in the Sabie area
Mac Mac Pools
The picnic spot at Mac
Mac Pools is, by far, the post popular. It
is located 13 km from Sabie on the R532 road to
Graskop. This picnic spot is well grassed,
shaded and well maintained. Picnic
tables and benches, as well as toilets are available, but there are no longer any braai facilities.
Swimming and splashing can be enjoyed in the refreshing, crystal clear
mountain stream pools. This is also the start
and end point of the short, circular Secretary
Lone Creek Falls
The picnic spot at the Lone
Creek Falls is another favourite. Drive
through Sabie towards Graskop. Take the Lone
Creek Falls road by turning left at the last street
(Lydenburg Rd.) in Sabie and follow the road for 8
This picnic spot is well
grassed and shaded. There are no braai facilities. Toilet facilities are
available, but tend to become sub-standard during busy
long weekends. Curio stalls are also located on the
Fees: R30/person, or R400/bus
Green Heritage Picnic Site
This picnic spot is across the road from the Maria Shires
Falls and offers a well kept lawn, shady trees, as well as braai (barbecue) and toilet facilities.
It is located 16 km from Sabie on the R532
road to Graskop where the road crosses the old railway
line. It is also the start of the Forest Falls Hiking Route.
Fees: R30/person, or R400/bus
Horseshoe Trout and About
Excellent picnic facilities - bring your own picnic basket or pre-book your own private, fully equiped picnic spot - complete with wood, charcoal, gas cooker and all cutlery, crockery and braai utensils.
Drive through Sabie towards
Graskop. Take the Lone Creek Falls road by
turning left at the last street (Lydenburg Rd.) in
Sabie and follow the tar road for 6.8 km before
turning left on the gravel road towards Horseshoe
Falls. This 3.6 km gravel road can be very muddy
when wet and very dusty when dry. A nominal fee
is payable at the entrance gate.
A kiosk, toilets and a
limited 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.
Contact: Tobie 084 531 3376
Castle Rock Caravan Park
During the low season, day visitors are allowed into
Rock Municipal caravan park on paying an
entrance fee at the office. Drive through Sabie
towards Graskop. Take the Lone Creek Falls road
by turning left at the last street (Lydenburg Rd.) in
Sabie and follow the tar road for about 1 km.
Turn right at the Merry Pebbles signboard and right
again a few 100 metres beyond that.
The caravan park is
situated on the banks of the Sabie River and the lush
lawns and magnificent shade trees more than compensate
for the lack of proper picnic facilities. Toilet
facilities are available and rowing boats can be
Long Tom Pass
There are no official picnic spots on the Long
Tom Pass (road R37 between Sabie and Lydenburg), but
at least two of the lookout points have picnic tables
The first of these is 9
km from Sabie. There are no toilet facilities or
shade trees, the grass is usually unkempt and the
refuse removal inadequate during busy long weekends.
The second is 10 km from
Sabie at the Nelspruit turnoff. This site is set
amongst tall eucalypt trees, and have the same
drawbacks as the first site with respect to toilet
facilities and refuse removal.
If you are merely looking
for a place to set your picnic basket, both these two
spots offer breathtaking views down into the Sabie