Bordered by Mozambique and Swaziland in the east and Gauteng in the west, Mpumalanga is a land full of natural beauty and contrasts – from the mountain peaks to the panoramic lowveld. Here are our top reasons for adding Mpumalanga to your South Africa itinerary.
The diverse natural landscapes lend themselves to exploring in a variety of ways, which is why you’ll find adventure activities all across the province. You can try your hand at Quad Bike tours, horse riding, hiking and white water rafting, but the list doesn’t end there. There are waterfalls to explore, cliffs to abseil, caves to tour and hot air balloons to ride in as you float across picturesque landscapes.
Perhaps the most incredible sight not to miss is the Blyde River Canyon, located in Mpumalanga on the northern parts of the Drakensberg Escarpment. This natural phenomenon has been shaped over millions of years – once a deep sea trench that has become a canyon on land. Within the canyon be sure to witness the highlights including the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window.
Game viewing is arguably the highlight for anyone visiting Mpumulanga – home to the world famous Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Here you have the best chance of spotting the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo – on safari, an experience that will leave you with memories for a lifetime. There is also ample bird life, making it one of the best places for bird watching in the country.
The customs and tradition of the local people can be felt at every turn across Mpumalanga – a melting pot of Zulu, Swazi and Ndebele people. Small traditional villages can be found dotting the countryside, as well as markets featuring local craft and cuisine.
In Mpumalanga, nature is at the heart of everything – including where you sleep. The area is home to a unique array of accommodation including luxury lodges and boutique camps. It’s an incredible way to immerse yourself in the wildlife that the area is known for, while also enjoying all the creature comforts and amenities of a modern resort.