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Before the San and Khoisan were forced to flee into Namibia's deserts, many lived in Mpumalanga, adorning hundreds of cliffs and caves with their paintings.
Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga
The largest game reserve in Africa, the Kruger National Park stretches for 352 kilometres from north to south along the Mozambique border.
It offers South Africa’s richest and most comprehensive wildlife experience in 2 million hectares of unspoiled African bush. There are 16 different eco-systems and, along with the much sought after Big 5 there are 147 species of mammals and 507 species of birds. Going on a safari in ‘The Kruger’ is a major highlight of any trip to sunny South Africa.
As in Limpopo, Mpumalanga is bushveld country, and it offers a wide selection of award-winning luxury game lodge experiences – particularly in the Sabi Sand Reserve. Here you can enjoy deluxe accommodation, with world-class service and cuisine, guided safaris and bush walks.
Many of these exclusive lodges have their own spa facilities so you can enjoy a massage or treatment surrounded by the African bush. Most of these luxury establishments have small conference areas, ideal for secluded meetings in the bush. Elephant back safaris are also available at some of these lodges.
The Panorama Route
The magnificent Panorama Route in Mpumalanga is best known for its dramatic landscapes. Major highlights en-route include Blyde ‘Motlatse’ River Canyon (the third largest canyon of its kind in the world), Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, Long Tom Pass and the exquisite outlook spot known as God’s Window. Life in this part of the world is to be savoured slowly and make sure you bring your camera along.
The Sudwala Caves
The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world, and date back some 2 000 million years. Here you will find an array of awesome rock displays including dramatically-lit stalactites and stalagmites and fossils of the 1st oxygen-producing plants on earth.
The Sudwala Caves were used as a hiding place for the Boer’s ‘Long Tom’ guns during the Anglo-Boer War, and many people believe that this is where the legendary Kruger Millions are still hidden.
If you like a bit of history and heritage as part of your travels, visit the mining village of Pilgrim’s Rest situated some 30 km from Nelspruit. This is the place where gold was first discovered in South Africa. With its authentic old buildings and shops, Pilgrim’s Rest offers a fascinating insight into the gold rush days. Stop off at the bar at the Royal Hotel and listen to the stories of old, or book yourself on a bona fide gold panning expedition.
For those wishing to experience the tribal culture of Mpumalanga, the village of Botshabelo (Place of Refuge) has an excellent open-air museum, providing an authentic look at the colourful Ndebele culture.
The village houses Ndebele huts, decorated with beautiful traditional geometric paintings that are so well-known in this part of the world. Another notable cultural experience is the Shangaan Cultural Village, which again – will give one insight into the life of the Shangaan people.
Mpumalanga highlights at a glance:
• Kruger National Park
• The Panorama Route
• Sudwala Caves
• Bourke’s Luck Potholes
• Pilgrim’s Rest
• Shangaan Cultural Village
• Fun towns – Dullstroom, White River, Hazyview
• Best pancakes in the country
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Mpumalanga Toursim and Parks Agency
Tel: +27 (0)13 759-5300/01