Although Mpumalanga is not the only province in South Africa with excellent game viewing, national parks and luxury lodges, it's here that the safari experience has been perfected. About half the Kruger National Park is in this lovely province and there are so many private game reserves and lodges than you will have a hard time choosing. Like Limpopo Province to its immediate north, Mpumalanga straddles the escarpment between the Lowveld and the Drakensberg, so the different parts of the province have different characters. The Lowveld is hot and humid with broad-leaved forests and wide, slow rivers, while the Highlands are cool and green, with rolling grasslands, pine plantations, pockets of indigenous forest and cheerfully gurgling mountain streams and waterfalls. Most of the game is in the Lowveld, while the attractions of the Highlands include hiking, horse trails, river rafting and other adventure activities, such as gorge swings and abseiling.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, near the town of Waterval Boven, is one of South Africa's most popular climbing destinations. The fly fishing in the Highlands area is awesome, particularly near the pretty town of Dullstroom, where there are loads of dams and streams well stocked with fat trout. There are awesome birds to be spotted, both in the game reserves and in the Highlands, where you're likely to see some montane grassland species, including the rare and endangered blue swallow. For a bird's eye view, rather than a view of birds, you can choose between microlight flights and gentle floats in a hot air balloon. Mpumalanga also has some fantastic paragliding and hang gliding launch sites - particularly along the escarpment. The mountain biking is great. Even with so much to do, many people visit Mpumalanga just to sight-see. The Panorama Route is a scenic meander taking in some fabulous sights, including the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondawels, the Swadini Dam and many beautiful waterfalls and spectacular vistas including one called God's Window.

The Blyde River Canyon is the biggest vegetated canyon in the world. Second in size only to the Grand Canyon in the USA, and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia, it is lush and green with a plethora of plant and animal life and is a major centre of endemism. It's also where Antarctica and Madagascar split away from Africa a few million years ago during the break-up of the super-continent Gondwanaland. Also in the canyon, is Bourke's Luck Potholes - a fantastically contorted area of scenic potholes, and deeply scoured canyons. The Blyde is a great river to raft, with some pretty challenging rapids, but it also offers fun family paddling on a gentler section. The Three Rondawels are three conical hills and the Swadini Dam at the end of the canyon is a lovely stretch of water. Also on the Panorama Route is the rather cutesy museum town of Pilgrims Rest. The mines were active until the 1970s when they became terminally unprofitable, and the whole town was bought up by the provincial authorities to be converted to a tourist attraction. Museums, cute craft outlets, coffee shops, restaurants and the original hotel with its characterful bar bring the gold rush era vividly to life. Pilgrims Rest was the venue for the World Gold Panning Championships in 2005.

Mpumalanga's cultural attractions are particularly colourful. The iconic Ndebele artwork that is almost synonymous with South Africa is produced in the museum village of Botshabelo. Colourful beadwork and small painted articles can be admired and purchased while the magnificent painted buildings are - unfortunately - not for sale as souvenirs. They're well worth photographing, though. Kids will love the dinosaur park, just outside the deep and convoluted Sudwala Caves. Mpumalanga has a very interesting technical freshwater diving destination that will appeal to technical divers.

Note: If you are planning to travel to the north eastern parts of Mpumalanga or Swaziland please be aware that this region is malarial. Consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.

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Graskop Graskop
Town of Panorama Route Road Trip

Most beautiful place I have ever seen
Graskop, specifically the wonders of the Panorama is a definite must see for any person. The R532 is a stretch of road that extends from Sabie pass Graskop that features the most beautiful displays of nature that one can ever see. Graskop is central to all the tourist attractions of the Panorama route and is ideal for anyone seeking to experience the wonders of Mpumalanga. This area is truly "God's Playground" as it features the most beautiful waterfalls, Bourke Potholes (breathtaking), Gods Window, Wonder View (Amazing scenery), the Pinnacle rock, three Rondavels, Blyde Canyon, and Echo Caves...
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Florence Mahloana
South Africa

Middelburg - Mpumalanga Middelburg - Mpumalanga
Town of Mpumalanga

Beautiful Scenery
I had so many wow moment as I was driving through Mpumalanga to Limpopo on N11. We saw beautiful dams and waterfalls.
Tarka
South Africa

