Lydenburg Waterfalls in Thaba Chweu Platteland, Mpumalanga
The Lydenburg Waterfalls are situated just outside Lydenburg in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
The waterfalls are located on the Dorps River and consist of three individual waterfalls cascading into one another. Two waterfalls drop next to each other into a basin with adjacent pools and the third then drops from there. The total drop height is 244 meters.
Not only are these waterfalls beautiful to see, but useful as well as they are able to generate hydro- electric power. The power plant is no longer used, but is maintained and is close by.
The Falls are not often seen by the public due to poor promotion and poor road signs, so visitors wishing to view the Waterfalls should travel from Lydenburg along the R36 towards Ohrigstad for about 10 km and be on the lookout for a small inconspicuous signboard on the left that will point you to the waterfalls. More information can also be obtained from the Lydenburg Museum or Kudu Ranch.
Things to do and see
- Viewpoint of waterfall
- Small hydro power station
A nominal fee of approximately R20 per vehicle is charged for entry to the waterfall.
Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 25˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 19˚C.
There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town into the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Mombela (Nelspruit). Car rental companies are available for easy access to the surrounding areas with Lydenburg being just over an hour away along the R37. Road trips from Johannesburg to Lydenburg on the N4 and R540 will take just over 3 hours.
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