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My Top Things to do in Sabie, South Africa.

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My Top Things to do in Sabie, South Africa.






Words and photography by Jethro Manuel.
A picturesque town amidst rolling forests on the Sabie River banks in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Sabie is an outdoor enthusiasts’ dreamland! Waterfalls, camping beneath the stars, horse riding and hiking trails await. It is located 360km?s east of Johannesburg and 64 km?s west of the world famous Kruger National Park.

The writer, Jethro, lapping up the cool waters at Sabie River Camp.

Camping

When visiting an absolute gem in South Africa, camping is the best option. The set-up of tents and camp chairs; soft grass between the toes and the morning smell of coffee brewing on the gas stove is woven into our genes ( mine at least) from when us humans were hunter gatherers and lived off the land. Yes, I am slightly pro nature, but it damn sure beats four walls of a bed and breakfast!

Waterfalls

Cascading Waterfalls are just as majestic as in the movies. They contain a mystical magic about them and at times appear to have their own personalities.

Lone Creek Falls is a National Monument and is the most well known in the area. A quick walk through the indigenous forest and you are greeted by the behemoth spitting on you with soaking spray and a chill in its breath. The 68m drop is truly breath taking which leaves one with a sense of duty to enter the water and enjoy its presence. Be warned: Your planned leisurely swim will quickly turn into a ?dip? of about 10mins (most likely 5 min) due to the freezing temperature of the water.
Lone Creek Falls.

Sabie is a waterfall haven with the likes of Sabie River Falls, Bridal Veil, Mac Mac, Maria Shire, Horseshoe and Forest all within a short drive of each other. Get exploring!

Horse Riding

This was by far my favourite activity. I saddled up on my horse whose name was Chief and along with a few friends proceeded to cross the Sabie river and trot alongside it while waving to those tubing and camping along the banks of the river. This slow walk eventually became mundane due to the fact that one of our members, was terribly scared of being on a horse and thus coerced all of us into walking at snail?s pace; my horse was having one of it.

My friend and I decided to canter and eventually gallop on the way back (with permission from our guide of course). Heels locked in the stirrups, toes facing upwards and the eventual heel kick. The adrenaline flowed through my veins and I felt invincible! That was until we crossed the river on the way back and 3 of our horses decided to race each other back to the stables.

Our horse riding adventure begins…

My dream of being in the movie Blazing Saddles was short lived as Chief become the Chieftain and started galloping straight towards a tree with gusto. I pulled on the reins and shouted ?Chief Chief? but to no avail. My heart was pounding and my life flashed before my eyes! In a split second he glided towards the right and we passed the tree with a lump in my throat. My cowboy dreams have subsequently been put on h...
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