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Mpumalanga, which means "land of the rising sun" in the local SiSwati language, has it all - from exhilarating wildlife, to secluded mountain retreats, ancient ruined cities, wild water sports, and some of South Africa's most diverse and vibrant African cultures.

Mpumalanga is the adventure sport capital of Africa. It offers everything from sedate ballooning and hiking, to daredevil slalom canoeing, bungee jumping, and war games.

The province's year-round sunny weather, soaring peaks, steamy jungles and expansive waterways have also made it home to a bewildering array of adventure sport, from expeditions down the world's oldest caves, to taking flight at the continent's largest paragliding festival.


Mpumalanga Highlights
bullet Sudwala Caves In the great massive dolomite rock there is one of the most astonishing caves in Southern Africa
bullet Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve - The Blyde River Canyon is the only true canyon in South Africa.
bullet Pilgrims Rest - The entire town of Pilgrims Rest has been declared a national monument
bullet Loskop Dam Nature Reserve - Loskop Dam Nature Reserve covers approximately 22 850 ha


Badplaas was once a major stopover on the wagon route to the Lowveld where Boer farmers had settled, but is today known for its spa and health resort.


Barberton, Gem of the Lowveld, is situated in picturesque surroundings and scenic beauty in the De Kaap Valley, where some of the oldest sedimentary rock formations in the world are found. A rich historical and cultural heritage makes it an ideal tourist destination.


Belfast is one of the coldest places in South Africa and renowned for its trout fishing and high veld scenery.


Bethal is a small farming town in Mpumalanga. The farms in the region produce maize, sunflower seeds, sorghum, rye and potatoes.


Carolina is a town situated on the Johannesburg to Swaziland route. It is a mixed farming and on a small scale coal and precious stone mining community.


The ancient San were the first inhabitants of the lake region of Chrissiesmeer. The town is one of the most important eco-tourist destinations in the country.


Dennilton is a small town in Mpumalanga north east of Pretoria, north of Groblersdal and close to the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve.


Explore Dullstroom with its scenic hikes, horse riding trails and picnic spots beside breathtaking waterfalls and walk through an abundance of wild flowers and catch a glimpse of secretive fauna.


Ermelo is one of the larger towns in Mpumalanga, center for a district where comprehensive mixed farming is practiced and a stop-over en-route to KwaZulu Natal.


Graskop is situated on the Panorama Route close to God's Window, various waterfalls, Three Rondawels, Blyde Canyon, Bourke's Luck, Pilgroms Rest and various other attractions.

Greater Kruger Park

The Kruger National Park is a true jewel in South Africa’s crown. World-famous as the biggest reserve in the country, the area surrounding the Kruger National Park forms the Greater Kruger Park. On the western borders are the private game reserves of the Sabi Sands, Timbavati and Manyeleti.


Groblersdal originated because of the irrigation scheme of the Loskop Dam. The primal crops are cotton, citrus, groundnuts, sunflowers, vegetables, grapes, soya beans, paprika, corn and tobacco.


In the heart of the Lowveld, a few kilometres outside the Kruger National Park and close to scenic wonders like God's Window and Blyde River Canyon, Hazyview is perfectly positioned for exploring this enchanting region.


Komatipoort started out as a railway construction worker's camp, the town is today is a railway and customs centre (to Mozambique) and provides access to the Kruger Park.


Painters, wood carvers, stained glass artists, botanical sketch artist are just some of the talented artists residing in Lydenburg. Also an eco-traveller and adventure fundi's paradise. It is within easy reach of world-renowned attractions.


Machadodorp is a small town situated near the edge of the escarpment in Mpumalanga. The Elands River runs through the town.


Malelane is situated in the lush Crocodile River Valley very close to the Kruger National Park. It is only 43km from the Mozambique border and within reach of a quick day trip to Maputo.

Marloth Park

Marloth Park is a holiday township situated on the Crocodile River on the southern boundary of Kruger National Park.

Middelburg (MP)

Middelburg is known as the 'Stainless Steel Capital of Africa' It has a strong infrastructure and well-establised community.


Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga, lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River about 330 kilometres east of Johannesburg.


Ohrigstad nestles in a valley on the R36 between the Abel Erasmus Pass and Lydenburg.

Piet Retief

Situated in the lush green Assegai Valley, known as The Meeting Place of Cultures, with some eight indigenous cultures converging here, as well as a German speaking community. Piet Retief is a prosperous farming community and gateway to Swaziland.

Pilgrims Rest

The entire town of Pilgrims Rest has been declared a national monument . Visitors can relive the days of the old Transvaal gold rush.


Sabie is a small country town nestled in the majestic Drakensberg escarpment mountains of Mpumalanga offering a tranquil, malaria-free holiday destination.


Schoemanskloof is situated just 2˝ hours from Pretoria and Johannesburg and is the perfect destination for a weekend breakaway, extended holiday or stop over en-route to the Kruger National Park.


Secunda is modern company town built after 1974. It is located about 130 km east of Johannesburg in a region of extensive coal reserves and adequate water supplies, at the site of South Africa’s second and third oil-from-coal extraction plants built by Sasol.


Standerton is the main agricultural centre in western Mpumalanga on the banks of the Vaal River close to the Grootdraai Dam.


Situated close to many famous battlesites, Volksrust is the ideal stop-over when travelling between Johannesburg and Durban.


Wakkerstroom is a wonderful place to stopover en route to or from the Drakensberg or Kruger Park, as well as being the perfect destination to rest, relax and soothe your soul.

Waterval Boven

Waterval Boven is the perfect setting for the weekend break, extended holiday or ideally situated stop over between Johannesburg and Nelspruit or Kruger Park.

White River

White River is an important farming and tourism centre that has its origin around 1890, and is still a base for exploring the Kruger National Park (next door) and the various other natural wonders in the vicinity.


The mining town Witbank was established in 1903, named after an outcrop of light sandstone. Today, many coal related industries are established around Witbank as well as agricultural and farming activities.