, Pilgrim's Rest
, Waterval Boven
, Waterval OnderGrass & WetlandsBadplaas
, Piet Retief
, WakkerstroomHighveld & CosmosBethal
, Middelburg, Mpumalanga
, WitbankLowveld & Kruger National ParkAlkmaar
, Hazyview, Kruger Park Area
, Kaapsche Hoop
, Komatipoort, Kruger Park Area
, Kruger National Park - Sabi Sands
, Malelane, Kruger Park Area
, Marloth Park, Kruger Park Area
, Mthethomusha Game Reserve
, White River
WELCOME TO SOUTH AFRICA'S MPUMALANGAMpumalanga, 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.
The place where the sun rises
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
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
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
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.