At Ecolux we aim to give you unforgettable accommodation as well as an opportunity to experience the wild side of Africa by offering adventure safari activities. All the activities provided by Ecolux are done under the auspices of professional operators. Your safety and well-being is of the utmost importance to us here at Ecolux.

Swaziland Tour

Swaziland is one of the smallest monarchies in Africa. It is a mountain’s country with some lovely scenery to be experienced by our visitors. We will take you on a tour to experience the items mentioned below. A traditional meal can be ordered at the famous Malandela’s restaurant. The Ecolux courtesy vehicle departs at 06:00 and will be back at Ecolux at about 17:00.

Panorama Tour

When you’re exploring a country there are few things better than stopping at a viewpoint and being rewarded with the kind of scenery that brightens your day and broadens your horizons. On the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, every viewpoint gives you that opportunity. Breathtaking views, plunging waterfalls, eagles flying above you and a rich history, quite literally, as it includes the gold rush years, are the kinds of things you better get used to when you visit the Panorama Route.

Swaziland Tour

Swaziland is one of the smallest monarchies in Africa. It is a mountain’s country with some lovely scenery to be experienced by our visitors. We will take you on a tour to experience the items mentioned below. A traditional meal can be ordered at the famous Malandela’s restaurant. The Ecolux courtesy vehicle departs at 06:00 and will be back at Ecolux at about 17:00.

Panorama Tour

When you’re exploring a country there are few things better than stopping at a viewpoint and being rewarded with the kind of scenery that brightens your day and broadens your horizons. On the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, every viewpoint gives you that opportunity. Breathtaking views, plunging waterfalls, eagles flying above you and a rich history, quite literally, as it includes the gold rush years, are the kinds of things you better get used to when you visit the Panorama Route.

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Jewellery



Traditional Swazi jewellery is beadwork, used in bracelets, anklets, necklaces and other accessories, with messages conveyed in the patterns and motifs. Today it ranges from ethnic pieces incorporating such natural products as seedpods and feathers, to fine items in gold and silver. You will find many Jewellery outlets in Markets in towns such as Manzini and Mbabane as well some small outlets in the Mantenga area. Quazi Design, based in Mbabane with a shop at Ngwenya Glass, transform discarded waste magazines into original accessories.

Batiks



Baobab Batik started in 1991 and has outlets at Malandela’s and Swazi Candles Centre. Clothing, cushion covers, table linen and the like are produced and the artists can be watched in action at the workshop near Mlilwane Game Sanctuary.

Candles



Exquisitely crafted candles come from the Swazi Candle Factory, near Malkerns where the workers do their stuff with coloured wax. This is now one of Swaziland’s main tourist attractions, and is at the centre of a complex of handicraft outfits.

Glass Blowing



At the Ngwenya Glass factory glass blowers can be seen creating everything from tableware to animal figurines, all from 100% recycled glass. This award-winning enterprise now exports all over the world.

Mohair Weaving



Coral Stephens established a workshop in the Piggs Peak area over 60 years ago, teaching traditional skills to local women, and producing a range of fine, hand-woven fabrics that sell worldwide. Rosecraft, south of Matsapha now creates a similar range of products using traditional techniques. Both enterprises employ many local women.

Grass Weaving



Most markets and craft stalls display beautifully patterned baskets woven from grass or sisal, and coloured with natural dyes. Tintsaba, near Piggs Peak and Gone Rural at Malandelas are two inmpressive enterprises which produce and export a wide range of products and employ hundreds of local women, making a major contribution to their surrounding communities.

Carvings & Sculpture



Swaziland has a fine tradition of carving, both in wood and stone. Various wooden items can be found in craft markets around the country – mostly functional pieces. Stone carvers work largely with soapstone, turning their skilled hands to everything from palm-sized ashtrays to larger-than-life human sculptures.

Panorama Tour



‘Guarded’ by the small town of Graskop, this famous route is home to mountains, forests and canyons, most notably, the Blyde River Canyon which is also world’s largest ‘green canyon’. The awe-inspiring Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls are just a short drive away. As are scenic landmarks such as Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Widndow, where you can walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that stands amongst the clouds some 800m above Blyde River Canyon.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes are an unusual geological formation and well worth the visit. These giant potholes formed at the confluence of the Blyde and Treur rivers and mark the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. On top of the scenic beauty and historical learnings found on the Panorama Route, you will also experience a wealth of plant and animal life in the region, including Klipspringers, Dassies, Grey Rhebuck, Oribi, Kudu, bushbuck, bushpigs, monkeys, bushbabies, Chacma baboons, Black-Backed jackals and many specied of birdlife, including resident pairs of nesting eagles that might well look you in the eye.

