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.
Idube Loge is located in Marloth Park, a wildlife sanctuary situated on the southern boundry of the Kruger National Park. (Approximately 390 kilometers from Pretoria).
Superbly situated just fifty metres from the Graskop Gorge Falls with a magnificent view over the Mpumalanga Lowveld. An ideal location for guests to enjoy the abundant natural beauty.
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.
A beautiful little gem perched on the outskirts of the quaint Lowveld hamlet, Whiteriver. Once the original homestead of a local avocado farming family, this charming small hotel has been entirely designed to offer luxury travelers an enveloping atmospher
We have 3 luxury 6-sleeper chalets consisting of two spacious bedrooms each. The chalets are complete with a bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a lounge with a double bunker bed. In addition, we have a 2-sleeper miner's cottage
Royale Marlothi Safari Lodge has 3 chalets. We have one 2 sleeper chalet perfect for a couples getaway and we have two 4 sleeper chalets perfect for family holidays.
Welcome to the Kingfisher Lodge - Where good fishing, food and friends unite. Situated in the Highland of the Trout Triangle, The Kingfisher offers the synergy of comfort, sophistication, luxury, simplicity and relaxation as well as exciting and rewardi
la Granja guesthouse is situated on a three hundred hectares game farm in the beautiful surroundings of the Lowveld, just outside White River. Conveniently located 20km from the Kruger Mpumalanga National Airport.
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
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.
5 Luxury suites situated in the heart of Dullstroom within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, Pendle Hill Cheese shop and pubs.
Reminiscent of an Out of Africa experience, a stay at Hamiltons Tented Camp is one that will remain etched in memory, much like the contribution the lodge’s namesake, James Stevenson-Hamilton, made to the national park the camp now calls home for more tha
Linga Longa offers either a bed and breakfast option, or a self catering option. The house has two double bedrooms, one bedroom with two single bunk beds, ONE and a half bathrooms, a lounge with a fire hearth and fully equipped kitchen. Relax on a...
Nels River Guest House & Spa is situated in a quiet sub-urban area in Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga. We offer exceptional value combined with elegance, relaxed comfort and genuine hospitality. A peaceful atmosphere offers the perfect retreat from a
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
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
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
All accommodation is set on the floodplain of the Komati River no more than 50 meters from the waters edge. The riverfront is beautifully kept and guests are able to enjoy relaxing walks along the river and through the riverbank forests.