Mpumalanga
South Africa


Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and stunningly beautiful places in the whole of South Africa. And, of course, it is home to the world's most famous game reserve, the Kruger National Park.

Mountains, amazing panoramic passes, deep valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape. The whole Mpumalanga area offers many opportunities for wildlife viewing and is often referred to as 'Big Game Country'.
This province is a year round destination with a climate and geography that varies from cool highland grasslands at over 5000ft above sea level down to the Middleveld and escarpment to the subtropical Lowveld.

There are numerous attractions and activities including game viewing, bird watching, trout fishing, white-water rafting, hiking, paragliding, abseiling, hot air ballooning, cultural villages and historical sites. It is the major access point to the famous Kruger National park, with air service at KMIA Airport, the main gateway to the southern Kruger and the Sabi Sands Reserve.

The Kruger National Park is situated in this province, itself the size of Wales, and is one of the oldest game conservation projects in the world. It is now surrounded by many private game reserves situated in the Sabi Sands area, many of whom have now lifted fence between themselves and Kruger to allow the animals to continue in their normal transient lifestyles and enriched both environments. The area however should not be thought of as just more game viewing. The Panorama Route is one of the great driving experiences in South Africa, revealing a succession of natural attractions including Blyde River Canyon, the famous viewing point at God’s Window, the 30 metre quartzite monolith called The Pinnacle, the giant mounds of the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where the Treur River plunges into the Blyde. This area is en route from Johannesburg to the Kruger and should not be rushed through and we would point you to our Scenic Mpumalanaga & Kruger fly drive programme, where we offer a range of excursions in this area.

Things not to be missed in Mpumalanga:

1. The Blyde River Canyon – a huge gash in the earth’s crust extending more than 20km and offering some outstanding views from an 800 metre high cliff.
2. The Kruger National Park – world famous, well known and delivering more than its reputation.
3. The Panorama Route – spectacular mountain scenery at its very best.
4. The Verloren Valei Nature Reserve, where the wetland areas offer bird enthusiasts the opportunity to spot three of the endangered species of crane: the blue, the wattle and the crowned, and many other small towns and hamlets with world class lodges offering great outdoor activity.

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