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  • Lydenburg makes a great stepping stone into the adventure-filled Mpumalanga province
  • Quirky, comfortable guesthouse with charming decor
  • Pretty riverfront at the bottom of the tranquil garden

Aqua Terra Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Mashishing

 

-25.1071, 30.4602

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Meaning ‘Water and Earth’ in Latin, the name of Aqua Terra is derived from the fact that the guest house’s manicured lawns roll down to a pretty, willow-fringed stretch of the Sterkspruit River, which borders the property.

Designed with a proudly South African flavour, the guest house is brimming with a vibrancy and modern quirkiness which quickly captures the eyes and hearts of those who pay a visit.

Throughout the guest house, colourful artwork, entertaining signs and interesting wall murals are brought pleasingly together to create a playfulness which reflects the enthusiasm of owners Ernest and Charlene Coetzee.

Guests are warmly welcomed to experience this characterful country-style luxury, and will enjoy well-appointed accommodation in one of a variety of individually-decorated rooms. 

The three double rooms have twin beds and come with either a bath, shower or both, so guests can choose whatever suits their preference. The two standard rooms each have twin beds and are ideal for families and close friends who don’t mind sharing a bathroom, while larger families will enjoy the spaciousness of the family room, which has two twin bedrooms and a bedroom with a single bed, along with a full bathroom.

Base rates at Aqua Terra are room only, but at extra cost breakfast, lunch and dinner can be arranged. There are also a variety of good restaurants nearby which should quell grumbling tummies. Guests can enjoy picnics on the lawn, relax under the shade of the trees on the river’s edge or unwind in the lounge. Although the property itself is not packed with facilities, it acts as a comfortable base from which to head out and explore the area, which is renowned for its trout fishing and spectacular natural beauty.

Outings can include a drive along Long Tom Pass, one of South Africa’s highest mountain passes, where you can stop to view one of the last Creuset Long Tom cannons used by the Boers in the Anglo Boer War, before the road leads you to the quaint towns of Sabie and Graskop.

The Panorama Route along the dramatic northern Drakensberg escarpment is also well worth a day trip, and guests can embark on adventures such as tubing, white water rafting, bridge swings and quad biking, to mention a few.

Visit the historical preserved village of Pilgrim’s Rest to experience exactly what life was like during the gold rush of the 19th century, or go mountain biking or hiking at the Gustav Klingbei Nature Reserve, which is only five kilometres from Aqua Terra.

Rates & Summary


3 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite bath or shower or bath and shower

2 Shared Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
Shared bathroom with bath and shower

Family Room

Sleeps 5 in three bedrooms
Bathroom with bath and shower

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Rates are room only
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at extra cost

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Located in the Mpumalanga Highveld town of Lydenburg, Aqua Terra Guest house offers comfortable accommodation to suit a wide range of travellers, particularly those with a love for the great outdoors. Guests will be charmed by the quirky modern décor and country-style comfort of this intimate owner run guest house. Days can be spent relaxing on the sweeping lawns or next to the pretty river bordering the property, while the guest house is a good base to explore the best of Mpumalanga’s plentiful attractions.

Summary

  • Lydenburg makes a great stepping stone into the adventure-filled Mpumalanga province
  • Quirky, comfortable guesthouse with charming decor
  • Pretty riverfront at the bottom of the tranquil garden

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fly fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred. Be wary of potholes.

Activities & Attractions

  • Nearby: fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, 4x4 trails, Panorama Route, Blyde River Canyon, Long Tom Pass,  elephant interactions, aerial cable trail, abseiling, white water rafting, tubing, quad biking, hot air ballooning, bridge swing.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Panorama & Lowveld

Mpumalanga

About

The Lowveld-Legogote region is the urban hub of Mpumalanga. It is home to the dynamic capital city Mbombela/Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township. It also contains the towns of White River and Hazyview, known for their arts & crafts, their good living and bonhomie.

All roads round here lead to the Kruger National Park (KNP) which is the region’s border and its biggest attraction. Another big attraction is the amazing Sudwala caves - the world’s oldest dolomite caves and the geological highlight of the Lowveld.

To the west of Mbombela/Nelspruit is the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, the third-largest green canyon in the world and highlight of the Panorama Route. This is a scenic route along the escarpment edge, taking in the mountain towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Lydenburg. To the east of Mbombela/Nelspruit lies the region dubbed the Wild Frontier. It is known for its lively gold rush history and mysterious stone ruins left by early indigenous people.

The Lowveld-Legogote region has strong ties with neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland, offering an intriguing mix of culture, language and style. 

