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Kruger National Park & Lowveld

Along the eastern reaches of Mpumalanga lie the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park, and this is a region that must be visited by anyone traveling to South Africa. The area stretches from the Swaziland border in the South as far as the Limpopo river on the Zimbabwe border in the North and is a belt of land between 100 and 150 kms wide. The Northern part forms the Kruger National Park, certainly one of the best places in the world to see the big five, a vast area 400 kms from North to South harbouring 147 species of mammal, over 500 bird species as well as numerous species of reptile, fish and amphibians, to say nothing of the 336 species of trees.

To the South of the area, between the Kruger National Park and the Swaziland border, lies an area of Lowveld known as the Maputo-Nelspruit development corridor. This is, above all else, an agricultural area, and here you will find growing a large proportion of South Africa's tropical fruit and vegetables. The Lowveld is dotted with hills and valleys where you will find traces of the early San (Bushmen) people who left their marks in ancient rock paintings and engravings in the many caves of the area. Visitors can also see archeological ruins, old wagon trails and gold diggings. Situated just to the West of Nelspruit, the Capital of Mpumalanga, are the famous Sudwala Caves, a "must" for any visitor to the Lowveld.

The Kruger National Park is by far the most important game reserve in Southern Africa. The Park boasts many rest camps, and there are numerous private game lodges that adjoin the Park in such a way that there are no game fences between lodge and park. Accommodation prices vary from the very reasonable to the very expensive, some of the more expensive lodges catering more for the overseas visitor. Accommodation can range from safari tents to cottages, and at the higher end of the spectrum to extreme luxury. Camping and caravan sites are available in many of the Kruger National Parks rest camps, and facilities are normally excellent. There are also a number of trails that the visitor can take. These are all on foot and accompanied by an armed ranger. They normally involve spending three nights sleeping in the wild and eating around a campfire � evening meals are normally a braai (barbecue) or a potjiekos (hunter's stew).

Situated in the extreme South West of the Lowveld is the resort town of Badplaas. The origins of this resort town go back to 1876 when a Swazi chief gave a white trader the gift of a hot sulphur spring. The town that developed at the site has become well known for its hot sulphur mineral baths and pools. Just a few kilometers to the South of Nelspruit and situated in the historic de Kaap Valley, where some of the world's oldest sedimentary rock formations are to be found, is the historic mining town of Barberton, named after Barber's Reef, a particularly rich gold reef named by Graham Barber and his cousins. The town was officially named in 1884 by the local mining commissioner who did so by breaking a bottle of gin over a piece of rock.

Apart from the obvious attractions of the Kruger National Park, this Lowveld region of Mpumalanga offers a wide selection of adventure holidays, from rock climbing and hiking to white water rafting and windsurfing, from bird watching to paragliding. Mpumalanga is, without doubt, a part of South Africa that cannot be missed by any serious visitor to the country.

My Trip Through the Kruger Park
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"After leaving Dullstroom on our way to Skukuza, we decided to do a detour via Hans Merensky Golf Estate in Phalaborwa.
Palaborwa in itself was a pretty tidy little mining town with fond memories of our visit to a little Portuguese restaurant no more than 2 kms outside the Hans Merensky main gate. We were entertained by Armand Hofmeyer (Steve Hofmeyer's son).......we got REALLY vrot with "sokkie" music blaring and the locals "lang-arming" around the dance floor. Much, much fun.

Hans Merensky Golf Estate and hotel was an eye-opener. The decor in the hotel was mind-boggling and the rooms were top class.

The famous Hans Merensky golf course stood up to it's name as we hacked through the magnificent golf course with close sightings of giraffe, hippo, warthog, impala and crocodile - an experience not to miss.

We checked out and headed out of Limpopo Province down to Skukuza (Mpumalanga Province)
The trip was a little too far for a single day trip which took about 6 hours to reach Skukuza.

Along the way we sighted stacks of elephant, rhino, giraffe, and tons of bokke.

Skukuza Game Reserve (inside the Kruger National Park) presented us with basic, but clean accommodation as well as a restaurant where dinner was more than satisfying.

The Skukuza Golf Course was in OK nick and also had its fair share of wildlife roaming around. The Skukuza Golf Course is situated inside the Kruger National park and there are no fences separating golfers from wild animals............very interesting!!

We then headed off to Sabi River Bungalows" - Avril and Frank

 

 

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Sleeps: 41 in 13 units/rooms
From R 385,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Selati 103 Guest Cottages

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Malelane

Selati 103 Guest Cottages is a 3 star graded guesthouse which is situated only 2km from the Malelane Gate of the Kruger National Park, in a large 1ha sub-tropical garden

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 200,00
Per unit, per night.

Sycamore Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hazyview

Sycamore Cottage is a Luxury, 3 Bedroom Cottage (Max 6 Guests) overlooking the Da Gama Dam. It is situated halfway between White River and Hazyview and sleeps up to 6.

