Did you know?
Within a 12 kilometre radius of the town of Barberton there are 6 nature and wildlife reserves.
Mpumalanga has a excellent variety of incentive options that you won't find anywhere else. It's the gateway to South Africa’s richest and oldest collection of private and public nature and game reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park, making it safari country par excellence. Mpumalanga is also home to the world's third-deepest canyon and the world's oldest cave system.
Four billion years ago Antarctica and Madagascar separated from Mpumalanga's Blyde River Canyon, leaving behind a spectacular and beautiful landscape that rises towards the north-eastern mountains, ending in a massive escarpment that drops steeply to the Lowveld below.
The region's twisting mountain passes, steep valleys, rivers and pristine forests have given rise to alluring natural phenomena, including the 3 000 million-year-old Sudwala Caves, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window, Wonder View and the Three Rondavels.
Access to this province, which is home to some of the most exceptional scenic beauty in South Africa, is easy for those seeking an Mpumalanga incentive holiday, thanks to the small Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport at Nelspruit/Mombela, the provincial capital.
Nelspruit/Mbombela is a great starting point for your Mpumalanga incentive journey. This growing town has a host of accommodation options, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. Just outside of Nelspruit is the scenic town of White River and in the vicinity you’ll find the beautiful towns of Hazyview and Sabie.
Wildlife is on everyone's lips in Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park is not the only option. Private game experiences are to be had in countless upmarket game reserves that combine a classic wildlife experience with 5-star luxury.
Rock art by Africa's early San and Khoisan peoples abounds, while evidence of the gold rush of the 1870s is captured for posterity in the historical town of Pilgrim's Rest.
The province is home to the Shangaan and colourful Ndebele tribes. A visit to a Shangaan or Ndebele cultural village will give some insight into traditional life in this part of the world.
Among the many adventures to be had in Mpumalanga are abseiling, gorge swinging, paragliding, hot air ballooning, helicopter flips, river rafting, quad biking, 4x4 adventures, mountain biking and fly fishing.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Mpumalanga Toursim and Parks Agency
Tel: +27 (0)13 759-5300/01
How to get here
There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. You can also fly to the Kruger Mpumlanga International Airport near Nelspruit from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Driving to Mpumalanga is another great option, especially if you want to experience the many sites and adventure activities at your leisure.
Around the area
The Panorama Route is a popular tourist route filled with beautiful scenery and adventure activities. Here you'll discover God's Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes as well as the awe-inspiring Lisbon, Berlin and Mac Mac waterfalls. A visit to the magnificent Blyde River Canyon with its Three Rondavels is a must on any itinerary. Also near the quaint town of Graskop is the gold-rush town of Pilgrim's Rest where you can relive the goldrush of 1873.
Tours to do
There are a great number of adventures activities in Mpumalanga such as quadbiking at Mac Mac Falls, enjoying gold panning in Pilgrim's Rest and canoeing in the Blyde River Canyon. You can also enjoy Big 5 game safaris in the Kruger National Park and at private reserves, birding safaris, fly fishing and much more.
If you're visiting the Kruger National Park you can drive yourself around. If you're staying at one of the many private reserves in Mpumalanga, you'll be taken on game drives in 4x4 open vehicles.
Length of stay
You'll need plenty of time to experience and explore Mpumalanga so plan to stay a week to 10 days.
Where to stay
From self-catering accommodation to golf estates, country estates, luxury game lodges, farm stays and guest houses, the choice is endless.
There are beautiful African arts and crafts that you will find at many stalls along Mpumalanga's tourist routes.