Bourke's Luck Potholes, Mpumalanga Bourke's Luck Potholes

Mpumalanga's meeting venues offer meetings with a difference. From small meeting rooms tucked away in remote luxury bush locations to conferencing on the edge of a canyon or team building in a historic gold mining mueseum village, Mpumalanga's meeting venues and opportunities for adventure will exceed your expectations.

Did you know?

The Echo Caves are among the oldest caves in the world and have been declared a historical monument.

Mpumalanga has it all – wildlife, nightlife, adventure, outdoor activities and scenic attractions. Its world-famous safari lodges offer meetings, activities and attractions at their best.

Whether it’s a conference in the Kruger National Park or at one of the luxury private game reserves, a meeting in the bush is an experience like no other. It can be combined with luxury accommodation, bush walks, game drives, elephant-back safaris and dinners at a watering hole watching wildlife.

Nelspruit is a good starting point to explore Mpumalanga’s many attractions. This growing city has a host of accommodation options, restaurants, shops, tourist attractions and meeting venues. The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport offers easy access to the game lodges, boutique hotels, conference centres and spas in the province.

Just outside Nelspruit is the Eco-Eden Bush Lodge, which offers a 4-star eco-friendly experience in farm-style accommodation with conference facilities for 40 delegates.

Guests can enjoy a host of guided tours to the nearby Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route that includes the Blyde River Canyon, the falls near Graskop, and the Echo Caves.

The Blyde River Canyon has many attractions such as God’s Window, with dizzying vistas; the Bourke’s Luck Potholes - a collection of million-year-old potholes which have formed in the bedrock of the river; and the Three Rondavels - 3 magnificent rock spirals with unusual, hut-like tops which form part of the far wall of the Canyon. There are scenic walks and lookout points all around the Canyon.

Near Nelspruit is White River. Here you’ll find Greenway Woods resort on the White River Golf Estate. It offers superb accommodation and conference facilities for 200.

Forever Resorts Blyde Canyon offers 3-star and 4-star accommodation and conferencing for 400 delegates. On-site activities include dam fishing, volleyball, mini-golf, horse riding, tennis and hiking.

At the luxury Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, in the 65 000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the 5-star Lion Sands Ivory Lodge offers exclusive conferencing for 12, and its sister lodge, the Lion Sands River Lodge, conferencing for 40. The reserve offers great team building activities that include riverbed crossing, bush navigation exercises, blind walking and barrel route (a team building strategy exercise).

For a spot of history, why not hold your meeting in the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a ‘living museum’ that celebrates South Africa’s gold rush days. The nearby 4-star Mount Sheba Country Lodge offers meeting facilities for 100 delegates.

And if fly-fishing is your passion, then Dullstroom is the place to hold your meeting or conference. This quaint town offers a wide variety of quality meeting venues.

For those wanting to explore the province’s fascinating Ndebele and Shangaan cultures, Botshabelo Ndebele Village museum provides an authentic look at how Ndebele people live, while a visit to the Shangaan Cultural Village offers insight into traditional life in this part of the world.

Mpumalanga highlights include:

  • Kruger National Park
  • The Panorama Route
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Historic Pilgrim’s Rest
  • Shangaan Cultural Village
  • Plenty of outdoor recreational activities
  • Cultural villages
  • Blyde River Canyon

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

MpumalangaTourism and Parks Agency
Tel:+27 (0)13 759-5300/1 
Email: info@mtpa.co.za

 

How to get here

You can fly from Johannesburg to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport near Nelspruit and the Kruger National Park.

Best time to visit

Mpumalanga is a year-round destinations but summers can be hot.

Get around

You can hire a car and enjoy a self-drive excursion in Mpumalanga province, or enjoy a tour with a local tour or safari operator.

What to pack

A hat, suncreen, and all weather jacket during the November through March summer season. Bring warm clothing if you're visiting in winter.

Where to stay

Mpumalanga has a wide range of accommodation options from caravan and camp sites, to guesthouses, B&Bs, country houses, hotels and luxury bush lodges - many with meeting facilities.

What to eat

You should definitely try some game biltong - a cured meat and South African favourite. Many restaurants also offer game dishes on their menus.

Best buys

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