Weddings in the Free State or Mpumalanga provinces
The Free State offers the traveler many dams and nature reserves as well as interesting historical monuments and museums for those interested in discovering and learning more about the Boer War as well as the old South African Presidency.
The Golden Gate Highlands, one of the many national parks in South Africa, is an attraction worth exploring and offers unspoiled natural beauty. Located at the foot of Mount Maluti, the Golden Gate itself is formed by two massive, brown-polished rocks 76 meters high.
The 10,000 hectare reserve abounds in lowland game and birds and with its hiking trails, mountain streams and waterfalls makes it a spectacular destination for both a South African holiday or honeymoon.
Mpumalanga – ‘the escarpment’ The Lowveld Drakensberg escarpment offers a 70km circular route from Graskop, through Pilgrims rest, through the plantations of London and Blyde Nature Reserves to Pinnacle Nature Reserve.
Many waterfalls can be seen on this route, the most rewarding of which is Gods Window, which (in good weather) gives you a view of the Lowveld 1000m below, as well as offering breathtaking views of the rocky hillside. Pilgrims Rest once a bustling mining village and now a museum of the past is a must.
Coming from Lydenberg, you can visit the small town of Sabi via the Long Tom Pass, a gentle reminder of the hardships of the past.
This was the ‘hawepad’ harbor road used by traders between Lydenberg and Delagoa Bay. Looking at the beautiful scenery, one can only admire the endurance of driving a cart through this terrain. Close your eyes and you can almost hear the echoes of battlefields and battle cries as memories of the capture of Lydenberg in 1900 in the Boer War remain vivid in the history of this area.
Botanical gardens, nature reserves and magnificent waterfalls are part of this scenic area, stop for a picnic and enjoy all its wonders and truly know that South Africans are blessed with a land that speaks and whispers of beauty and opportunity.
There are plenty of places from private resorts to lavish luxury Game Lodges to choose from, too many to mention at this time, but consider them the start of your life of discovery together.
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