Mpumalanga is an African word, which means "the place where the sun rises", an apt name for this province lying in the (north-) eastern parts of South Africa. It is home to various cultures, tourist attractions and places of significant historical interest.
The province covers 6.5% of South Africa's surface area, which makes it larger than the Netherlands and Belgium combined. Although it features one or two small cities, it has a relatively small population of ± 4 million people (2011). Most live in rural areas. Nelspruit is the provincial capital.
Mpumalanga's population is largely SiSwati or isiNdebele speaking, but it also has sizeable communities of Xitsonga, SeSotho, isiZulu, Afrikaans and English-speaking people. Most people in the province can speak English and foreigners should not experience problems in communicating with the locals (in the outlying rural areas this may be less true).
In the tourism sphere Mpumalanga offers something for everyone. It has vast stretches of unspoilt nature and wilderness. Some of the more popular and better known attractions include the world renowned Kruger National Park and a variety of private game reserves. Towns in the Highland region include Belfast, Dullstroom & Lydenburg; the gold rush village of Pilgrim's Rest and the very scenic Panorama Route.-->
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.
Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .
Our 4 Day Kruger Wildlife & Mountain Scenery Scheduled Tour departs from Johannesburg and lets you explore the Panorama Route, interact with elephants at Elephant Whispers, visit Shangana Cultural Village, view wildlife in the Kruger National Park, as well as Mthethomusha and go in search of wild horses at Kaapsehoop.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Elephant Whispers , Shangana Cultural Village , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Kaapsehoop .
The scenic Panorama Route, with various viewpoints, runs along the top of a section of the escarpment between the Mpumalanga Highveld and Lowveld. It offers incredible views, we strongly recommend it. The Route may be approached from Ohrigstad or from the logging town of Graskop.
The village of Pilgrim's Rest in Mpumalanga Province exists because of the discovery of alluvial gold in the small stream in the valley where the village was later founded. The discovery was made in 1873 by Alex 'Wheelbarrow' Patterson. He was a gold prospector (panner) and arrived in the area with all his belongings on a single wheelbarrow.
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is internationally renowned as a world leader in conservation policies, practices and techniques. This Park stretches over 20 000 square kilometers (2 million hectares) and is home to an incredible variety of plant, bird and animal species, including the “big five” (elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo).