Area Information

THE MPUMALANGA PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

Mpumalanga has a wealth of treasures for every visitor. It is one of South Africa’s tourism hotspots, loved by both local and international visitors alike for its beauty and diversity. You can visit the world’s most famous game reserve, climb the world’s third-highest canyon, explore the world’s oldest cave and spend the night in the world’s best private game lodges.  This makes Mpumalanga the place to visit! The word “Mpumalanga” means 'place where the sun rises’ in the Siswati and Zulu languages. This province is home to The Kruger National Park (big five country), exquisite panoramic views, mountains, rivers, caves, trout fishing and birding opportunities, eco-tourism, adventure holidays and the rich offerings of the local Ndebele and Swazi cultures.  Mpumalanga is bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland in the east, Gauteng in the west and the Limpopo province in the north. It is situated mainly on the high plateau grasslands of the Middleveld, which roll eastwards for hundreds of kilometres. In the northeast, the land rises towards mountain peaks and then terminates in an immense escarpment. In some places, this escarpment plunges hundreds of metres down to the low-lying area known as the Lowveld. Mpumalanga is home to some three million people despite being one of the smaller provinces (79 490 km2 in surface area).

Climate
Mpumalanga is a summer rainfall area with hot summers, especially in the lowveld regions. The winters are generally mild but it can become very cold in the highveld.

GETTING TO KNOW THE MPUMALANGA
The tourism possibilities of this province are as diverse as the landscape itself. As the safari capital of the country, the major draw card to the area is the world-famous Kruger National Park. But Mpumalanga has a lot more to offer than the big five – it is a scenically magnificent province and boasts a rich cultural heartland where visitors can embrace the warm-hearted spirit of Africa. Forests, pristine waters and trout fishing opportunities abound and there is no shortage of adventure activities, such as rock-climbing, abseiling and other high-adrenalin activities, on offer.

The Kruger National Park
One of the major tourist attractions of the country, the Kruger National Park is among South Africa’s finest assets. Well-equipped to offer big five safaris, the park includes a large number of accommodation options, ranging from some of the best private game lodges in the world to very affordable rest camps. This famous park boasts over 140 species of mammals and over 500 species of birds, not to mention a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, flora and fauna. A wildlife wonderland, this enormous sanctuary is a must-see for any and every visitor to South Africa.

Arts and Culture
Explore the local Shangaan culture at the famous Shangana Cultural Village, a short hop away from the town of Hazyview. The user-friendly cultural village offers visitors the opportunity to interact with the local Shangaan people and to enjoy a taste of traditional cuisine. The Nyani Shangaan Cultural Village is also an option, as is Matsulu Village – a traditional Ndebele Village.
Attractions in the area include:

  • Berlin Falls
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Bourke's Potholes
  • Eco Tourism
  • God's Window
  • Golf Courses
  • Jock of the Bushveld
  • Lisbon Waterfall
  • Long Tom Pass
  • Pilgrim's Rest
  • Sailing on the dam
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Three Rondavels

Things to do in the area:

  • Abseiling
  • Bridge swing
  • Caving by candlelight
  • Elephant back safari's
  • Endangered wildlife tours
  • Fishing
  • Gecko river adventures
  • Golf
  • Healh spa's
  • Hiking
  • Horse trails and pony rides
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Kloofing / canyoneering
  • Microlight flights
  • Mountain bike tails
  • Mountain boarding
  • Night safari's
  • Paintball
  • Quad bike trails
  • River rafting
  • Sunset safari's
  • White water tubing
  • Zipline
  • ....and much more!