Gateway to the Kruger National Park and home to the quaint historical towns of Pilgrims Rest and Baberton, the natural wonders of the Blyde River Canyon and the 20 000 flamingoes that gather at Chrissiesmeer each year.
The Mpumalanga escarpment in the vicinity of the Blyde River Canyon is a bewitching world of soaring cliffs, cool wreaths of mist and tumbling crystal clear waters. A beautiful panoramic view of mighty canyons and nature reserves with scenically beautiful dams abounding with a vast array of birdlife, steenbok, kudu, baboons and samango monkeys that inhabit the forests.
There are many popular hiking trails in the area and each one of them exhibits its own charm and character. For the visitor, the serene green canopy of pine and indigenous forests and the age-old tree ferns reflects its own charm and distinctive attributes.
Mpumalanga offers the tourist a wide range of attractions from game viewing and bird watching, to scenic drives and unforgettable cultural experiences, and activities for the adventure seeker include hiking, biking, horse back riding and fishing.
Mpumalanga borders the world famous Kruger National Park that is renowned for its diverse and abundant wildlife; the Park is more than just a place to see lions, elephants and an array of other animals. The magnificent scenery and unique wildness makes it one of the few remaining areas of Southern Africa where the primeval heart of Africa still throbs.
Both Mpumalanga and the Kruger National Park offer visitors and tourists to the area first class resorts that are ideally situated to plan for a delightful encounter with nature. Explore valleys of gold, mysterious caves, charming and historic towns and villages, cascading waterfalls, or swim in crystal clear alluring streams or rivers.
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The Panorama region abounds with scenic beauty and natural wonders like the Blyde River Canyon, the third biggest canyon in the world, Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. There are unrivaled adventure activities from white water rafting and bungee jumping to hot air ballooning and gold panning. There is access to the Kruger National Park at both the Numbi and Phabeni Gates. The Panorama is definitely Mpumalanga's most beautiful region.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Bourke's Luck Potholes, The Pinnacle, Gods Window, Pilgrims Rest, Mac-Mac Falls, Long Tom Pass, Lone Creek Falls, Forest Falls, Three Rondavels, Sterkspruit Nature Rerserve, Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve, the ghost town of Eureka, 4x4 routes, abseiling, bungy jumping, canoeing, gliding, horse riding, hot air ballooning, paintball, river rafting, rock climbing, fishing, game viewing, rock sliding, caving, hiking trails and cultural tours.
The Lowveld Legogote region is home to the capital of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, as well as the oldest dolomite caves in the world at Sudwala Caves. The Lowveld National Botanical Gardens are rocky and rugged with waterfalls and cascades, as well as a tropical forest, baobab trees and a large cycad collection. The Kruger National Park borders the Lowveld Legogote and makes for excellent game viewing and 4x4 routes. And don't miss the wild horses at the gold mining town of Kaapsehoop.
Sudwala Caves, Lowveld Botanical Gardens, Kaapsehoop, Casterbridge Farm Centre, Khuthala Export Trading House, Mpumalanga Provincial Government Complex, Jatinga Country Lodge Chapel, cultural excursions, mountain biking, museums, quad biking, bird watching, fishing, hiking trails, paragliding, microlighting, 4x4 routes, hunting, golf, game viewing, abseiling, arts and crafts, river rafting, rock climbing, canoeing and caving.
The Highlands Meander is wedged between the Cultural Heartland and The Panorama region in northern Mpumalanga and is renown for its excellent fly fishing spots and a black leopard community that inhabits the regions wild mountain ravines. Adventure activities, nature reserves, game farms, breathtaking waterfalls and the Oosterlyjn Express Steam Train offer visitors sun-filled days of unending entertainment and adventure.
Verloren Valei Nature Reserve, Oosterlyjn Express Steam train, Gustav Kleinbeil Nature Reserve, Elands River Falls, golf, fly fishing, 4x4 routes, bird watching, game viewing, hunting, hiking trails, horse riding and mountain biking.
The Cultural Heartland is a colourful mixture of Ndebele culture with their vibrantly painted villages and the more modernized town of Middelburg, Groblersdal and Marble Hall. Visitors to the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve can go game viewing onboard a boat, or take a 4x4 route through the reserve. The region also offers great fishing, hiking trails, mountain biking, river rafting and a myriad of water sports from power boating to canoeing and picnics on the banks of the dam, relaxing in the sun, enjoying life.
Boer War Route, Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, Botshabelo Mission Station, Mabusa Nature Reserve, Mdala Nature Reserve, Marble Hall, African Arts & Crafts, Little Elephant/Ndlovu Encane Art & Craft Market, Schuinsdraai Nature Reservehiking trails, horse riding, game viewing, fishing, bird watching, hunting, 4x4 routes and golf.
In summer, Cosmos flowers explode into a wild flower carpet that covers the landscape. At Secunda is South Africa's only fuel producing company, Sasol, and the world's largest underground coal mining complex, it's also the only place in the world where gold and coal are mined at the same place at the same time. The area offers great hiking trails, 4x4 routes, fishing, bird watching, game viewing and the Potato Express Steam Train.
Chief Mzilikazi's Kraal, Grootdraai Dam, Potato Express Steam Train, Cosmos flowers in the summer months, hiking trails, 4x4 routes, mountain biking, fishing, golf, horse riding, quad biking, river rafting, water sports, boating, picnic and bird watching.
An absolute bird lovers paradise, where over 20 000 flamingos gather each year at Chrissiesmeer near Ermelo and there are also over 80 waterbird species and 170 other bird species. The Grass and Wetlands offers Boer war routes, San rock art and a giant footprint that matches one in Canada. The region hosts an annual frog watching festival in summer and a star gazing festival in winter. Most definitely a nature lovers paradise and a great place to unwind.
Froggily Expiditions, Bushman Paintings, The Mushroom Hut, Chrissiesmeer Dam, Heyshope Dam, Jericho Dam Nature Reserve, bird watching, game viewing, San rock art, frog hunting safaris, star gazing, hiking trails, picnics, watersports, sailing, boating, fishing, horse riding, 4x4 routes, river rafting, golf and biking.
This region is the site of some of the oldest geological discoveries on earth, dating back almost 3 billion years and the impressive Mkonjwa Mountains are said to be one of the oldest in the world. In the gorgeous De Kaap Valley is the quaint town of Baberton, where the promise of gold brought diggers in the thousands, the town has a rich historical and cultural heritage. The region borders the Kruger National Park, Mozambique and Swaziland and is therefore an ideal stopover for travelers.
African Pioneer Mining, Fortuna Mine Trail, Mkonjwa Mountains, Songimvelo Nature Reserve, horse riding, gold panning, hiking trails, mountain biking, caving, game viewing, heritage trails, 4x4 routes, hot springs, fishing, river rafting and bird watching.
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Mpumalanga Tourism Association
Tel: 013 752 7001
Tel: 013 764 3377
Tel: 013 755 6040
Tel: 013 256 9127
Tel: 013 243 2253
Tel: 017 620 1295
Grass & Wetlands
Tel: 017 819 4618
Tel: 013 712 2121
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