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
Berlin Falls Country Estate - Graskop

Berlin Falls Country Estate - Graskop

Graskop
10 Kilometers out of town.  This Victorian Guesthouse is found next to the Berlin waterfalls. Experi More info
Blue Swallow Chalets

Blue Swallow Chalets

Graskop
Blue Swallow Chalets is located in Graskop, Mpumalanga close to the famous Blyde River Canyon. The n 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 - Graskop

Blyde Lodge - Graskop

Graskop
Blyde lodge is centrally located in the beautiful town of Graskop. Your hosts, Bertha and Pierre, ha More info
Buhala Lodge - Malelane

Buhala Lodge - Malelane

Malelane
Buhala Lodge is an enchanting colonial style thatch roof lodge, situated on the Southern banks of th More info
Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge

Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge

Pilgrims Rest
Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge is a Four-Star self-catering Resort situated at the top of RobberR More info
Daan's Place – Graskop

Daan's Place – Graskop

Graskop
Located in the village of Graskop, 1.6 km away from God’s Window, Daan’s Place offers se More info
Dar Amane Luxury Guest House - Graskop

Dar Amane Luxury Guest House - Graskop

Graskop
Dar Amane means House of Tranquility. Here you can be close to all the South African attractions in More info
Elephants Nest – Graskop

Elephants Nest – Graskop

Graskop
A house in the centre of Graskop. Very luxury furnished 3 x double bed rooms with bath and shower on 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

Graskop Hotel - Graskop

Graskop
The Graskop Hotel has been lovingly renovated and redecorated from the original “70’s style” hotel t More info
Havana Nights - Graskop

Havana Nights - Graskop

Graskop
Havana Nights welcomes you proudly to their establishment. They are a proud self catering property t 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 Lodge - Sabie

Jock Sabie Lodge - 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 - Graskop

Kloofsig Holiday Cottages - Graskop

Graskop
Kloofsig Holiday Cottages is situated on the outskirts of Graskop, just off the main road. Situated More info
Le Gallerie - Graskop

Le Gallerie - Graskop

Graskop
Welcome to our home! We are an up-market B&B with 3 luxurious rooms, all with en-suite bathroom. 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
Mac Mac Forest Retreat - Sabie

Mac Mac Forest Retreat - Sabie

Sabie
This relaxed resort is halfway between Sabie and Graskop (Mpumalanga). The houses are renovated fore More info
Manna House - Graskop

Manna House - Graskop

Graskop
Manna is a family run venture to provide clean, affordable accommodation for nature loving tourists More info
Merry Pepples - Sabie

Merry Pepples - Sabie

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 -Graskop

Post Office Inn -Graskop

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
With winding roads up and down the scenic mountain pass, 15km from Graskop, you will be led to the u More info
Settlers Village Graskop

Settlers Village Graskop

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 - Graskop

Thaba Tsweni Lodge - Graskop

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

Valley View Backpackers - Graskop

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

West Lodge - Graskop

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