The name Mpumalanga is derived from the Swazi word, which means “the place where the sun rises”. This unique province spans over an area of 78 000 kms square and offers a vast diversity of magnificent views, historic sights and wildlife comparable with no other province. This ranges from the grandeur and breathtaking views of our mountains, the splendour of our waterfalls, to the abundance of our wildlife.
Kilmorna Manor offers the ultimate in pampered luxury and tranquility, starting with a sundowner on the deck of the rim flow pool surrounded by magnificent views of wide-open spaces. We also have a variety of different nature walks ranging from a gentle stroll through the gardens to a more energetic climb up the mountain. Walks are through the 280 hectare Greater Kilmorna Conservancy where you might just encounter zebra, eland, bushbuck, the indigenous red duiker or grey duiker in their natural unspoiled environment. Remember to take your binoculars for some exciting and rare bird spotting.
For the more adventurous the Schoemanskloof area also offers quad bike trails, accredited hiking trails or walks along the Crocodile River – keep your eyes open for the resident hippos!
A must, especially in spring and summer, is a visit to the Lowveld National Botanical Garden where there are over 600 naturally occurring plant species. Of the approximately 1000 tree species indigenous to South Africa, over 650 can also be seen in the garden.
Close to Kilmorna Manor is the Country Horse Trail center where you can unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery on horseback.
For those who prefer transport of the four wheeled kind, then how about driving the Panorama route which includes the third largest canyon in the world, Blyde River Canyon, as well as the world renowned God’s Window.
Interested in prehistoric times? Then visit the oldest known caves in the world, The Sudwala Caves, where you can take an hour-long tour back in time when warm shallow in-land waters covered the area and dinosaurs roamed the earth.
How about visiting the quaint town of Dullstroom for a spot of bird watching of the raptor kind at the unique Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre, home to a large collection of hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. Try to be there at either 10h30 or 14h30 for their daily flying displays.
For those keen fishermen, both amateur and professional who are guests at Kilmorna Manor, please remember to bring your rod and tackle for a variety of different fishing including river, lake and pond fishing. Big Sky Fly Fishing and Outdoor offers superb river fly-fishing for rainbow trout on the Sabie River or Lake Olaf. They also provide all tackle needed as well as tutoring in the art of fly-fishing.
For the adrenalin junkies there is Induna Adventures who specialise in white water rafting, kloofing, abseiling, mountain biking, climbing walls and paintball adventures. Or go abseiling with Roc ‘n Rope at one of 550 cliff faces at Waterval-Boven.
Take to the skies with Aviation Adventures and participate in one of their daily scenic flights in a fixed-wing Microlight. Choose your dream trip from a range of different flights including the Sabie River Valley, or the impressive Da Gama Dam, God’s Window, or the incredible Blyde River Canyon, or along the fence of the Kruger National Park where you might spot one of the big 5.
After a life changing experience such as this, head back to Kilmorna Manor, where after a soak in the tub, re-live your adventures in the cozy fully equipped pub.
To ensure that you are not disappointed, Laura-ann will be happy to book any of the activities for you and all you have to do is pay for your chosen activity directly.