Hazyview History

Hazyview is strategically situated at an altitude of 1740ft (530m), 35kms east of Sabie and 17km west of the Kruger National Park, midway between the spectacular scenery of the great escarpment and the world-famous game lodges - a town on a crossroads, where six major roads, all leading to different tourist attractions, converge.

Elephant Interaction in Hazyview -  © www.photographers.co.za

Within a short drive of Rissington Inn are the Numbi, Phabeni and Paul Kruger Gates of the world's largest Game Reserve. The Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world, with magnificent views and drops as deep as 3000ft (1000m) is half an hour away, as are God's Window, a sweeping view over the Lowveld from high up on the escarpment, Bourke's Luck Potholes - where the Blyde and Treur rivers meet, causing fascinating rock foundations - and Pilgrims Rest, the restored gold rush town, home of Jock of the Bushveld.

Not to mention all the magnificent waterfalls, superb and varied scenery, deep and wonderful caves and plenty of history from Bushmen to Voortrekkers....

The first recorded mention of Hazyview was by Harry Wolhuter, the famous Kruger National Park ranger. His life was saved here by Perry, a French-Canadian member of Steinaecker's Horse, a cavalry regiment in the Anglo-Boer War. Wolhuter was suffering from Black Water fever.

Perry was granted a farm on the Sabie River by the government and there he founded a trading store. He had no family and on his death he willed the farm to Wolhuter, who was obliged to sell it to liquidate his debts.

The village of Hazyview was officially promulgated in 1959 when the first Post Office was established and Hazyview station came into being when the old Selati line was re-routed outside the Kruger National Park at Kaapmuiden in the late 1960's.

Sabie River flowing through Hazyview

Hazyview is now not only a tourism hub, but also a thriving farming community - a centre for the farming of bananas, coffee, avocados, mangoes. lychees, citrus fruits and macadamias among other things. More than half of the world's bananas are grown within 100km of Hazyview and the ground is so fertile it is said that if you planted a gum boot you'd grow a rubber tree! The bananas were planted in the 1950s and since then the number of farms has grown and grown.

Hazyview is the perfect place for a base for a holiday - golf, tennis, bowls, horse-riding, squash, river-rafting, bird-watching, hiking, mountain biking, history tours and magnificent game-viewing are all available and to be strongly recommended.

 
     
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