. Do remember your passport.
A number of high quality golf courses are within reach of Heysbrook. These include Highland Gate in Dullstroom (55km), Drakenzicht Mountain Links (50km) in the Schoemanskloof, Mbombela Golf Club (previously Nelspruit Golf Club), White River Country Club, Sabie River Country Club in Hazyview, Leopard Creek and Malelane Country Club.
Gerard Delport is passionate about the history of the area, will bring the battles of the area to life complete with incredible facts and anecdotes. There are various tours available. You can book a one day tour that focuses on the Battle of Berg en Dal, the final set piece battle between the British forces and the Boer Commandos in 1900, when the Boers’ four Long Tom cannons were last all used together.
By-the-way, there’s a substantiated story that the last missing Long Tom lies at the base of the Heysbrook gorge.
Graskop Gorge Lift
The viewing lift takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the gorge into the forest below, where wooden walkways & suspension bridges meander along a 600-metre trail through the indigenous forest with interactive exhibits.
Long Tom Toboggan @ Misty Mountain
Old and young are just loving the ride on the Long Tom Toboggan! Such a unique way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Long Tom Pass. Book your ride now - 013 7643377