Heartland of Mpumalanga
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Colourful geometric Ndebele art is sold in Cairo, Cape Town, New York and London.
In the Cultural Heartland of Mpumalanga, home of the Ndebele people and a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries, one of South Africa's most exciting cultural experiences awaits you.
For total immersion in Mpumalanga Heartland, head for Siyabuswa, a small town where Ndebele traditions have been completely maintained. Take your pick of the cultural tours on offer in the Mpumalanga Heartland. By the time you've visited all the must-see places - Kghodwana Traditional Ndebele Village, Kgoshi Mathebe Royal Kraal, Nzundza Mabhoko Royal Kraal, Mthambothini Royal Residence - you'll have made a deep and lasting cultural connection. Siyabuswa also lies close to Mabusa Nature Reserve, Mdala Nature Reserve, Mkhombo Dam and Nature Reserve and the SS Shoksana Nature Reserve.
Another cultural hotspot is Botshabelo Mission Station in Middelburg. At the Botshabelo Historical Village, you can have a good meal and absorb the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned trading post complete with blacksmiths, wagon makers, and horse carts, as well as an Ndebele village.
The Botshabelo Mission Reserve also contains the best stands of Lanatus cycads in Mpumalanga. These protected plants transform the countryside in summer with their silver blooms.
If you head deeper into the heartland of Mpumalanga, you will come across the Loskop Dam situated within the malaria-free Loskop Dam Nature Reserve. Here, over 70 mammal species including buffalo, white rhino and leopard roam free through 23 000ha of pristine bushveld while raptors circle overhead.
But what really makes Loskop a fantastic Mpumalanga attraction is seeing the game up close and personal by boat. You can also enjoy some of the best fishing anywhere: every year, in September/October, around 1 500 anglers converge on Loskop for the Light Tackle Boat competition, in the hope of landing a prize-winning carp, bream, catfish, eel, yellow fish or mudfish.
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N4 National Road
Tel: +27 13 759 5300