The Lowveld is high on attractions
The Lowveld of Mpumalanga is the ideal place for a short holiday, but make sure your stay is not too short, since the area offers a myriad of attractions and activities to keep a family busy for days.
Energy to explore and enjoy shouldn’t be a problem with numerous gourmet restaurants offering cuisine of all kinds: Traditional, cosmopolitan, authentic and ordinary culinary delights. Even on the go, several popular franchises will provide that much needed quick meal during your rush to the next adventure.
Talking about adventure, whether you like action to the likes of skydiving, a toboggan or skyway trail, ice skating, rubbing shoulders with elephants, sliding down water canals or watching rugby or soccer with fans, the Lowveld caters for your choice. Four by four enthusiasts can explore the mountains and valleys by means of several routes and trails while others may prefer to do it on foot or on horseback.
If you prefer to take things a bit slower, the area offers plenty natural attractions like the Blyde River Canyon, the largest green canyon in the world and several waterfalls like the Horseshoe, Lone Creek, Mac-Mac, Lisbon and Berlin Falls. You can experience heaven on earth by peeping through God’s Window where no frame or glass mars the magnificent view or go deep into the earth at the Sudawala Caves, regarded as the oldest caves in the world.
The Genesis Route (on the Makhonjwa Mountains south of Barberton) features some of the oldest volcanic pieces on earth while the Bourkes’s Luck potholes will leave you in awe about the force of swirling water that carved out the rock formations that meet at the Treur and Blyde Rivers.
The Kruger National Park, one of the largest national parks in Africa is not only home to the Big Five (animals) and Big Six (birds), but also to many small but interesting plants and creatures.
The park is not the only place which can satisfy the nature lover’s need for solace: There are also the Blue Swallows near Kaapsehoop, the chimps at Chimp Eden or the rescued birds of prey near Dullstroom. Although the dinosaur replicas at Sudwala would not fit into this category, they are also worth a visit and the Lowveld National Botanical Garden is just the place to have a final stroll and refreshment before hitting the road back to the city again.
That is, if you have already popped into the motor museum at Casterbridge, the White River Gallery and the museum in Barberton…
The weather cant keep us down
In the Lowveld we love to be outdoors as much as possible, but when it is simply not possible, there is no shortage of indoor activities to keep young and old occupied.
You can take a bet on lady luck, enjoy the latest movies, go to the arcade or visit the shooting range. Staying busy without taking on the hot sun is a popular option for locals and visitors alike.
From fine-dining to casual cuisine, we have it all!
Whether you are in the mood for a plate with a view, fancy finger food or something out of the ordinary, the Lowveld has an amazing selection of restaurants to cater for every taste.
You can literally enjoy a pub lunch, seafood, Indian cuisine, Mexican, Mediterranean, Greek, Asian or the best burgers all in one afternoon.
Apart from great food the Lowveld is also home to several breweries and distilleries as well as plenty of pubs and craft beer outlets so there is no reason you ever have to go thirsty in the heat.
The 5 best takeaway meals for a good night’s sleep
This is it, you tell yourself. This is the week I’m finally getting my sleep back on track. But what happens when you go for takeaways with friends? Or you decide to stop at your favourite sushi place on the way to an exciting night on the couch with Netflix? You may not realise it, but your dinner choices can have a massive impact on how easily you drift off to sleep later. Fried stuff, spicy food, and even red meat can actually make it likelier that you’ll toss and turn.
The good news is that, according to Lisa Young, “Food can absolutely help [your sleep], and it can absolutely hurt.” So making the right meal choices can be the difference between waking up refreshed and spending the night tossing and turning.
Check out these five examples of takeaway meals that won’t mess with your sleep.
In general, ordering sushi is probably going to be your best bet for uninhibited ZZZs because you’re able to get some carbs, fibre-full avocado, and lean protein. But stick with brown rice if you can because it’ll take a little longer for you to digest. And do your best to avoid spicy rolls and tempura because they can be too tough to digest.
Best meal: Salmon and avocado roll or California roll with brown rice.
As usual, opt for chicken or fish over steak or pork when you can because those lean meats are easier to digest. Also be sure to go for some carbs in the form of rice or tortillas. “A little bit of cheese can be okay, too,” says Young, because it contains tryptophan. But too much cheese can easily make a meal feel heavy, causing discomfort that’ll make it hard to get to sleep.
Best meal: Fish tacos with veggies.
Here, she suggests going with a classic pasta-plus-red-sauce dish of your choice because you’ll get those sleep-inducing carbs without a too-heavy sauce. Feel free to add some chicken for protein. And, if you can get wholewheat pasta, that’s even better.
Best meal: Wholewheat pasta with red sauce and cheese.
The key here is to “avoid the spiciest dishes,” she advises, and to stay away from heavier, buttery sauces. That means heading in the direction of tandoori chicken rather than tikka masala. Saag paneer, with its veggie/cheese combo and a side of rice, is another great option.
Best meal: Saag paneer or tandoori chicken with jasmine rice and veggies.
Young says fried rice isn’t her favourite for helping you get to sleep, she ranks it behind brown rice and jasmine, but it’ll get the job done. Throw in some chicken for lean protein and vegetables because they’re never a bad idea.
Best meal: Fried rice with chicken chop suey.