Stretching from the foot of the Crocodile River Gorge through the dense indigenous forests of the western Lebombo Mountains, this region is home to large pawpaw and other fruit plantations, shy and rare animal species and large numbers of traditional Swazi-speaking people who settled here in the 1830s, after the predations of the Zulu king Shaka, and made the area their own.

Top attractions

Kaapmuiden is home to some of the largest pawpaw plantations. Photo courtesy of Chiew Pang

  • Fruit plantations, including citrus, mango and some of the largest pawpaw plantations in the land
  • Boondocks Labyrinth is based on the labyrinth at the cathedral at Chartres in France but has been modified slightly to accommodate the trees. A place of peaceful contemplation
  • Matsamo Cultural Park – a popular and award-winning cultural centre that celebrates tribal history and dance
  • Nukain Mabusa Stone Garden – a roadside gallery of painted stones at Louw’s Creek
  • Driekoppies Dam offers top-of-the-range bass fishing
  • The Gould’s Salvation stream is at the head of the lovely Crocodile River valley. Did Gould find gold here? The mystery remains to this day

Did you know?

The pawpaw is the only fruit of its genus and has no relations. It is popularly used as a meat tenderiser and the seeds are said to have a contraceptive effect on rats and monkeys.

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