Wakkerstroom – Birding Destination – Mountain Biking – Jewel and 2nd Oldest Town of Mpumalanga South Africa – “Mpumalanga – Town of the Year 2018” 

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Motto: Inter Flumina et Montes  – Between rivers and mountains

Wakkerstroom –  ‘The Jewel of Mpumalanga”

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Through the years Wakkerstroom has become known as the jewel of Mpumalanga and would therefore be a worthy winner of the title.  This quaint little town has undergone a metamorphosis over the last 15 years,  becoming a tourist attraction par excellence.  It has however miraculously remained untouched by commercialisation.  Hard to believe, but there are only 2 tarred roads, no traffic lights and no big name retail outlets.  Wakkerstroom boasts several beautiful trails for Mountain Biking Mpumalanga and hiking, click here to read all about them.

Wakkerstroom makes for a perfect weekend destination as it is only a 3  1/2 hour drive from Johannesburg.  It is also the perfect stopover en route to and from the Drakensberg, Kruger Park and various KZN parks.  This dorpie is guaranteed to rejuvenate body, mind and soul as it offers the peace and tranquility city dwellers so long for.  The large wetland, the beautiful open areas of high altitude grassland and the rolling hills and mountains provide varied habitats for the 350+species of birds that have been recorded in the area.  It is therefore no wonder that Wakkerstroom has become a world recognised birding destination.


With the main industry being focused around tourism, the village has a variety of accommodation establishments on offer, ranging from camping at the old railway station to staying at up-market guest houses and lodges.  So, there is something for every need and budget.  The same applies to restaurants and shops.Entertainment is also at hand with regular events being organised for the visitors: the annual music festival, art and craft rambles, artisan markets, rose shows, etc.


Wakkerstroom is steeped in history and for those so inclined, there are wonderful opportunities to relive that history, be it by going on a self- guided tour through the village or visiting historical sites and national monuments.


For the more energetic there are a variety of walks and trails which show off the natural beauty of our surroundings.  And for those who like adventure – Wakkerstroom is the place to be for cycling, mountain and off-road biking!

The most beautiful town ever Wakkerstroom town of the year !!!! Congratulations

Posted by Ons Be's on Monday, 9 April 2018