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.
Aqua Terra means 'Water and Earth' in Latin, this is clearly portrayed as the Sterkspruit River flows along the outskirts of this one hectare property, amidst shady willow trees and rolling lawns. We do breakfast, lunch box and dinner on request and cater
Self catering units (fully equipped) in separate building, each with own entrance. Three double/triple and one family unit. Tastefully and comfortably decorated with individual Dstv. Deposit will secure booking.
Aloe Country Lodge is a charming guest house situated at the edge of Piet Retief (Mkhondo), a place where old charm meets modern luxury. A peaceful atmosphere is created by cascading fountains and beautiful landscaped gardens with an abundance of birdlife
This AA Recommended self catering accommodation is found in the quaint, unspoilt village of Machadodorp, situated just off the N4 Maputo Corridor, an easy two and a half hour drive from Gauteng.
Alegria is a beautiful Cottage which sleeps 6/8 people and has airconditioning throughout. The Cottage is a 4 minute walk from the Kruger Park Fence and a 15 minute drive to the Crocodile Bridge entrance to Kruger Park.
La Kruger Lifestyle Lodge is an architectural designed development proudly put on offer by its owners, especially for the discerning guest to enjoy a unique lifestyle experience in the African bush. Situated in Marloth Park, a safari wildlife sanctuary, b
Migrate Bush House is nestled in the unspoilt bush near the southern tip of the Kruger National Park in Marloth Park. It has its own unique atmosphere with all the luxuries to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay in the bush.
Forest Creek nestles in a gorge of the Steenkampsburg Mountains, set in a Private Nature reserve of the Mpumalanga escarpment. The gorge is softened only by a blanket of shrubs and trees which have grown in this malaria-free zone
Relax in nature with a visit to Maerua Luxury Safari Tents. Our self-catering accommodation is located inside Marloth Park and within 20 minutes drive of the Kruger National Park.
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
The Rest Zebra Lodge is situated in the secure Rest Country Estate. This 48 hectre Bush Estate is nestled in a magnificent scenic mountain range, which forms part of the Drakensberg range. The Rest Zebra Lodge combines the natural beauty of the Mpumalanga
Ulwazi Rock Lodge can accommodate up to 12 guests (plus 2 on a bunker bed), however smaller groups are welcome. The villa features four en-suite rooms. The first three rooms each contain queen-size beds overlooking a beautiful dam.
The Lodge offers luxury accommodation throughout, with 4 double suites boasting impressive views of the Komati River and gorge, three self-catering cottages and 6 romantic self catering units for 2, four of which have spa baths.
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
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
Sleeps 6 guests on a camp site - 14 sites available with power points and ablution facilities. We have 14 stands with power, water & lights. Each site large enough to fit your caravan, large tent and vehicle with comfort. Braai stands on each site for yo
At Wetlands Inn we offer affordable accommodation for business & leisure travelers. We offer value for money and warm service. Our 14 en suite rooms offer a comfortable and refreshing stay and are equipped with a double bed, shower & toilet, te