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Webmaster's Note:
Although the crime rate in the area is low, petty theft does occur from time to time.  You are advised to lock your parked vehicles.

Short, day-trip drives from Sabie

Sabie River Route

Half of these sites are within walking distance in town itself.

It covers some of the rich gold mining and forestry history of Sabie, as well as the wonders of Mother Nature.


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Forest Industry Museum Historic site Educational
The Komatiland Forest Industry Museum is located in the centre of town.  Visitors take a self-guided tour for a unique look into the South African forestry history dating back to the origin of forestry to the present day. The exhibits explain how modern technology has influenced the development of forestry over the years and the museum serves as an information centre about the forestry industry in a fun and interactive way.
Times: 08:00 - 16:30 (Mon to Fri), 08:00 - 12:00 (Sat)
Fees: R10/adult and R5/child (under 12)

Cork Oaks Historic site
Opposite the Post Office several magnificent cork oak trees - planted in 1938 - are a delight to behold.
 

Webmaster's Note:
A few of these giants died back after the construction of the parking lot, and had to be removed.

In Portugal the bark of cork trees (Quercus suber) is harvested for the production of cork for wine bottles.

Ceramic Tile Panels Historic site
The ceramic tile panels at the Post Office date back to 1936. They were created by J. Pope-Fincken and depict the Kruger National Park as it was then.

St. Peter's Church Historic site
The St. Peter's Anglican church is across the street from the Standard Bank.  The church was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1913 by a team of Italian stonemasons, under the leadership of Mr Gemignani. The stone was quarried from the local mountains and the original roof was made from Swedish wood shingles. The church is often used for weddings. More information about the church is available on one of our Picture Gallery pages.

Old Hitching Rail Historic site
The old hitching rail outside the First National Bank dates back to the days when gold diggers hitched their horses to the rail before exchanging their gold dust & nuggets for cash at the bank.

Jock Waymarker Historic site
The Jock of the Bushveld waymarker near the First National Bank is in memory of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick's courageous dog Jock. It is one of many that marks the transport rider's route he followed to and from Delagoa Bay (now Maputo - Mozambique's capital).

Huntingdon and Cemetery Historic site
Huntingdon, the home of HT Glynn (regarded as the founder of Sabie), is now a National Monument. Turn left off Main Street after the Wimpy/Engen Garage into Glynn Avenue and follow it for a few 100 metres. The property is now in private hands and permission to visit must be obtained from the owner.

Sabie Falls
The Sabie Falls is situated on the R532 route to Graskop on the outskirts of Sabie under the new bridge across the Sabie river. A short walk brings you to a viewpoint where the waterfall plunges 20m down the Sabie Gorge. The foundations of an old hydro-electric plant - from where Sabie obtained it's electric power in 1907 - can still be seen at the bottom of the falls. Ample parking space - also for tour busses. Negotiable by wheelchair with some assistance. For photo see our Picture Gallery page.
Fees: R10/person

Lord Milner's Bridge Historic site
Lord Milner was a distinguished guest at Huntington (the home of HT Glynn in Sabie). In 1906 he asked Mrs Glynn's advice on the most urgent requirements for assistance in the development of the area. Without hesitation she replied that three bridges were required - one over the Crocodile River, one over the Nels River and one over the Sabie River. In that order they were build. Lord Milner's Bridge - completed in 1915 and now used as a footbridge - is situated on the R532 route to Graskop on the outskirts of Sabie, just above the Sabie Falls. Negotiable by wheelchair with some assistance.
Fees: None, but need to pay entrance fee to Sabie Falls

Old Wagon Drift Historic site
The Old Wagon Drift was used by the transport riders on the Delagoa -  Lydenburg route to cross the Sabie River until the Milner Bridge was completed in 1915. The Drift is situated a few hundred meters upstream from the Milner Bridge. Permission is required from the private land-owners on either side of the river to visit the Drift. Not wheelchair friendly.

Ceylon House Historic site
During the 1930 depression the Government's Forestry Department created jobs for the poor. These early Forestry pioneers were instrumental in establishing one of the largest man-made forests in the world - the vast afforested areas surrounding Sabie today. On Ceylon plantation, on the way to the Bridal Veil Falls, remains the only example of the tin-walled houses of that era.

Bridal Veil Falls Toilet facilities Gravel road
The Bridal Veil Falls - resembling a bridal veil - is 6km from town. Drive in the direction of Graskop, turn left at the last 4-way stop in town and follow the old Lydenburg tar road for 2km. Turn right before the York Timbers' Sawmill and follow the gravel (part tar) road across the Sabie river for 3km. A challenging 750m walk through an indigenous forest leads to the 70m high waterfall. Public toilets are available. Not wheelchair friendly. For photo see our Picture Gallery page.
Fees: R5/car, R20/minibus, R100/bus (passengers included)

Lone Creek Falls Picnic spot Toilet facilities
The Lone Creek Falls - declared a National Monument - is situated on the old Lydenburg road. Drive in the direction of Graskop, turn left at the last 4-way stop in town and follow the old Lydenburg tar road for 9km. A lovely, short walk of 200m through an indigenous forest brings you to the foot of the 68m high waterfall.  Ample parking space - also for tour busses. Toilet and picnic facilities are available. The footpath can be very slippery when wet. Not wheelchair friendly.  For photo see our Picture Gallery page.
Fees: R5/person, R20/minibus, R100/bus (passengers included)

Trout and About Trout Farm Picnic spot Fun activity Toilet facilities Gravel road
The Trout Farm is situated close to the Horseshoe Falls. Drive on the R532 road in the direction of Graskop, turn left at the last 4-way stop in town and follow the old Lydenburg tar road for 6.8 km before turning left on the gravel road. The Trout Farm is a further 3.6 km.  A entrance fee is payable at the gate. A kiosk, toilets and a number of braai (barbeque) facilities are available.  Trout (paid for by weight) can be caught in the dams using any tackle and bait. Tackle and bait is available on the premises.

Horseshoe Falls Toilet facilities Gravel road
The aptly named Horseshoe Falls is in the shape of a horseshoe. Drive on the R532 road in the direction of Graskop, turn left at the last 4-way stop in town and follow the old Lydenburg tar road for 6.8 km before turning left on the gravel road for a further 3.6 km. For photo see our Picture Gallery page.
Fees: R5/person

 

Webmaster's Note:
This concludes the
Sabie River Route. It is a short route and, therefore, ideally suited to your day of arrival or departure. Or combine this route with other short trips or with a breakfast, picnic, braai or swim at Mac Mac Pools.  You could also combine it with shopping or adventure and sport activities on offer around Sabie. This route is also less dependant on good weather conditions, compared to the Escarpment and Long Tom Routes.


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