Mpumalanga translates to “The place of the rising sun”, and to be honest it couldn’t rise over a more extraordinary place.

It is home to some of South Africa’s most wonderful wildlife and natural environments, protected and preserved by a huge number of private and national reserves; including the luxurious Sabi Sabi Reserve and the southern section of the world famous Kruger National Park. It’s a natural wonder of a province, cut virtually in half by South Africa’s Great Escarpment, giving rise to its incredible diversity of bushveld, forests, waterfalls, mountains breath-taking views from the top of God’s window.

Mpumalanga’s beauty is matched by the extraordinary people and cultures that call it home, a spirit summed up by the wonderful colours Ndebele tribe who light up this cultural landscape with their brightly coloured houses and iconic beadwork. History buffs will enjoy travelling back in time to immerse themselves in the days of the Gold Rush with a visit to the old mining town of Pilgrem’s rest, or go further back discover the ancient rock art and mythology of the nomadic San people.

Not only is Mpumalanga home to the world's most famous game park, the world's third-deepest canyon and the world's oldest cave system, the region is also dotted with numerous game reserves teeming with flora and fauna. The region's twisting mountain passes, steep valleys, rivers and pristine forests have given rise to alluring natural phenomena, including the 3 000-million-year-old Sudwala Caves, Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window, Wonder View and the Three Rondavels.

Trip highlights:

Panorama Route: God’s window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourk’s Luck Potholes, Mac Falls
An unforgettable experience that’s almost too much for the senses, and definitely too much to put into words that takes you exploring along a spectacular section of South Africa’s Great escarpment, defined by immense rock faces, dramatic canyons, caves, rainforests, plunging waterfalls and natural wonders at almost every turn. The route features some of the most iconic experiences along the way, like standing at the top of God’s Window and looking over miles and miles of uninterrupted beauty, spectacular view of the Blyde River Canyon, the world’s largest green canyon as well as feeling the spray of the dramatic Mac Falls and looking down on the striking and truly unique rock formations at Bourk’s Luck Potholes 

Day Visit to the Kruger National Park, Including Game Drive
In terms of Safari Experiences it doesn’t get more memorable than a day spent in the world famous Kruger Park. A natural wildlife treasure, equal to the size of Wales, it is home to more species of big game than any other reserve in Africa. This is where unforgettable safari moments are made.

Bush Dinner
There’s no better way to end a long magical day in the bush than with a true South African feast in the heart of the wild, with the vocal nightlife of the bush as your soundtrack and roof made of millions and millions of stars.

Spa Experience (Spafari)
The South African bush is all about treating the senses, so to top off your stay, relax and indulge in a truly South African spafari experience, the perfect release for body and mind in a beautiful natural setting.

With so much to explore in this fascinating place, you couldn’t possibly do it all in one trip, so it’s no wonder people keep coming back year after year. Whether drawn here by unforgettable safari experiences, the mind-blowing Panorama route, the Sudwala caves or any number of other incredible sites and attractions, it’s a place that is made for dream holidays, with bush getaways, mountain lodges and uncountable adventures and activities for any budget. 

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Mpumalanga Tourism Parks Agency

Tel: +27 (0) 13 759 5300/01
Fax: +27 (0) 13 755 3928

South African National Parks Central Reservations

Tel: +27 (0) 12 428 9111
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 233 9111

How to get here

Mpumalanga has air and rail links to all of South Africa's main cities. It is also easily reached by road from neighbouring provinces.

Best time to visit

Summer is hot, winters mild to cold. For game viewing, winter is best, though spring brings colour and is the birthing season for most wildlife in the region.

Tours to do

A guided tour of the Sudwala Caves is a treat, as is a historical tour of the quaint gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest.

How to get around

Hire a car or take an organised tour.

Where to stay

The region offers a full range of accomodation from backpackers and B&B's to hotels and guest houses.

What to eat

Enjoy traditional South African cuisine.

What's happening

Photographic opportunities second to none, including but not limited to: Bourke's Luck Potholes; God's Window; Three Rondavels and the Blyde River Canyon.

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