Spring in to Sabie’s Waterfalls, Northern Drakensberg Mountains

Captivating reflections over puddle cuddle, Sabie

Captivating reflections over puddle cuddle, Sabie

Autumn is in the air at its natural best here in Sabie. Clear chilly nights give way to foggy misty mornings. The sun intensifies the mist at first, steaming off the moisture on plants, before clearing into bright sunny days.

Misty forest, Sabie

Misty forest, Sabie

With Oak and Maple Leaf trees changing leave colors before dropping to the ground, this a colorful spectacle and any photographers playground. 

Colourful autumn, Sabie

Colorful autumn, Sabie

Sabie lies in the Northern Drakensberg Mountains, surrounded by gorges and forests. Unfortunately for this fragile ecosystem, the majority of the native forest has been destroyed to give way to Pine tree logging.

Spectacular Forest Falls, Sabie

Spectacular Forest Falls, Sabie

Rivers create plenty of waterfalls, plunging off the escarpment to the valleys spectacularly. Lots of history, plenty of stunning nature, my kinda area.

Green vegetation around Forest Falls, Sabie

Green vegetation around Forest Falls, Sabie

We went for an afternoon drive to ‘Forest Falls’; Jacques and Dolla, Frikkie and Tanya and myself.

Forest falls view through vegetation, Sabie

Forest falls view through vegetation, Sabie

The afternoon sun shone straight on to these scenic falls, giving perfect light for photography on another bright sunny day. I made the most of the opportunity, just couldn’t stop pushing the OM-D button.

Forest Falls reflections, Sabie

Forest Falls reflections, Sabie

Unlike all other waterfalls, the entrance to ‘Forest Falls’ is free, if you know where to go.

Forest Falls creek and waterfalls, Sabie

Forest Falls creek and waterfalls, Sabie

The lush plantation around these falls added to a perfect appearance.

Forest Falls creek cascades, Sabie

Forest Falls creek cascades, Sabie

The river is rushing through smaller cascades, before plunging down the waterfall.

Happy days, Tanya, Frikkie, Dolla and Jacques, Sabie

Happy days, Tanya, Frikkie, Dolla and Jacques, Sabie

There’s always time for a happy group photo.

Zimba gumboots, Sabie

Zimba gumboots, Sabie

And of Zimba and myself in camouflage matching hoofs.

Staring at the pools, Frikkie spotted something emerging for a a few seconds, before it disappeared again. We all thought he was day dreaming, until we noticed the very same object.

It’s everyone’s guess, Sabie

It’s everyone’s guess, Sabie

It was a guessing game for all of us. Turns out, a hippo took this pool into his territory. I went back a couple nights after, hoping to see it out of the water, but it had moved on already. Should have gone the very same night.

Out on old Lydenburg Road are three impressive waterfalls. First one is ‘Lone Creek Falls’.

Lone Creek Falls, Sabie

Lone Creek Falls, Sabie

A popular picnic spot over the long weekend, it was tranquil this time around.

In between giants, Sabie

In between giants, Sabie

I parked Zimba in between some tall timber, and made my way through lush green forest.

Green mossy Nature, Sabie

Green mossy Nature, Sabie

The force of the plunging waters sprays a significant radius around the pool, keeping it mossy moist at all times. Surely impressive.

Green vegetation, blue skies, Sabie

Green vegetation, blue skies, Sabie

Lying in a shady pocket, the forest around was covered in mossy green vegetation.

Sun and water, the essentials of life, Sabie

Sun and water, the essentials of life, Sabie

I made my way to ‘Horseshoe Falls’.

Horseshoe Falls behind the rock, Sabie

Horseshoe Falls behind the rock, Sabie

Nestled in the thick native bush, a slippery track leads to the falls.

In between gorge and forest, Sabie

In between gorge and forest, Sabie

Not as high as other falls, but therefore wider in appearance.

Horseshoe Falls mossy forest, Sabie

Horseshoe Falls mossy forest, Sabie

In the rainy season with more water, the middle rock would be acting as a divider, the falls look like a horseshoe.

The power of water, Sabie

The power of water, Sabie

Washed up tree trunks incline the force of these waters in flood waters.

Horseshoe Falls painting, Sabie

Horseshoe Falls painting, Sabie

Some huge boulders have been washed out some time ago. Quite spectacular.

Spectacular combination, Horseshoe Falls, Sabie

A spectacular combination, Horseshoe Falls, Sabie

‘Bridal Veil Falls’ was the highest of them all dropping of a sheer cliff high above.

Bridal Veil Falls, Sabie

Bridal Veil Falls, Sabie

Again, the power of the falling waters creates a mist that supplies water at all times. Lush green vegetation all around.

Bridal Veil Falls, A long way down, Sabie

Bridal Veil Falls, A long way down, Sabie

I got up early a few mornings.

A sunrise a bit different, Sabie

A sunrise a bit different, Sabie

To witness and capture the rising sun over misty valleys surrounded by mountains.

Sunrise view over Sabie from ‘Long Tom Pass’, Sabie

Sunrise view over Sabie from ‘Long Tom Pass’, Sabie

The fog appears relative frequent here, adding danger to these narrow and winding roads, filled with potholes and driven by plenty of speeding, reckless overtaking and often drunk drivers. A perfect recipe for disaster.

Foggy streets, Sabie

Foggy streets, Sabie

The valley forests fog hold on longer, fueled by warming temperatures, evaporating moisture to the air.

Early morning reflections over ‘cuddle puddle’, Sabie

Early morning reflections over ‘cuddle puddle’, Sabie

‘Cuddle Puddle‘ is a small pond outside of Sabie, giving outstanding reflections on calm days, looking rather steaming in the early mornings.

Steaming ‘Cuddle Puddle ‘, Sabie

Steaming ‘Cuddle Puddle ‘, Sabie

As clear as an oversized mirror.

Steaming ‘Cuddle Puddle ‘, Sabie

Reflections over ‘Cuddle Puddle’ with full sunlight, Sabie

An adult puffadder was taking a sunbath on the tarmac when I returned.

Highly poisonous Puffadder, Sabie

Highly poisonous Puffadder, Sabie

A rather short, but highly poisonous snake, looking more like an oversized leech.

 

Autumn day around Sabie

Autumn day around Sabie

 

By mid-morning the steam had been burnt off by the power of the sun, turning in to a clear blue sky sunny day. A fabulous Indian Summer’s day.

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