Discover Mpumalanga's hidden gems

15 August 2020

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for, we can now travel outside of our provinces where we live. This spotlight is on Mpumalanga.

Mpumalanga is also known as ‘the land of the rising sun.’ It boasts a rich history and offers guests adventure. Mpumalanga is home to the popular Kruger National Park where you have excellent chances of seeing the ‘Big 5!’ Be sure to visit Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Make a stop at Pilgram’s Rest, The Panorama Route and Sudwala Caves. 

Click Here to Read our Guide to Mpumalanga courtesy of South African Tourism


Highlights of the main city centres;


Mbombela (Nelspruit)
Mpumalanga’s capital city (previously called Nelspruit) started life in the 1890s.  It is a hub for gold diggers, farmers and traders. It’s now a thriving commercial centre and it is a shopping magnet for neighbouring countries Swaziland and Mozambique. It is known to have great shopping malls, good restaurants and lively nightlife.

This town is cradled by the Makhonjwa Mountains.  It is a mecca for international scientists due to its microfossil plant life. This historic little town was born in the 1880s gold rush days.  Did you know that it was South Africa’s first gold stock exchange?  It is known for its Heritage walks, it’s working gold mines and it’s adventure activities.

This small town is often surrounded by mountain mists, hence the name Hazyview.  It is a great base from where visitors can enter two of the Kruger National Park gates and it is the perfect town to stock up on groceries and supplies before entering the park. There’s an aerial cableway.  Be sure to visit the every friend Elephant Sanctuary just outside Hazyview.

Sabie is situated in the heart of the Panorama Route.  It is in the middle of one of the world’s biggest man-made forests of 450 km2 of pine and eucalyptus trees!  Sabie one depended on gold but now gets  its wealth from timber. It's close to the Kruger National Park and has a magnificent waterfalls. © Moermy

Pilgrim’s Rest
Pilgrim’s Rest was once the centre of the 1870s gold rush. From here you can see many of the original buildings, like the Royal Hotel, the general store and the newspaper office (where the Irish editor kept a pair of loaded pistols on his desk), as you walk up the steep hill to the village.

Thank you to SA Tourism for providing this tourist information. 


If you would like to experience more of this beautiful region, then please get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to take advantage of our excellent holiday offers.

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