Waterval Boven Waterval Boven
Town of Highlands Meander

A pretty little town
We wished we had discovered this little town earlier. What a beautiful place that is full of history and which can be used as base station and gateway to Mpumalanga - completely underrated!
Marita Zeeman
South Africa

Nelspruit Nelspruit
Town of Lowveld Legogote

There's a lot more to Nelspruit than meets the eye
Nelspruit, the capital and tourism hub of Mpumalanga, is a unique town in that it offers all modern amenities but still retains its country charm. It is a Pandora's box of amazing experiences, you just need to discover the key to open it. Worth a visit is the Botanical Gardens where you can picnic and a drive along the Kaapschehoop road which as it climbs through the mountains overlooks the largest natural amphitheatre in the world. There is also Chimp Eden where you can come up close and personal to chimps.Nelspruit also boasts a beautiful golf course where non-golfers can enjoy a meal overl...
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Lorraine Harris

Hazyview Hazyview
Town of Mpumalanga

Hazyview
Mpumalanga, Hazyview is a home away from home, I always spend my Easter and December holidays around here with my family. There are so many things to see and do with the family!
ntsako macheke
South Africa

Hazyview Hazyview
Town of Mpumalanga

Relaxing and scenic
Hazyview is a great destination if you just want to get away from it all and enjoy the scenery of Mpumalanga! It's also a great stepping stone into the Kruger Park which is just a stone's throw away! Well worth the visit, just make sure to bring a camera!
Matthew Fritz
South Africa

Graskop Graskop
Town of Panorama Route Road Trip

Awesome town with some awesome views!
Graskop is quite a little gem in Mpumalanga. It is close to some of the best views and waterfalls in the country. I truly recommend Graskop if you want a break from the city life and enjoy some truly spectacular nature!
Hendrik Oosthuizen
South Africa


Wow Mpumalanga
I had a wonderful time in Mpumalanga the weather is wonderful and the people were friendly.the open spaces and great views are breathtaking. the Heritage towns are unforgettable. Definately worth the Visit and would love to go back
maxien fasser
South Africa

Graskop Graskop
Town of Panorama Route Road Trip

Beautiful surroundings
Driving through Mpumalanga on our way to Graskop was amazing - after every bend in the road we had to stop for photos! It is such a beautiful area and the landscapes varies from feeling like northern Sweden to the Alps in the summertime, to suddenly being 'back' in Africa and its red earth. Stunning! The scenic route certainly deserves its name. Graskop itself is a cozy town and we really wish we would have spent more than 1 night here on our whirlwind tour of South Africa! Great spot for exploring the area, with good dining options and several nice places to stay.
Tiina Virtanen
Sweden

Nelspruit Nelspruit
Town of Lowveld Legogote

Nice place to hang out
From shopping malls to game farms, Nelspruit offers a great variety of attractions for a nice weekend. Weather you are looking for a romantic escape or a family quality time, Nelspruit and the Mpumalanga estate gives you all you need. Having the Kruger National Park just minutes from Nelspruit city center, you can enjoy exciting moments in various lodges and game farms, with bird watching, morning and noon safaris or just enjoy relaxing on the balcony.In the city, you can find nice restaurants with exquisite cuisine local and internationl, while having major brands on the most refined shoppin...
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Danilo Dalsuco
Mozambique

Hazyview Hazyview
Town of Mpumalanga

The area speaks for itself...
Mpumalanga has always been a bit of an escape for me...just a few hours out of Johannesburg you have the makings for an incredible drive through, day break, weekend...or even an extended holiday...Time being limited we decided to make the best of our drive to Kruger Park and explore the surrounding areas, and stay a night in Hazyview because of its close proximity to the Kruger Parks Numbi Gate...We tentatively booked a night at Gecko Backpackers. We weren’t expecting much, but thought that we were really just looking for a bed for the night...WE WERE REALLY SUPRISED!!!Having driven through...
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Hannah Paul
South Africa

Malelane Malelane
Town of Mpumalanga

Malelane review
It was my first time being in Mpumalanga, and I loved the nice drive I experienced on N4 while waching nature. My stay at Malelane was so amazing when I had to wake up seing the beauty of nature in the morning with some animals nearby. I would really love to go back to Kruger Park during summer time to see how beautiful the place will be. I can imagine how beautiful is the place during summer. I also enjoyed the food I had from the beautiful restaurants and will relly go back there. Seing animals in their real lifes, I couldn't believe it. I really love Malelane with it's amazing activities...
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Lord Ngwato
South Africa

