Mpumalanga South Africa
'A peaceful haven of beauty - nature at the front door, excellent
game viewing, gazing at the stars and the vista of Blyde Canyon - no wonder
the pace of life is so peaceful in the Lowveld'
Interactive map - click the place of your choice for accommodation choices
Located in the north-eastern part of South Africa the Mpumalanga
province is bordered by Mozambique to the east and the Kingdom of
Swaziland to the south.
The climate and topography vary form cool highland grasslands at
1600metres above sea level, through the middleveld and escarpment
to subtropical Lowveld towards the Kruger National Park and many
private game reserves.
Scenic beauty, climate and wildlife, voted the most attractive features
of South Africa are found in abundance in the Mpumalanga province. Attractions
range from game viewing, bird watching to scenic drives across the valleys
and peaks of the Drakensberg escarpment and include agri-tourism, industrial
and adventure tourism and cultural experiences. Historical sites, villages,
old wagon routes and monuments mark events and characters that have passed
this way in search of adventure and wealth.
The cultural heritage of the region is varied and fascinating, form the
beadwork and wall paintings of the Ndebele in the north to the arts and
crafts of the Lowveld.
is the capital of Mpumalanga and the commercial and administrative
hub of the Lowveld.
The Nelspruit Historical trail is an hour long walk stretching from
the Promenade Centre to the civic centre. The Green Heritage Trail
in the Nelspruit Nature Reserve is one of several walks in the reserve
and one of many in the region, other interesting places are The
Lowveld Botanical Gardens, Sudwala Caves which
boast some of the finest stalagmite and stalactite formations in
the world,Dinosaur Park and the tranquil town of White
River, well known as an artists haven and gateway to
The Kruger National Park,
White River also boasts its own orange winery.
The Panorama Route
features many reminders of the early gold-rush era. Museums include Belhaven,
Fernlea House and Stopforth House. The only known deposits of verdite
in the world are found in the Barberton district, an annual diggers contest
is held in September.
The Blyderiverspoort Nature Reserve near Graskop
is characterised by striking rock formations and a rich diversity
The spectacular Blyde River Canyon is a 26km long gorge
carved out of the face of the escarpment and is one of the natural wonders
of Africa, the canyon is the third largest in the world and the only 'green
canyon' hosting three rivers which feed the Blydepoort dam.
Gods Window provides a magnificent panoramic view across
miles of densely forested mountains, the green Lowveld and the canyon.
The Blyderiverspoort Hiking Trail is one of the most popular in the country.
A number of other hiking trails are available.
Kruger National Park
The south section of Kruger Park falls in the Mpumalanga region
as well as several of the best private game reserves in the world
adjacent to the Kruger Park - Sabi Sands, Timbavati,
and Thornybush making the region a favourite for
discovering African wildlife and exploring the nature and beauty
of the Kruger National Park.
Pilgrims rest - The Gold Rush
Up in the mountain mists is Pilgrims Rest, a journey back into the 19th
century: The corrugated iron high street buildings and the quaintness
all preserved. Pilgrims rest gives the best glimpse of South Africa at
the time of the great gold rush, like a step back in time. Enjoy the original
feel of history in the Lowveld.
It still has has a very poignant feel and a melancholy historical significance,
like the row of tiny graves of the under 3 yr olds who succumbed to the
flu or the grave simply marked 'robbers grave' a man caught in the act
and summarily executed, life was cheap in those days.
The Highlands Meander
The Highlands Meander is a mecca for fly-fisher, it is in the
placid and pristine waters of this region that you find various stocks
of fish, with trout as the major draw card. Dullstroom
is a seductive village at its centre and it is easy to spend a few days
relaxing and absorbing the natural beauty in this lovely village. The
Meander also offers other activities, at Verloren Vlei and Steenkampsberg
Nature reserves birding is excellent and you have the opportunity to spot
three rare crane species (Blue Crane, Wattled Crane and Crowned Crane).
The Loskop Dam Nature Reserve offers game watching, boating and fishing.
A large number of hiking trails are available in the area.
Visitors to the Cultural Heartland can immerse themselves in the
true cultural heritage of Mpumalanga. here you can learn about the
proud and welcoming Ndebele people, revered for the striking and
colourful geometric patterns on their houses, clothing and beadwork,
also there is the Botshabelo Historical Village near Middleburg.
Cosmos Country covers part of the Mpumalanga known as the energy
belt which is home to many of the countries power stations, also
the worlds largest underground coal mining complex is here and Sasols
plant for extracting oil from coal.In late summer the area is a
carpet of Cosmos flowers that lure visitors from all over to admire.
The Wild Frontier
Various archeological discoveries dating back almost 3 billion years
were made in this imposing mountains of this area. Visitors can
get to see rare San Rock paintings. It is also a good stepping stone
for visits to neighbouring swaziland and Mozambique.
Grass and Wetlands
Grass and Wetlands is a paradise, with a huge variety of bird species.
This region stretches across deep valleys and mountains of the east where
thermal springs bubble to the surface. There are 270 pans and lakes within
a 20km radius of Lake Chrissie.