Mpumalanga, meaning "place of the rising sun" is South Africa's top tourist destination. Mpumalanga is situated on the north east border of South Africa bounded by Swaziland and Mozambique. The Mpumalanga province is made up of two distinctly contrasting types of scenery which are: the dramatic topography of escarpment and the bush of the lowveld. Passports are required for all cross-border travel, and Visa requirements vary.
Mpumalanga is well known for it's wildlife parks. In particular, the world renowned Kruger National Park, with several luxurious private nature reserves on it's western boundary, are literally teeming with wildlife and is one of South Africa's top tourist attractions. This is big game country where visitors can see the 'Big Five' , namely the elephant, black rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. 'Big Five' originated from trophy hunters who termed them as being the most dangerous to hunt.
Some of the popular attractions include the Blyde River Canyon, one of Africa's true scenic gems, and Bourke's Luck Potholes. The Bourke's Luck Potholes are a magnificent natural feature where the combination of water and rock have succeeded over many centuries, in carving huge cylindrical potholes into the rock-face.
Apart from unsurpassed game viewing opportunities, visitors to Mpumalanga can enjoy bird-watching, fishing, and hiking. Other activities include canoeing, river rafting, sailing and windsurfing, not to mention, microlighting, paragliding, mountain and rock climbing. There are numerous golf courses, one of which is located within the borders of the Kruger National Park. Other entertainment offered by Mpumalanga is Mpumalanga's three casinos situated in Nelspruit, Witbank and Secunda, many of the towns also boast cinemas, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Mpumalanga has a fascinating artistic and cultural heritage from rock paintings to the modern colourful designs of the Ndebele people evident in their beadwork and house paintings. Two artists, the Masanabo sisters, were commissioned by the British Airways to create a design for the tail markings on one of its intercontinental jet aircraft.
If you are visiting Mpumalanga and are looking for car hire, all the major car hire companies are represented in Mpumalanga, driving is on the left hand side and a drivers license is required, if you are from outside of Africa an international driving license is required. Getting to Mpumalanga by air is easy as Mpumalanga is served by several direct flights to Nelspruit, Malelane and Skukuza.
Mpumalanga's climate is mild throughout the year, Mpumalanga has mild winters temperatures ranging from 0 - 15 degrees C (32 - 59 degrees F) and has hot summers temperatures ranging from 20 - 40 degrees C (68 - 104 degrees F). Summer months are from October to April and winter months are from May to September.
The standard power source is 220/ 250 Volts.
Major credit cards, master cards, visa cards and traveler's cheques in major currencies are accepted at all commercial banks in Mpumalanga, the unit is the Rand. Most hotels, businesses and shops also accept credit cards, master cards, visa cards, traveler's cheques and foreign currency, although commission on exchange varies. Petrol / Gas cannot be purchased using standard credit cards, master cards or visa cards but can be purchased with cash or a garage/ petrol card.
For shopping requirements, most of the shops are open at normal hours during the week , 09h00 till 17h00 and are also open on Saturdays 09h00 till 13h00, although some supermarkets and shopping malls may close later and are sometimes open on Sundays. Bars usually close at 23h00 in smaller towns in Mpumalanga and in the larger towns a little later.
For the climate, the scenic and wildlife diversity, the sporting opportunities, historical sites and the cultural heritage, a journey to South Africa would not be complete without a visit to Mpumalanga.
Field & Stream consists of two elegant 6-8 sleeper stone cottages overlooking a beautiful dam and weir, and a more upmarket 10 sleeper lodge with private waters and excellent views.
This peaceful and scenic spot in the heart of Mpumalanga can be found just 15 minutes drive from Hazy View, midway between White River & Hazy View on the R40.
The Kruger National Park's largest rest camp, as well as its administrative headquarters, Skukuza is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. Well foliaged, with lofty trees along the river's edge.
Grand Kruger Lodge has a 4-star grading. We sleep 44 guests with maximum privacy in double en-suite rooms and units (units consist of 2 rooms). We also offer our clients the opportunity to stay in our exclusive Grand Kruger Bush Camp
Chalet #277 at the Kruger Park Lodge has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The chalet is self-catering, with a fully equipped kitchen (microwave, stove/oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, and cutlery). The kitchen flows onto an open plan dining and lounge...
Situated in the heart of the small town of Piet Retief, Mpumalanga and roughly 30km from the border of Swaziland lays a quiet, homely guesthouse well situated for all - the weary business man, looking for that home away from home, group travelers seeking
The Komati River front cottages are all thatched with up-market furnishings and are fully equipped for guests wishing to self cater. With easy access to The Kruger Park, the facilities include: air conditioning, stove, fridge, microwave oven, lounge with
"KlipHuisjes" is situated in the top notch, easily accessible, area in town. It's located in a safe environment hidden amongst huge Blue Gum trees, tarred and paved all the way! Total capacity of 4 units: up to 14 guests on the premises.
Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River overlooking the Kruger National Park, Bushwise Safari Lodge combines the real Kruger Safari experience with accommodation boasting a unique ambiance true to the safari adventure.
Greystone Lodge offers three star accommodation and facilities on a private nature reserve in the Mpumalanga Highlands. Situated just off the N4 between Belfast, Machadodorp and Dullstroom and within easy reach of the Blyde River Canyon
Berken is a self-catering guest house nestled amongst silver birch trees in the town of Dullstroom, in the heart of South Africa's Mpumalanga highlands. It offers the best of both worlds being situated close to the centre of town, restaurants and tourist
Tranquil and safe bush camp in the Lowveld. Rustic self-catering camp sleeps 18 people on a 400Ha Game farm.
Looming several hundred feet over the Olifants river bushveld is an eponymous hilltop restcamp which provides an authentic experience of this area's rugged wildlife, varied flora and exquisite panoramic view.
To accommodate sportsmen and women, work teams in Witbank (Technicians, Construction, Project Teams, Sales Representatives), a Townhouses equipped to accommodate up 6 people in a self catering unit
At the cottage you can expect a king size bed, block-out curtains, a wood fireplace, 2 Lazyboy recliners, a flatscreen TV with a hotel bouquet (includes sporting and movie channels), a coffee/tea station, a wine-cooler fridge, a bathroom with a corner bat
Enjoy a view overlooking a private game reserve. Take a swim to cool down and listen to the fish eagles call. State of the art security system. 40km from Kruger National Park.
Located in central Graskop, Blyde Chalets offers one an ideal location from which to explore the tranquil town of Graskop, as well as a base station from which to explore the scenic wonders of the region.