Schoemanskloof / Eland's Valley

Stone tools dating back about 2,5 million years ago, that were discovered in the caves, are on display at the Caves' entrance. Photo courtesy of Rich Archer

The Schoemanskloof valley came into its own in 2003 when most of the transient traffic on the busy Ngodwana highway was rerouted here. Stretching through citrus, pomegranate and pecan orchards along the banks of the Crocodile River, the district offers a wide range of lodgings and activities for the whole family.

Top attractions

  • Boer War graves and monuments
  • Sudwala Caves – These mausoleum-like chambers are situated on the site of one of South Africa’s bloodiest battles, between the Zulu and Ndebele people. Sudwala offers an impressive system of tunnels, studded with stalagmites and stalagtites. The location is also home to a popular display of dinosaur recreations.
  • Mankele Mountain Bike Park offers a broad range of trails catering for all levels of mountain biker and hosts several large events annually.
  • Crocodile River - This river, which eventually forms the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park, makes its way into the Lowveld from its source near Dullstoom through the Schoemanskloof Valley. The challenging Croc River Canoe Marathon is held in the Valley each September.

Did you know?

Old Joe is a roadside rock shaped like a pot-bellied man. I was named after Joe Barbas, foreman of the 1927 road crew that built the Patatanek Pass. His look may change from time to time to commemorate local events.

News & views

Graskop Gorge lift in the pipeline

  • 26 April 2017 | Nontobeko Mtshali

The PPS Panorama Tour

  • 19 April 2017 | Nontobeko Mtshali

Spotted in the Kruger Lowveld

  • 13 April 2017 | Nontobeko Mtshali