The Lowveld is sometimes referred to as the ‘Slowveld’ –and it’s not hard to see why. It’s hot, subtropical, laid-back and friendly. This is a region that has always worked alongside the rhythms of the wild.

The word ‘legogote’ means ‘place of the skins’ and refers to the leather makers who once lived here in the Legogote Mountains. They were known for their skill in crafting leather thongs supplied to early ox-wagon travellers.

The Lowveld has long been a trade route and trading post. Explored by early hunters and pioneers, it developed on the back of the discovery of gold. From old Delagoa Bay (present-day Maputo) to Mbombela/Nelspruit and on to the Panorama Route, you will encounter colourful tales of early adventurers, prospectors, bootleggers, gamblers, traders, chiefs, kings and shysters.

Mbombela/Nelspruit is a big, busy city that includes historic Nelspruit, ever-growing residential developments, and the vibrant, sprawling township of Kanyamazane. Cutting right through the centre of the city is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. Popular among residents and tourists, the garden is set on the banks of the Nels River and is a delight of indigenous greenery. It has a large cycad collection and an African rainforest.

Mbombela/Nelspruit was a host city for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Its beautiful stadium is an icon of the city’s progress - along with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with an innovative design reflecting a modern African spirit. In Mbombela/Nelspruit you’ll find excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to a mix of peoples and cultures, with an Afro-chic flavour. From Mbombela/Nelspruit you can do artists’ routes and township tours, visit casinos, nightclubs, and artistic and historical spots. And yet within a short time you can be right in the middle of the KNP gazing out onto the ancient African wilderness.

Incredible mountain scenery and excellent outdoor action - that’s the spirit of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. From Mbombela/Nelspruit the route heads east through subtropical foothills and farmlands, into the mountains of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. The route takes you along a series of historic mountain passes to the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Graskop, Mashishing/Lydenburg and Orighstad. Scenic highlights include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is also there - home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa.

Pilgrim’s Rest is where gold was first discovered and is a heritage town. Graskop and Sabie are timber centres, and renowned for their adventure activities. There is a wide choice of things to do here, from gorge swinging, rock climbing, abseiling, and hot air ballooning, to river rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing, sailing and 4x4-ing.

Look out for

The Kruger National Park - Flagship of Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park has good infrastructure and services, with routes, game drives, guides, camps, watering holes and other animal viewing spots. Your chances of a lion sighting are the highest in the central Kruger Park, where nutritious grasslands support a diversity of creatures. There are great spots for humans too, from luxury lodges to remote camping hideouts.

Mbombela/Nelspruit - Mpumalanga’s capital city is a friendly and fast-moving mix of cultures. These include Tsonga, Pedi, Swazi, Mozambican, Afrikaans, English, Dutch, German and French. The city is a central place from which to access the Lowveld and Panorama regions. You can take a cultural tour of Kanyamazane township, and visit arts & craft centres, traditional healers and shebeens. You can see an excellent collection of South African art at the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature buildings, or spend a quiet hour or two in the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Sudwala caves - The world’s oldest known cave system, said to be nearly 3 billion years old, the Sudwala Caves are completely surreal. In the heart of the Mankelekele mountains lies this vast subterranean city of passages, tunnels, caverns and chambers. There are timeless dripstone formations and eerie bottomless lakes. The highlight is the Crystal Tour – a five-hour 2km hike into the heart of the caves culminating in a cavern containing incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

Outdoor action - Sabie is the adventure capital of the Lowveld and Panorama, offering just about everything you can think of in an incredible canyon and mountain setting. Experience the adrenalin rush of the world's highest cable gorge swing with a 68m (18-storey) freefall. You’ll go from 0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds! The hiking is exceptional, and there are excellent rock climbing, paragliding, and abseiling opportunities.

The Artists Route - The beautiful setting and laidback lifestyle of the Lowveld has long attracted artists and creative souls. In the White River/Hazyview area you can visit the studios and showrooms of some of the country’s foremost artists. These include potters, weavers, candle makers, glass-blowers, sculptors and even taxidermists. Both these towns are hip and happening, offering charming eating spots and great rural retail therapy. For good shopping head for Casterbridge Centre on the edge of White River, and Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview.

Kaapsehoop village - Explore the misty heights of this historic gold mining village. It is popular for its quaint coffee shops, pubs, bistros and more than a hundred wild horses.

Innibos Cultural Festival - A music and arts festival held in the Nelspruit/White River area in June and July. This is a cultural ‘must-do’. For 14 days the Lowveld rocks. This arts festival is held at over 60 theatre and music spots across the province and features everything from big stage concerts to assorted theatre and cultural activities. There are also more than 400 craft stalls to explore.

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