While it may be hard to take yourself away from Likweti and all that the 765 hectare Estate has to offer. Its prime setting in the heart of Mpumalanga’s Lowveld makes Likweti Estate the ideal location from which to explore the province.
Here are five of the best driving roads for those wanting to see another side of the Lowveld.
The Vaalhoek Road is the perfect route for those wanting to visit two of the province’s biggest tourist attractions. Linking the natural wonder of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the man made tourist mecca of Pilgrims Rest, this little known route is considered by locals to be one of the most scenic gravel roads in the region.
The Kaapsehoop Pass is a hidden gem of the Lowveld and a great alternative to the N4 for anyone coming to Nelspruit. Starting at the Ngodwana paper mill, the Pass takes you through pine plantations to the quaint village of Kaapsehoop. Here you might be lucky and catch a glimpse of the area’s wild horses before continuing on the pass back to Nelspruit.
Skurweberg and Nelshoogte Passes – Touted as the scenic alternative to the N4, the Skurweberg Pass drives like a major road but without any of the traffic. It begins about 20km from Machadodorp and takes you through the Skurweberg Mountains which are a must for any outdoor enthusiast. You then pass the Nkomazi Game reserve as you go onto the R38 and through Nelshoogte Pass which is considered by many as the tar road with the best vistas in the province. Once in Barberton you can simply follow the R38 back to Nelspruit.
The Mara Road – If you have no reason to rush between Nelspruit and Kaapmuiden then the Mara road is a much prettier alternative to the N4. Situated inside the Krokodilpoort Conservancy, the beauty of this route is that no heavy vehicles are permitted and in fact you are unlikely to encounter much traffic at all. The real treat however is the scenery. Just be aware that this route does have a number of sharp bends. To find the Mara Road turn off on the N4 travel approximately 14km from the airport (R538) turn off and it will be on your right.
Long Tom Pass – If you want valleys, mountains and waterfalls, the Long Tom Pass is the route for you. This 56km pass between Sabie and Mashishing (Lydenburg) is considered to be one of South Africa’s best mountain routes. Named after the notorious Long Tom Cannon, this scenic route offers travellers many lay-bys from which the exceptional views of the surrounding landscape can be enjoyed.
So what are you waiting for? It is time to explore!