Plant Kingdom Tour of the Lowveld
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A suspension bridge across the Crocodile River offers a superb view of its dramatic waterfall.
Most visitors come to Mpumalanga for the spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife, but if you're interested in things that grow, then take a Plant Kingdom Tour of the Lowveld.
Discover Mpumalanga’s treasure trove of diverse flora when you embark on the full-day Plant Kingdom Tour with Ntwanano Tours.
You'll visit a perfume farm where you'll feel, smell and touch the many different plants – such as rose geranium, lavender, lemongrass and rosemary – traditionally used in perfume-making. You'll also learn how essential oils are extracted for use in aromatherapy and in the making of perfumes and medicines.
Discover the secrets of farming at a local organic farm, including a fascinating 'Worms to Harvest Tour' where you’ll see just how important these wrigglies are for enriching the soil.
A visit to the Lowveld Botanical Gardens, which lie just outside Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit), is a highlight of the tour.
The Gardens cover 159ha of dramatic rocky scenery dominated by 2 rivers – the Crocodile and the Nels – that run through the gardens giving rise to 2 impressive waterfalls. There are over 600 plant species which occur naturally, plus another 2 000 that have been introduced.
On the Crocodile River's eastern bank is the man-made tropical rain forest – the largest in the world existing outside of a greenhouse. You'll feel as if you are in one of West or Central Africa's fast disappearing rain forests when you stroll among the lush vegetation.
Make sure you visit the fascinating cycad garden, which has the largest collection of cycads in Africa, and look out for the unique baobab trees and species of wild fig.