Nelspruit Holidays - Kruger National Park & Lowveld Tourism, Mpumalanga
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Fondly called 'Nellies' by the locals, Nelspruit is also known as the gateway to Mpumalanga and the majestic Kruger National Park - a unique wildlife sanctuary which boasts more species of mammals than any other African game reserve.
Translated from Afrikaans, Nelspruit means 'Nel's stream', named after the farm built on the Crocodile River by three Nel brothers - Andre, Louis and Gert. Lying in the verdant Crocodile River Valley, Nelspruit has from its humble beginnings, become the capital of Mpumalanga, and the most important commercial centre in the Mpumalanga area. With its bountiful sunshine, lush valleys and sub-tropical climate, Nelspruit, is the hub of the rich surrounding farming area, which produces tropical fruits such as bananas, mangos, avos, oranges and grapefruit. Nelspruit then cans the citrus fruit, and is also booming with timber mills, paper and furniture manufacturing, All in all, Nelspruit, is a very prosperous place to live, and the ideal Mpumalanga holiday destination!
For guests flying into Nelspruit, this booming Mpumalanga town boasts its own privately owned airport. With its thatch roof and stone floors, the Kruger, Mpumalanga International Airport (also known as KMIA), is known as the best looking airport in South Africa, and lies just 23km from Nelspruit city centre.
What to do in and around Nelspruit:
Golf at Nelspruit Golf Course
Hike through the Nelspruit Nature Reserve
Quad-bike with Nelspruit, Riverwild off-road quad and 4x4 trails
Horse ride with Nelspruit, Mountain Range Horse Back Trails
Waterslide at the Mafunyane Riverside Water Park,
Fly across Nelspruit with Sunrise Aviation
What to see in and around Nelspruit:
Have a unique adventure at Croc River Enviro Park - 2.5km from Nelspruit city center via Madiba Dr/R40.
Stroll through 500 indigenous plants and 650 trees at Lowveld National Botanical Garden - 4.1km from Nelspruit city center via Madiba Dr/R40.
Strike it lucky at Emnotweni Casino - 4.4km from from Nelspruit city center via Madiba Dr/R40.
Shop at Riverside Mall - 5.1km from Nelspruit city center via Madiba Dr/R40.
A 'must see' for soccer fans is the Nelspruit Stadium - 5.2km from Nelspruit city center.
Chimp Eden (Umhloti Nature Reserve) is Africa's only chimpanzee rehabilitation centre - 15.9km from Nelspruit city center via R40.
For a once in a lifetime experience visit Sudwala Caves, the oldest caves in the world - 35.2km, 26 minutes from Nelspruit via N4.
Located near the Sudwala Caves, the PR Owen Dinosaur Park is the largest and most scientifically accurate park of its kind in the world.
Also visit towns near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga:
White River (19.5km from Nelspruit via R40)
Kaapsehoop (Kaapschehoop) (30.7km from Nelspruit via Hermansburg Rd.)
Kruger Park (35km from Nelspruit via R538)
Nelspruit Emergency Numbers:
Nelspruit Police - 013 751 6000
Nelspruit Fire/Rescue/Emergency - 013 753 3019
Nelspruit Ambulance - 084 124 - ER24 / 082 911 - Netcare / 10177 - Government Hospital Ambulance
Nelspruit Hospitals - 013 759 0500 - Nelspruit Medi Clinic / 013 741 6100 - Rob Ferreira Hospital
Nelspruit Vehicle Breakdown - 080 011 5200 - Van Wettens Breakdown Services / 013 753 2977 - Car Towing Services
Nelspruit State Veterinary Services - 013 753 3247