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What to see in Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga Attractions


Mpumalanga is the place to head for travellers who want a taste of unspoilt wilderness areas and an experience of the South African bush and wildlife unhindered by crowds and cities. The small private game reserves and the incredible Kruger National Park are the main attractions and can easily fill a whole holiday, but the province has many other attractions. Following the Panorama Route, winding along the scenic escarpment, is a great way to explore the region as it takes in spectacular sights such as the Blyde River Canyon and God's Window, as well as lesser-known vistas like Bourke's Luck Potholes, Wonder View and the Three Rondavels. Those keen on an authentic walking experience should hike the multi-day Blyde River Canyon trail which is breathtakingly beautiful. The province is a delight for outdoor enthusiasts and offers many adventure activities, including wonderful fishing, particularly near the town of Dullstroom.

Nelspruit is a good travel base and a pleasant city, but it is the charming small towns and great game lodges of Mpumalanga that really attract tourists. The little town of Pilgrim's Rest is a popular attraction for those interested in the history of the 1870s gold rush. The region is also home to the Ndebele people, famous for their beadwork and uniquely painted houses.

Mpumalanga is a summer rainfall area and has a subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The highveld region to the west experiences more extreme temperatures and is hotter in summer, colder in winter and generally drier than the rest of the province.


Blyde River Canyon

The spectacular vista of the Blyde River Canyon, with its sheer cliffs dropping into a bush-covered valley, is part of…

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Lowveld National Botanical Garden

Covering 393 acres (159 hectares) on the banks of the Crocodile River at Nelspruit, the Lowveld National Botanical Garden…

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Pilgrim's Rest

Had it not been for its picturesque setting, Pilgrim's Rest would probably be a ghost town. It is, however, a popular…

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