Villa Ticino
Villa Ticino
       
     
  Enjoy a couple of carefree days in our beautiful but mainly unknown region surrounded by admirable nature consisting of soft rolling hills, green forests, tumbling waterfalls, and impressive nature reserves and discover the variety of many interesting sightseeing attractions and activities in the area. It is recommendable to stay a minimum of 3 nights to take time to relax, to enjoy and to explore new things. Benefit from our comprehensive knowledge with insider hints off the normal tourist routes and enhance your holiday with our individual designed day trips according to your personal preference.

Villa Ticino in Sabie is the most central and therefore the ideal base from which to explore the following day tours and activities:
 
     
  Start off in the morning (good for photos) with the Lone Creek Waterfall, a National Monument. Then drive via Graskop to view the Pinnacle, God’s Window (walk across the wooden walkway via the Rain Forest to Wonder View), Lisbon & Berlin Waterfall, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon* with Lowveld View Site and the Three Rondavels and drive via the scenic gravel road to Pilgrim’s Rest and back to Sabie.


Highlights of Mpumalanga
*The picturesque Panoramaroute is a MUST in your South African journey to view the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. It is the third biggest or the biggest vegetated Canyon in the world thus making it an unforgettable highlight. Consisting of red sandstone the Blyde River Canyon is a massive gorge between 600-800 m deep, approximately 1,5 km wide and about 32 km long with an impressive river landscape and dam. It is one of the intriguing natural wonders.

 
     
 
 
Depart towards the Long Tom Pass taking the turnoff to Nelspruit. Drive on the R37 then turn right following the a signpost to the Sudwala Caves with a cultural village. Join a guided tour at these oldest known caves going 600 m in and 150 m underground. From there go onto the N4 towards Johannesburg until Ngodwana. Then turn left on the signpost to Kaapsehoop.
There on a plateau with an impressive view lies the historical village of Kaapsehoop (1850 m), an undiscovered haven for tourists wanting to enjoy nature and a marked walk to the viewpoint at an altitude of 2000 m – sometimes joined by wild horses. Depart to Nelspruit and take a short drive on the R40 towards White River. On the signpost turn right into the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. A self guided trail winds through this unique Botanical Garden along a superb ravine environment of pools, rapids and waterfalls surrounded by mainly indigenous flora. Thereafter drive on the R40 towards White River and turn left into the R537 to Sabie. If time still permits, stop at Casterbridge and drive through the exotic fruit plantations of Kiepersol bringing you back to Sabie.
 
 
Start off with the Bridal Veil and the Lone Creek waterfalls approximately 9 km from Sabie. The Mac Mac Pools are before the Mac Mac falls on the R532 approx. 13 km north of Sabie. The one hour scenic walk at the Mac Mac Pools could be enjoyed by a refreshing dip into the lower pool followed by some relaxation with a good book or a picnic at their picnic spot. Thereafter drive through Graskop on the R532 to view the Lisbon and Berlin falls. On the way back stroll around in Graskop or Sabie with ample curio and coffee shops.
 
   
 
From Sabie depart through Eucalyptus and exotic fruit plantations down to Hazyview. At the T-junction turn left and after a short drive left again. After a few kms on the R535 direction Graskop you will find the Shangana Cultural Village with their Marula market. The Shangana Cultural Village offers also a typical traditional dinner and dance performance starting at 17h00 and if attending the tour could be turned around. Carry on via the Kowyns Pass to Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest. From there enjoy your ride on the R533 via the Robber’s Pass to the R36 towards Lydenburg/Mashishing. Approximately 5 kms ahead of Lydenburg you may view the Lydenburg falls being a triple waterfall. In Lydenburg change to the R37 via the scenic Long Tom Pass (2150 m) back to Sabie.
 
   
 
Sabie Golf Course with 9 holes approx. 2 minutes,
Pilgrim’s Rest Golf Course with 9 holes (ca. 34 km) approx. 30 minutes drive,
Hazyview Golf Course with 18 holes (ca. 40 km) approx. 30 minutes drive,
White River Golf Course with 18 holes (ca. 47 km) approx. 40 minutes drive,
Nelspruit Golf Course also with 18 holes (ca. 60 km) approx. 1 hour drive,
are all within easy reach from Sabie and may be combined with sightseeing.
Something different – a really wild experience:
play golf at the unfenced 9 holes Golf Course at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park and combine with game viewing.
 
Leave Sabie direction Graskop and go onto the R36 via the Abel Erasmus Pass changing to the R531 to view the Khamai Reptile Park. Then depart to the Endangered Species Centre known as the Cheetah Project situated on the R40. From there drive on the R531 to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre to catch the 2 hours tour starting at 15h00. Afterwards drive back to the R40 and return via Bushbuckridge turning right onto the R533 via Graskop to Sabie.
 
   
 
The new Phabeni Gate is approximately 40 minutes drive from Sabie and is set amidst beautiful bush and river landscape where game viewing is superb. Experience the Golden Triangle Tour which leads through different vegetation zones – a must to spot all sorts of different species due to different feeding grounds. Kruger National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest game parks inestimably rich in its teeming game. It is true Africa: inexhaustible and unspoiled landscapes of wild plains, savannah and bushveld home to a variety of different species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians and of course the “Big Five”.
 
   
   
 
Depart Sabie towards Hazyview driving through Eucalyptus (blue gum) and exotic fruit plantations to stop at Sabie Valley Coffee Shop & Roastery. At Three Rivers you can experience a walk along the river. When returning, have a look at the roastery and enjoy a fresh cup from their selection of coffees. Thereafter carry on towards Graskop on the R535 to stop at The Shangana Cultural Village to view the Marula Market (free) or join a daytime guided tour. Then again carry on towards Graskop and change over to the R533 to visit the Silk farm Africa Silks which is well signposted. Take part in the guided tour or browse in the showroom with its exquisite silk products. Before heading back to Sabie, make a stop in Graskop and stroll through the main road with its various arts and crafts shops and then return to Sabie.
 
   
 
Leave Sabie via Pilgrim’s Rest and Robber’s Pass to Mount Sheba (2000 m) with the highest Rainforest and its many walks ranging between 1 hour to five hours (maps at the Reception at the Hotel). As this area is a Nature Reserve you can spot not only fantastic plant life but also a variety of wild life and birds. On the way to Mashishing/Lydenburg visit the Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve. Then drive to Lydenburg change to the R37 and if time permits visit the Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve before driving back to Sabie via the scenic Long Tom Pass (altitude 2150 m) with its various viewpoints.
 
   
 
Our area is full of highlights for bird watchers and botanists due to the geographic and topographic diversity of our region. On a day tour you can experience two different climate zones and therefore a variety of different vegetation zones and habitat for prolific birdlife. This can easily be combined with sightseeing.
 
A variety of outdoor activities are offered i.e. hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, trout fishing, swimming in natural pools with picnic area at Mac Mac Pools as well as Hot air ballooning or Helicopter flips. For the more brave ones, there are extreme adventures like abseiling, bridge swing, big swing, candlelight caving the Aerial cable trail and the Elephant Sanctuary. Some of above activities are offered on an irregular basis or have to be pre-booked. Less strenuous activities include visits to the Silk Farm, The Coffee Shop & Roastery, Chimpanzee Eden, Country shopping for that special gift at Perry’s Bridge or at the Casterbridge Farm with Vintage Car Museum and arts & crafts shops as well as stalls. For more details and information on activities please click on our activities pdf file below.
 

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Louis Trichardt Street, Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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