This region is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations. The magnificent scenery, fascinating fauna and flora and quaint historical mining towns of the 1870’s gold rush era are all top attractions.
This is Big Game Country, with dozens of sanctuaries with a huge variety of animals and birds. The entire Mpumalanga area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing. Eager fly fishermen flock to streams that were once panned for gold. The brightly painted homes of the Ndebele dot the landscape with colour.
The region’s capital Nelspruit’s streets are lined with jacaranda and flamboyant trees and beautiful gardens.
Points of Interest
The drive to the Kruger National Park is stunning: travel over the Long Tom Pass and its splendid panoramic views to Lone Creek Falls and the charming town of Sabie. A small detour leads to Pilgrim’s Rest; a fascinating historic town. In Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve the view from God’s Window stretches across the Lowveld. From there, it’s a short and easy drive to the finest private game reserves in the country and the Kruger Park.
The province is a summer rainfall area, with occasional winter snow on the high ground in the escarpment.