White River White River
Town of Panorama Route Road Trip

A quaint town
My boyfriend and I do a trip every December to areas around South Africa. With Safarinow at my fingertips we decided to visit Mpumalanga with our first stop being the quiet little town of White River. Having never been there, driving through the sprawling city o Nelspruit, there was nothing better than driving into the small region of White River with it's clean streets and friendly folk. We stayed at a lovely place just outside town called Lyttle Irving. After crunching our way across the Macadamia nut shells, we were shown to our room, guided by the owner and her three friendly dogs. The...
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Lauren Hoyer
South Africa


Mpuma Tops!
Mpumalanga is a great touring province - everything you want to see is there, except the sea. The bushveld and heritage towns are just worth the while - unbelievable summer weather!
Jillian Potgieter
South Africa

Nelspruit Nelspruit
Town of Lowveld Legogote

....the most beautiful town in SA
Nelspruit is one of the most beautiful towns in SA with awesome surroundings and lovely suburbs around town. With its sub-tropical climate, abundant sunshine and lush hills and valleys it forms the ideal base from which to explore Mpumalanga. The inhabitants are warm and welcoming, catering to every need and providing you with exactly what you need to make your holiday a pleasant one.
Rene Giliomee
South Africa

Nelspruit Nelspruit
Town of Lowveld Legogote

...the most beautiful town in SA
Nelspruit is one of the most beautiful towns in SA with awesome surroundings and lovely suburbs around town. With its sub-tropical climate, abundant sunshine and lush hills and valleys it forms the ideal base from which to explore Mpumalanga. The inhabitants are warm and welcoming, catering to every need and providing you with exactly what you need to make your holiday a pleasant one.
Rene Giliomee
South Africa


Marloth Park Conservancy
Why you should visit MARLOTH PARK!!!!!Marloth Park Conservancy is a proclaimed nature conservation holiday town (1500ha) bordering the world renowned Kruger National Park Situated in the Eastern Lowveld area of the Mpumalanga province, RSA. This development shares a ±17km common border with the Kruger Park, next to the Crocodile River between Malelane and Crocodile Bridge gates.Imagine having a sundowner in the panoramic atmosphere of the most beautiful sunset in the world and sit on your verandah with adrenalin pumping through your veins as you watch wild animals roaming freely around you..G...
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Frans Van Rooyen
South Africa

Sabie Sabie
Town of Panorama Route Road Trip

Sabie wins Gold!
All of us at Porcupine Ridge Guest House and the folks in our little town of Sabie, Mpumalanga are thrilled that Sabie has won the Kwela/Rapport Town of the Year/Dorp van die Jaar competition. The local Chamber of Commerce, all the sub-committees and the townsfolk have worked incredibly hard over the past 18 months to improve our town. Come and visit us and you will find a re-branded Sabie with clean and tidy streets, friendly people with a real pride in their town, great accommodation, good restaurants and a mind-boggling variety of activities.
Janet Wills
South Africa

Graskop Graskop
Town of Panorama Route Road Trip

Graskop The Gateway to the Blyde River Canyon
Graskop or the Grassy Knoll is a small town situated on the top of the Drakensburg Mountains in Mpumalanga.Perfectly situated for tours into the Blyde River Canyon and the Kruger National Park.Graskop is definitely not just a lunch stop on the way to attractions such as God's Window, Wonder View, Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Sisters and Echo Caves. It should be used as a base for a longer stay to enjoy the attractions, adventure activities and restaurants in the area.Accommodation abounds in Graskop catering for self drive guests to large groups.Thaba Tsweni Lodge...
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Wendel HOUGH
South Africa

Wakkerstroom Wakkerstroom
Town of Grass and Wetlands

Wakkerstroom
Introduction to Wakkerstroom: The Mpumalanga Town of the Year 2010. The Wakkerstroom district is Internationally known as “Flagship of Grassveld Birding" . It is also identified as an Important Bird Area in South Africa (IBA No SA 020). The Wakkerstroom wetland is registered as a South African Natural Heritage Site (No 220). Wakkerstroom is one of the oldest towns and sixth oldest district in the old Transvaal. The Court House, St Marks Church and the Old Bridge (Paul Kruger Bridge) over the Wakkerstroom River are all Historical Monuments. The Union Church, or Baptist Church, which came into...
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Gwynne Lawlor
South Africa