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Mpumalanga's booming tourist industry is centred upon the world-famous Kruger National Park and the exclusive private reserves that share open borders with it 

Bisected by the tall escarpment that separates the cool highveld from the sweltering Lowveld, Mpumalanga – a siSwati word meaning "Place of the Rising Sun” – lies to the east of Gauteng and south of Limpopo Province. Its main tourist focus is the well-developed southern sector of the southern Kruger National Park. One of Africa's most rewarding wildlife destinations, Kruger is home to some of the largest remaining populations of such safari icons as lion, African elephant, black rhino, white rhino, cheetah and African hunting dog, along with more than 500 bird species.

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Philip Briggs says

Coming from the rather flat grassland of the highveld around Gauteng, it is always refreshing – and exciting – to descend via the scenic escarpment into the warm lowveld around Kruger Park, which is arguably the most overtly African part of South Africa!

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The public part of the Kruger Park is unusually well suited to affordable self-drive exploration. At the opposite end of the price scale, however, are the 10 exclusive private concessions carved into the park as well as the bloc of private reserves – among them MalaMala, Londolozi and  Singita – that lie along its unfenced western border.

On the escarpment a short drive west of Kruger, the magnificently scenic Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve offers some good day-hiking opportunities, with the chance of spotting localised or endemic birds such as Knysna turaco, southern bald ibis and Gurney's sugarbird. Blyde River forms part of the so-called Panorama Route, which runs along the top of the escarpment past several pretty waterfalls, the spectacular God's Window and Three Rondawels viewpoints and the fascinating geological formation known as the Bourke's Luck potholes. Other attractions include the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the attractive provincial capital Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit ), the nearby Sudwala Caves and a restored 19th-century mining village called Pilgrim's Rest. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Mpumalanga

Which reserves are Malaria-free in South Africa?

All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free. go there.

How can I be certain that my valuables will be safe where we are staying in South Africa?

Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception. go there.

What is the local currency and how should we manage carrying our money in South Africa?

The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR). There are numerous currency exchange outlets and the main credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners) are normally accepted everywhere. Most petrol stations and toll roads take credit… go there.

Do I need any vaccinations when entering South Africa?

No vaccination is mandatory for entering South Africa except for yellow fever for passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease. go there.

Is there electricity at the safari lodges?

Electricity in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and in most of the continent is 220/240 volts. Most safari lodges and camps are not connected to an electrical supply. Solar lighting (backed up by batteries)… go there.

Which reserves in South Africa are malaria free?

All game reserves in Madikwe, the Pilanesberg and the Eastern Cape are malaria-free. go there.

Is tipping the norm in South Africa?

Tipping is common practice in South Africa. Some guidelines concerning tipping are - in the bars and restaurants, the tipping is normally 10%. The car parks are monitored by guards or watchmen, they will often ask if you want them to keep an… go there.

When is the best time to visit Timbavati Private Nature Reserve?

The best time to visit Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is during the dry months of May through September. go there.

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