Mac Mac Pools



A spacious picnic site is tucked under pine trees alongside the Mac Mac River at this, your first essential stop along the Panorama Route. Quirkily named after the scores of Scottish miners who panned for gold in the gorge, the river flows over a rock ledge into a crystal clear rock pool where visitors can take a refreshing plunge in the chilly mountain water. With a rumbling audible in the distance, a walkway leads you past local vendors, along the Mac Mac River gorge and to a viewpoint which reveals the spellbinding source of the noise. This vantage point gives a bird’s eye view of the impressive twin waterfalls as they plummet 70 metres, meeting the pool below with a terrific thundering crash.

The waterfall was initially one stream, but gold miners blasted it in an attempt to prospect the rich gold-bearing ridge over which it plunges. It’s hard to get enough of this spectacle, but the Panorama Route has plenty of wonders still in wait. The trickling section of the Mac Mac River was used as a crossing point by the gold prospectors and their ox-wagons to go straight to Graskop.

Graskop



Graskop does have its own charm as and by poking around you will find some of the small shops which may reveal some hidden gems. The ever-popular Harrie’s Pancakes, on the main street, is certainly not hidden, but is most definitely a gem. You won’t find better pancakes in South Africa than at this iconic restaurant and a mouth-watering array of sweet and savoury fillings are on offer at very reasonable prices. The menu lists sweet combinations such as black cherries in liqueur, banana and caramel, and fig preserve with pecan nuts, while the savoury fillings include South African favourites such as biltong, lamb bredie and bobotie, along with exotics such as Dutch Bacon and Thai-Style Chicken. Tasty vegetarian options such as Butternut and Feta and Creamy Spinach are also available. 

The Pinnacle



Take the R532 north out of Graskop. Just 2km on, turn onto the R534, which takes you in a loop past three exceptional viewpoints on the edge of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg escarpment. Firstly, you will arrive at the Pinnacle, a freestanding buttress of rock which rises vertically out of dense indigenous forest like a natural skyscraper. Two separate viewing decks give you different perspectives of this regal scene.

God's Window



The name sets high expectations, but God’s Window is an extraordinary place that truly lives up to this billing. A steep footpath leads you to a 900m high viewpoint perched on the edge of the escarpment, where the entire Mpumalanga Lowveld stretches spectacularly out below you in all directions. On clear days, one can see all the way to Mozambique, over 200km away. It is impossible to capture the breath-taking grandeur of this view through the lens of a camera, but a panoramic setting will get the closest to achieving this.

Bourke's Luck Potholes



Another 25km north along the R532, Panorama-Routers will turn right to enter the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, where they will find the peculiar but striking natural phenomena that are the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Over millions of years, the churning whirlpools at the juncture between the Treur and Blyde rivers have carved out a fascinating array of large potholes in the bedrock. Sturdy bridges allow visitors to walk right above these unique marvels of nature as the river persistently continues to swirl and grind away at the rock twenty metres below.

The Potholes were named after Tom Bourke, a gold-digger who staked a claim nearby, and signal the start of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. A large picnic site and an informative visitor’s centre are also situated here. Watch out for the monkeys as they have been known to jump into cars!

Blyde River Canyon



You will continue driving north, with the scenery now dominated by natural grassland and shrub. The turn off to the Lowveld View site is situated 5km down the road. The vantage point is 1219m high and offers a glorious view over the Blyde River Canyon, with its magnificent assortment of rocky peaks and deep valleys filled with dense indigenous forest. The Blyde River can be seen snaking through the canyon until it enters the pristine Blydepoort Dam. This large blue body of water sparkles like a sapphire contrasting against the lush greenery surrounding it.

The Three Rondawels



Drive another 4.6km north to find this well known attraction. Mother Nature has once again truly outdone herself: the three massive rock edifices standing with silent grandeur in front of the viewing site and the splendour of the Blyde River Canyon spreading out in all directions makes for a mesmerizing sight.