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Mpumalanga is a tourist’s mecca; places of interest in this north-east province of South Africa are practically boundless and suit all tastes. The region is blessed with natural beauty, wildlife, mining history, battlefields, a sophisticated infrastructure and a blend of modern towns and remote tribal villages.
The capital of Mpumalanga is Mbombela, previously Nelspruit. It’s a vibrant city that links international visitors arriving from all parts of the world to the Kruger National Park . However, overlooking Mpumalanga’s other treasures would be remiss and we recommend setting aside at least a week to explore this striking part of the world.
Due to its diverse landscape, Mpumalanga has two climates: temperatures vary from icy winters and dry, hot summers in the upper plateau Highlands, to a sub-tropical, green environment in the low lying areas of the Lowveld. There is a marked elevation between the western and eastern regions of between 2200m and 180m respectively.
Driving through this province will leave you with a strong desire to remain here forever.
Things to do
South Africa’s most sought after destination is the Kruger National Park in the east of Mpumalanga . There are 3 entrances into the park and various tours ranging from bush walks to 4x4 safaris and hot air balloon rides over the park.
Follow the Panorama Route beginning at the forest town of Sabie and encompassing the impressive 65m high twin Mac Mac Falls, the mining town of Pilgrim's Rest (a living museum), the panoramic God's Window, the stunningly green 800m deep Blyde River Canyon, the uniquely formed cylindrical Bourke's Luck Potholes and Pinnacle Rock, rising like a giant fist out of the surrounding tropical forest.
Tour the Sudwala Caves, believed to be the world’s oldest and dated at roughly 2000 million years old. The cave has fossilised remains of primitive life forms. The life-sized and realistic dinosaur models at Dinosaur... Show more