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WWild horses won't drag you away from Lowveld Legogote, Mpumalanga. History, culture, wildlife, and adventure are only some of the Lowveld Legogote attractions.
Enter the Legogote via Mbombela (Nelspruit), a vibrant agricultural town set amidst lush hills and valleys. Here you'll find some of the riches of South Africa's flora in the 183ha Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, that straddle the Crocodile and Nels rivers. Take a leisurely walk through an African tropical rain forest − the largest man-made rain forest in the world − into South African forest and dry bushveld, and admire baobabs, corkwoods, cycads, bush willows and more. The Gardens are also an archeological site with remains dating back to the earliest hominids.
More ancient still are the Sudwala Caves 30km outside of Mbombela (Nelspruit). Held to be the oldest dolomite caves in the world, this mythical location provides a record in stone of life beneath the surface of an inland sea millions of years ago. At Sudwala, you can also discover Africa's prehistoric past in the dinosaur park. You can always compare these reptiles with their modern cousins at the Perry’s Bridge Reptile Park near Hazyview.
Some 25km from Nelspruit on the edge of the Barberton Crater − the largest valley in South Africa − lies Kaapsehoop, once a gold mining town, now a quiet haven famous for its herds of wild horses (unique in South Africa) as well as arts, crafts, and a historic village. Schoemanskloof Valley has hikes catering for every fitness level.
Further activities in Lowveld Legogote include watersports on Da Gama dam near the town of White River, where you can enjoy a unique dining experience at Ijabula Boma and see Legogote, 'the rock that leans'.
Finally, take a tour of Kanyamazane for a colourful South African township experience.
Travel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Mpumulanga Tourism And Parks Agency
Tel: +27 (0)13 759 5300
How to get here
Lowveld Legogote, Mpumalanga is three hours' drive from Johannnesburg en route to the Kruger National Park.
Best time to visit
Between May and August is the best time to visit for game-viewing because the vegetation is less dense making sightings more frequent.
Things to do
A place you can't miss in and around Lowveld Legogote is the legendary Kruger National Park. If you’re into golf, there’s the Nelspruit and White River golf courses, and for a spot of retail therapy, the Casterbridge Farm Shopping Centre won’t disappoint.
What to pack
Insect repellant and malaria medication if travelling to a malaria zone. Be sure to check the weather for the region you’re travelling to as temperatures can vary.
No matter what the season, always remember to bring plenty of sunblock and a hat. Good walking shoes or hiking boots are a must for those who enjoy exploring on foot.
Where to stay
Contact Lowveld Legogote information offices for information on accommodation ranging from backpackers to campsites, caravan parks, self-catering, B&Bs, guest houses, lodges and hotels.