Sleeps: 7 in 1 unit/room
From R 2 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Bona Ngwenya Lodge

Bush Lodge (Self Catering) (GAME NEARBY) in Marloth Park

Bona Ngwenya Lodge with it's private game viewing tower is situated 20 meters from the Kruger Park fence and offers the best view of the Crocodile River and all the game that comes from Kruger Park on a daily basis to drink.

Graded:
Sleeps: 12 in 5 units/rooms
From R 695,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Mhlati Guest Cottages

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Malelane

Three luxury twin-bedded thatched cottages and two comfy garden rooms, all with airconditioning and DStv, open onto a tranquil garden prolific with birdlife and sparkling pool. Hearty breakfasts in the lapa and braai facilities available

Bergsig Self Catering

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Nelspruit

Ideal accommodation with exceptional rates. Centrally located. Breathtaking mountain views

Graded:
Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
From R 900,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Plumbago Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Hazyview

Plumbago is a destination in its own right, a nostalgic colonial experience, highly appreciated by the discerning traveller.

Barry Burn Golf Villa

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in White River

This luxury self catering villa is situated on a championship golf course & within 60km from the Kruger Game Park. It consists of 4 air conditioned bedrooms (all en suite). Open plan living areas with lounge, dining room & fully equipped kitchen.

Sleeps: 412 in 24 units/rooms
From R 770,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Leaves Luxury Lodge

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Nelspruit

This impressive lodge exemplifies the very best in modern architecture and offers six spacious bedrooms, each with its own private balcony, as well as all amenities on your wish-list: spa-bath or jet shower, extra long beds with quality linen, ...

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 960,00
Per unit, per night.

Par Four Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in White River

Par Four Cottage consists of 2 bedrooms (one with a queen size bed and the other with two single beds). There is also a full bathroom. The open plan fully equipped kitchen includes a dining area. The dining area is adjacent to the spacious lounge ...

From R 230,00
Per unit, per night.

Pretoriuskop Restcamp

Game Reserve Accommodation in Kruger Park

Named after a nearby hill under which Voortrekker Willem Pretorius, of Carl Trichardt's 1848 expedition to Delagoa Bay, is buried, Pretoriuskop camp is one of the oldest in the park.

Sleeps: 20 in 8 units/rooms
From R 450,50
Per person, per night sharing.

Idle & Wild

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Hazyview

Listen to the fish eagles calling as you unwind in secluded and spacious African thatched rondavels. Soak up the warmth of the sun around the pool or pamper yourself in the sauna and Jacuzzi. Idle & Wild is Set in a landscaped tropical garden on a...

From R 230,00
Per unit, per night.

Berg-en-Dal Restcamp

Game Reserve Accommodation in Kruger Park

Located in the midst of striking prehistoric settlements on the Matjulu Spruit, Berg-en-Dal camp has been built with care and preservation for the surrounding area - original San rock paintings still clearly visible.

Hezekiah Game Farm

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Nelspruit

All three of the accommodation units at Hezekiah are situated close to the dam with fantastic views of the surrounding mountainous countryside. The original Stone Cottage (sleeps 5) consists of two comfortable bedrooms with double beds

52 Bracelet

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Nelspruit

There is one self catering cottage (2 plate stove available) that can typically be described as home away from home. It has a queen size, a three quarter and a single bed.

Clarizma

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Kaapsche Hoop

Clarizma is built in the authentic architecture of the 1880's. The house boasts two double rooms and another are with a bunker bed. One of the two bathrooms is en-suite and the kitchen is fully equipped for self catering

Graded:
Sleeps: 16 in 6 units/rooms

Needles Lodge

Game Reserve Accommodation in Marloth Park

Needles Lodge is a warm and welcoming family run lodge in the heart of Marloth Park, a private residential nature reserve bordering the Kruger National Park between Malenane and Crocodile Bridge entrances of the Park.

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 450,00
Per unit, per night.

Phabeni

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hazyview

The house has a fully fitted granite kitchen with all modern appliances and very comfortable sitting and dining area. The bedrooms, two doubles and one twin, all have en-suite fitted bathrooms with bath and power shower.

Paradise Creek

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Malelane

Malelane is situated in the Lowveld of the Mpumalanga Province. Paradise Creek is 7 km from Malelane on the Jeppe's Reef road. Our 7 units is nestled between large indigenous trees in a lush garden next to Decor...

Seldom-So Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hazyview

The cottage has two bedrooms. First bedroom a Queen size double bed. Second bedroom two single beds and a double bed. Open plan kitchen, lounge and dining room

Graded:
Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Zinkwazibush

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Marloth Park

Zinkwazibush consists of 3 Bedrooms each with its own on suite bathroom.Go to bed with the roaring sound of lions, Wake up to the call of the Fish Eagle. This is exactly what you can expect at Zinkwazibush, Zulu for "the place of the Fish Eagle".