Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga

Things to do - general

Mpumalanga is a province of South Africa. The name means “east”, or literally “the place where the sun rises” in the Swazi, Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu languages. Mpumalanga lies in eastern South Africa, bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. It constitutes 6.5% of South Africa’s land area. It shares borders with the South African provinces of Limpopo to the north, Gauteng to the west, the Free State to the southwest, and KwaZulu-Natal to the south. The capital is Mbombela (Nelspruit).

Mpumalanga Berlin Waterfall image

The Drakensberg escarpment divides Mpumalanga into a westerly half consisting mainly of high-altitude grassland called the Highveld and an eastern half situated in low-altitude subtropical Lowveld/Bushveld, mostly savanna habitat. The southern half of the Kruger National Park is in the latter region. The Drakensberg exceeds heights of 2000 m in most places, with this central region of Mpumalanga being very mountainous. These regions have alpine grasslands and small pockets of Afromontane forest. The Lowveld is relatively flat with interspersed rocky outcrops. The Lebombo Mountains form a low range in the far east, on the border with Mozambique.

Mpumalanga bush sunset image

The Lowveld is subtropical, due to its latitude and proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. The Highveld is comparatively much cooler, due to its altitude of 2300 m to 1700 m above sea level. The Drakensberg escarpment receives the most precipitation, with all other areas being moderately well-watered by mostly summer thunderstorms. The Highveld often experiences severe frost, while the Lowveld is mostly frost-free.

Winter rainfall is rare, except for some drizzle on the escarpment. The differences in climate are demonstrated below by the capital, Mbombela, which is in the Lowveld, an hour from Belfast on the Highveld.

Some major tourist attractions include the Kruger National Park, Sudwala Caves and the Blyde River Canyon. Many activities including the big jump, mountain and quad biking, horse trails, river rafting and big game viewing are endemic to the region. This is “Big Five” territory. In 2008, a Haute Cuisine route was formed, trickling from Mbombela down to Hazyview. The Lowveld Gourmet Route covers the four top fine dining restaurants the area has to offer. The restaurants include Summerfields KitchenOliver’s Restaurant and Orange.

Mpumalanga Vulture image

The diverse and special flora and fauna of the province enjoys protection in a range of nature reserves, including:

  • Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve
  • Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, previously known as Gaza-Kruger-Gonarezhou Transfrontier Park. This international game park brings together some of the best and most established wildlife areas in southern Africa. The park is managed as an integrated unit across an unprecedented three international boundaries which includes the Kruger National Park (South Africa), Limpopo National Park (Mozambique) and Gonarezhou National Park (Zimbabwe).
  • Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is built up of numerous private reserves: Nottens Bush Camp, Idube Safari Lodge, Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge, Djuma Game Reserve, Exeter Game Lodge, Inyati Private Game Reserve, Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Londolozi Game Reserve, Mala Mala Game Reserve, Savanna Private Game Reserve and Ulusaba Game Lodge.

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Sports & nature

The entire Mpumalanga area offers exceptional opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, horse-riding and fishing. Streams once panned for gold have become the haunts of eager anglers and lazy trout. Steeped in the history of pioneers, hunters and fortune seekers, fascinating gold rush towns abound. Mpumalanga offers something for everyone.

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Culture and history info

The Cultural Heartland is famous for the indigenous Ndebele tribes, with their bright multicoloured arts and crafts.

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Autumn Breeze Manor Guest House - Graskop

Autumn Breeze Manor Guest House - Graskop

Graskop
Autumn Breeze Manor is  known for its spacious and comfortable vintage-styled accommodation. Togethe More info
Bananien Lodge Sabie

Bananien Lodge Sabie

Sabie
Bananien Lodge Sabie is your gateway to the magnificent Kruger National Park. This world-renowned wi More info
Blyde Canyon Forever Resort

Blyde Canyon Forever Resort

Blyde River Canyon
Blyde Canyon Resort has beautiful panoramic views of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyo More info
Blyde Chalets

Blyde Chalets

Graskop
Blyde Chalets are in central Graskop and offer one an ideal location from which to explore the tranq More info
Blyde Lodge

Blyde Lodge

Graskop
Blyde Lodge is centrally located in the beautiful town of Graskop. The owners have transformed this More info
Bongani Mountain Lodge

Bongani Mountain Lodge

Malelane
Bongani Mountain Lodge is situated in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range, bordering the Krug More info
Buhala Lodge

Buhala Lodge

Malelane
Buhala Lodge offers luxury accommodation close to the Kruger National Park and also the exclusive Le More info
Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort

Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort

Hazyview
Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort is a luxury 4-Star estate, located next to the Elephant Sanctuary. A pe More info
Croc River Lodge

Croc River Lodge

Komatipoort
Croc River Lodge is located Where the Komati and Crocodile Rivers meet. Before they flow into Mozamb More info
Daans Place

Daans Place

Graskop
Daans Place is located in the village of Graskop, 1.6 km away from God’s Window, Daan’s More info
Dar Amane Luxury Guest House

Dar Amane Luxury Guest House

Graskop
Dar Amane Luxury Guest House is located in Graskop set in a beautiful quiet residential street close More info
Elephants Nest

Elephants Nest

Graskop
Elephants Nest is situated on the picturesque Mpumalanga escarpment in the safe and quiet village of More info
Frankas Lodge

Frankas Lodge

Graskop
Situated in the Village of Graskop and on the Panorama route you will find Frankas Lodge self-cateri More info
Graskop Hotel

Graskop Hotel

Graskop
Graskop Hotel has been lovingly renovated and redecorated from the original “70’s style” hotel. It h More info
Havana Nights

Havana Nights

Graskop
Havana Nights proudly welcomes you to their establishment.  Situated in Graskop, a small town found More info
Idle and Wild

Idle and Wild

Hazyview
Idle and Wild is on a working farm, 5km from Hazyview towards Sabie. Enjoy peaceful walks alongside More info
Jock Sabie

Jock Sabie

Sabie
Jock Sabie Lodge is situated in the beautiful town of Sabie. The base point of the green and rich in More info
Kloofsig Holiday Cottages

Kloofsig Holiday Cottages

Graskop
Kloofsig Holiday Cottages are located on the outskirts of Graskop, just off the main road. Situated More info
Le Gallerie

Le Gallerie

Graskop
Le Gallerie is an up-market B&B with 3 luxurious rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The rooms a More info
Log Cabins Village - Graskop (Central)

Log Cabins Village - Graskop (Central)

Graskop
Log Cabins Village situated in the center of the village of Graskop, and on the road to the Panorama More info
Manna House

Manna House

Graskop
Manna House is a family run venture providing clean, affordable accommodation for nature loving tour More info
Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort

Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort

Sabie
Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort and Caravan Park is situated on the banks of the upper reaches of the S More info
Misty Mountain Chalets - Sabie

Misty Mountain Chalets - Sabie

Sabie
Misty Mountain Chalets Misty Mountain Chalets “A nature lover’s haven” is situated in a More info
Mogodi Lodge

Mogodi Lodge

Graskop
Mogodi Lodge is 1km out of Graskop Village at the top of Kowyn’s Pass towards Hazyview and Bushbuckr More info
Panorama Rest Camp

Panorama Rest Camp

Graskop
Panorama Rest Camp is situated on the R533. The establishment is 2km out of Graskop Village en-route More info
Post Office Inn

Post Office Inn

Graskop
In the heart of Graskop, you will find the “Post Office Inn,” a perfect and comfortable house in the More info
Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel

Pilgrims Rest
Royal Hotel with winding roads up and down the scenic mountain pass, 15km from Graskop, is located i More info
Settlers Village

Settlers Village

Graskop
Settlers Village lies in the heart of Graskop village on the Panorama Route, close to Sabie and Pilg More info
Sheri's Lodge and Backpackers

Sheri's Lodge and Backpackers

Graskop
The small Village of Graskop is home to Sheri’s Lodge & Backpackers. The 10 en-suite African Sty More info
Tanamera Lodge

Tanamera Lodge

Hazyview
Tanamera Lodge is located along the R536 route midway between Sabie and Hazyview. Tanamera is an int More info
Thaba Tsweni Lodge

Thaba Tsweni Lodge

Graskop
Thaba Tsweni Lodge is owner-managed by the Hough family since 2000 and proudly offers luxury and ver More info
Valley View Backpackers

Valley View Backpackers

Graskop
Valley View Backpackers is located on the western side of Graskop village overlooking the green Vall More info
West Lodge

West Lodge

Graskop
West lodge is a Victorian style dwelling architecturally designed as a Bed and Breakfast establishme More info
Private Kruger Park Safari

Private Kruger Park Safari

Hazyview
Game drives, safaris & day tours to Kruger National Park. Tours & Safaris depart from Hazyvi More info
Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise

Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise

Enjoy the splendour of the third largest Canyon in the world. Unquestionably being the largest ‘gree More info