Hazyview

The shimmering blue haze over the Sabie River valley and the hills beyond lends this busy little town its name. Although Hazyview is a well-known shopping destination, it has so much more to offer than retail therapy. This is adrenalin and wildlife country!

Spend a morning in the Kruger National Park, only 10 minutes from the town, and arrive back in time to ride an elephant or throw yourself down the river in a tube. All of this with God’s Window visible on the skyline and the Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon, a short drive away.

Top attractions

This canopy trail is the longest in Mpumalanga and guarantees a treetop adventure you won't forget. Photo courtesy of Jason Jones

A sangoma dances to traditional music at the Shangana Cultural Village. Photo courtesy of Pascal Parent

  • Elephant Interactions – Hazyview offers two separate establishments for elephant encounters, with the option to feed and ride these magnificent giants of the wild.
  • Matumi Trail – Explore this lovely hiking trail along the MacMac River from where it meets the Sabie River. You might even spot one of South Africa’s most sought-after birds: the elusive and beautifully-named Narina Trogon. For the eager lepidoptorist, there are 300 species of butterfly in this valley.
  • Microlighting – Get up into the sky for a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sabie River valley
  • Rafting, kayaking, kloofing, geckoing –  Enjoy an adrenalin-fuelled session of extreme water-sports on the so-called "River of Fear". (The name "Sabie" is derived from saba – the Zulu word for fear. Niyasaba na? Are you afraid?)
  • The Skyway Trail – the longest in Mpumalanga consists of ten platforms in the forest, linked by cables and pulleys of differing lengths and terror-levels. (Niyasaba na?)
  • Perry’s Bridge shopping precinct – Whether you're looking for safari apparel or a bit of décor to take home with you, this is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy. And there's nothing quite like a fine cup of coffee with a perfect pastry to round off the perfect shopping experience
  • Macadamia oil tours – Visit working farms to see how the products are grown and processed
  • Shangana Cultural Village – Visit an authentic regional village. Come and learn your future from the bone-throwing sangoma (witch-doctor), or join him and the tribe for music and dancing at their frequent evening festivals
  • Coffee tours – The Sabie Valley Coffee Shop offers a surprisingly fun and interesting look into the coffee industry in the region.
  • Banana plantations – Hazyview is one of the world’s largest banana-growing areas. The sweeping, swaying banana trees stretch from one end of the valley to the other. A banana tastes so much better straight off the tree!
  • Crafts and curios – Choose from a wide range of crafts and curios made and sold by both formal and informal traders
  • Quad bike trails in the hills and forests along the Sabie River offer a great opportunity to go wild and get covered in mud
  • Golf – Hazyview offers two fine golf-courses for the enthusiast, one 18-hole and one nine-hole. Beware of hippos and impala!
  • Beautiful horse-trails snake through the hills above the banks of the Marite River
  • The Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park houses a fine collection of snakes, crocodiles and other reptiles

Did you know?

One of the Kruger National Park’s most famous rangers, Harry Wolhuter, lived in Hazyview. So tough was he that he is said to have killed a lion with a screwdriver. Stand back Chuck Norris!

For more information

Tours & Tickets: +27 (0)13 737 8191

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