The Grass and Wetlands region is located in the south eastern part of Mpumalanga and shares its borders with Swaziland, KwaZulu Natal and the Free State provinces. The attractions include hundreds of lakes, rock formations and spectacular scenery of the mountains in the area. It is also a historic area of South Africa, and many battles were fought here and also has Bushmen paintings as well as the lost legoya nation's huts that are still standing after a thousand years.
Bordered in the south by KwaZulu Natal and in the east by Swaziland, the Grass and Wetlands region is a birding paradise and popular destination for bird watchers all over the world. South Africa's largest freshwater lake at Chrissiesmeer and also boasts a mysterious giant footprint in rock that matches one in Canada, and hosts an annual frog watching festival in summer and stargazing festival in winter. There are a number of sites of historic interest in the vicinity of Chrissiesmeer including the Dumbarton Oaks Hotel.
Wakkerstroom is home to numerous lakes and pans where hundreds of flamingo can be seen. It is also an important agriculture and forestry region in South Africa. The south eastern region around Piet Retief is an important center for the timber industry, with woodworking developing as a secondary industry.
The Grass and Wetlands offers a wealth of outdoor pastimes such as fishing, sailing, boating, water-skiing. Some of the more unusual activities include frogging expeditions and stargazing weekends. There are numerous venues for 4x4s, quads, horse trails and hiking, and for exploring Bushman rock art.
Information on towns in Mpumalanga Grass & Wetlands
Ermelo, Piet Retief