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Mount Sheba Nature Reserve, Pilgrim’s Rest, Mpumalanga

Mount Sheba lodge, in the gorgeous forested region of the reserveMount Sheba Nature Reserve is nestled amongst stunning mountain peaks and indigenous afromontane forest above the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest in Mpumalanga. In fact, it protects one of the few remaining large stands of indigenous forest in the Mpumalanga Drakensberg.

This forested region is home to no fewer than 110 species of trees, among which are the ancient Outeniqua yellowwood and ironwoods (estimated to be 1500 years old). A network of gentle trails traverses the forests in the reserve and is a fantastic experience, getting as close to nature in this remarkable area as one can. Animal life on these walks is rife, the most popular of all the species being the endagered samango monkey.

The reserve is also very popular with birding enthusiasts, and the fantastic array of birdlife includes the spectacular jackal buzzard, Knysna turaco, Gurney’s sugarbird and four different type of sunbird.

The Mount Sheba Lodge in the reserve is the perfect place to stay on a weekend trip to Pilgrim’s Rest, offering access to this magnificent reserve and a great base from which to visit the historic Pilgrim’s Rest town.

Getting there: from Gauteng, take the N4 going East into Mpumalanga. Just before Nelspruit, take the R539 turnoff going towards Sabie. The road then becomes the R37. Follow the R37 and turn off at the R532 going into Sabie. Continue through Sabie and along the R532 which then becomes the R533. The entrance to reserve is on your left hand side along this road.

More info on the town of Pilgrims Rest More info on the Panorama Route area