Waterval Boven Accommodation

Waterval Boven is a holiday town in the South African province of Mpumalanga. It lies on the N14 highway between Witbank and Komatipoort (the border town with southern Mozambique). The town's setting is conducive to many outdoor adventures as well as just passing a few days in absolute peace and quiet.

Waterval Boven is tucked into the crooks of the Drakensberg Mountains, and rests on the edge of the escarpment. It lies on the banks of the Elands River, just above the Elands waterfall (hence the name Waterval Boven, which means 'above the waterfall'). A few kilometres downstream you will find the sister town of Waterval Onder.

Waterval Boven was established in 1898 as a railway depot for the train line which connected Pretoria to Maputo in Mozambique. It was named, rather uncreatively by the Dutch who constructed the town. While it is largely known as Waterval Boven to this day, its official name in the new South Africa is actually Emgwenya.

Given its mountainous setting, Waterval Boven is the ideal place to set off into the wilderness on a hike, and there are many trails to choose from. Horse riding is also a popular past time as is fishing. The river and many dams in the area are excellent fly-fishing and trout fishing spots, and the town's fishing shop not only sells fishing tackle but the staff are happy to offer advice and share stories.

Waterval Boven also happens to be a renowned rock-climbing destination, especially among sport climbers. For a more sedate activity you can take the 30 minute train ride to Waterval Onder or explore some of the many historical sites in the area, many of which have been declared heritage sites.

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Rockydrift Reserve
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Situated 270 km from Johannesburg on the Waterval Boven - Nelspruit Road, Rocky Drift Private Nature Reserve embraces an enclosed valley of approximately 252 hectares of some of the most beautiful mou... Read More

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Kiepersol is situated in the heart of the picturesque Elands Valley with the Elands River on your doorstep, Kiepersol B&B is a place where you will feel at home and enjoy warm-hearted hospitality and ... Read More

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Surrounded by a breath-taking, amazing mountain scenery, Acra Retreat -Mountain View Lodge- is situated on the edge of a cliff, overlooking stunning panoramic views. Set in a beautiful Garden, the ... Read More

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Relax in the tranquility that Boven Villa has to offer. A unique thatched cottage, with luxurious rooms and extensive well manicured gardens, Boven Villa is the ideal setting for that romantic getaway... Read More

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Nestled in the foothills of the Elands Valley, on the banks of the Elands River near Waterval Onder, lies Aloes Country Inn. George and Pat offer you a warm family feeling, where you can stay in quali... Read More

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Enjoy the warm embrace of the Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge, which offers good value, tranquil surroundings and wholesome food. Shamrock Arms was a finalist in the lodge category of the 2010 South Afric... Read More

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Troutways Private Retreat, located just outside Waterval Boven, has been operating for many years. It was conceived not only for the sake of fly fishing, but as an escape to fresh air, the smell of th... Read More

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Bergwaters Eco Lodge & Spa is a beautiful - peaceful retreat fantastic accommodation, conference, event and spa facilities in the Waterval Onder and Waterval Boven area in Mpumalanga. Bergwaters, ... Read More

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Situated on the banks of the Elands River, in the foothills of the Drakensberg, the Protea Hotel Malaga is a luxurious, peaceful country retreat that welcomes you to enjoy the best that Malaga has to ... Read More

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Only 2.5 hours drive from Johannesburg on the N4 and 1 hour from Nelspruit, Absolute leisure Cottages are located in the quaint village of Machadodorp. They have lovely thatched and tin roofs, coll in... Read More

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Waterval Boven
Very quiet town, not much to do, great to unwind!
- Tessa Elliott

Waterval Boven
- Gerhard Blignaut

Waterval Boven
Beautifully fresh, serenity, relaxing those are the words that come to mind.
- Tebogo Mekhise

Waterval Boven
Nice little town!
- Tendai M

Waterval Boven
Stunning.........a piece of heaven in the mountains
- Lucretia Parker