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TThis scenically beautiful province, which means ‘the land of the rising sun’ in the local siSwati and Zulu languages, is best known for its wildlife, adventure and history.
Mpumalanga is home to the Kruger National Park, one of the oldest, largest and most famous game reserves in the world. It is also where you’ll find the Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa’s most prestigious private game reserve.
Expect dramatic scenery: there are more waterfalls here than anywhere else in the country; mountains that cocoon Earth’s oldest life forms; the oldest dolomite caves in the world; colourful culture; an exciting gold-rush past; friendly little towns; and adventure activities galore.
TThe province, which stretches east from Gauteng to the neighbouring countries of Swaziland and Mozambique, is home to the scenic Panorama Route that traces the course of the powerful Blyde River and takes in some spectacular natural attractions, as well the historic village of Pilgrim’s Rest, where you can relive the gold rush of the 1870s (and even pan for gold if you have time).
Accommodation ranges from charming, affordable B&Bs to guest farms, country hotels and luxury game lodges. Mpumalanga has excellent infrastructure with good roads that make self-drive easy, and lots of attractive small towns with restaurants and curio shops.
It’s also South Africa’s top adventure centre, where you can go river rafting, abseiling, climbing, quad biking, horse riding and mountain biking.