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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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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
Most lodges and hotels will have safes for your valuables either in your room or at the reception. go there.
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.
No vaccination is mandatory for entering South Africa except for yellow fever for passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease. go there.
The best time to visit Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is during the dry months of May through September. go there.
Reviews on our Mpumalanga safaris
This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…