Sabie is all about action and adventure. It’s set in the Lowveld and Panorama region. There is a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy, which take advantage of the mountainous surroundings. Alternatively you could just sit down with a cold drink and wait for the feeling to pass.
Sabie is a friendly little town surrounded by the largest human-made forests on earth. It’s at a crossroads, with routes coming in from all around the escarpment and Lowveld and plenty of good accommodation. Sabie’s other claim to fame is that it has no parking metres or traffic lights (or robots, as we call them in SA). They use stop streets, traffic circles and plenty of road humps.
The mountains around here are majestic. The backdrop to the town is Mount Anderson – at 2 284 m the highest peak of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg - and Mauchsberg at a height of 2 114 m. From Sabie the famous Long Tom Pass goes to Mashishing/Lydenberg. The pass is famed for its scenery and sense of history.
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Outdoor action - A definite highlight is world's highest cable gorge swing, which has 68m (18-storey) freefall. You will reach 160km/h in 2.3 seconds. You can also go hiking, rock climbing, abseiling, paragliding, fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, white water rafting, birding and 4x4-ing.
Mount Sheba Nature Reserve - On the road from Pilgrims Rest to Lydenburg, this beautiful mountain reserve is one of Mpumalanga’s premier birding spots. It also has great walking trails, and rich plant and bird diversity.
Arts & crafts - Sabie is a rewarding shopping spot. The town has many shops selling just about everything in the arts & crafts department: fabric, sculpture, glassware, jewellery, ceramics, pewter, candles, beadwork, Africana, and antiques and collectibles.
The Panorama Route - From Sabie you can do a variety of sub-routes along the Panorama Route. You can also visit the Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls, and the Berlin Falls. The Sudwala Caves are another highlight of the route.
Sabie Forestry Museum - Managed by the SA government’s forestry company (SAFCOL), this is an interesting little museum that tells the story of how Sabie became the largest human-made forest in the world. Find out about the history of the area, the life cycle of pine trees and see the longest chain carved from a piece of wood.